Sourcing Coordinator - Soft Accessories

Department:  Supply Chain
City:  London
Location:  GB

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


The sourcing coordinator manages the seasonal placement and follow-through of finished goods for a particular category, in a manner congruent with the supply chain objectives: delivering quality product, on time and at the right price.

  • Advise vendors of seasonal buying/production calendar, unit plans & negotiate minimums as applicable, working with Managers for guidance on setting objectives for the season and negotiating any challenges 
  • Manage raw material bookings and call-offs with suppliers, ensuring production needs are met in accordance with calendar and delivery schedule.
  • Manage seasonal order book pass-off to local sourcing office, and/or raising purchase orders with vendors directly, managing delivery dates and cost negotiations.  
  • Update PLM with vendor costs.
  • Liaise with product development for updated BOM information as needed.
  • Liaise with Customer Operations for timely receipt of orders and advise cross functional teams when orders are retimed.
  • Study pre-buy vs. actual & identify shortfalls across division, re-ordering where appropriate
  • Prepare updates for weekly production meetings.
  • Partner with manager to finalize prices & margin, providing seasonal price analyses across vendors and product categories.
  • Participate in vendor performance analysis each season.
  • Partner with product development and technical team each season on critical sign off dates required by production calendar & ensure compliance 
  • Partner with quality assurance to resolve quality issues as needed.
  • Communicate to vendors best working practises, changes to existing practises and key seasonal information.
  • Work alongside other sourcing coordinators to ensure standard processes across teams/divisions.
  • Manage buying and delivery deadlines, ensuring adherence to Time & Action calendar
  • Manage team efficiency through monitoring workload & prioritisation.
  • Partner with manager on seasonal counter-sourcing needs such as vendors, pricing, raw materials etc.
  • Manage, train and develop Sourcing Assistant as and when required and as requested by the Sourcing Manager.
  • Proven experience in previous production/manufacturing managerial roles.
  • Italian speaker required.     
  • Excel/Word/Powerpoint
  • SAP/PLM is desirable
  • Foreign languages not required but would be an asset
  • Strong costing & negotiation skills.
  • Previous experience in production/manufacturing role.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Familiar with & proficient in retail math.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication & time management skills.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with peers and cross-functional business partners.
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow-through.
  • Willingness to travel if required.
  • Organized, efficient, self-motivated, solution- oriented individual.
  • Works well as both team leader & team member.
  • Embraces change with a can do attitude.  

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