Sourcing Manager - Womenswear - 1 year FTC

Department:  Supply Chain
City:  London
Country:  GB


Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core.  Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.


The application closing date for this role is Tuesday 22nd January.


The Sourcing Manager manages a team responsible for the seasonal placement, management and delivery of production, in a manner congruent with the calendar, delivery and margin goals of the division.


  • Advise vendors of seasonal buying/production calendar, unit plans & negotiate minimums as applicable, working with Planning for guidance on unit projections for main line & replenishment.
  • Source new Vendors and manage counter-sourcing with sourcing offices abroad.
  • Partner with product dev. each season to determine sourcing needs based on product
  • Study pre-buy vs. actual & work with raw materials team to identify shortfalls across division
  • Provide seasonal forecasts to logistics team to anticipate production flow into warehouses
  • Responsible for accuracy of ‘Final Range’ data in SAP and PLM
  • Manage final price negotiations & margin, providing seasonal price analyses across vendors and product categories
  • Monitor on-time deliveries from vendors, troubleshooting with team & business partners as necessary
  • Partner with Technical Services each season on fit approval dates required by production calendar & ensure compliance
  • Partner with quality assurance and Sourcing Offices abroad to resolve quality issues as needed
  • Negotiate FG and raw material costs with vendors/mills, with support of Raw Materials procurement and design team
  • Participate in weekly Merchant cross-functional, customer operations and production status meetings
  • Set up weekly conference calls with sourcing offices abroad to review production issues
  • Prepare a detailed report once window closes, with all cancellations and minimum buys, so Sourcing Offices abroad can prepare POs.
  • Work with other global sourcing managers to ensure standard processes across teams/divisions
  • Work with global CR to ensure timely approval of vendors and alignment with global requirements.
  • Manage team efficiency through monitoring workload & prioritization
  • Partner with Director of Sourcing on seasonal counter-sourcing needs vis a vis vendors, pricing, raw materials, sampling etc.
  • Provide support for the transition of certain responsibilities to the Sourcing Offices abroad and ensure that data accuracy is maintained.


  • Strong costing & negotiation skills.
  • 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.
  • Ability to react to change.
  • Excel/Word/PowerPoint.
  • PLM/SAP.
  • Foreign languages not required but would be an asset
  • Proven experience in previous production/manufacturing managerial roles.

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