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Director, Global Contract Manufacturing & Category Sourcing Management

Walpole, MA, USA | Thrasio

  • Industry:
    Consumer Products
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Purchasing / Supply Chain / Logistics
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Director, Contract Manufacturing & Category Sourcing Management- Home Entertainment Goods is responsible for driving end-to-end category leadership for a variety of sub-commodities including but not limited to Art, Crafts and Sewing; Toys and Games; and Musical Instruments. This includes defining and articulating a cohesive category strategy, developing, and managing a global category and sourcing management team, building, and growing strategic partnerships with global contract manufacturers, and delivering strategic financial and operational value across the organization.This position is a key contributor to several critical business processes and requires cross-functional collaboration across teams and geographies. Responsible for direct spend of at least $70M annually (expected to grow many folds following the organization’s aggressive growth plan)


Main responsibilities include:


Provide senior technical leadership to develop & lead the strategy and planning for Home Entertainment Goods by leveraging category mapping across Thrasio products portfolio, category global market analysis, cost benchmarking, efficient global contract manufacturing set-up and management and a robust strategic sourcing process

 Select, build, and manage strategic partnerships with global contract manufacturers to achieve an optimal balance on value, quality, speed to market, responsible sourcing and overall category risk profile. Also ensure that a manufacturing strategy footprint optimization is always updated.

Set-up and execute a comprehensive plan to manage and grow a global team of sourcing and category managers to efficiently execute the portfolio strategy and meet key results

Spearhead the establishment of quantitative category management frameworks including market intelligence, e-sourcing tools, contract management, benchmarking metrics, suppliers’ performance management frameworks and effective reporting

Build and disseminate category plans across the supply chain department and the organization overall by cross-functional collaboration with Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Due Diligence/Operations/Integrations, New Product Development, Brand Management, Quality Assurance and Legal teams.


What you bring to the party:


Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing or industrial engineering is required. An MBA will be a plus.

10 years’ experience in contract manufacturing of a wide range of Electronic consumer products i.e. global manufacturing, retail or e-ecommerce organizations across several geographies including Asia-Pacific (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan, etc.); Eastern and CentralEurope, Turkey and Mexico 

7 years in a global leadership role managing global category and strategic sourcing teams for consumer products

Demonstrated track record of developing and executing appropriate category and sourcing strategies in a fast paced environments/high growth companies

Have a working knowledge of Intellectual Property matters

Strong analytical and communication skills required.

A global citizen with outstanding people leadership across organizational levels, functions, cultures, and geographies

Fluency in both English and Mandarin/Cantonese is desired

Flexibility to travel 30% international 


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