The job of a Sourcing Manager within the fashion or retail industry is to focus on finding the best resources at the best prices to keep the manufacturing process on schedule and to ensure productivity is cost effective for their fashion brand. The role of a Sourcing Manager in fashion could source anything across raw materials, fabrics & components, garment suppliers and factories depending on the fashion/retail company you are working for.
The manufacturing process is monitored from inception through to completion, and the Sourcing Manager will analyse the process to determine whether to use the supplier again or seek out higher quality or more cost-effective providers. The job entails confirming the terms of all contracts, licenses, insurance and liability agreements for each source being used.
To work as a successful Sourcing Manager within fashion or retail you need to understand garment manufacturing, have great contacts with international suppliers and manufacturers, and have strong negotiation skills to get the best price and delivery schedule. International travel is an extensive part of the Sourcing Manager's role within any fashion/retail company, and many are based overseas close to manufacturing source.
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