The job of a Sourcing Manager within the fashion or retail industry is to find the best supplies at the best possible prices, whilst keep the manufacturing process on schedule. 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 closely monitored from order through to delivery, 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. 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.
Top 3 Key Skills needed to become a Sourcing Manager:
- Must understand garment manufacturing
- Have great relationships and contacts with international suppliers and manufacturers
- Excellent negotiation skills are essential