Sourcing Specialist - China in undefined at Michaels Stores

Date Posted: 9/15/2022

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Job Description


We're here for the Makers! Come be a part of the team where innovation and teamwork come together to support the most exciting missions in the world!

Michaels is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are here for all Team Members and all Makers to create, innovate and be better together.

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This position is responsible for executing and improving end-to-end best practices in Global Sourcing for assigned product categories. This role is accountable for developing and managing vendors, as well as maintaining existing vendor relationships and driving projects to ensure that vendors meet or exceed their contractual obligations by delivering innovative, quality products on time.

  • Sourcing Process Execution and Vendor Management

  • Execute and improve the end-to-end sourcing processes including vendor management, price negotiation, product development and sample assessment to meet the on-time delivery, quality and commercial KPIs
  • Source and develop potential vendors as well as drive a respectful and collaborative vendor relationship with existing vendors to ensure they meet all company’s requirements including value, quality and innovation.
  • Manage Request for Proposal, category costing bids and product development independently in conjunction with and product development and sourcing teams.

  • Ensure smooth arrangement of product development trip, sourcing trip and product assortment finalization events.
  • Execute order management to ensure accuracy of database; Monitor and regular update on project status of assigned product categories.
  • Provide support in streamlining sourcing process and enhancement of product specification for price negotiation, cost reduction initiatives and high quality of products.  Handle cost and commercial terms negotiation with vendors.

Additional duties as assigned including:

  • Collect latest market intelligence for Sourcing Manager to share with management, product development and sourcing teams.    
  • Provide data for Sourcing Manager to conduct cost and supplier performance analysis in order to generate cost saving opportunities.
  • Train new Associate Sourcing Specialists and assist in their ongoing skills development.

Minimum Education

  • Degree/Associate Degree/Diploma holder in Merchandising/ Business Management or related discipline

Minimum Special Certifications or Technical Skills

  • Hands-on computer knowledge in MS word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point & Chinese Word Processing

Minimum Type of Experience the Job Requires

  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant working experience


  • Energetic, self-motivated, detail-oriented and independent working style
  • Sets good example for collaborating with others
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Eager to work in a team in order to achieve best results
  • Demonstrate a high sense of initiative, hardworking and responsible
  • The ability to work in a demanding but collegial, team-oriented environment. Good command of both written and spoken English and Mandarin
  • Frequent travel is required; Up to 30% travel

Preferred Type of Experience the Job Requires

  • Solid sourcing experience preferably gained from US buying office/ retailer

Applicants in the U.S. and Canada must satisfy federal, state, provincial and local legal requirements of the job.