Director Sourcing - Jerseys

Florida - Tampa /
Fanatics Brands – Operations - FB - AVP /
Salaried
/ Hybrid
Company Overview
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.

The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, a transformative company that is building a new model for the hobby and giving collectors an end-to-end collectibles experience; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics’ footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be rolled out soon.  Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs. 
 
As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
 
At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.   

Responsible for establishing a global strategy for the complex Jersey business, which optimizes the Fanatics Global Source Base while achieving industry leading quality, on-time delivery, and fair market costs in a sustainable and compliant business environment. Provide leadership, direction and management of the Jersey Sourcing Team and related responsibilities, to achieve strategic and financial targets of the Fanatics Brands organization. This person must be able to operate efficiently at a macro/strategic level, work seamlessly with internal cross functional teammates, and develop and sustain strategic partnerships with external Suppliers.

Responsibilities

    • Establish the seasonal global strategy for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA Jerseys, in alignment with the current Source Base capabilities, production and development capacity, and quality.
    • Build a 3 – 5 year strategy in accordance with long-term growth plans, analyzing and sourcing additional suppliers and capacity to support this. 
    • Work cross functionally with Planning on strategy and capacity planning by league, program and service levels.
    • Develop, maintain, and optimize strategic partnerships at both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels.
    • Collaborate with Merchandising, Design, Product Development on seasonal assortments and special programs and events; Lead the process of identifying new capabilities and innovation requirements by season.
    • Communicate daily with the regional PCC’s (Product Creation Centers ), working globally on the source base strategy, seasonal allocation, cost negotiations and capacity planning and management. 
    • Continually review and assess vendor performance cross functionally with Product Development, Product Integrity, and Sourcing Operations Teams, ensuring that Fanatics Brands requirements are met regarding quality, price, delivery, and compliance.
    • Manage the Jersey Team on all responsibilities for the delivery of quality product and margin to support the Fanatics Brands / licensed sporting product in sustainable and compliant facilities.
    • Participate in the vendor onboarding process to ensure Fanatics Brands standards are met.
    • Collaborate with the Sourcing Operations Team and Product Integrity on the vendor manuals and manufacturing agreements inclusive of annual maintenance and updates as required by the business.
    • Recruit, coach, develop and supervise an industry best sourcing team.
    • Work on special projects as assigned

Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field
    • 15+ years relevant experience in sourcing, development, and production in licensed sporting goods, specifically in Jerseys is a plus
    • Strong working experience with global trade in textiles and apparel sourcing processes
    • Technical background with knowledge in material and garment construction
    • Experience working with vendors in Asia and South/Central America
    • Intimately familiar with industry standard quality processes/procedures and compliance regulations.
    • Ability to introduce and implement new processes and procedures
    • Ability to communicate across multiple cultural and experience levels, internal & external
    • Proven leadership skills and communication skills are a must
    • Strong Computer skills in excel, word and necessary systems needed
    • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing, and flexible environment
    • Travel Required
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Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

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