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Director of Vendor Management

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC
Location: Carson
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth.
Job Description
In a time of unprecedented expansion, we are seeking a Director of Vendor Management to oversee our Import Vendor Management team. The position will ensure seamless execution of onboarding new vendors and helping them comply with Lakeshore's quality standards, core values and compliance requirements. The role also requires regular check-ins with vendors to proactively mitigate and resolve issues, as well as funneling appropriate vendor information to impacted Lakeshore teams. Finally, the position includes participating in contract negotiations and managing pricing increases for special deals. We're looking for a strong leader with experience managing import vendors (knowledge of domestic vendors is a big plus). If you have a knack for leading multiple teams at once and providing quick, accurate updates on complicated issues, this could be the role for you! And we're here to help you succeed-Lakeshore recently earned its Great Place to Work - Certification--- and is proud to put its associates first.A day in the office looks like this:

  • Managing teams of associates via daily communications; driving teams to meet deadlines
  • Guiding supervisors so they possess the knowledge and expertise to become future leaders
  • Independently communicating regular updates to teams, as well as holding team meetings and interdepartmental meetings with stakeholders to ensure projects remain on track
  • Assessing whether the team's workload exceeds existing resources and requesting additional staff members if necessary; implementing onboarding and training programs for new hires
  • Improving associates' performances via online productivity tools, company workshops and performance challenges
  • Independently setting strategic goals for associates; introducing related plan of action, clear expectations and accountability
  • Participating in annual budget planning and collaborating with supervisors to evaluate allocation of funds
  • Creating documents and presentations via various tools, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Office; Microsoft Power BI; and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software
    Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
    • 10+ years of Supply Chain management experience
    • Experience with multiple product/manufacturing types, such as wood, injection molds, metal, arts and crafts, etc.
    • Experience working in or frequently visiting factories and manufacturing facilities
    • Experience managing vendors across different channels of distribution, such as retail, e-commerce and catalog
    • Proven success as a project manager engaging with both internal and external partners
    • Experience negotiating with factories or businesses on matters of contracts, materials, projects with ownership and/or executive vendor leadership
      Additional Information
      And here's our end of the bargain!
      • Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus a bonus plan
      • Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
      • 401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
      • Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
      • On-site preschool for our employees' children
      • On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
      • Generous employee discount on products that make you smarter
      • Casual dress---and we really mean itAt Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

        To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

        Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
        People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.To learn about how we collect and use Applicant information, please visit our Employee/Applicant Privacy Policy. INDRLL2

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