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Bilingual Supply Chain Project Manager (English/Mandarin)

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials
Location: Carson
Posted on: May 13, 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

We are currently searching for an experienced Project Manager to join our Supply Chain team. In this position, you will have daily interaction with multiple vendors-from educational wholesalers and publishers to plastics and furniture manufacturers. Acting as the face of the company, you will use your direct, hands-on approach to take the reins in all vendor interactions and negotiations, including pricing and contracts, product flow and product quality issues. Successful candidates will possess excellent communication skills, an outcome-oriented mindset and a flair for negotiating on behalf of the company's best interests. Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work under deadline pressure are also essential. This position is on-site at our Carson headquarters.

A Day At Lakeshore Looks Like This

  • Negotiate with a wide variety of vendors on a daily basis
  • Secure the best prices and contracts with vendors on behalf of the company
  • Act as a liaison between internal departments and our vendors-managing complex projects and timelines from inception to completion
  • Provide detailed updates to management through both written and verbal communication

    Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
    • 3+ years of import supply chain experience required; experience in the education, toy and/or publishing industries strongly preferred
    • Fluency in Mandarin and English required
    • Experience and knowledge of the manufacturing process for plastic products, soft-sewn products or furniture is a plus
    • Strong sense of quality consistency & continuous improvement preferred
    • Ability to work flexible hours with overseas vendors in different time zones when needed
    • Excellent understanding of the Supply Chain process as it relates to B2B and retail environments
    • Strength in persuasive negotiating and problem-solving techniques
    • Superb written and verbal communication skills and the ability to collaborate with team members from all levels/areas of the organization
    • Intermediate-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel and Word)
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work under deadline pressure in a fast-paced setting
    • College degree highly desirable
    • Comfortable interacting verbally with new and existing vendors and providing consistent written confirmation of discussions
    • Self-starter that is adept at using resources and learns quickly
      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 it
        At 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

Keywords: Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson , Bilingual Supply Chain Project Manager (English/Mandarin), Professions , Carson, California

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