Manufacturing Operations Manager

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Job title: Manufacturing Operations Manager
Function: Lacoste
Location: Guangzhou
The role:
Responsible for daily activities for Lacoste Chaussures within nominated factories. The
Manufacturing Operations Manager is required to lead and manage the factory based brand
development and manufacturing team to exceed required service levels from nomina ted factories.
They will have a hands on role in raising standards within product development and manufacturing
within the nominated factories. They are accountable for ensuring effective product development,
product costing, product commercialization, timely production and product quality meeting the brand
expectations.
About Pentland:
Pioneering Brands that Make Life Better
We are Pentland Brands, a global business touching the lives of millions through some of the worlds most-loved
active and footwear brands. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse,
SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the UK licensee for Kickers and have a joint venture with
Lacoste footwear.
We have a rich and remarkable history, of family, of ambition and of innovation, of leading from the front with a
legacy of outstanding brands and equally outstanding people. Of pioneering brands that make life better.
Brands that create an emotional connection with our consumers and help keep people on the move. Brands
that do good, that form part of a positive business that takes action for people and planet.
We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop because we know this is an
exceptional place to build brands and build your career. We want you to come to work every day excited about
what we can achieve when we have a clear and single-minded focus on being consumer-centric and
relentlessly focused on improving our performance.
Always guided by our principles, we not only do a great job, but we also do it in the right way; success is a team
game; with clarity and courage; better as standard; in good conscience. We believe every individual has the
power to shape the Pentland of the future, by making sure that every day we’re better than the day before. Join
our team of passionate, exceptional individuals, and do the best work of your life.
Pentland Brands job descript ion
The role you’d play:
+ Manage Lacoste’s development, commercialization and production activities in assigned factories; searching for suitable alternative sources; maintaining knowledge of available vendors etc in region.
+ Develop and effectively manage the brands sourcing team in assigned factories/countries to support the Lacoste business needs.
+ Effectively manage and review factory performance in assigned factories to targets set by Brand Sourcing Manager and Supply Chain Vice President.
+ Manage the Brands product development process, critical path and sample requirements and offer appropriate feed back when necessary.
+ Review and coordinate the negotiation of product costing between brand and factory based on target prices from Brand.
+ Identify potential production problems through commercialisation processes and co-ordinate both with customers and factories in order to determine which course of action is warranted.
+ Oversee and manage production delivery with both factories and customers; negotiate and manage capacity booking and minimum order issues.
+ Maintain effective and professional working relationships with the brand team, Pentland Asia and the factories.
+ Oversee and control product quality; manage transition towards Quality Assurance process.
+ Responsible for business standards activities within nominated countries.
The must haves:
+ Understanding of brand business and sourcing strategies
+ Understanding of branded product development.
+ Experience of Asian footwear manufacturers.
+ General operational management experience.
+ People management/development skills.
+ Technical knowledge and experience of footwear production.
+ Fluent in Mandarin. Written and Spoken
+ Customer focused
+ Uncompromising, esp. in quality and deadlines but aware and able to make compromises when appropriate.
+ Inquisitive
+ Good communication skills
If this sounds like the perfect role, please apply and we’ll be in touch soon.

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