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Company: Harbor Freight Tools
Location: Calabasas, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


The International Vendor Manager deals directly with our vast vendor base, strategically negotiating cost, insuring product quality, and driving on-time delivery.  A strong aptitude for analytics, creative problem solving, and an ability to drive projects to completion is essential.  This role requires dynamic involvement with multiple groups throughout our business, provides a chance to make a big impact, and offers opportunity for dramatic career growth.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage daily business with hundreds of overseas vendors in China, Vietnam, India, and other countries
  • Ensure all production schedules are met, and finished goods are delivered on-time to port
  • Negotiate product costing for spend in the hundreds of millions
  • Analize information related to shipments, production capacity, purchasing plan, cost negotiations, tariffs, and duties to develier reports on demand
  • Travel overseas as needed to achieve excellent results
  • Collaborate closely with merchandising, quality, and inventory teams on a daily basis to serve enterprise objectives and understand total impact of any actions
  • Drive projects and achieve results by working within and around current systems to meet assigned goals
  • Understand the business to help drive process improvements within the department
  • Additional duties as assigned by manager
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the job
  • Supervisory Responsibility – no
  • Organizational Scope – Works with various departments and outside parties
  • Responsible for maintaining Confidential Information - yes
  • Decision Making – Creates policy and resolves problems
  • Travel – yes
  • Equipment Used – computer, printer, copier, fax



Job Qualifications – Education and Experience
  • 5+ years' experience traveling and negotiating in China and/or other low-cost countries
  • Bachelor's degree required, MBA a plus
  • Substantial business acumen and experience negotiating multi-turn resolutions and hitting firm deadlines
  • Experience managing and directing overseas employees and/or “in-country” management a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills with excellent planning and proven analytic problem solving talent
  • Management skills with drive, initiative and “never settle” attitude
  • Superb leadership and effective communication skills
  • Hands-on experience with sourcing, contract manufacturing, and logistics coordination in a FMCG environment
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
Physical Requirements
General office environment requiring ability to:
  • stand, walk, sit for extended periods of time
  • speak and listen to others in person and over the phone
  • use keyboard and read from computer screen and reports
  • lift up to 15 lbs.

About Harbor Freight Tools

At Harbor Freight, we deliver the quality tools and affordable prices that hard-working Americans need to build, fix and create. We all work together to help them get the job done and make ends meet. We're also equally committed to doing the right thing and giving back to the communities that we serve. Harbor Freight Tools is different, we're not your typical retailer, we are a large company with a start-up feel that provides a collegial and collaborative environment dedicated to high achievement. We are committed to support and promote people based on their relative contribution, skill set and accomplishments and firmly believe in generous pay for performance compensation and building long-term careers. We're a 40 year-old, $4 billion company - on pace to $8 billion in the next few years. We have over 750 stores nationwide and are opening a new one every three days. If your ego is in check, you are an open-minded partner, aren't afraid to get into the weeds to learn and understand our culture and have a desire to join our history making enterprise, then we'd love to talk to you.

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