Cross is looking for a global sourcing specialist

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am

If a pen can be as individual as one's signature, then this sourcing job with a leading manufacturer and vendor of writing instruments calls for a special someone with the know-how to ensure products are unique.

Cross, a US-based company which also creates and sells timepieces and accessories, is hiring a specialist to monitor the global sourcing for the company from countries such as China, India, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Italy.

The ideal candidate must have at least five years of experience in international sourcing, a bachelor's degree in management and, preferably, a background in engineering.

This level of education and experience is necessary for the candidate to be effective in reviewing corporate product initiatives - an important component of this multifaceted position with the 150-year-old company.

Teamwork skills are a plus as the incumbent will work with the marketing, engineering, purchasing and quality departments to understand the product and cost requirements. He or she will also work with colleagues to resolve production or quality issues.

The incoming specialist should have a desire for travel. Up to 40 per cent of the time will be spent outside the Hong Kong office identifying supplier and sourcing opportunities.

Negotiating with suppliers is a key aspect of the role.

Proven experience in pricing and developing minimum purchase requirements while assuring limited inventory exposure is an advantage.