Associate Sourcing Manager

Associate Sourcing Manager

About Ross Stores:

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) Company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2018 revenues of $15 billion.  The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross"), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,480 locations in 38 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. The Company also operates over 230 dd’s DISCOUNTS® locations in 18 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings.

The company’s merchandise mix and assortments are constantly evolving as merchants and planners focus on what customers want to buy and respond by delivering great discounts on a wider variety of name brand merchandise. With its solid management team, proven off-price concept, strong cash flow and return on equity, Ross is ideally positioned to successfully execute its growth strategies.

At Ross you will find:

  • A career that fits you
  • Teamwork
  • Amazing culture and people
  • Big company with a family feeling
  • Customer focus

Are you ready for the next big move in your career? We look forward to hearing from you!

The culture demands hands-on, close engagement at all levels, and the ability to think and act strategically. Within this culture, there are many opportunities to attain and even exceed personal goals quickly while partnering with professionals across multiple categories. This creates a win-win culture with a rigorous standard of performance for everyone. 

Structured for growth and profitability, individuals are measured on performance rather than process. What this yields is an environment that is invigorating and offers a clear, compelling reward system for the team. 


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About this Job:

The Associate Sourcing Manager will provide operational support on all aspects of the Product Life Cycle from development to delivery. Reporting to the VP, the Associate will be responsible for supporting the overall brand strategy for their product categories; working with key functional partners to deliver product that is in line with the brand esthetic, quality, and financial objectives.



  • Performs operational functions supporting designated product categories. Assists the Sourcing team in the development of product from initial design concept to bulk to shipment, including such activities as the creation of development packages and managing and updating all sourcing tools and reporting.
  • Anticipates potential problems and risks; generates ideas, insights and solutions to resolve or avoid potential problems. Proposes solutions to VP for issues identified.
  • Has a critical eye for product and developing raw materials. Receives, organizes, and assesses samples for aesthetic and overall quality. Assists in engineering and resolution of any cost challenges.
  • Manages time and action calendars for sourcing and technical design to ensure that deadlines are met, issues are flagged, and updates to the team are timely.
  • Maintains effective communication with vendors to ensure shipments are delivered on time; troubleshoots and resolves any issues that arise.
  • Keeps product knowledge current by shopping the competition, Ross stores, and the market; makes recommendations to the Ross assortment mix based on learnings. Demonstrates understanding of price value relationship.
  • Takes initiative to utilize product knowledge to find new resources and creative methods of sourcing product to impact the assortment.
  • Partners with VP on the onboarding of new suppliers/ countries/ factories.
  • Provides relevant data to merchants for PO issuance and ensures accuracy before sending completed PO to vendor.
  • Supports continual development and refining of work flow, processes and tools in partnership with the VP.
  • Establishes and cultivates strong relationships with all internal and external business partners.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years sourcing experience, in large retail chain (Participation in a retail training program a plus)
  • Thorough knowledge of the product development and production process as well as technical aspects of the product (e.g., fabric, design, silhouettes, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proficiency in negotiating and influencing skills
  • Proficient in retail math
  • Strong critical thinking with a solution focused approach; ability to independently analyze information and make recommendations
  • Comfort and experience embracing change and adapting to shifting priorities in a multi task environment
  • Professional and effective written and verbal skill; experience communicating with international partners. Fluency in Bengali, Hindi, and/ or Mandarin Chinese a plus
  • Strong PC/Microsoft Office skills, with an emphasis on share tools and Excel spreadsheet applications
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, if needed