Global Sourcing Manager - General Merchandise

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 10/07/2020

Global Sourcing Manager - General Merchandise

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

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About the role

You will work collaboratively with the country buying and sourcing teams to manage the sourcing and supplier strategy, aligned to the category strategy. Ensuring we have a competitive advantage by sourcing the best quality product from the right region, through partners who adhere to our ethical standards and advance our product offer.  Using extensive commercial knowledge and operational experience to fully manage and drive continuous improvement of the sourcing process, working collaboratively across the sourcing network and category teams to ensure we deliver on time.

You will be responsible for


  • Managing the short and long term strategic sourcing direction to deliver the category product & sourcing strategy
  • Having the commercial responsibility for where and how own-brand product is sourced


  • Making sure that everything Tesco Sourcing needs to initiate the product process is ready prior to the due date
  • Driving high data integrity and tool adoption within Buying & Sourcing teams, providing visibility of critical path status and driving adherence to the timelines
  • Supporting the preparation of effective Commercial Sourcing trips by; Briefing all stakeholders on; critical path, ways of working and general engagement, Working with Commercial teams to ensure the highest quality of Range Matrix and briefs are delivered, Working with Sourcing teams to ensure Range Development is landed and understood and compiling any relevant forecast or review data to support or challenge planned development
  • Managing the information flow of range/seasonal frameworks, buying briefs and forecasts to Tesco Sourcing to ensure the critical path is met on time
  • Ensuring that new briefs  are assigned to the right location within the agreed sourcing strategy
  • The continuous improvement of our sourcing processes and how we interact with  category teams and our supplier partners
  • Supporting Heads of Global Sourcing with general Operations management and Strategic development
  • Initiating and Working with Global Sourcing team on Cross Tender projects, end of season summaries and supporting data requests to recommend further improvements and strategic direction


  • Developing relationships and working directly with product teams in order to understand what they want to buy
  • Developing relationships across our global sourcing network in order to fully understand regional product/raw material/ manufacturing expertise
  • Having great working relationships with Suppliers that encourage trust and loyalty


  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence
  • Living our values, respecting other people’s cultural differences and views, helping to create a great place to work and encouraging others to do the same
  • Collaborate internally and externally to foster efficient and effective working relationships
  • Forecasting and managing my budgets effectively, always being cost conscious

You will need

  • Retail / Sourcing knowledge
  • Production and factory experience
  • Understanding country and global supply chains
  • Strong commercial and influencing skills
  • Project Management experience preferred
  • Stakeholder Management – Across Work Levels, Functions and cultures
  • Supplier Management – Solid network and strong relationship management
  • “Taking People With You” and solid influencing skills
  • Planning and analytical skills – Organised with attention to detail
  • Proactive and actively finds solutions to problems
  • Strong understanding of the sourcing process and associated critical path

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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