Director, Global Sourcing - Simms Fishing

Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC

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Bozeman, MT

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Job Overview:

Job Description

The individual in this role has accountability for the effectiveness of our global supply chain, excluding Simms-manufactured product. Effectiveness in this role requires adept relationship management, and an ability to drive near term initiatives that align with a long-term strategy and outlook.

Supply chain performance is a mission critical requirement for our business. In many regards, this work is done in service to other key functions in the business. If successful, our product team can create compelling solutions while achieving margin objectives, and our sales team can maximize demand fulfillment due to the availability of high quality product.

The individual in this role is truly a lifelong learner. The sourcing landscape is ever-changing – a static approach is simply unacceptable. Curiosity, risk management, persistence in affecting change, and a steady thoughtful approach to problem solving, are all required in this position. This role is a source of stability and pragmatism for the broader business.

Key Responsibilities and Priorities:

  • Definition and implementation of a near-term and long-term sourcing strategy

  • The ability to affect change across different functions in the business, applying best-practices with regards to communication and project management

  • Effective leadership of the sourcing and supply chain teams

  • Oversight of the supply planning function (excluding Bozeman production)

  • Creation of internal teams (working groups, advisory groups, direct reports) to support efforts, and the management of outside consultants and contractors as needed

  • A willingness to travel extensively, evaluating potential manufacturing partners, ensuring compliance and developing trust and rapport. The role will require 4 to 6 international trips per year (1-2 weeks each) and 2 to 4 domestic trips per year (trade shows and domestic sourcing evaluation)

  • Expertise in product cost management, from ideation through bulk production.

  • Participation in company-wide, conservation, sustainability, and JEDI initiatives

Key Competencies:

  • Strong baseline understanding of cultural and political trends in all relevant sourcing geographies, and an ongoing curiosity with regards to changing dynamics and emerging opportunities

  • Natural ability to develop and maintain trust and rapport with key partners, regardless of location, language and cultural background

  • Fluent understanding of Simms’ operational systems and processes, encompassing product creation, purchasing & planning, logistics, and warehousing & demand fulfillment

  • Passion for sustainability and social & labor compliance. The ability to approach this work both tactically and emotionally, inspiring Simms to rally around these efforts

  • Exceptional analytical problem-solving abilities, and a focus on creating enduring process-driven solutions for recurring challenges and inefficiencies

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Product margin relative to targets

  • Calendar adherence

  • Product availability and on-time delivery

  • Inventory turns and discontinued inventory cost

  • Supply chain labor and environmental compliance


  • 10+ years of consumer products industry experience in roles that engage directly with sourcing and supply chain

  • 5+ years of experience leading teams

  • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum, advanced studies in a relevant field preferred

  • Relevant additional language abilities preferred

  • Extensive travel experience

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, gear discounts and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

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Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

At this time, Vista Outdoor is closely monitoring the developments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 workplace rule regarding COVID-19 vaccination or testing. You will not be asked any questions regarding these items during application.