Hy-Vee, Global Sourcing Specialist
  Grocery Retail
Revision Date:  06/2016

General Function:
Supports the company’s strategic initiative to grow direct food imports and enhance our international culinary expertise. Responsible for increasing sales and growing profit margins.

Reporting Relations:
Accountable and Reports to: Group Vice President, Private Brands
Positions that Report to you: None

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Understands and articulates goals and objectives for Hy-Vee Import Department.
  2. Analyzes, evaluates, and qualifies supplier capabilities and partnership opportunities.
  3. Manages international supplier relations and negotiations.
  4. Conducts bids, negotiates, and implements high-dollar purchase agreements.
  5. Coordinates both domestic and international supply chain.
  6. Classifies products in accordance with U.S. CPB Rules.
  7. Understands and respects FDA, USDA, and U.S. CPB Import Restrictions and compliance.
  8. Creates and implements cost-saving activities.
  9. Understands and utilizes company’s FOREX (Foreign Currency Exchange) program.
  10. Participates in product quality improvement and efficiency while reducing lead times, inventory, and cost.
  11. Assists in setting strategy for the category.
  12. Sets sales, gross margin, and market share objectives for each new product line to be developed/imported with Procurement Team.
  13. Provides updates on new product performance compared to initial projections.
  14. Establishes Warehousing & Transportation plans, including negotiation of all associated costs.
  15. Performs all functions in close coordination with various departments of the company.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Business preferred or relevant/comparable work experience in international trade.
  • 2-4 years’ experience in related field.
  • Fluency in multiple languages preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and database query tools.

Key Competencies Preferred:

  1. Skill in understanding profit and cost figures.
  2. Outstanding communication skills, both internally and externally.
  3. Ability to make decisions with ability to multi-task.
  4. Ability to develop new, uncommon, and clever solutions.
  5. Ability to identify solutions and select effective solutions from alternatives/options.

Physical and Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to function in a fast-paced, retail and office environment.
  • International Travel Required.
  • Must be available to work extended hours.
  • Visual requirements include: ability to see detail at near and far range with or without correction, normal depth perceptions.
  • Must be physically able to perform light work: occasionally lifting or carrying objects of no more than 10 pounds, and occasionally standing or walking.
  • Must be able to perform the following physical activities: stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Working Conditions:
The duties of this position are performed in a general office setting. There is constant pressure to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects in a day.

Equipment Used to Perform Job:
10 key calculator, telephone, copier, FAX, microfilm copier, and PC with spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Has frequent contact with store personnel, suppliers/vendors, and customers.

Has access to confidential information, including store inventory information, item costs, and margins.

After applying online, please send cover letter and resume to Alison Wright, aliwright@hy-vee.com.

For questions about this posting, please contact Eric Long, elong@hy-vee.com.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.