In the Global Sourcing function at Chico’s FAS, Inc., We Love What We Do! We have a passion for bringing product “to life” for our customers. The essence of what we do is embodied in our collaboration with our global business partners and internal partners in Design, Merchandising and Product Development. We are responsible for the execution of our product from initial prototype to final production. We are constantly seeking new sourcing opportunities for best quality, cost, speed, and product execution. The Sourcing team is dynamic, creative, proactive, solution-oriented, and resourceful in our commitment to delivering quality products and services across our brands – Chico’s, White House Black Market & Soma. Here at Chico’s FAS, we have proven market success, financial resources and are growing.
Exciting initiatives at Chico’s FAS Global Sourcing are underway or in planning stages:
Speed Sourcing Initiatives: Work is being done to clearly define tools and process to achieve SPEED through the definition and utilization of 3 key "FAST" levers: Positioning Fabric/Raw Materials, Positioning open capacity, and utilizing Air Freight. Depending on the product and the speed needed, the business will be able to select from the above "menu" depending on how "FAST" a particular product needs to be.
Product Life Cycle Management Implementation: A fully integrated product design and development solution that will facilitate enterprise-wide efficiencies in the management of our product through its life cycle, from initial concept to purchase order. The application will support a collaborative and seamless workspace for all internal and external teams who engage with the product.
Country of Origin Migration Plans: Development of a diversified manufacturing country of origin portfolio to mitigate risk and optimize quality, cost and speed.
Supplier Council Initiative: At Chico’s, we emphasize partnership – both external and internal. One great example is our Supplier Council. This is a forum in which Global Sourcing and the leadership of our Brands meet with our Strategic Vendor Partners to share ideas, define priorities, and develop processes to enhance efficiencies and cost savings.
Envision: Envison Software provides Chico’s the opportunity to manage color electronically. The software combined with a special calibrated monitor allows us to view “true” color of various material substrates. After evaluating colors of different material types together we are able to communicate adjustments to the supply base electronically.
Lab Certification Programs: This program provides for us to approve Vendors and Mills to perform lab tests in their factory rather than sending product to be tested by outside laboratories. This reduces overall costs and improves speed to market.
Other future plans include developing new countries of origin, speed sourcing, finding the most fashion forward materials, leveraging purchasing power, increased vendor collaboration, and time/cost/transparency initiatives
Executive Management Training Program & Internships: We are working to expand our current Executive Management Training Program & Internships to include functions in the Global Sourcing group.
Our Global Sourcing Leadership Team is comprised of an experienced and well-travelled group of industry leaders with diverse backgrounds, including manufacturers, top retailers and wholesalers, luxury brands, fabric mills, and start ups. Associates have the opportunity to travel domestically as well as abroad to Europe and Asia.
Our highly skilled and regarded teams manage the production of product across a wide range of fashion categories (apparel, intimates, accessories). We operate as a highly integrated team with our brands and global supplier community -- we are about delivering innovation, expertise, value and speed to market.
We value experience in product development/production/sourcing whether in a retail, wholesale, or manufacturing environments. We are looking for people with the following characteristics: Intellectual Curiosity, Drive, Strong Communication Skills, Initiative, Collaboration, Multi-Tasking Ability, Organizational Skills, and a Global Mindset. Candidates that enjoy working in a dynamic, high performance environment and have a continuous improvement mindset will thrive in our environment. Last but not least, you must have a passion for bringing quality product to life for our Most Amazing customers!
- Customer First
- Vibrant Spirit
- High Performance
Our Guiding Principles:
- The Most Amazing Personal Service
- We Love what we Do
- The Most Amazing Place to Work Learn & Grow
Our dynamic, diverse culture celebrates our passion for our customer, associates, commitment to continuous improvement and integrity. We offer competitive benefits, global exposure, compelling career opportunities and programs to help you grow your career with us. Our core Global Sourcing group is located at our National Store Support Center in Ft. Myers, Florida – a tropical climate, sunshine almost every day, and just minutes from the beach!
If all of this sounds exciting to you and you want to learn more about The Most Amazing Place to Work Learn & Grow, we encourage you to view all of our open opportunities in Global Sourcing by Clicking Here.