• General Manager Asia Operations

    Job ID 2017-1115
    Job Locations
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    BDA brings the world’s biggest brands to life through promotional merchandise. Fortune 500 companies come to us looking to connect with their consumers on an emotional level. We create three-dimensional advertising that people invite into their homes, offices, cars and classrooms. We let people see, touch, feel, own and interact with a brand in a way no other marketing permits. It’s what we like to call the Power of Merchandise.

    We give our team members the creative freedom and foster the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to champion our clients’ branding goals utilizing cutting edge ideas. Our people are our No. 1 asset, and we remain committed to making our company a great place to work for our team and family.

    We take great pride in our company culture—one that inspires teamwork, fun and excellence across our organization. We’re energetic people who love what we do—churning out more than 50 million units each year for the world’s most admired brands in a fun, fast paced environment that rewards high achievement.


    The General Manager of Asia Operations oversees the China based team and is responsible for Sourcing, Quality Control and PO management at our factories.   The China offices also assist in negotiations and project management. Responsible for working cross functionally with Project Managers in the US to support our customers. Key to success is building an environment that embodies the same philosophy and spirt of our US headquarters.   The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills along with the ability to troubleshoot and streamline processes to improve speed to market, reduce costs while maintaining the highest level of quality resulting in delivering on our customer promise.


    Duties & Responsibilities


    • Oversees China based teams with responsibility for Project Management, Sourcing, Quoting, Costing, Price Negotiations and Quality Control and production management.
    • Defines team needs and develops staff to support company objectives.
    • Recommend vendor mapping strategy and guide company on best way to utilize our vendor resources and allocate purchasing dollars.
    • Continuously refine the Negotiating Culture and best practice refinement
    • Streamline supply chain by continuously assessing and procurement processes and procedures, and compressing lead-times through data analysis and cross-departmental strategy and alignment. Make recommendation for improvements, and where adopted assist in mapping and implementation.
    • Responsible for coordination of pre-production, production, Quality Control shipment scheduling
    • Proactively work to understand commodity costs, market analysis, divisional profit analysis / budgetary responsibility
    • Manage team to focus on key metrics
    • Responsibility to negotiate and continuously improve Preferred Vendor contracts terms and conditions to improve company’s outcomes.
    • Exhibit and promote high levels of Spirit of Service (both internal and external customers) to ensure smooth operations and satisfied customers.
    • Responsible for ensuring compliance to all laws, regulations, and internal policies and standards.
    • Ensure the highest level of integrity is maintained throughout the team.
    • Ensuring coordination of product testing, factory capability testing and social responsibility between US team and factories.
    • Assist in the resolution of product quality problems.
    • Maintain hard copy and electronic files, histories, and statistical analysis on assigned program inventory activities.
    • Other job duties and projects as assigned




    Any travel involved? Yes

    Any financial/budgetary responsibility? Yes

    Strategic planning responsibilities? Yes

    Number of staff reporting to this position: 3-5 Direct Reports/30 indirect


    Experience Requirements


    • Minimum 15 years purchasing experience
    • B.A. Business Administration, B.S. in Operations, Engineering or equivalent
    • Consumer Products Expertise
    • Strong knowledge of Quality Systems, Social Compliancy, Project Management and Process Improvements
    • Proven Track record of sourcing and managing factories for a rapidly growing business
    • Experience in both hard and soft goods
    • Wide knowledge of Consumer Products in a variety of categories
    • Extensive experience working relationship with or for a US based company.
    • Demonstrated success within a multi-tasking, matrix management, cross-functional team environment with changing priorities and dynamic response times
    • Bi-lingual in English and Mandarin a plus
    • Experience with Oracle or other similar ERP systems


    Job Skills & Traits


    • Strategic, Analytical and Creative thinker
    • Strong Leadership skills and ability to develop and communicate vision
    • Superior ability to educate, delegate and motivate direct reports
    • Independent problem solving expertise, with tenacious enthusiasm to meet goals with a sense of urgency
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with coworkers, vendors and internal customers and present to external clients
    • Ability to recognize and act upon trend information
    • Expertise in various business technology programs
    • Self-Motivator and Detail Oriented
    • Proven autonomy through high responsibility and result driven planning



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