Manufacturing Manager, Hardlines
Location:
Irvine , California
Posted:
March 09, 2016
Reference:
160007Q
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a manufacturing manager to support all potential and existing vendors by serving as the primary liaison and managing the day-to-day relationships with all vendors. The ideal candidate has product development experience with an emphasis on overseas sourcing, excellent organizational and time-management skills, and a strong sense of commitment to and personal ownership of the responsibilities assigned to them. This position will report to the director of product development.

Responsibilities
  • Manufacturing / Sourcing
    • Contribute to category strategy and annual product planning roadmap.
    • Identify and prospect growth opportunities in assigned categories.
    • Serve as the manufacturing specialist and manager of day-to-day relationships between Blizzard and vendors in assigned categories.
    • Manage vendors to ensure consistent quality of product execution including cost improvements, efficient lead times, packaging requirements, and globally compliant for commercialization.
    • Understands and considers global trade agreements, labor, safety and material compliance regulations and overall international business environments to manage a capable and compliant vendor matrix.
    • Facilitate cross departmental meetings and supplier engagement regarding cost, innovation, quality, and production.
    • Work closely with product development and design teams to understand product requirements in order to align them with vendor capabilities and capacity.
    • Work closely with internal teams and designers to ensure adherence to design / merchandising calendar and each brand's franchise goals.
    • Negotiate and review price quotes and draft manufacturing services agreements.
  • Management
    • Supervise coordinator / specialist on a project basis.
  • Other
    • Communicate status updates with director on a weekly basis.
    • Assist director with special events / projects.

Requirements
  • A minimum of 8 years' experience in product development
  • Able to work and thrive in a globally oriented environment
  • Passion for playing computer games
  • Able to work well in a team environment with various internal organizations (such as creative development, marketing, legal, accounting, and international Blizzard teams)
  • Able to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and meet deadlines consistently
  • Strong communications and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Intelligence, confidence, discretion, humility, and intellectual curiosity
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field

Pluses
  • Experience in the game industry
  • International business and / or sourcing experience

Required Application Materials
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
A little about us:
Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer/publisher of entertainment software, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone.

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