Head of Global Sourcing, Greater Africa) Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Position Title: Head of Global Sourcing, Greater Africa

Reports: Vice President, Global Sourcing International

Location: Preferred Nairobi but negotiable

One of Our Clients in the Fashion Industry is seeking for a respected leader to continue driving and leading the growth of our Greater Africa sourcing business as Head of Global Sourcing, Greater Africa.

Job Purpose: The Head of Global Sourcing, Greater Africa will be responsible for accomplishing and leading the Global Sourcing business in Greater Africa by building and establishing our merchandising or sourcing presence in the region by developing new vendor partnerships and discovering new viable factories to produce our range of products and ultimately ensure that we deliver a best-in-class product for our consumers at the right price and speed of delivery.

The role will also partner with cross-functional leadership in Product Quality and Responsible Sourcing to support regional efforts in these interconnected areas of business for the organization while leading, developing, and retaining a team of merchandising associates to manage our increasingly growing production in the region.

Duties and Responsibilities

Global Sourcing Strategy – Development & Operationalization:

  • Pioneer new Global Sourcing business relationships across Greater Africa
  • Develop and support the implementation of new global sourcing strategies and initiatives for the region to create a competitive advantage for TCP
  • Build and establish a merchandising/sourcing presence in the region to improve the organization’s supply chain reliability
  • Draw linkages and create opportunities for greater collaboration and organizational alignment across all divisions of the global Product Quality and Sourcing/Merchandising functions
  • Support the factory self-certification programs, ensuring all production regions have plans in place to shift capable factories over to certified status and achieve yearly targets for volumes shipped from certified “Low Maintenance” Suppliers
  • Plan, coordinate, participate and/or support the organization with delivering large-scale events and conferences, such as regular Sourcing, and/or Vendor Summits
  • Develop and deliver relevant training to internal and external stakeholders to realize/operationalize new strategies, programs, and protocol

Product Vendor Development

  • Identify, engage, and cultivate new and existing vendor relationships
  • Coordinate, guide, and support vendor assessments through the start-up process.
  • Oversee & coordinate the vendor onboarding process

Africa Government Relations

  • Represent TCP when engaging government officials and representatives in region such as:
    • US Embassy
    • In-region ministries
    • USAID
  • Maintain and nurture government relations
  • Manage TCP application for Aid grants

Field Quality Assurance

  • Partner with the Director, Product Quality and provide local support to the Field QA teams across
  • Greater Africa in achieving an overall effective execution of all quality management programs and initiatives for TCP regionally
  • Support the Director, Product Quality to consolidate, review, and present Field QA data and trends to senior management while proposing recommendations for continuous improvement


  • Manage and oversee TCP partnerships with Child Care Development Centers (Plan International)
  • Manage adherence to operational program guidelines
  • Identify potential new locations

Business Analytics:

  • Continuously monitor workload across all manufacturing locations regionally, particularly in conjunction with major shifts in the Company’s sourcing footprint; provide the VP, of Global
  • Sourcing (International) with resource plans per region and recommendations for continuous “right-sizing” of the quality and merchandising functions
  • Use relevant data to support the development of tailored factory improvement plans to elevate factory performance and thus product quality across all locations
  • Work with relevant business partners in Global Sourcing and Sourcing Operations in maintaining the Vendor Scorecard process

Qualification Experience and Skills

  • Diploma/Degree in a related and appropriate field (such as fashion technology or garment manufacturing)
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ progressive, increasingly responsible experience in global sourcing, product quality, QA, QC, operations, or similar
  • Ability to network, build professional relationships, and influence at all levels within the organization, external partners, and service providers
  • Possess a strong global sourcing, manufacturing, and product quality background specific to Greater Africa
  • Comprehensive merchandising/sourcing background in both Pre-Production and Production management for apparel and non-apparel products, children’s products preferred
  • Previous experience working across different countries and cultures preferred
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with a strong command of verbal and written English
  • Proven knowledge of data analyses and sourcing business operational flow; exposure to Global Sourcing metrics and analytics
  • Strong capability in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated prior experience developing, communicating, and maintaining Vendor Scorecards

Key Competencies

  • Drives Business Results through Communication and Collaboration
  • Plans and Organizes
  • Exhibits and Drives Accountability
  • Builds Effective Teams

How to Apply

To apply visit https://ats.flexi-personnel.com/ and submit your application or send your CV to executive@flexi-personnel.com by 31st December 2022.

Indicate Head of Global Sourcing, Greater Africa as the email subject.

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