Sr Costing Analyst at Columbia Sportswear Company (Portland, OR)

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Columbia Sportswear's dynamic global supply chain consists of 4 distribution centers, 430 retail stores, 80 apparel factories and 20 footwear factories worldwide. We pride ourselves on being able to get products to market quickly, safely, and in the most cost-effective manner. By leveraging data analytics, we are constantly pushing to make smarter business decisions and identifying innovative ways to make Columbia Sportswear's supply chain more efficient and effective to meet our consumers' ever-changing needs.
Columbia Global Manufacturing brings product ideas to reality in order to connect active people with their passions. We cover everything from raw materials development, product development, fit engineering, quality, sourcing and then the Liaison Offices that manage the product manufacturing.
As the Senior Cost Analyst, you will play a key role in the successful execution of product commercialization by driving operational excellence and costing processes within the category team. You'll collaborate closely with cross-functional partners including Product Development, Merchandising, Planning, and CSC Liaison Offices to understand the operational/costing requirements of the category and facilitate alignment of calendars/deadlines across the team. Using a continuous improvement mindset, you'll drive opportunities to improve and simplify current processes while creating increased efficiencies of resources. Provides product costing support as requested with a focus on the facilitation of C/O costing and costing operations.

  • Independently guide and influence Category Commercialization teams to drive product decisions that enable optimal consumer value and target cost achievement
  • Execute predictable, competitive, and sustainable product costs from finished good vendors to support cross category cost alignment and seasonal initiatives
  • Responsible for seasonal costing operations inclusive of audits, system work bench maintenance, and calendar deadlines for key costing-related activities.
  • Drive corrective action with Commercialization teams to close gaps in margin.
  • Lead proactive cost and margin communication with the Commercialization team to effectively managing new design cost to seasonal established targets and be accountable for the carry over cost of seasonless product.
  • Measure and analyze finish good vendor's cost performance to ensure in season cost expectations are being met through exception-based reporting
  • Lead and partner with broader Costing, Liaison Office, Product Development teams to implement cost standards, tools, and processes that enable efficient, accurate and complete product cost.
  • Support Sourcing strategies to maximize benefits of macro & micro economic trends and global free trade agreements.
  • Share knowledge and train others both inside and outside the department as needed.
  • Drive collaboration, alignment, and successful execution of operational processes across the PDX category team and the CSC liaison offices. Promote and drive "One Team" philosophy.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities and drive efficiencies through effective use of resources, tools, reporting and audits. Helps correct overlap/duplication of responsibilities.

  • Strong analytical abilities, and attention to detail and deadlines
  • Utilizes an exception-based approach whenever possible to create efficiencies and focuses on the priorities with greatest benefit/impact.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, setting practical approach to solving complex problems. Ability to break down/simplify complex problems, clearly articulate the issue to a wide audience, and provide effective solutions.
  • Solution-oriented, open to trying and proposing new process, tool, and product ideas to adapt to evolving manufacturing environment
  • Excellent presentation storytelling and adaptable interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to influence outcomes and enable collaborative working relationships with individuals of different cultures and countries
  • Ability to deal with work and time pressures to accomplish job requirements in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Requires an ability to read, write, and speak English, within daily activities and ability to communicate with vendors and global employees.

  • College degree in business, economics, apparel/textiles, manufacturing, or related experience.
  • 8+ years of experience in apparel or other soft goods sourcing, development, costing, production, or a manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of garment manufacturing including, sourcing, costing, compliance, and planning operations. Possess working knowledge of garment construction and cost drivers.
  • Understanding of global trade agreements and trade regulations and impact on landed costs.
  • Necessary Skills/tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Visual Tool creation (PowerPoint, excel charts), Excel (Filtering, Pivot Tables, V-lookup). Reporting and audit creation through Power BI or Excel.

Additional Information

Role may require 50+ hours per week, usually with 8-10 hour days. Attendance at evening/weekend meetings may be required.

Position requires occasional international travel.

Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
More Information on Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company operates in the Fashion industry. The company is located in Portland, OR, Richmond, CA and Carlsbad, CA. Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938. It has 5022 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 64 open jobs at Columbia Sportswear Company, click here.
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