Sr. Production / Sourcing Manager

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


We're looking for a an expert in, sourcing to join the Hot Topic Production team and help manage the production process from point of conception to finished product for all Hot Topic brands. This Production/Sourcing Manager will assist in leading the strategy and production process, partnering with merchandising, design, product development, vendors and others to bring our product ideas to life.


  • Analyze business needs, develop and implement global sourcing strategies for assigned categories
  • Manage production process from point of conception to finished product - develops and sourced fabrics, yarns, and trims; obtains approvals for fabric, lab dip, and trims
  • Own vendor allocation and sourcing based on volume, technique, fabrication and cost
  • Assesses existing and new vendor, factory and supplier capabilities against the assortment plan for volume, quota, costs, compliance, and lead-times; makes recommendation for a sourcing matrix
  • Responsible for maintaining trackers and WIP reports while ensuring data integrity
  • Handle all daily communication with overseas vendors for assigned categories
  • Facilitate and manage timely approval of all components in accordance with time & action calendars to support on-time deliveries
  • Timely communication and follow up with design and art teams on submits and strike off approvals
  • Negotiate costs with vendors overseas to meet target AUCs. Suggest cost options when needed to meet margin targets.
  • Work closely with the merchant & product development team to ensure vision of product is achieved during the sourcing & production process & updating them regularly on deliveries and production issues.
  • Attend weekly TBs with buyers and to effectively communicate production issues/concerns while coming up with solutions to mitigate risk to the business


  • 3-5 years of progressive experience working with overseas vendors and product production management, 1+ of those years in licensing business; manufacturing experience is a plus
  • Experience with travelling overseas to visit vendors/factories in COO China/SEA/Americas or ROW is a plus
  • You're a sourcing, manufacturing and costing wizard
  • You're always up to date on the latest trends & strategies in sourcing & production
  • Negotiation is your middle name
  • You have MS skills and Excel skills
  • You're a strong communicator and a team player - your thrive in a team environment and are comfortable giving, and receiving, honest, direct, feedback
  • Bilingual (Mandarin/Cantonese) a plus