Sourcing & Production Manager, Non-Apparel

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


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


  • Analyze business needs, develops and implements global sourcing strategies for the assigned categories
  • Collaborate with key partners in design/development to allocate production which leverages the best at capabilities of our supply base
  • Negotiate costs and deliverables with sourcing partners to ensure best profit margin for the products are achieved
  • Asses 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
  • Manage and build long term vendor partnerships and alliance, cultivating the brand’s relationship worldwide
  • Achieve target IMU goal by negotiating detailed cost and closely partnering with Buying team
  • Manage production process from point of conception to finished product/WIP report
  • Develop and source fabrics, yarns, and trims; obtains approvals for fabric, lab dip, and trims
  • Work closely with the Merchant team to ensure vision of product is achieved during the sourcing process
  • Communicate effectively with Merchant and Product Development team; update the teams regularly on deliveries; alerts the team of any unexpected issues and negotiates resolutions with vendors
  • Liaison for cross-functional partnerships and relationships with Buying, Import, Vendor Relations, and Traffic teams
  • Perform other job duties as assigned
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally when travel is permitted


  • 6+ year of progressive experience in working with oversea vendors and product production management
  • Manufacturing experience is a plus
  • 6+ years of experience sourcing, manufacturing and costing
  • Ability to identify global sourcing trends and strategies
  • Knowledge of manufacturing non-apparel/accessories and other categories from manufacturing in-country
  • Experienced in executing non-apparel production calendars
  • Excellent negotiation skills, understanding of molds and other costs attributed to non-apparel items
  • Illustrates a dedication to meeting requirements of internal and external customers, responding to all customer requests promptly and thoroughly
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to work in a team environment, give honest, direct feedback and is a solid verbal and written communicator
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure
  • Is accountable for results, approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve problems and issues
  • Multilingual is a plus