Raw Materials Manager, Sri Lanka



Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Who we are 
lululemon is an innovative performance apparel company for yoga, running, training, and other athletic pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional design, we create transformational products and experiences that support people in moving, growing, connecting, and being well. We owe our success to our innovative product, emphasis on stores, commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we're in. As a company, we focus on creating positive change to build a healthier, thriving future. In particular, that includes creating an equitable, inclusive and growth-focused environment for our people.
About this team
We are a team of committed people who care deeply for each other, believe anything is possible, and relentlessly pursue our growth together. We bring technology and functionality to life by developing fabrics, trim, colours and prints for lululemon premium performance products. Our partnership with product development, sourcing, manufacturing, and quality ensure we create products that perform for the intended use and meet testing standards, providing a desirable experience for our guests.
The lululemon liaison office (LLO) ensures bulk readiness and on-time production of the right quality through a process excellence lens. It supports improvement work through dual/counter-source developments. The Raw Materials Manager, Sri Lanka will report to the General Manager of Taiwan LLO. You will lead lululemon's mandate of setting the standard of the highest production and quality management processes in raw material manufacturing. You will be integral to in-region raw materials team expansion into a strategic location. 
A day in the life: 
  • Be the lululemon's raw materials (RM) team face in SEA regions and support a strong RM vendor base
  • Lead and manage RM, production, quality projects and initiatives, and refine any RM production or quality management programs
  • Provide leadership-level strategies on in-region production/quality/vendor management and share strategies & vision with cross-functional teams 
  • Continuously working on process efficiencies (internal and external), create mid-long term strategies for SEA region such as vendor empowerment, capacity planning, in-country production shift 
  • Drive alignment with finished goods vendors (FGV) & raw materials vendors (RMV), being a strong advocate of lululemon's core values and building strong FGV/RMV alignments
  • Establish and deliver corrective and preventive action (CAPA) work with RMV, aiming at improving our OTP to >95% and RFT to >95% 
  • Collaborate with RMS and RMV on capacity validation work and establish clear best in class production processes
  • Establish evaluation measures for assessing the competence/capability of RM vendors, and evaluate vendors' performance regularly with measurable KPIs
  • Develop and lead future state SEA region RM team into an in-region RM centre of excellence (COE)
  • Provide critical inputs into RM sourcing work through SEA region market intelligence and capacity validations
  • Support in-region leadership team with RM strategy work and deliver leadership guidance to SEA region RM vendors on continuous improvement work  
  • Engage upstream cross-functional partners in risk identification & mitigation and any other duties and tasks that are assigned

  • Your ideal background: Degree in Industrial Engineering, Textiles, Business Administration, or related discipline preferred, with 8+ years of relevant industry experience and/or in a sports performance business environment preferable 
  • You have strong knowledge of raw materials, and technical fabrics, including limitations and risk assessment skills
  • You can demonstrate excellent leadership and cross-cultural communication skills, with experience in building and leading a team
  • You have been an excellent People Manager for at least over 2 years and are inspired to develop and coach others 
  • You have a good understanding of cross-functional team accountabilities and requirements to support the overall supply chain goals and multi-source strategy 
  • You are agile, respond positively to change, embrace and use new practices to accomplish goals and solve problems
  • You can speak good English (with local languages or Mandarin preferred). You also love to have fun and sweat!
Must haves:
  • Acknowledges the presence of choice in every moment and takes personal responsibility for their life.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovates to achieve great results. 
  • Communicates with honesty and kindness, and creates the space for others to do the same. 
  • Leads with courage, knowing the possibility of greatness is bigger than the fear of failure. 
  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships. 
  • Integrates fun and joy as a way of being and working, aka doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

Beyond the Paycheck (Benefits & Perks)  

At lululemon, we care for and invest in the whole person – body, mind, spirit. Our total rewards program is designed to support you in achieving your goals and focus on the things you love. In addition to competitive base pay and a team-based bonus program, we also offer paid time off, generous employee discounts, fitness/yoga classes, parenthood top up program and personal and professional development programs.    

Note: availability of these benefits and perks may be subject to your location & employment type and may have certain eligibility requirements. The Company reserves the right to alter these benefits and perks in whole or in part at any time without advance notice.