Advantage Sales and Marketing

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Advantage Solutions Sourcing Specialist in Kansas City, Missouri


The Sourcing Specialist position will work closely with the product development team, the operations team, the purchasing team, and the finance team to manage our current Blucoil accessory inventory. You will be working directly with vendors overseas, and learn the international supply chain in its entirety. You will also get experience in seeing the entire product development process from ideation to production.


• Monitor inventory positions to ensure sufficient stock levels

• Coordinate with the Purchasing team to update sales projections

• Place purchase orders for replenishment

• Follow up with vendors on production lead times and collect necessary documents

• Assist with QC inspection bookings

• Coordinate with the Operations team on PO receiving

• Follow up with the Finance team on open invoices

• Ensure up-to-date landed costs and product info across all databases and spreadsheets

• Identify potential suppliers

• Coordinate with vendors and the internal teams on sample shipping and tests

• Research and compare alternatives to lower costs or improve workflows


• Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills

• Self-starter who takes ownership of projects

• Time management and prioritization skills

• Ability to identify problems and work with teams to find solutions

• Ability to communicate and coordinate cross-departmentally with different teams

• Familiarity with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

• Flexible working hours

• Mandarin Chinese language skills a plus


The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Position Summary

Associate Business Manager collaborates with Business Managers, Senior Leadership and external Clients (suppliers and retailers) to execute and achieve growth objectives. Independent thinker and decision maker.

Job Duty

Managing Client Relationships

  • Owning relationships within the retailers Private Label/Own Brand team and understanding the priorities of the Private Label/Own Brand team and the supplier partner

  • Understand all client’s strategies/priorities and be able to leverage and communicate the knowledge

  • Work with supplier partners and retailer on executing new item launches, label updates, and reformulations of product. Ensure all parties stay on track to meet deadlines.

  • Build and maintain business relationships with supplier partners and retailer.

Business Management

  • Manages supplier/client sales and revenue

  • Negotiates brokerage rates

  • Contract management

Project Management

  • Facilitate and drive projects through the process (work closely with cross functional teams to achieve project milestones within established timeframes)

  • Identify potential risks and solutions

Product Development

  • Managing the private label product development process and timeline with the retailer and suppliers from ideation to shelf

  • Influencing suppliers and retailer for actions and decisions that will result in a project meeting deadline

  • Managing the expectations of both our clients and the retailer throughout the product development process when necessary

  • Obtaining new sources of supply for retailer product development


  • Advising the BM for potential road blocks in a project and helping to provide and execute solutions.

  • Work with and support business managers on new business development

  • Can think on your feet, be a problem-solver, and be a self-starter.

  • Stakeholder on progress

  • Proactively communicate with retailer, suppliers, internal team and/or third party teams to ensure objectives are met

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

Indirect Reports

  • Does not have direct reports, but may delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level: (Required): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Business

0-2 Years of experience in Account or Brand Management

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Basic Computer Skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Outlook, & web browsers

  • Strong Written & Verbal Communication Skills

  • Conflict Management Skills

  • Decision Making Skills

  • Strong Prioritizing Skills

  • Excellent Customer Service Skills

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding Advantage Solutions Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle | US-OR-Portland | US-AZ-Phoenix | US-NV-Reno | US-MO-Kansas City | US-TN-Nashville

Primary Posting Location : City Seattle

Primary Posting Location : State/Province WA

Postal Code 97221

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2020-298244

Position Type Full Time

Category Client Services/Account Management