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Production Manager at Koala

in Sydney, NSW

Job description

Koala is Australia’s fastest-growing furniture company imbued with a mission to become the smartest way to buy high-quality furniture online. We make furniture for the digital age and are laser focused on delighting customers with outstanding service and products that both surprise and delight.


Why we have this role @ Koala

  • Source & establish contracts with appropriate suppliers to enable both the execution of new concepts, and protect Koala’s ongoing supply requirements.
  • Manage the sourcing and development of new products from product specification through to golden sample.
  • Provide product and material costings support to design team for new developments and in market products

What key responsibilities does this role have @ Koala?

  • Ownership of the Cost of Goods
  • Source and develop supplier network to support future business growth
  • Establish a costings function for finished goods, materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Establish Cost Improvement initiatives that will seek to continually add value to Koala through efficacy gain or sourcing based cost reductions
  • Aggressively negotiate on costings to achieve margin targets
  • Oversee Quality Assurance activities
  • Ensure ongoing standards & quality tolerances are met by manufacturers/suppliers
  • Identify & address product performance non-conformance as identified through production testing or Customer Feedback
  • Prioritise opportunities for product performance improvements (continuous improvement)
  • Oversee the Sales & Operations Planning process to ensure alignment of Product Launch timelines & the impact on both Cash-Flow and Capacity planning
  • Strategic sourcing
  • 2-way leadership and communication

Ideal background…

  • 8+ yrs in production, procurement and sourcing with a strong preference for furniture or related goods.
  • Experience in furniture production or related soft and hard good production at mass
  • Knowledge of markets to approach appropriate vendors
  • Strong background in related material costings
  • Strategic and organised, with the ability to tenaciously oversee multiple products at various stages of the development pipeline
  • Knowledge of Production trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity, production cycle timeline

Capabilities we look for…

  • Challenges status quo
  • Makes a difference
  • Surprises and delights
  • Acts ethically, with honesty and integrity in everything they do
  • Brings good vibes to the people around them
  • Relentless focus on the end game
  • Delivers with entrepreneurial mindset
  • Naturally curious
  • Thinks forward, reflects back
  • Positive, collegiate and collaborative
  • Ambitious but never arrogant
  • Lives the values of Koala
  • Rides through change like a boss

Our Benefits...

  • Casual Friday everyday!
  • Free products for staff and discounts for family & friends
  • Fully stocked kitchen in ultra modern office
  • Regular sports and social events
  • Opportunity to be part of rapid growth plans
  • Working with a small team – gaining massive exposure!
  • Personal growth and learning opportunities
  • Working in an ethical organisation that genuinely gives back

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