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Global Supply Chain Manager - Logistics

Rakuten Kobo Inc.
00013554 Requisition #

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc. we offer a casual working start-up environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work-life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative and passionate they need to have healthy minds and bodies. We believe in rewarding all of our employees with competitive salaries, performance based annual bonuses, stock options, training and development opportunities, and above average time-off policies. 


If you’re looking for a company that inspires passion, personal, and professional growth – join Kobo and come help us make reading lives better.

The Role:

Global Supply Chain Mgr. Logistics will have responsibility for running our logistics function. Ensuring that Kobo delivers on its promises to customers, retail partners, and other key stakeholders. Reporting into the Director, Supply Chain Management, the focus will be on ensuring strong and continued communication with our electronics product and 3rd party logistics companies and delivering consistent cost-effective results.
The Person:

·               Establish and develop supplier strategies and relationships and manage relationships with vendors

·               Negotiate contracts and pricing with third party logistics contracts, exceeding requirements of the business targets and financial goals of the company

·               Work with operations and product development teams during the product development lifecycle to help ensure products are delivered on time

·               Work on tracking and monitoring all logistics and transportation spends for B2B and B2C orders

·               Work with vendors for new customers on the required logistics deliverables

·               Track and report on supply agreement milestones and deliverables

·               Develop and implement supply chain models for both new and future products, analyzing complex options and the competitive landscape

·               Manage logistics spend to achieve cost effective delivery of goods

·               Work with Legal to negotiate Master Service Agreements and SOWs

·               Work to enhance and develop our global B2C operations within cost targets


The Skillset:

·               Minimum 5+ years of supply chain and logistics experience, preferably in a consumer electronics or high-tech industry

·               Post-secondary education focused on Supply Chain Management or Engineering

·               CPIM designation preferred; P.log, CPP, CSCP, FITT also considered

·               Previous experience in negotiating

·               Previous experience in B2C operations

·               SAP and or like ERP system experience an asset

·               Proven success in managing and maintaining relationships with vendors, and ensuring lines of communication remain open and in good standing

·               Procurement and contract business management experience

·               Ability to think strategically and execute tactically

·               You thrive in a lightning-fast environment with tight timelines

·               Willingness to work flexible hours as needed in order to speak to contacts in different time zones

·               Ability to travel globally as required

·               Possesses a combination of working knowledge of world-class supply chain practices, strong analytical capabilities, and business savvy


The Perks:


  • Flexible hours and no office dress code
  • Full benefits starting from your first day, including a flexible health spending account
  • Paid Volunteer days, unlimited sick days, and 3% GRSP matching
  • Monthly commuting allowance
  • A generous talent and development training budget
  • Free Kobo device + free weekly e-book or audiobook
  • Frequent Lunch and Learns and Author series
  • Weekly Kobo Tech University sessions
  • Free onsite gym
  • Weekly happy hours (Thirsty Thursday’s, as we like to call it)
  • Maternity/paternity leave top up
  • Pooch Program that allows you to bring your furry friends to the office


About Rakuten Kobo Inc.


Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the most advanced global ecommerce companies, with the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to over 30 million customers in 190 countries. Rakuten Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience through creative innovation, award-winning eReaders, and top-ranking mobile apps.


Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request. Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.


Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.



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