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This section of the sewn goods industry may surprise you. People who work in sourcing don't just sit behind a desk all day—they may be on a plane heading for Asia or South America tomorrow morning. Here are a few of the positions you'll find in this exciting field.

 

Fabric and Trim Buyer
This person searches the world to fill fabric and trim requirements for a product or product line. The fabric and trim buyer handles all aspects of the negotiations, including color, pricing, and logistics. This person will put in a lot of airline miles, and must have superior bargaining skills, as well as strong mathematical, visual and analytical abilities, Knowledge of a foreign language is a strong plus.

Contractor Sourcer


This person is responsible for finding skilled workers and resources to produce a particular product or line. The contractor sourcer handles such areas as outsourcing, contract negotiations and compliance. This person must have outstanding organizational abilities and multilingual skills. Again, you can expect to travel to many different countries and regions.


Trade Specialist

This person specializes in resolving cultural differences, scheduling production, and negotiating quotas, duties, and tariffs. The trade specialist must have a good deal of experience in the field, know the law, and love international travel. He or she must be multilingual, analytical and adaptable.

 

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