Supplier Account Manager

2022, March 9
Supplier Account Manager 9th March 2022

This position is offering the applicant to play a key role in the expansion of an innovative UK company within the furniture and household goods sector.

This is a full-time position based in Tianjin.

Furniture Box is looking to hire a Supplier Account Manager to handle local operations with its key suppliers in Tianjin and surrounding areas. The candidate will be a key point of contact for existing suppliers and projects, whilst engaging with new opportunities in product and supply chain. This is an exciting opportunity to worth with a close-knit UK team, who value hard work and an open office environment. The candidate will be hired under Kinyu’s China Desk model, which ensures a secure working environment and local employee engagement.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

Existing supply chain management

  • Help to manage the company’s supply portfolio in China/Asia, assisting with managing communications with supplier network.
  • Cooperate with stakeholders to ensure full and clear co-operation with suppliers.
  • Working with the global product sourcing manager on forecasting, purchasing and compliance teams to ensure production schedules are on time and products are ready for new markets/compliant.
  • Help our global product sourcing manager to oversee product quality control through engagement with factories and quality inspectors.
  • Monitor, implement and inspect factory/product improvement processes.
  • Help to ensure the efficiency of product lifecycle and help development of new product ranges.
  • Liaise with and manage relationships with existing network of 3-party co-operative contacts E.g Freight forwarders, QC & audit companies, photography studios, document printers.


Diversification and expansion of supply chain

  • Discover, analyse, and partner with trustworthy new vendors and suppliers.
  • Conduct assessment of pricing, factory standard, product quality and operational factors when choosing or changing suppliers. Feedback reports of findings to global product sourcing manager.
  • Gaining an understanding of and staying up to date with Chinese supply conditions and the potential impacts on business.
  • Research and report findings on local market material prices and labour costs.

Delivery and execution of China based projects

  • Implement and oversee new project initiatives.
  • Work towards introducing more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices throughout our supply chain.
  • Execute technical improvements and innovation of product and practices.
  • Ensure that new projects are fully understood by supplier network and integrated to supply chain function as permanent changes.


Skills and Qualifications

  • 3-5 years’ proven experience within the manufacturing industry, preferably within the furniture sector.
  • Ability to assess and improve factory processes and quality of manufactured goods.
  • Experience in product development/new product sourcing.
  • Understanding of product materials and design.
  • Good level of fluency in English and Chinese, both in verbal and written form.
  • Understanding of the evolving Chinese market.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office – particularly excel.
  • Very good organisational skills.

Desired Qualities

  • Willingness to work flexible working hours.
  • Strong management and leadership potential.
  • Comfortable with figures and in collecting, analysing and interpreting data.
  • Solid independent judgement ability and integrity enabling good and fair decisions to be made.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Reliable and trustworthy individual.
  • Ability to travel – travel to factories and suppliers will be required.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
  • Ability to establish and sustain networking relationships with global contacts across the far/middle east.


  • Salary and bonus package competitive within the market.
  • Generous annual leave scheme.
  • Work training days and social events.
  • Opportunity for travel.
  • Start-up mentality, open and flexible working environment.
  • Smart office environment in Tianjin CBD.
  • International working environment working on exciting projects.

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