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TacJobs – Buyer / Planning Manager At Wild Things

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Wild Things, LLC provides highly engineered technical outdoor clothing and gear tailored for the rigorous performance requirements of those individuals involved in military operations and law enforcement. Our products are currently in the field with every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. We are a growing company under new ownership and looking to build out the team with talented and hard-working individuals looking for a career that passionately supports the military end users that protect our freedoms.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Position Title: Buyer / Planning Manager

Reports To: VP Operations

Classification: Exempt – Full Time

Location: Middletown, Rhode Island; may consider Virginia Beach area applicants with significant purchasing and planning experience

Summary:

Responsible for the purchase and supply chain management of the raw materials and outsourced labor required to meet customer order requirements and/or forecasted demand in accordance with established company policies and procedures. Responsible for the timely ordering and delivery of materials and establishing and maintaining good company/vendor relationships. Support the VP of Operations in managing levels of finished, work-in-process and raw inventory in accordance with company and department goals and objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Plans material requirements for specific products, including internal or externally manufactured end items and purchased items predicated on customer orders and forecasted demand.

• Purchases products in accordance with established company policies and procedures including seeking bids, screening potential vendors, submitting specifications to ensure lowest possible price and highest quality.

• Ensures the timely delivery of product as required to support the current production plan. Arranges delivery and mode of transportation in accordance with schedule requirements. Develops and monitors purchase orders with vendors based on ERP requirements and terms.

• Works with vendors, customers and freight forwarders to ensure proper paperwork, packaging and labeling requirements are met for drop ship orders.

• Develops and implements corrective action required to address late shipments, short shipments, etc.

• Assists in the resolution of rejected material, in-house and vendor supplied, as well as clearing receipts through incoming inspection.

• Advises management, sales and product team of all price increases and reductions. Assists with all vendor price negotiations as required.

• Maintains professional working relationship with suppliers. Establishes and maintains good company/vendor/subcontractor relationships and encourages new methods of production to foster cost reductions. Ensures that relationship creates a no conflict-of-interest situation.

• Supports VP of Operations with issuance of manufacturing orders to production facility and/or subcontractors to meet finished goods inventory requirements. Includes the development of job and production schedule paperwork as well as material pick lists and floor stock replenishment reports.

• Responsible for continual review/follow-up of in process manufacturing work orders to ensure adherence to established schedules. Expedites operations that delay schedules and alters schedules to meet unforeseen conditions. Works with operations, sales and product teams to identify priorities.

• Advises Sales Department of any extensions of estimated completion dates.

• Manages levels of finished, work-in-process and raw inventory in accordance with established company and departmental goals and objectives.

• Maintains the ERP database relative to lead times, minimum, maximum and multiple order quantities, price break quantities, analysts, and product line codes, etc., for each assigned product line.

• Authorizes invoices for payment.

• Work closely with Product to understand product specifications and manufacturing intent as new products are developed.

• Work closely with the Product team to ensure smooth hand-off as the products move from development to production.

• Participates in physical inventories, as required.

• Proactively seek opportunities to improve processes and identify areas of improvement and cost reductions.

• Other duties, as assigned

Required Experience / Skills:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Logistics & Materials, Supply Chain or Operations & Supply Management. May accept experience in lieu of degree.

• Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Buyer/Planner, coordinating purchases and deliveries with vendors, establishing alternate supply sources, negotiating price, quality and delivery terms, determining production requirements and applications, planning material requirements and forecasting and maintaining inventory levels for onsite and multiple off shore facilities.

• Experience with textiles and soft goods (apparel, packs, accessories) highly preferred.

• Strong track record of ability to communicate along all levels of the supply chain.

• Exceptional Project Management and Organizational Skills

• Effective communication skills, including excellent oral and written skills.

• Analytical thinker, problem solver and team player with the ability to multi-task several priorities simultaneously

• Ability to focus on the big picture, yet very attentive to details

• Self-motivated, proactive and driven to succeed

• Must be able to handle multiple priorities and re-prioritize as needed.

• Advanced Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel.

• ERP system experience required; A2000 experience preferred.

• Willingness to handle ad hoc projects, as needed

• Position Type – Full-Time/Regular

Travel Requirements:  Estimate 5-20%

Physical Requirements:

• Majority of time at computer sitting at desk, on phone, walking within offices.

• Occasionally may be asked to visit 3PL warehouse to organize raw material kits in preparation for dissemination to cut/sew subcontractors,  review receiving or quality issues or participate in periodic physical inventories.

• Occasionally may be asked to visit subcontractor locations to review production schedules, top of production samples, quality issues or defects or retrieve/deliver samples.

Work Environment:

Casual work environment.

Wild Things is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veteran or disability status.

Send resume with cover letter to amy@wildthingsgear.com.

Check Out Wild Things At SOFIC

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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Come join Team Wild Things at the Marriott Marina aboard the MV Shamayem in dock #19. We will have all of our latest gear on exhibit.

Tuesday, May 22 – Wednesday, May 23:

· Exhibiting 9:00a – 5:00p
· Invitation only after 5:00p

Wednesday, May 24:

· Exhibiting 9:00a – 1:30p

Walk-ins welcome. To schedule a meeting, contact:

Emily@wildthingsgear.com or (828) 421-4349

There will be giveaways and refreshments served daily. We hope to see you there. Stay WILD!

Wild Things – MultiCam Level 7 Jacket Awarded NSN

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

The Wild Things High Loft Jacket 2.0 has been issued NSN 8415-01-610-5416 (size Large). It is the same jacket as the Level 7 jacket in Grey, except this version is MultiCam.

It is made from 2-Layer fabric with GORE FASTPACK technology with 330D Cordura reinforcements and insulated with 6 oz of PrimaLoft Silver Active synthetic insulation.

The design includes Two Hand Warmer pockets, Two interior mesh storage pockets, a fully adjustable helmet compatible hood with laminated brim, Velcro wrist stays with half elastic cuffs and a dropped tail.

Unbeatable Prices On Patagonia and Wild Things At US Elite

Monday, April 9th, 2018

US Elite Gear is now offering unbeatable prices on two popular items from Patagonia and Wild Things Tactical!

First up is the Low Loft Jacket S0 1.0 from Wild Things Tactical. This is a versatile, mid-layer jacket that is lightweight and highly compressible for packing. PrimaLoft®  insulation keeps you warm even while wet and a water-resistant shell helps you stay dry in the first place. The jacket is available in Coyote and MultiCam®.

We’re also offering a classic military issued item from Patagonia, the Gen II Protective Combat Uniform (PCU) Level 5 pants. Originally developed for US Special Operation Command (SOCOM) following early experiences in Afghanistan, the PCU is the current system of cold weather garments. The Level 5 pants from Patagonia are a softshell trouser designed to replace your combat uniform when the temperature dips low. Side, waist and ankle zips give easy access to other layers and the waistband can accept belts and suspenders. The Gen II PCU Level 5 pants are available in the issued color of Alpha Green.

Check these classic items and more at US Elite. Check back often because you never know what might pop up!

ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Wild Things Active Flex Jacket

Friday, March 30th, 2018

I observed several visitors to the Wild Things booth and everyone was interested in the Active Flex Jacket. The jacket is highly breathable and intended to keep you warm and dry in spite of high aerobic activity. Weighing in at 2 lbs, it features a Tweave Durastretch Soft Shell and Polartec PowerStretch liner, but the real magic for this jacket is the 2 oz Climashield Apex Insulation. The shell is quiet and DWR treated while the lining is comfortable, even against bare skin.

www.wildthingsgear.com

Industry Veteran Amy Coyne joins Wild Things, LLC as CEO

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

NEW YORK, March 8, 2018 — Wild Things, LLC (“Wild Things” or the “Company”), an ASGARD Partners & Co. (“ASGARD”) portfolio company, announced that industry veteran Amy Coyne has joined as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).

Ms. Coyne has over 20 years of experience and has held several leadership roles touching all facets of the tactical apparel industry. Ms. Coyne joins Wild Things from ADS Inc. (“ADS”), where she was the Vice President of the Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (“OCIE”) Market. In that role, Ms. Coyne oversaw the entire OCIE market category for ADS, the premier equipment, procurement, support, and logistics solutions specialist to the U.S. Military and Department of Defense (“DoD”).  She was responsible for establishing the strategic vision and developing executable plans for the OCIE market.

Prior to this role at ADS, Amy was President and CEO with Propper International.  In this position, Ms. Coyne was responsible for leading and overseeing one of the largest official apparel and gear suppliers to the U.S. Armed Forces, which has manufactured over 120 million garments for the U.S. DoD – Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Special Forces and law enforcement and tactical retail stores across the country.

Ms. Coyne is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering and has an Master of Science in Textile Technology from the Institute of Textile Technology.

“I have known Amy for over five years and have always been impressed with her abilities as a leader and her expertise in the industry. She has an exceptionally unique set of skills and experience, all the way from running one of the largest tactical apparel companies in the industry to overseeing the entire OCIE market segment for one of the largest DoD distributors. There is no better person to lead Wild Things towards both growth and operational excellence,” said Karan Rai, Founder and CEO of ASGARD.

“ASGARD is especially pleased to make the announcement of Wild Things’ new CEO during Women’s History Month and on International Women’s Day,” said Christian Cantalupo, a Partner at ASGARD.

ASGARD Partners & Co. Acquires Wild Things, LLC

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

NEW YORK, March 5, 2018 — ASGARD Partners & Co. (“ASGARD”), an investment firm based in New York, announced that it has acquired Wild Things, LLC (“Wild Things” or the “Company”), a leading designer and manufacturer of technical apparel for the military and law enforcement communities. ASGARD’s investment in Wild Things provides the Company with meaningful growth capital and liquidity, reinforcing and expanding its capabilities to pursue new opportunities and support the needs of existing customers.

Wild Things was founded in 1981 with an original focus on providing light, durable outerwear and gear to mountaineers and alpine enthusiasts. Over the years, the high quality of the Company’s products caught the attention of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Company evolved into a key provider of high-end technical apparel for extreme outdoor conditions to the special forces, military and law enforcement communities.

“Wild Things has an incredible heritage and longstanding reputation of providing high quality, USA made products, designed for use in the harshest environments by the most demanding outdoor consumers and military personnel. We are proud to partner with Wild Things, a company whose primary purpose is to protect and serve the U.S. Armed Forces and our international allies, enabling them to do their jobs more effectively with the best, most functional gear possible,” said Christian Cantalupo, Partner at ASGARD.

“This investment is tailor-made for our operationally focused lower middle market investment mandate. We know this space very well and the team here at ASGARD is looking forward to working with the Wild Things team to grow the Company,” said Karan Rai, Founder and CEO of ASGARD.

Wild Things Calls Off Acquisition By Mission Ready Services

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Mission Ready not able to meet financial obligations to complete the deal.

Middletown, R.I., (July 28, 2017) – Wild Things LLC, a leading manufacturer of technical outerwear for the U.S. Military, law enforcement and consumer markets, today announced that its acquisition by an affiliate of Mission Ready Services (MRSI), signed on March 8th 2017, has been cancelled due to MRSI’s failure to pay the purchase price in accordance with the terms of the promissory note executed at closing. Per the terms of the agreement, Wild Things’ prior investors will receive a break-up fee from MRSI and will continue to operate the business independently from MRSI.

“This is a very disappointing outcome for all of the parties involved in this deal,” said Ed Schmults, President of Wild Things. “However, Wild Things will be fine back on our own. No customers, suppliers or employees will be impacted by this. Our bookings are up significantly so far this year and we are looking forward to continued growth and success.”

The two companies kept the Wild Things business separate pending full satisfaction of the promissory note so the operational impact to Wild Things is negligible. The two companies worked well together and intend to explore ways to work together in the future.