Position summary

  • Aids the Development & Sourcing process for Propriety Parts
  • Responsible for Initial Production Costs associated with Propriety Parts
  • Uphold the standards of performance, quality, integrity and delivery Specialized customers and riders expect.
  • Ensures Parts (spec’s, tolerance, dimension, colors, costs and test results) meets the expectations of the product and engineering team and are approved in time for production.
  • Executing in \ Maintaining the development tracking tools and being able to report the status for a given project for deliver control is standard work for this role.

Role Responsibilities


  • Support Process Development, in relation to Sourcing & Product Development, for process/system optimization to fulfill the compliance requirement, delivery, and improve the operation effectiveness and customer satisfaction.


  • Introduce Innovations and New Suppliers to the product and engineering teams
  • Collaborate with product, engineering and quality teams to transform challenging designs\concepts into sustainably produced, commercially viable products.
  • Collaborate with the product and engineering teams to reduce weigh\waste\cost yoy.


  • Partner with Design Engineer from Start of Project to identify potential suppliers
  • Assist in Identifying new suppliers to fill gaps in our supply chain
  • Responsible for driving and encouraging a collaboration in the sourcing team to make timely a final decision on product suppliers for design, development
  • and production.
  • Aid in Communicating and implementing sourcing standard procedures to suppliers.
  • Aid in Coordination, clarification and resolution of sourcing issues between Specialized and suppliers.


  • Responsible for Initial Production Costs associated with Propriety Parts (Tooling & Unit)
  • Responsible for ensuring Finance team receives Tooling costs or estimates in timely manner
  • Aid in Coordination of Creation, Sending and paying Purchase Orders

Data Management

  • Manage Product information: pricing, approvals, development project specification, descriptions etc.
  • Maintain Project status & timeline in PLM systems
  • Collaborate to improve process yoy. (Functionality \ Speed)


  • Work with product, engineering and Quality teams uphold SBC policy and ensure vendor alignment with SBC strategy.
  • Work with product, engineering and Quality teams expedite our responses to issues and ability to solve them.
  • Collaborate with QC (and associated departments) on the diagnosis and holding the partners accountable when production issues are found.

Supply Chain

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Team to ensure on time delivery of Products are met.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Team to ensure tooling investments are made & negotiated to fulfill annual demand.
  • Responsible for Alerting Supply Chain Team to potential bottle necks such as tooling capacity, lead times, general capacity, etc.

Intellectual Property

  • Partner with Legal Team in counterfeit supplier investigations


  • Visit Trade shows, Suppliers, Specialized offices as needed.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Keen sense of engineering with a curiosity about what is possible with manufacturer and how
  • Advanced negotiation skills.
  • Organized and highly detail oriented.
  • Comfortable in a rapidly changing environment with competing and shifting priorities.
  • Works well under tight deadlines.
  • Good communication skills, Fluent in English and Mandarin/Taiwanese. Vietnamese a plus, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Familiar with MS system (Outlook, Word, Excel etc.). Oracle, Agile, Atlassian Confluence and JIRA experience a plus.
  • Experience working with international cultures
  • A passion for cycling and the Specialized brand.
  • Understanding of principles for intellectual property ownership and confidentiality.
  • Good problem solving abilities and a sense for getting to the cause of issues
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes (Forging, CNC ,casting, molding, etc.) and materials (steel, Alloys, composites,etc.)
  • Knowledge of assembly processes of bicycles, from procurement to logistics.

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