• Operations
  • Detroit Lakes, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

benefit package available after 90 days of employment, profit sharing option annually


Our culture, like your favorite t-shirt, is one of kind and truly sets us apart.  We are proud of our humble beginnings and non-corporate style. We offer a unique atmosphere that sets us apart from any other manufacturer. We work hard to be the best and we seek only committed individuals that will help move our company forward and embrace our values and culture.

Lakeshirts is one of the largest privately owned screen-printing manufacturers in the United States. The company is responsible for decorating and distribution of a wide variety of garments for the resort, college and K-12 markets. We employ nearly 340 great people, proudly producing 20,000+ garments daily at our headquarters in Detroit Lakes, MN.

It's not just a job but a lifestyle.  Our job descriptions will help support and guide you in the role you play to making our company successful. This is why life is better in a t-shirt!


Job Summary:

This position will meet in stock goals by working closely with suppliers both domestic and international, researching/selecting additional suppliers to accommodate growing needs. This position is responsible for maintaining the proper control of inventory levels, purchase orders and insuring on-time deliveries. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Set the forecast, review open orders, and analyze trends to place, prioritize, expedite and maintain purchase orders with approved suppliers, including setting minimum/maximum vendor inventory levels and/or placing blanket orders where appropriate. 
  • Coordinate efforts with partners throughout the supply chain to achieve inventory plans. Provide sales projections on garments to suppliers.
  • Responsible for accuracy of data in the MRP system
  • Responsible for managing the transition (phase-in and phase-out) of discontinued product.
  • Responsible for on-time and in-full performance, tracking shipments and giving production and customer service updates on late deliveries.
  • Support customer demand changes by working with internal partners in the change management process.
  • Responsible for supplier performance tracking/supplier scorecard analysis and communication.
  • Determine sewing factory capacity and work with partners to secure and manage capacity.
  • Work with external business partners to ensure socially responsible practices are observed.
  • Participate in product line meetings and advise other departments of issues dealing with minimums and inventory.
  • Work with suppliers to obtain return authorizations and credit. 
  • Monitor, measure, and report on KPI's.
  • Lead or support supply chain improvement projects.
  • Identify opportunities for improved reporting and develop when applicable.
  • This position will supervise purchasing.
  • Develop and coach team on industry best practices.
  • Responsible for compliance of Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing as outlined by the FLA.
  • Participating member of Corporate Social Responsibility committee. 
  • Responsible for cultivating positive relationships with vendors that speak to our Values.
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining Lakeshirts vendor manual


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain or related field required
  • Highly proficient with MS Office, especially Excel and data visualization tools.
  • Experience in the apparel industry preferred but not required.
  • Must have an understanding of the upstream and downstream supply chain process.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively across multiple departments.
  • Ability to embrace and live our Values.
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict management skills

Cognitive or Mental Requirements of the Job:


Employee must be able to see and hear, speak, read and write.  Requires adaptability, analyzing, assessing, calculating, decision making, dependability, good judgment, reading, memorizing, social skills, speaking, stress control.

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