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    Fashion Graphic Design Assistant

    £18,000 - £22,000

    Our partnered client, an established and successful supplier of loungewear, Underwear and Jerseywear, is looking for a Junior Designer to join their rapidly growing team.

    You will be responsible for designing artwork and packaging for customer needs, undertaking shop visits and working towards tight design briefs from a wide range of customers.

    Key Responsibilities: - 

    Working towards tight design briefs from a wide range of customers.
    Design and artwork packaging for customer needs.
    Assisting design team to ensure designs meet customer requirements.
    They will need to show an awareness of trends, graphics and shapes.
    Undertake comp shop visits and report back to design team.
    Presenting work to the required standard.
    Attending internal meetings and producing the correct paperwork.
    Produce final artwork to size specs and ensure all colour references are correctly labelled.
    Producing storyboards for seasonal trends.

    Key Requirements: -

    Work well within a team.
    A strong communicator.
    Carries a positive, accommodating and “can do” attitude.
    Can work under pressure to meet deadlines.
    Receptive to critiques and feedback.
    Need to be able to confidently use Photoshop and Illustrator.
    Has a design qualification/strong graphically.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Production & Technical

    Sales Admin Assistant

    Up to £18,000

    An exciting opportunity for a Sales Admin Assistant to join a large reputable womenswear supplier.

    You will be required to support a team of 4 Account Managers who each look after major high street retailers across Knitwear, Jerseywear, Sleepwear and Outerwear as well as inputting and maintaining images and information on internal systems and coordinating customer requirements and deadlines to help advise sampling priorities.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Gather sampling information to assist account management team in costing/order confirmation and generate costing thumbnails.
    Input and maintain images and information on internal systems library.
    Raise Sales orders and order confirmation sheets to be passed to merchandising team/factories and customers.
    Cost price amendments on confirmed orders
    Manage and responsible for sending samples, swatches and any other information required out to customers via post and email.
    Assisting in the preparation of on-site customer meetings
    Managing production sample library
    Coordination of customer requirements and deadlines to help advise sampling priorities.
    Daily sample chasing working with internal teams and external factories in HK, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
    General administrative support for the account management team.

    Key Requirements:-

    Must be organised and able to prioritise.
    Must have good attention to detail.
    Must be confident and assertive but personable.
    Interest in the clothing industry and hungry for progression.
    Enthusiastic and keen to learn.
    IT literate, excel knowledge essential and able to pick-up systems quickly.
    Any office based or administrative experience.
    Experience within supply chain or the clothing industry.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Production & Technical

    Fabric Developer

    £25,000 - £30,000

    Our partnered client, a large successful manufacturer of womenswear are looking for a Fabric Developer to join their growing technical department.

    You will be responsible for identifying and establishing relationships with new mills and agents, alerting the sales and design teams to emerging trends and suggesting ways to modify fabric into price when necessary.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Working together with Design and Sales teams to source suitable fabrics for clients’ needs. 
    Commercial and innovative fabric sourcing.
    Alerting the Design and Sales teams to emerging trends.
    Identifying new mills and agents and establishing relationships.
    Coordinating with fabric agents and mills to ensure fabric is correct for end use.
    Alerting Design and Sales teams in advance to potential problems before a fabric is booked. 
    Working closely with mills to achieve the best possible technical performance.
    Suggesting ways to modify fabric into price when necessary.

    Key Requirements:-

    Excellent sourcing and development skills.
    Commercially trend and trade aware.
    Excellent at sharing knowledge.
    Aware of what the competition is doing.
    Anticipates future trends and develops in a timely manner.
    Understands fabric manufacturing.
    Has a thorough knowledge of fabric testing.
    Understands customers technical performance expectations.
    Cooperates well with large teams even when they have competing objectives.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Design Production & Technical

    Fabric Sourcer and Developer

    Competitive DOE

    V&C has been briefed on an opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and confident Fabric Developer required for an extremely successful multinational organisation that has particular value on emphasis and trends around Textiles/fabrics.

    This important position plays a critical part in the development process, delivering fabric trend analysis across all product areas of the business, focusing on the key aspects of innovation and development, delivering their findings as a team to senior management and across the business. The functions include all facets of fabric and textiles, from woven’s and Knitwear through to printing, coating and washing. Structured and textured fabric knowledge equally important.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    • To efficiently drive and manage the development of fabric, labels and trim throughout the product creation and development process (this may include travel).
    • You will ensure all raw materials are developed on time within the critical path to meet key dates.
    • Pro-actively research fabric and trim innovation, and be well informed of new technologies, seasonal trends and competition; relay this information back to the team.
    • Develop exclusive and innovative materials.
    • Drive fabric sourcing opportunities for strategic short and long-term growth in order to achieve the company turnover and margin targets.
    • Build seasonal fabric and trim platforms based on design input.
    • Build relationships with global partners and suppliers.
    • Negotiate prices and delivery dates effectively and in line with commercial objectives.
    • Maintain seasonal colour standards/library.
    • Lab dip approval process.
    • Fabric and trim testing and approval.
    • Control sample budget and mould charges and report on seasonal basis.
    • Manage material leverage and consolidation process, ensuring global consistency and cost-price efficiencies. 
    • Set up and manage NOS programme for key and core materials within the business.
    • Liaise with Product Development and Merchandising department on raw material lead-time, MOQ and shipping.
    • Ensure all raw material developed/sourced is fit for purpose and is produced within Hunter’s quality standards.
    • Work with the Sustainability Department to ensure 2nd tier sourcing is carried out in-line with Hunter policy.
    • Experience in outlining and implementing new processes into the category, department and business to standardise processes and continuously improve ways of working.
    • Highly organised to maintain accurate records from initial development through to bulk production stage. 
    • Clear, effective communication skills to all internal and external parties.

    Key Requirements:-

    • Strong and experienced fabric knowledge with a minimum 5 years working as a Product Developer and driving fabric selection.
    • The ability to translate trends and fashion coherently and effectively by way of presentation.
    • Excellent worldwide fabric mill knowledge. 
    • Knowledge of trade shows and events incorporating worldwide travel.
    • Product development experience at a senior level.
    • Effective communicator and team player.
    • Strong presentation skills using Mood boards.
    • Experience and in-depth knowledge of the competitive fabric marketplace.
    • Previous fabric Sourcing and development experience.
    • Technical knowledge and proven track record of developing and sourcing highly commercial fabrics.
    • Experienced at mood board creation and the ability to deliver information visually with relevant information. 
    • Textile Degree required. 
    • Proven experience of photoshop, In Design, Illustrator and Excel.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    UK Sales Manager

    Competitive

    We are working with a luxury manufacturer of high end bespoke lighting whose clients include boutique hotels, restaurants. The successful organisation is looking for an established Sales Manager for the UK responsible for driving sales, expanding the existing customer base, managing Nationwide agents and developing new sales channels as the company looks to aggressively targets to develop their sales across the UK and London in particular.

    Key Responsibilities: -

    • Overseeing, implementing and developing an effective sales strategy to achieve company targets.
    • Seeking out new opportunities to develop untapped sales streams.
    • Managing the agent and distribution network across the UK with a strong focus on London ensuring sales targets ad KPI’s are met.
    • Develop excellent customer relationships in person, constant telephone calls, face to face meetings and other sales activities.
    • Expanding the distribution network through agents, dealers, trade clients and other customer bases.
    • Driving new products into existing and new markets.
    • Attending national trade shows and some international trade shows where required to support UK sales.
    • Producing monthly sales reports.
    • Ensuring a high level of customer retention, focus and satisfaction.
    • Consistent London and UK travel.

    Key Requirements: -

    • Strong understanding of the luxury bespoke environment.
    • A minimum of 8 years’ experience of developing a sales region increasing, customer retention and sales channels.
    • Have an ambitious attitude and have the vision to make the UK sales grow under your leadership.
    • You must be an enthusiastic, organised person with a passion for design and will relish the chance to operate in a successful luxury, design led company.
    • Proven track record of driving and closing sales.
    • Strong presentation, communication and negotiation skills.
    • An outgoing personality with great interpersonal skills.
    • Good project management.
    • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and a CRM database.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Matthew Vohs
    Retail Operations

    PR Manager

    £30,000 - £35,000

    We are working with one of the UKs fastest growing independent Womenswear footwear brands, endorsed and worn by celebrities and VIPs. The Herrtfordshire based brand are looking to recruit a talented and passionate Marketing and PR Manager to join their team during this exciting time as it develops and grows its presence in the UK launch their new US website. This is a key position for our client who are keen to speaking with individuals who can articulate and be passionate about the brand and devise Press Releases for new product Launches.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Developing and implementing marketing campaigns and achieving coverage in national media.
    Identifying new marketing and business opportunities.
    Generating new leads and growing customer-base.
    Development and maintenance of relationships with press, brand ambassadors and other contacts.
    Creating and writing press releases.

    Key Requirements:-

    Excellent communication skills.
    Strong relationship building and networking skills.
    Excellent copywriting skills to articulate the brand Understanding the brand and value.
    Strong and confident personality.
    BA/MA educated.
    Excellent articulation skills.
    Experienced with CRM.  

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    Wholesale Buyer

    £24,000 - £27,000

    We are excited to be representing a leading global Luxury Accessories Wholesaler who have access to some of the most contemporary eyewear brands including Ray-Ban, Prada, Gucci and many more on an opportunity of Wholesale Buyer. The business is experiencing year on year growth and are constantly seeking opportunities in new markets whilst developing business within existing.

    The Assistant Buyer / Account Manager will support the Wholesale Buying team with operational support including Purchase Order management, Sales Support, and Buying and Selling performance strategies.

    Must have a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role and business and speak fluent French!

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Strategic execution of the buying and selling strategy within the wholesale luxury eyewear sector, driving performance and contributing to growth across the business.
    Support the daily operational functions within the wholesale buying team.
    Provide administrative support to the buying team covering all issues, queries and support.
    Responsible for creating customer offers, product lists and financials.
    Raising Purchase Orders and PO tracking and packing management; ensure PO’s are delivered in on time in order to meet customers PO deadlines and strict packing requirements.
    Maintain all internal customer and supplier files with accurate information updates and financial information.
    Buying, sales, after sales and support. Managing supplier and customer requirements throughout the buying and selling process.
    Assist in managing the daily admin duties to support client’s suppliers and the team.
    Manage the creation and logging of all invoices.
    Maintain supplier and customer files.
    Assist the General Manager managing the offsite warehouses (Italy. UK and USA) and managing the global logistics partners and movement of goods worldwide.

    Key Requirements:-

    Minimum 2 – 3 years’ experience within a similar role and business is a must!
    Multi-lingual (fluent within French) is a must!
    Talented and enthusiastic with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced buying and selling environment, flexible and open to change with the ability to think outside the box.
    Strong self-motivation with excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a strong work ethic and passion for product.
    Strong organisation and time management skills with the ability to plan, and prioritise tasks to meet deadlines, and work under pressure.
    In depth Knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office.
    Excellent commercial awareness in the luxury wholesale market, flexible in nature and willingness to deliver.
    Strong analytical and numerical skills.
    Confident with a good, clear telephone manner.
    Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Matthew Vohs
    Wholesale

    Junior Account Manager

    £20,000 - £30,000

    We are working with a growing outerwear menswear brand whom are looking for a Junior Account Manager to cover key accounts throughout the UK and Ireland.

    This successful individual will be responsible for the managing of day to day sales and servicing all existing accounts across the UK and Ireland.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    To manage and run the day to day sales of independent stores in the UK and Ireland.
    To service all existing accounts and assist with any queries these accounts may have.
    Arrange and hold customer meetings in both Borehamwood and London offices.
    Resolve customer complaints by investigating problems and developing solutions.
    Where necessary, visit current customers and potential customers stores and maintain a good rapport with the owners, managers and buyers.
    Obtain and process orders and organise the dispatch of goods from the Warehouse.
    Manage the return process and discuss with accounts and logistics when credit notes need to be issued.
    Liaise with house agents assist them with sufficient tools to help their day to day role (Weekly Stock Lists, Photos and Samples).
    Physical stock checks to be taken and maintained.
    Full ownership of available stock deliveries (shipping and delivery dates).
    Ensure samples are with agents and records kept in a timely manner of shipments.

    Key Requirements:-

    1-3 years’ experience of working within account management.
    The ability to research and establish new accounts, clients and agents in the UK.
    The ability to work towards set targets.
    Excellent understanding of customer account details and current situations.
    Full Driving license required.
    Positive and energetic with a desire to succeed.
    Good communication skills both written and orally.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Bethanie Crisp
    Retail Operations

    Estimator

    £35,000 - £40,000

    Opportunity for a Senior Estimator to join the UK’s most leading shop fitting manufacture to be responsible for the company’s global supply base, to provide competitive pricing and winning bids for projects from test and trial, roll-out programs to large scale tenders. Throughout the life of a project, liaise closely with the Project Managers to ensure budget control is maintained whilst completion of projects on time and in adherence to the company’s quality standards. The role also includes project buying to ensure that we deliver through the supply chain.

    Must have a strong buying/supply chain experience with 3rd party manufacture from UK, Europe and Far East and a strong track record of sourcing and controlling a supply chain not only on the initial costing but also on the production side would be an advantage. Must have a good understanding technically on wood, metal and plastic etc, excellent PM and commercial control and strong excel skills.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Ensure best price and delivery by means of benchmarking and negotiation with suppliers prior to submitting final costs.
    Work proactively on methods to drive efficiency and reduce cost by means of optimising use of the supply chain.
    Manage the bid process of tenders, providing accurate information to give Sales the tools to win.
    Work proactively on methods to drive efficiency and reduce cost by means of optimising use of the supply chain.
    Work with Technical colleagues to ensure all options for competitive pricing are explored.
    Maintain budgetary control of all projects within the field of responsibility.
    Interact directly with our overseas liaison offices, suppliers, partners and inter-company divisions by way of conventional communications media and foreign travel.
    Work proactively with the Operations and Sourcing Manager providing feedback on cost to ensure the supply chain is meeting the needs of the Retail team to win tenders and bids.
    Keep abreast of raw materials and commercial influencers to allow you to provide advice and intelligence to Directors and Sales when providing costs.
    Through active consultation with fellow team members and particularly the Project Manager, plan and facilitate work throughput, responding to and controlling change to ensure appropriate prioritisation of tasks.

    Key Requirements:-

    At least 5 years’ experience of estimating or buying within a similar industry.
    A track record of estimating for POP, shop fitting, store fixture, medium and light-weight hardware and ancillary services, particularly relating to assemblies comprising of metal, plastic and wood based materials.
    Direct experience of pricing both domestic and over-seas production.
    Experience of costs within the Far Eastern supply market would be a distinct advantage An understanding of technical drawings.
    Knowledge of Export and Import with experience of pricing global freight.
    Experience of pricing for installation would be a distinct advantage.
    A track record of project buying POP and ancillary services, particularly relating to assemblies comprising of metal, plastic and wood based materials from both domestic and over-seas suppliers, including the Far East.
    Computer literacy with a high level of competence with spread-sheeting, word-processing and production planning software.
    Highly numerate, able to analyse and add value to information.
    Strong excel skills.
    Strong attention to detail.
    Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisation skills.
    A high energy level is an essential attribute.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Bethanie Crisp
    Production & Technical

    Jersey Garment Technologist

    Up to 45,000 DOE

    Our client, a large reputable supplier has an opportunity for a Jersey Garment Technologist to join their dynamic team.

    You will be responsible for fitting and sealing all garments for this customer, keeping specs and paperwork up to date and you must be a good problem solver and communicator.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Understanding of seasonal trends, blocks and fabrics.
    Oversee the garment sealing process including attending fitting sessions with buyers, noting alteration and amendment instructions, checking sketches and trimmings and ensuring finished garments meet customer requirements.
    Carry out fabric testing to ensure cloth is appropriate for the garment, quality is maintained, difficulties relating to fabric requirements are avoided and the cloth conforms to customer specifications.
    Understand customer systems and processes from sealing to production.
    Maintain up to date paperwork and schedules ensuring that the work of the department is fully documented and delivery dates are met.
    Responsible for the fitting and sealing of garments from order stage through to Gold seal. 
    Chase red seal and gold samples back from the factory in plenty of time for fit meetings.
    Makes and attends fit appointments with relevant customers at the beginning of every week. 
    Prepare garments for fit appointments…spec and check all to customer requirements.
    Follow up and chase back comments and samples after meetings.
    Work closely with the pattern cutters to ensure customer requirements are achieved accurately.
    Dealing with factory and production queries.

    Key Requirements:

    3 – 4 years’ experience within jersey.
    Passionate about attention to detail.
    Strong communicator.
    Team player and able to work under pressure calmly.
    Understanding a workroom environment.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Production & Technical

    Fabric Manager

    Our partnered client, one of the leading womenswear suppliers have an exciting opportunity for a Fabric Manager to join their growing team.

    You will be negotiating and building relationships with mills and agents, working closely with the design and sales teams in emerging trends and actively identifying issues with fabric.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Working together with sales and design teams to source suitable fabrics for clients’ needs.
    Identifying mills and agents and establishing relationships.
    Coordinating with fabric agents and mills to ensure fabric is correct for end use.
    Negotiating with mills if problems arise by agreeing the best way to proceed.
    Advising production teams on how best to resolve fabric issues.
    Alerting sales and design teams in advance to potential problems before fabric is booked.
    Working closely with mills to achieve the best possible technical performance.
    Suggesting ways to modify fabric into price when necessary.
    Understanding issues that arise in fabric production and suggesting methods to improve.
    Alerting the sales and design team to emerging trends. 

    Key Requirements: -

    3 years’ fabric experience at a womenswear supplier.
    Thorough knowledge of fabric testing and manufacturing.
    Understanding customers technical performance expectations.
    Able to negotiate on behalf of the sales team when necessary.
    Can train, motivate and coach others.
    Cooperates well within a large team even when they have competing objectives.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Nicole Vohs
    Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    Senior Merchandiser

    Competitive DOE

    We are working with a very exciting and rapidly growing contemporary jewellery brand whom are looking to recruit an exceptional Senior Merchandiser to join their dynamic team.
    You will be responsible for maximising sales and profit across all channels via effective stock management and analysis.
    They are looking for an ambitious and driven individual who aspire to play an active role in driving their brand through the next phases of their growth.

    Key Responsibilities: -

    Develop strong merchandising strategy to optimise growth and maximize sale opportunities.
    Plan and manage the OTB to meet sale and margin targets across all channels.
    Support sustainable growth by forecasting, planning and monitoring stock levels.
    Collaborate with the Buying team to create a competitive and profitable range plan.
    Analyse and report product sale through performance while tracking key market trends to identify new opportunities and suggest changes when needed.
    Build out and manage a world class Merchandising team to support high growth phase of the business.
    Create and monitor the WSSI to track internal KPIs and maintain control over stock levels.
    Forecast and propose stock buys and collaborate with the Buying team to deliver optimal stock position at all times.
    Collaborate with key stakeholders in the company, review and create processes to deliver maximum accuracy on stock position at any given time.
    Work as a pair with the Buying team to ensure a commercial and competitive product mix while achieving desired margins.
    Assist internal finance team in keeping track on stock levels across all channels.
    Work closely with e-commerce and retail teams to ensure maximum trading performance.

    Key Requirements: -

    Minimum 5 years’ experience as a merchandiser in a multi-channel brand.
    Proven team building and management experience.
    Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.
    Strong attention to detail.
    Highly analytical and numerate.
    Ability to perform under pressure and work in a fast-paced environment.
    Capability to work autonomously, to take full responsibility and make sound decisions.

    Due to the anticipated interest in this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the V&C GDPR Policy.

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    CONSULTANT
    Matthew Vohs
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