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    Production & Technical

    Head Of Production

    competitive

    V&C has been retained on a fantastic opportunity for an established Head of Production to join one of the fastest growing British Luxury  sustainability accessory brands based in central London.

    The position will working closely with Operations Director and Design team and will ultimately be responsible for sourcing and developing the complete range, managing the production of accessories collections including Bags, Belts, Jewellery and Clutches from their production facilities worldwide.

    This exciting entrepreneurial positions will work closely with current and new supply base overseeing the product from conception to production – meeting margin, on time delivery and the brands aesthetic needs.

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Establishing production processes, leading ongoing artisan training initiatives, and determining approach to artisan engagement and support
    • Monitor social impact strategy and targets
    • Build and develop the product team to support growth of brand, defining the future operating model and hiring new team members as required
    • Work with designers and leadership to drive product development and sampling activities
    • Own the sampling process for new products and manage rounds of development and ultimate sign off to move to production
    • Support production audit activities with third party audit groups and drive continuous improvement plans that address findings
    • Create and maintain production strategy and plan for the range plan
    • Lead new materials research, development, and procurement; with a key focus on sustainable and up-cycled materials
    • Build the  production capacity by leading growth planning for in house atelier and partner organisations
    • Build detailed product costings to support product pricing decisions; monitoring product margins
    • Creating the detailed quarterly budget and plan
    • Establish and manage production schedules for all collections, special projects, and collaborations
    • Manage material supply chain for production centres; establishing supplier relationships
    • Monitor material inventories for production centres to ensure availability whole minimising
    • Track and report on production schedule progress
    • Establish logistics strategy to minimise costs and reduce environmental impact
    • Build effective logistics network of agents, shippers, and distributers to support production centres and market strategy
    • Own product shipping schedule to support launch timelines and sales channel needs
    • Communicate shipping timetables to sales channel leads and key partners
    • Action and manage a company testing procedure to ensure all components and fabrics comply with brand standards
    • Action and manage the record keeping of factory profiles
    • Negotiate on target costs throughout development to ensure company margin is achieved
    • Ensure all products are of a quality that reflects the brands standards
    • Manage the smooth transition of proto development to production and manage design to ensure all timelines are met
    • Ensure all business tools are updated with correct information to ensure smooth hand over into production
    • Manage all factories through production ensuring they are able to meet the brands expectations of quality, delivery, margin and capacity
    • Manage key relationships with the supplier base

    Key Characteristics

     

    • To have a strong knowledge of product development process
    • Good technical knowledge across accessories
    • Excellent production management skills working with multi product areas.
    • Good negotiation, communication and entrepreneurial skills
    • At least 6 years in a production management capacity.
    • Luxury and premium experience across hard good accessories required.
    • Analytical mind-set working to strategic business goals
    • Excellent organisation and planning skill
    • Dedicated, hardworking and an excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
    • Worldwide travel expectedto oversee production facilities

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    CONSULTANT
    Matthew Vohs
    E Commerce & Digital Marketing

    Retail Marketing Manager

    £75,000 - £85,000

    We have been retained on a senior Marketing position for an established London based Brand, working closely with key stakeholders of the business and reporting directly to the Customer Director.

    This important function sits firmly within Marketing and Communications team and is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the marketing calendar as well as having ownership for all activities to help the business drive sales and profitability for the business. A creative entrepreneurial spirit is required to bring the brand to life creating interest and exposure.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Create, implement and manage of the Trade Marketing calendar developing innovative, high impact campaigns in line with the overall business objectives and budget for the brand.
    Ensure appropriate media is selected and all campaigns adhere to a clearly defined advertising strategy.
    Bring and share best in class knowledge and marketing expertise across the business.
    Build a vision and roadmap for the future development of marketing activity across the brand and contribute to the on-going development of brand and communications strategy.
    Work closely with the leadership team to deliver this vision.
    Working closely with the Customer Director and the Brand, Buying and Merchandise Director ensure that the brand proposition, retail marketing and trade messages are communicated consistently, effectively and efficiently.
    Work with Ecommerce and Digital Marketing teams to amplify and drive cut through of all Marketing messages.
    Manage store marketing manager to deliver effective store and local marketing communications activity that drives store footfall.
    Support in development of marketing toolkits and assets that can be deployed by local stores and regional managers to drive in store footfall and conversion.

    Key Requirements:-

    At least 8 years’ experience in a Marketing/Brand management role within a retailer.
    Entrepreneurial spirit and confident with self-belief.
    A proven track record of delivering exciting and innovate marketing solutions.
    You will have a strong background in developing marketing strategy.
    You will also have experience of taking new ideas from concept to execution.
    Excellent communication skills across the business and working with external agencies.
    The ability to understand and read situations well with key stakeholders of the business from Director level and across Digital, Marketing and B&M.
    Excellent communication and project management skills, numerate, commercial, passionate.
    Highly commercial, execution driven marketing professional with proven record of influencing at all levels.
    Highly energetic and most comfortable working with real pace and driving change.
    Degree in Marketing/Business.

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    CONSULTANT
    Matthew Vohs
    Production & Technical

    Childrenswear Garment Technologist

    Competitive

    We have been briefed on an exciting opportunity for a Childrenswear Garment Technologist to join a leading high street retailer.

    You will be responsible for delivering technical quality standards and product technical innovation across the business to meet customer needs.

    The ideal candidate would have experience as a Childrenswear Technologist, preferably from a retail background with strong knowledge on supply base and the ability to provide expertise on product construction, component/fabric innovation and technical capability of suppliers to deliver the products required.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Deliver clear specifications to suppliers at briefing stage including key construction, fit and component/materials performance standards.
    Create technical packs and ensure these are communicated to the regional offices.
    Drive garment / fabric innovation, working closely with the buyer and supply base.
    Advise on sourcing routes.
    Travel to centres of excellence for product development and supplier awareness.
    Carry out regular risk screening of products and manufacturing routes.
    Liaise with technologists across business to ensure standards are consistent.
    Liaise with the regional offices on direct buys as appropriate to brief them on their responsibilities.
    Initiate and action wearer trials for direct suppliers.
    Complete benchmarking exercises of garments with high street competitors.
    Analyse customer feedback to gain knowledge of customer requirements for product innovation and development.
    Instigate due diligence testing during each season.
    Train and develop technology trainees when appropriate.
    Work with the regional offices to ensure garments are manufactured to the specification.
    Approve first fits of all products, including quality of construction and to approve grades by exception.
    Approve grades and contract seal fits for direct suppliers only.
    Carry out regular fit reviews of garments.

     

    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
    Wholesale Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    Senior Wholesale Merchandiser

    An opportunity has come available for an experienced and dynamic Senior Wholesale Merchandiser to join a successful and reputable supplier.

    The candidate will need to have strong communication and negotiation skills with a flair for spotting opportunities and developing sales with fast moving lines.  

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Working with the merchandising team which have close liaison with the fabric development department.  
    Advice the Account Managers for booking deadlines based on customer sign off dates.  
    Making sure the fabrics are put down with the mills in advance / co-ordinating the fabric shipments to achieve the increasing demand for shorter lead times from Far East factories competing with European markets.
    Managing and raising purchase orders.
    Overseeing critical path including lab dips submissions, approvals, samples and ensuring on time fabric delivery and garment production is on schedule.
    Daily communication with factories and weekly Skype meetings.
    Update meetings with customers.
    Analytically and commercially minded looking at opportunities to repeat orders on fast selling product lines.

    Key Requirements:-

    Minimum 5 years’ experience in a supplier as Merchandiser.
    Excellent negotiation skills.
    Strong communicator.
    Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
    Good decision maker.
    Confident and outgoing.
    Excellent attention to detail.

     

    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
    Wholesale

    Sales Brand Manager

    competitive

    V&C has been retained on an exciting New Position for a Sales Brand Manager to join an Urban Streetwear Brand reporting into the Managing Director with the remit to optimise sales across their wholesale division developing new accounts and maintain with existing accounts.

    Based in London and working with a successful and talented team as the Brand continues to expand both nationally and Globally. This opportunity will have autonomy in strategizing and implementing a sales plan for the brand.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Manage daily operations of all wholesale activities.
    Grow network of major wholesale clients - identify opportunities.
    Establish and nurture client relationships.
    Monitor and analyse KPI’s.
    Forecast wholesale business alongside Commercial Team.
    Potentialise operational efficiencies.
    Potentialise sales through replenishment minimising returns.
    Manage sales calendar in close cooperation with Product Development team – adhere to critical path.
    Manage sales budgets alongside Commercial team.
    Conduct and oversee product educational trainings and concept implementations.

    Key Requirements:-

    Minimum 5 years’ experience working in the relevant sector.
    Proven track record of sales performance and revenue growth across the wholesale market.
    Strong network of contacts.
    Possess entrepreneurial thinking.
    Sales experience via showroom and one-to-one meetings, phone and email communication.
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    Result oriented personality, with the ability to work under stressful circumstances.
    Professional and with high attention to detail and accuracy.
    Independent, well organised & flexible with tasks given.
    Strong interest and passion for the fashion industry.
    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
    Willingness and ability to travel.

     

    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
    Jemma Cooper
    Design

    Senior Jewellery Designer

    Competitive

    Fantastic opportunity for a Senior Jewellery Designer to join a rapidly growing, fast-paced leading retailer!

    You will need a minimum 5 years’ experience designing innovative designs, influencing ranges and leading a design team.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Manage a design team that develops and implements a focused brand strategy, establishing clear brand positioning in the market.
    Source and develop products that excite and inspire the customer and gives reasons to shop the brands ranges.
    Lead in creating and designing innovative, original designs and concepts, applying techniques, applications and ideas that translate into complete ranges for buyers.
    Take responsibility for leading first look mood boards and original inspiration themes, through colour, trend, handmade samples and design sheets.
    Sign off range boards, having received feedback from relevant parties.
    Build strong customer relationships and develop innovative and original ranges with strong sensitivity to material and colour.
    Ensure collections meet the customer profile and brand identity, delivering an appropriate balance of product assortment between high fashion and commerciality.
    Closely manage the development of each range for the brand, working with all relevant functions, staying close to the detail and resolving design specification queries. Support and appropriately influence buying and merchandising, attend second look range building and trade meetings.
    Manage and implement key activities in the critical path to ensure design compliance for all products and ranges.

    Key Requirements:-

    Minimum 5 years Design experience in a similar business.
    Be accountable for design of collection from concept to end product.
    Have extensive commercial acumen, able to take accountability for a financial plan.
    Possess highly effective influencing skills builds ranges that achieve a buy of greater than 50%.

     

    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
    Jasmin Nathan
    Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    Junior Buyer

    competitive

    Fantastic opportunity for a Junior Buyer to join a growing Retailer!

    You will be responsible for planning strategies to maximise probability and to deliver and trade tailored product ranges to meet customers’ expectations and exceed intake margin.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Work with the merchandising, design and retail teams to develop and implement a focused brand strategy, establish brand positioning in the market and deliver a product range that exceeds target intake margin and seasonal sales plans.
    Establish and implement a commercial and targeted product range, with attention to benchmarking against competition, key market and catwalk trends and seasonality. 
    Ensuring all products meet consumer expectation and achieve a high full price sell through increasing profitability.
    Innovate the range by implementing product trials to establish new key product types.
    Identify, support and grow key suppliers (including the Fareast) through relationship building, product development and negotiation activity.
    Actively seek to improve ways of working that ensure healthy and prosperous business relationships.
    Manage and implement key activities in the critical path to ensure smooth running of the product lifecycle and to guarantee all ranges and product are delivered in line with the appropriate planned phases.
    In partnership with the merchandiser, lead weekly trading to increase profitability, planning actions & buys and investments strategy, with reference to analytical data to minimise risk and improve efficiency of the brands trade.
    Develop first-to-market product ranges which excite the customer and influence the broader commercial fashion market.
    Take measured risk, to maximise commercial opportunities from emerging trends.

    Key Requirements:-

    Buying degree level or equivalent in an academic or fashion subject with 3-5 years Buying experience.
    Strong numerical skills used for negotiation and trading.
    Experience in developing, implementing and reviewing a strategy and complete a trading cycle.
    Sound in depth knowledge of the fashion jewellery market (UK and international), brand positioning and trends.
    An understanding of current economic situations, impacts of potential treats and competitors.
    Knowledge of the manufacturing process and technical terms, sourcing and negotiation process with direct supply base and manufacturers.
    Ability to think through and prioritise products and ranges in order of commercial potential.
    Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate competently and clearly, a good assertive influencer.
    Strong organisational and task management skills, with the ability to manage and delegate own workload, as well as overseeing the work of others.

     

    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
    Jasmin Nathan
    E Commerce & Digital Marketing Retail Operations

    Talent Acquisition Manager

    £35,000 - £45,000

    A fantastic opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and proven Talent Acquisition Manager to join one of London’s top Creative Marketing and PR agencies.

    The agency is recognised as one of the UK’S most creative and ground breaking organisations working with some of the world most recognisable brands from Burger King, Deliveroo, Huwei to Coca Cola working across multiple sectors.

    This new created opportunity has been a result of significant growth for the business and a willingness to drive and lead their recruitment in house.

    Key Requirements:-

    3-5 years experience in a similar role and business.
    Strong understanding and experience of recruiting across PR, Paid Media, Social, Creative and Design.
    Good use of utilising 3rd party web-sites, LinkedIn and company website to engage to engage with potential talent.
    Excellent understand of culture fit for the business.
    Personable, outgoing and the ability to set the standard for the business.
    Building a temp desk for peak periods with Freelancers.
    Pipelining potential candidates for new positions within the business.
    Launch the company’s training and developing programme.
    Work closely with 3rd party agencies for insight days.

     

    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
    E Commerce & Digital Marketing

    Ecommerce Marketing Assistant

    £20,000 - £25,000

    An ambitious London based Fashion brand have created a new position for an Ecommerce Marketing Assistant to take full responsibility of managing the VM of products across all 3rd party platforms, creating creative campaigns and working with external digital agencies.

    The business is looking for an individual with 2 years’ experience within content management and ecommerce platforms within a womenswear fashion brand.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Visual merchandising of products across the website to drive engagement and conversion.
    Upload copy, images and cross-selling for all products ensuring information is accurate, detailed and consistent across the site.
    Create email marketing campaigns and produce weekly reports to monitor performance.
    Undertake daily checks across the brands websites and marketplace partners.
    Upload content to the homepage, website and blog pages of the brands website to coincide with the marketing calendar.
    Monitor the affiliate programme approving publishers and provide updated content to the channel on a regular basis.
    Work with the creative content assistant to produce imagery for the website, social channels and onsite blog.
    Manage the brands market place partners by ensuing product feeds are accurate and orders are placed in a timely manner.
    Monitor the competitive landscape and feedback analysis to wider team.
    Ad hoc tasks to support the Ecommerce Manager.

    Key Requirements:-

    1-2 years ecommerce experience within an online fashion brand.
    Experience working with content management systems and ecommerce platforms.
    Highly organised and analytical, with a keen eye for detail & flexible with tasks given.
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    Good time-management skills along with the ability to multitask.
    Computer literate with excellent knowledge of Microsoft office.
    An understanding of Photoshop and Magento Enterprise would be an asset.

     

    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
    Jemma Cooper
    Wholesale Buying, Merchandising & Sales

    Assistant Account Manager

    £25,000 - £30,000

    An opportunity for an Assistant Account Manager to join a reputable ladieswear supplier to premium fashion brands.

    You will need a minimum 2 years’ experience as a Sales Admin Support or Assistant Account Manager, critical path management and ability to build strong relationships with buyers, clients and factories.

    Key Responsibilities and Requirements:-

    Attending and notarising sales/ development meetings with buyers.
    Following through sample request process and anything related e.g. ordering sampling, arranging lab dips and trim requests.
    Answering queries, dealing with problems from production, garment tech, factories and cloth suppliers.
    Raising garment and fabric orders on our live system.
    Managing Critical Path and liaising and updating buying teams.
    Negotiating prices with cloth suppliers, factories and buyers.
    Managing the life-cycle of the order and acting as conduit between customer, suppliers, factories and respective departments at Bravado.
    Helping colleagues with other duties.

     

    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

    Accessories Buyer

    Competitive

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Accessories Buyer for a fast-fashion womenswear wholesaler to work with one of the biggest Jewellery & Accessories retailers on the high street.

    Reporting into the Buying Manager, working alongside Merchandising and Design, you will be responsible for managing the label product development process, whilst accountable for driving sales.

    Key Responsibilities and Requirements:-

    Produce successful commercial ranges.
    Setting the strategy.
    Managing the own label product development process.
    Accountable for driving sales through effective product sourcing, range building and negotiation.
    Must display excellent market knowledge.
    Possess good product development skills.
    Have strong negotiation techniques.
    Ability to build key supplier relationships.
    Product development experience within a Fast-Fashion Buying role.
    A background in own label Accessories, fragrance or beauty is preferred.
    Full understanding of the Product/Buying Life Cycle or Critical Path.
    Excellent communicator as you will be responsible for managing and developing a team, and working closely with many departments throughout the company such as QA, Design, Merchandising and Marketing.
    Experience of travelling to the Far East and be able to introduce a specialist category supply base.

     

    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
    Jasmin Nathan
    Production & Technical

    Fabric Coordinator

    £35,000 - £40,000

    This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Fabric Coordinator who has worked with Fabric previously to join a Luxury lifestyle brand based in London.

    You must have excellent communication and organisational skills, as well as strong computer literacy, to play a key role in the smooth running of fabric ordering, quality control right through to production.

    Key Responsibilities:-

    Create and maintain fabric files and input fabric details onto NAVISION ensuring all codes/colour references/descriptions are correct.
    Work closely with Head of Design to ensure a smooth handover from development to production.
    Liaise daily with fabric mills and inform relevant departments / people of any changes to delivery dates and report any under/over deliveries.
    Approve bulk fabric for delivery.
    Action any additional processes to fabric in timely manner eg; Fabric washing, embroidery etc.
    Co-ordinate the delivery of fabrics to/from multiple destinations to meet in store delivery date.
    Work with Finance to ensure all invoices are accurate and that the relevant paperwork is processed to allow prompt payments.
    Manage internal and external fabric queries/availability/quality issues/shortages.
    Manage and update stock levels on a daily basis ensuring all transfers, deliveries and returns are recorded accurately on Navision.
    Send out weekly fabric stock updates to relevant people / departments.
    Critical path management.

    Key Requirements:-

    4+ years’ experience working in a role involving raw material/fabric buying within Luxury.
    Knowledge of UK and offshore production of CMT garments.
    Good knowledge of printing, dying, special finishes and extras processes such as washing.
    Basic understanding of textiles/fabrics and their different traits.
    Experience of working with European mills at luxury level.
    Experience working out fabric requirement using garment ratings.
    Must be good at calculations.
    Good negotiating skills.
    Excellent administration and time management skills.
    Strong communication skills and an ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, suppliers and manufacturers.
    Excellent Excel skills - need to be able to create spreadsheets and use basic formulas such as V look up.
    Does not need to be advanced.
    Attention to detail, efficient and able to work calmly under pressure.
    Articulate – well-spoken and clear with their instructions.
    Hardworking attitude.
    Forward planning and pre-empting issues.
    Suggesting or implementing new processes that streamline in with the rest of the department.
    Needs to work well on own without been micro managed.
    Must have excellent organisational skills.

     

    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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    Nicole Vohs
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