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Sourcing Manager

Ladieswear Multi Product

Manchester – North West

Salary c£35k dependant on experience

This role works closely with the Head of Sourcing and Product teams to manage the lifecycle of supplier/factories, from onboarding to ongoing management of supplier relationships and the delivery of a fit for future and strategic supply base. 

This is what you’ll do: 
Supporting The Head of Sourcing 

  • Support the Head of Sourcing in developing & maintaining a fit for future supply base which delivers the right product at the right time with enhanced profitability. 
  • Research, develop and attract new suppliers, product categories, manufacturing territories in line with the brands development. 
  • Ensure new and existing suppliers work to and meet brand ethical and sustainability objectives 
  • Work collaboratively with the product teams to commercially validate new suppliers and ensure costing and pricing exercises are completed comprehensively. 
  • Ensure communication with any potential new suppliers is consistent and suppliers have adequate feedback to progress. 
  • Guide and mentor new suppliers through initial order process until established. 
  • Collaborate with suppliers to manage capacity for sampling and production for on time delivery and margin advantage. 
  • Support the Head of Sourcing with regular analysis and evaluation of the existing supply base with the development, introduction and implementation of supplier performance management and strategic plan.  
  • Work with existing suppliers to ensure potential is maximised and collaborate with the product teams to ensure those opportunities are developed. 
  • Support the Product Teams in investigating and resolving any issues as they arise 
  • Collaboration with Finance on currency and terms management 
  • Collaboration with Supply Chain and Logistics and the warehouse. 
  • Attends supplier meetings and trade shows both in the UK and overseas. 

We’re looking for someone with… 

  • A background in Fashion Retail, in a Sourcing/Supply, technical or buying role     
  • Strong relationship building skills. 
  • Knowledge of international suppliers, supplier set up, management and onboarding processes. 
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of Excel  
  • The ability to work cross-functionally with other areas of Retail, including Buying, Merchandising and Design  
  • A passion for the brand.  
  • Well organised and the ability to work within a fast-paced environment 
  • Solid communication skills to provide clear direction both visually and verbally to individuals at all levels of the company 
  • Demonstrates the ability to drive success through strategic, creative, and commercial thinking 
  • Has good negotiation and influencing skills, can successfully gain buy in from the team and leaders to potentialize opportunities 
  • Shows strong awareness of current sourcing trends, market conditions and opportunities within a Global context 
  • Flexibility to travel, as required 

 


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Influencer Marketing Executive

Location Flexible as long as you can attend meetings in Leicester or Manchester 1 or 2 days a week.

Salary dependant on experience £25k

Our client is currently looking to bring part of the marketing function in-house for 2 of there brands. You will work closely with senior members of the team in-house but also with the agencies being used.

Key responsibilities will include:  

Overseeing influencers and delivering growth 

Reporting on influencer performance on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis 

Identifying new opportunities 

Work with internal stakeholders to plan, develop and execute influencer campaigns 

Oversee influencer gifting collaborations

Co-ordinate influencer events.

Working with influencers on collaborations

Nurture and build direct relationships with influencers on a global scale

Oversee invoicing and payment of influencers • 

Proven experience in influencer marketing preferred • 

A genuine interest in fashion and sportswear

An understanding of how influencers can play a key role in building brand awareness, affinity, content creation and driving commercial value for brands 

Knowledge of both current and emerging global platforms including but not limited to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok etc. 

Outstanding communication, negotiation and organisational skills 

Computer literate

Creative thinker 

A clear understanding of Influencer Marketing


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Garment Technologist

South Manchester Childrenswear experience preferred.

Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.  £21-£26 per annum

Duties of the job will include the following:

  • Responsibility for a number of retailers, customers.
  • Creating workbooks/ specs for costings and buying samples
  • Creating print patterns on Investronica  (Lectra) for the design team to set up print packs
  • Working on our Investronica system to aid offshore factories technically where necessary.
  • Some pattern cutting may be required.
  • Requesting of sealing samples and initial patterns, from offshore manufacturers. Measuring and checking of garments, internal approvals where necessary samples fitted with retailers in person or over VC, and sending comments out to the factories.
  • Working closely with the factories to ensure that the product meets Retailer requirements.
  • Administration of the critical path
  • Submission of final production samples and relevant documentation.
  • We are looking for someone who can work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills, and who can work well with retailers, manufacturers and within the office environment.
  • Someone who is well organised and flexible, with a logical and analytical mind, and excellent administration skills
  • Someone who works well under pressure, with the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • Full driving licence is essential.

The ideal person would have up to 2 years experience or be a graduate in a related subject, knowledge of computer systems such as Investronica, and Exel would be an advantage but not essential. 


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Sourcing Assistant

South Manchester

£22 – £25k DOE

As part of the Sourcing team, you will play an important part of helping the Sourcing team ensure that all OB suppliers are fit for purpose. This will encompass managing current supplier relationships and supplier on-boarding. Working closely with the retail teams and suppliers, our mission is to deliver a sustainable supply base which is capable of delivering on our long-term strategy. 
You will be part of the team working closely with our retail teams and suppliers to develop more transparent supply chains across the globe.

This is what you’ll do:
Supporting Supplier Management

  • Supplier introduction, on-boarding, development, and ongoing management
    • Collaboration with suppliers on cross costing initiatives and improving visibility of the fully vertical process.
    • Liaising with buying, design and merchandising on day-to-day supplier management
    • Collaboration with Finance on currency and terms management
    • Collaboration with Supply Chain and Logistics and the warehouse.
    • Collaboration with the supply base Ethical, Sustainable and Fabric developments to deliver our commercial goals, driving strategic business change and global growth.
    • Provide administrative support to the Head of Sourcing and wider team to ensure the efficient running of the department.

Managing and analysing data 

  • Manage and update any cross-costing projects – chasing up suppliers for pricing info and ensuring that we have pricing for all projects in a timely manner.
    • Responsible for managing the supplier database, ensuring this is maintained and regularly reviewed.
    • Responsible for liaising with suppliers, keeping track of factory management, due diligence documentation and supply base changes.
    • Involved in cross-functional projects and initiatives to support wider company growth.
    • Support the wider team in delivering departmental strategy.
    • Attends UK supplier meetings and trade shows.
    • Ensure all Ethical information is updated for supplier set ups.

We’re looking for someone with…

  • A background in Fashion Retail, in a Sourcing or related role   
    • Strong relationship building skills.
    • Knowledge of international suppliers, supplier set up and onboarding processes.
    • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of Excel 
    • The ability to work cross-functionally with other areas of Retail, including Buying, Merchandising and Design 
    • A passion for the brand. 
    • The ability to work within a fast-paced environment.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills 

What’s in it for you? 

  • Competitive salary
    • Huge staff discount and sample sales  
    • 25 days holiday + never work on your birthday again! 



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Merchandiser

Manchester

Salary range £20k – £24k dependant on experience

Job description

Our client is a fast growing multi-branded fashion company. Developing both our own and clients brands, for both wholesale and retail.

Our business now requires a Merchandiser, for ensuring the growth and profitability of our online stores. Working closely with other departments including buying and design to maximise opportunity within the business.

Job Summary:
• To support the merchandising function for the business in order to ensure company is on track to hit targets. Displaying all relevant information for the company progress at all times.

• To ensure that the buying function is effectively controlled within the agreed business strategy, and that all necessary frameworks, controls and skill sets are in place, to enable successful long term planning and in season trading to maximise business performance.

Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities
• Using data to optimise the sales volume and profitability of all designated product areas.
• Supporting planning of budgets by category, option count, and depth of buy based on the overall business and financial goals of the company.
• Controls stock levels based on weekly sales and stock intakes (WSSI)
• Reviews sales forecasts based on performance, and actions re forecasts.
• Analyses and monitors best and worst sellers and makes informed recommendations for action
• Recommends promotions and re buys as necessary
• Monitors and maintains buying margin and gross profit margins as requested.
• Ensures that best sellers reach their full potential
• Supplies the Head of Merchandising and buying team with necessary data to enable informed decisions and planning.

Opportunity for Growth

The successful candidate should show an excellent understanding of latest analysis skills, and be confident of growing with this business, into a senior figure within the company.

As a Merchandiser you should be highly motivated, with technical flair, excellent communication skills and a can-do attitude.


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