Merchandiser – Footwear (maternity cover)

About Us

At New Look, our mission is to help people look good and feel great. When it comes to people who work for us, we want individuals to express themselves in an environment where change and new ideas are celebrated. This is because we truly believe every person who works here contributes to our future and where we go.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Junior Merchandiser or Merchandiser to join our successful Footwear team on a fixed-term contract to cover a maternity leave.

As a Merchandiser, you will be heavily influencial in the development of the marketing group range plan and range build, managing the overall trading plan and developing a high performing team.


  • Ensure all KPI’s for the deptartment are achieved through maximising Sales and Profit whilst minimising Stock, markdown, terminal levels in order to exceed planned profit.
  • Provide accurate sales forecasts to identify stock requirements
  • Manage the in-season Open-to-Buy down to season/category level using the WSSI.
  • Manage promotional and clearance markdown activity within budgeted levels.
  • Consistently manage the supply base, monitoring commitment and intake, controlling mix between direct/in-direct source
  • Work alongside optimisation to ensure optimum stock levels in store.


  • Produce a commercial and balanced range, which reflects the departmental strategy and agreed KPI’s.
  • Identify market and key fashion trends to maintain a detailed understanding of the required product area.
  • Regularly carry out store, competitor and supplier visits.
  • With the dept. buyer, develop departmental strategy and provide analytics to support decision.
  • Work with the buyer to construct a well-balanced range to target the appropriate customer profile.
  • Review and monitor range plans regularly with Buyer to reflect changing sales/trends etc.
  • Incorporate space planning and relevant grading proposals into the planning process to meet store requirements.

Experience and Skills

  • Previous Merchandising experience at a fast-paced Fashion Retailer
  • Footwear experience is desirable, though not essential
  • Good analytical systems knowledge (Excel, Business Objects)
  • WSSI planning experience
  • Leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills & adaptability
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of supply chain management

Closing Date: 25/09/2015


Footwear & Plastics Technicians

Our client is an Orthotics Manufacturer based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire that is currently going through a period of growth. Due to this growth they are looking for people with footwear and plastics manufacturing skills to enhance their team. We would like to speak to anyone with skills in these sectors, but we would particularly like to hear from anyone with the following skills:

As the Footwear Technician your duties will be to:

  • Manufacture bespoke last and casts;
  • Hand lasting;
  • Model making;
  • Building up of lasts with cork to specification;
  • Sole maker, to include adapting soles to specific requirements;
  • Alteration of footwear after fitting;
  • Alteration of lasts using grindery machinery.

To be successful as a Footwear Technician you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Must have experience in the following areas –
    • Engineering;
    • Wood working;
    • Use of hand grinding machines;
    • Use of Lathes;
  • Outstanding hand / eye coordination;
  • Precise measuring skills;
  • Modelling skills;
  • Must have previous experience of operating manufacturing machinery;
  • Be able to read clinical orders accurately.

As the Plastics Technician your duties will include:

  • Rectification of plaster casts;
  • Moulding plastic;
  • Trimming and buffing plastic to meet order specifications.

To be a successful Plastics Technician you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Must have previous experience of operating manufacturing machinery;
  • Must have experience in the following areas;
    • Engineering;
    • Wood working;
    • Use of hand grinding machines;
    • Use of Lathes;
  • Outstanding hand / eye coordination;
  • Excellent eye for detail;
  • Precise measuring skills;
  • Modelling skills;
  • Be able to read clinical orders accurately.

The working hours will be – Monday – Thursday 07:30 – 16:30 and Friday 07:30 – 12:30. In return you will receive a competitive salary dependent on your experience plus 25 days holiday.



Senior Footwear & Accessories Buyer

About the role:
* Keeping an up-to-date commercial understanding of current and future trends by visiting suppliers’ and competitors’ outlets. Have a sharp fashion eye with recognized ability to spot emerging trends.
* Planning, sourcing and buying of merchandise at category level in a commercial environment. Always analysing current and past sales information to identify success and failure in order to plan effectively.
* Ensuring ranges are selected within timescales sufficient to meet required “on sale” dates in line with agreed company promotional calendars and making operational departments understand what is required.
* Operating within set financial budgets for sales, margins, stock and open to buy.
* Negotiating cost prices, in the best interest of the Company, so achieving financial budgets set for sales, margins, stock and open-to-buy whilst taking into account range and sales plans.
* Taking the necessary action to ensure achievement of terminal stock and margin targets.
* Maintaining effective and professional supplier and factory relationships, so as to develop and sustain a sound supply structure fulfilling the Company requirements by using suppliers’ capabilities and specialties to best advantage.
* Establishing and ensuring the maintenance of expected Company quality standards. Ensuring correct fit of garments to specifications by working closely with QC and suppliers.
* Managing the critical path with junior members of the team in that all key cut off dates are met and delays avoided.
* Training and developing members of the team to achieve their potential, focusing on the individual needs by working on development plans and continually reviewing.

About you:
* Ability to work on own initiative as well as within a team, to meet tight deadlines and demonstrate a passion about the product. Keeping up-to-date with all media channels, blogs, magazines, trends sites, music etc.
* Excellent leadership and motivational skills. Being able to develop junior members of the team by understanding their individual needs.
* Full understanding of the merchandising role and the relationship between it and the buying department. Working closely to balance trading and planning to create timely and exciting ranges for the stores. Ability to adapt to a fast changing market.
* Excellent analytical skills and commercial awareness by being able to always think strategically to drive company profit targets.
* Managing upwards – ensuring always a professional manner is projected to line managers and directors.
* Proven ability to influence and negotiate effectively with suppliers and senior managers. Have a creative yet calm approach to problem solving.
* Proven commercial success in a ladies fashion retailer in a Head Office environment, especially sourcing, negotiation and range planning skills.
* Maintenance of confidentiality at all times.
* Working closely with Design to captures and develop the latest trends and with Technologists to ensure fit satisfies the company’s high quality standard
* Undertake branch visits during the year to ensure awareness of our business, market and competition.
* Measure: ensure that all different grade stores are visited and branch visit reports submitted to directors at least twice a season.

Salary:£35000.00 – £50k pa +Bonues
Location: City of London
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Ref No: 291356-TIRS0711_581086Date Advertised: 18 Sep 2015


Children’s Footwear Sales Adviser

Job Summary:

Country: United Kingdom
Region: London
County: Central/West End
Contract type: Permanent
Availability: Full time
Years’ experience: Less than 2 years

Published: OnTrendrecRuitment
Description of job

WE are recruiting for Children’s footwear sales assistant for a premium brand to be based within a top luxury department store.
You must come from a childrens shoes background and worked within a fast paced enviroment.

this is an immediate position and interview are being held Friday 17/09/15

Various hours are available.

8ph plus 1% commision on individual sales.

Please email you CV asap here





My client has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Retail Manager who has a fashion background or similar, my client has over 100 stores across the UK, As a store manager you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the store.

The following jobs titles will be considered, Supervisor, Team Leader, department manager, Assistant manager and store manager.

Regretfully due to the volume of responses generated A2Z Recruitment Solutions are only in a position to contact those candidates who are shortlisted for the position.


Mens Footwear Designer

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced talented Mens Footwear Designer to join this exciting and growing high street Supplier, based in in one of the key fashion hubs of London.

If you have great fashion handwriting and have a flair for trends and an exciting portfolio this could be the role for you!

You must have previous experience designing Smart, Casual and Sporty Footwear for high street retailers or Brands

Candidates must have very strong Illustrative and CAD skills and have the ability to work on your own initiative or as part of a team.

Salary: £25,000 – £35,000 per annum

Job type: Permanent, full-time

  • Posted: Freedom Recruitment
  • Date:
  • Reference: 27940776

Please forward CV’s and Art work Here

Senior Footwear Developer / Footwear Development Manager in Manchester City Centre

£45,000 – £60,000
Job Type
Start Date
Ref No
Date Advertised
08 Sep 2015

Key Accountabilities:
Business Results:

  • Take responsibility for developing and approving (sealing) products from initial tech pack through to final bulk production/buy-ready ensuring all quality, fit and price targets are achieved.
  • Work with the footwear designers to ensure the most appropriate selection of materials for each product development.
  • Assist in the product creation process by identifying opportunities for technical innovation and improvement of quality.
  • Ensure all tech packs are accurate and contain information that can be interpreted and understood by factories.
  • Take responsibility for the wear-testing of new product developments to ensure products are evaluated for fit, comfort and technical performance prior to bulk production.
  • Work with suppliers to ensure quality requirements are clearly understood and achieved throughout the production of salesman sample and bulk orders.
  • Responsible for ensuring roles and responsibilities between the development team and other teams in the business are clearly understood and any gaps are identified and closed.
  • Collaborate with the supply chain team to ensure appropriate allocation of footwear styles and timely approval of all products to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the supply base and ensures awareness of supply base capabilities across the broader team.Calendar:
  • Ensure the footwear design/development calendar is clearly defined, understood and managed to ensure alignment across the business.
  • Participate in weekly calendar meetings, calling-out any risk to key dates, associated impacts and options to get back on-track.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings, calling-out any risk to key dates, associated impacts and options to get back on-track as well as updating on current projects.Process:
  • Collaborate with the category team to ensure that all briefs contain the required information and are thoroughly understood.
  • Together with the category and supply chain teams, review all designs prior to development and all prototypes prior to being offered to licensees to ensure alignment with the commercial brief and the brand plan.Required Experience:
  • Previous experience working in Sports Performance Footwear Development.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in Mac software packages (Microsoft, Adobe CS etc).
  • Ability to travel and work effectively across multiple cultures.


FOOTWEAR TECHNICIAN for Hunter Boot Limited

Key responsibilities:

Unpacking and logging of GSS, Extreme fits and Production trials samples in preparation for quality inspection and fit assessment
Photographing product and compiling concise and clear quality technical feedback for factories when required.
General secretarial duties such as expenses, filing, typing, formatting, communicating reports on customer returns and weekly UK DC mending sheets
Updating, initiating and approving final Visual Quality Standard documents
Updating bulk product specs when needed, for quality improvements
Maintaining and updating the seasonal GSS and Standardisation matrix
Organising internal and external quality meetings as required including diary management for the Quality Team
As required Assist Customer Services and International Sales on basic quality queries from customers
Ad hoc quality team duties and projects as required
Provide holiday cover for key activities of quality team members
Assist the Product Development Team with Tech 1 fitting and approvals
Manage the fitting participants library for extreme sizes
Arrange extreme size wear trial sample shipping, reporting and follow up, organise wear trial review meetings for Product & Quality Team.
UK DC Visits for customer returns review & reporting back to the factories
As and when required, be willing and able to visit UK, European and International customers / distributors to review quality queries through to resolve
Assist in the approval of Gold Seal Samples, sign off and distribution of the UK DC, London Office, China Central Library and Factory samples.
As and when required – be willing and able to travel to Asia & Europe to support the Technical and Quality Manager on factory visits, inspections and quality reviews.
As and when required – review and update the “QMAP” Quality Management action plan documentation
Any other duties as required.
Responsible for overseeing the Master “Visual Quality Standards” VQS B Grade VQS Manuals sent from Far East. Setting the agreed standard and reviewing for stock built up every quarter
Assist Accessories team with technical and quality issues, including testing standards.
Assist Accessories team with commercialisation process – GSS through to Production
Monitor current and on-going testing schedules for all products, suggest, agree and implement improvements where necessary.
Establish fitting guides and last charts for all footwear.
Support and resolve any production issues whilst in the UK or Far East.
Key Working Team Relationships;

Product Development Teams UK
Merchandising Team
Pentland / Asia Product Development / Quality Teams
Customer Services & Sales teams
Knowledge, Skills, Experience / qualifications required

Proven knowledge of technical aspects of footwear manufacture & an understanding of technical terminology -Essential
Experience within an busy office environment – essential
Work experience in a product based environment – essential
Experienced with basic office software packages (Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) – essential
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy – essential
Basic experience in product quality inspections & audits – preferred but not essential as training will be available
Personal attributes and expectations;

Excellent inter personal skills – essential
The ability to use own initiative and suggest solutions to problems – essential
Excellent communication skills both written and oral – essential
Self-motivated and well organised – essential
Ability to work with minimal supervision – essential
Punctual – essential
Willingness to learn and develop new skills in footwear technology – essential
Flexible with a “can” do approach to complete tasks / projects – essential
Team player – essential

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Footwear Technologist | TALISMAN FASHION

Footwear Technologist
From £25,000 to £45,000 per annum
Talisman Fashion
Date posted:
09/06/2015 16:47
Job Description:

My client seeks a commercial Footwear Technologist to manage women’s and men’s footwear. You will be up to date on current footwear legislations and be able to demonstrate a solid understanding in footwear construction and possess good manufacturing knowledge.

Job responsibilities:

• Work from design concept through to delivery in stores.
• Improve efficiency and quality and keeping up-to date on footwear standards.
• Provide technical and development support to teams and buyers.
• Create technical specs and work with suppliers in the UK and Far East.
• Manage fit sessions and relay fit comments back to suppliers.
• Work closely with buyers and designers and advise on construction, fit, development & materials.
• Manage the approval and sealing process.
• Update and maintain supplier technical manuals as well as requesting and managing test reports.
• Work with warehouse to ensure quality is acceptable to approved technical standards.
• Manage wearer trials and report writing.
• Some overseas travel might be required to oversee production or to resolve any technical issues with factories.

The ideal candidate must have UK retail high street experience and you will be organised, confident and an enthusiastic team player and be able to communicate at all levels.

If you are interested in this position then please apply today, forwarding an up to date CV. We regret that due to volume, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Footwear Merchandiser

Location : Cardiff – South Glamorgan,Wales, United Kingdom
Type : Permanent Jobs
Salary : Competitive Salary + Bonus + Pension
Main Industry : Search Fashion, Art & Design Jobs
Other Industries and Skills : Retail & Wholesale
Job ID : 43127049
Posted On : 19 June 2015
Job Title: Buyer – Footwear
Location: Cardiff
Salary: Competitive SalaryOur client is a national clothing retailer with over 350 stores throughout the UK. The company offers a variety of great quality, fashionable clothes for men, women and children. They are currently undergoing a period of growth and looking to further their proposition.They are looking for new people to join the company and they are actively seeking an experienced Footwear Buyer to join their Head Office team based in Cardiff.

The client is looking to identify candidates with proven experience within footwear buying however more specifically from within a high street fashion environment. Our client is looking for strong buyers who are capable of driving a team, enhancing the product range with a proven successful track record.

for this role Apply in the strictest of confidence to Tom Twist at PDA SEARCH AND SELECTION LTD.

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