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An experienced retailer, I have held senior roles in House of Fraser and large Independent stores. I have also worked with the John Lewis Partnership and the Hoopers Group. I was a founder Board member of Skillsnart Retail, the skill sector council for retail.
I am able very quickly to see where change is needed and have the determination and excellent interpersonal skills necessary to achieve it.
I am a good communicator and motivator, creative, energetic, reliable with a good sense of humour and lots of commitment, tact and patience. View full profile
A highly skilled copy-editor/proof-reader of print and electronic materials: exhibitions; books; brochures; newsletters; magazines; conference materials; film guides; annual reports; posters, etc. Subject areas: arts; education; English language; science; sports; governance; society. Experienced, conscientious and organized person who has worked successfully for both public- and private-sector employers. Diligent, self-motivated, thorough and reliable, is extremely articulate and has excellent administrative skills, and communication skills, both face-to-face and in written correspondence. Works well with others, at all levels, often under pressure and to tight deadlines. Has a meticulous attention to detail and accuracy. View full profile
Henrietta Green is widely acknowledged as the country’s leading expert on Britain’s local and regional speciality food producers. Her umbrella organisation FoodLovers vets local and regional specialty producers – from here and abroad – and offers a range of services from marketing, business development to trade and retail introductions
Henrietta’s commercial work, as a consultant, covers a wide range of clients and briefs. Past and/or current clients include Waitrose, The Dorchester,Sir Terence Conran at Bluebird, Felicitous of London, Provenance Restaurants, Marchents, MAFF (now Defra), Food from Britain, National Trust and RSPCA’s Freedom Food View full profile
An extremely organized and motivated senior manager. Proven leadership and communication skills in a strongly competitive and strategic business environment. Hardworking and resourceful always working with enthusiasm and always willing to learn. Innovative and dynamic with excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to think creatively developing sustainable new revenue streams in the form of events, supplements and digital products. In doing so honed skills as a project manager working with and leading multi-discipline internal and external teams to achieve optimum results for the business balancing commercial return delivering significant profit margins.
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P&L management and budgeting acheievemetns both in a declining market and during growth. Customer service expertise and skills with proven methods resulting in success with significant improvements made to service targets and customer survey scores. Rationalised costs in the region of 2m. KPI improvement and process improvements acheived in a number of areas. Project management and on time delivery for several key projects with excellent budget control. People management skills have allowed others to grow in to next level jobs. Stakeholder/customer relationships achieved second to none feddback and audit results. Engagement tools and active leadship processes driven best employee survey scores. Best health and safety and accident reduction ratio's acheived in a volitile industry. Negotiated new working agreement in heavy unionised site after previous management attempts for 6 years. Increased revenue streams by 250,000 with great negotiation skills and sla writing. Due diligence experience to review potential new business wins. New site start up experience. Regional mangement experience and mutli-contract management experience. View full profile
I am a motivated, high energy individual with a passion for retail excellence and brands and an inherent flair for product and merchandise. I have strong commercial and financial acumen aligning organisational resources to key objectives.
As a conceptual and strategic thinker with strong leadership and problem solving skills, I am seeking an opportunity to fully utilise my expertise by adding a depth and dimension in a challenging and dynamic business environment.
Successfully launched new stores and departments achieving increases against sales forecasts.
Increased sales and margin through rationalisation of existing brands and improved product mixes.
Negotiated improved margin, terms and marketing contributions amongst existing suppliers.
Identified and introduced new brands with greater sales potential including, vendor supply agreements, margins and terms.
Reduced stockholding and improved stock turn with significant positive impact on P&L.
Improved competency of buying teams and developed enhanced understanding and capabilities.
Core Skills & Competencies
Readily understands complex issues and quickly grasps business/operating models.
Identifies key issues to develop and execute strategy and objectives to implementation and follow through.
Recognises long term goals alongside immediate organisational needs.
Sound judgement and effective decision maker.
Experienced in international retail markets with strong market insights.
Strengths in luxury brands within fashion and accessories as well as fragrances, skincare and cosmetics.
Versatile, flexible and a team leader and player with the ability to motivate others.
Excellent communication skills.
Strengths in planning, project management and organisation.
Thrives in fast moving environments, works well under pressure and remains focussed.
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Commercially aware Multisite Manager with proven track record in sales and profit improvement in a multi-million pound retail environment. Decisive manager and positive communicator whose tactical key strengths, coupled with an organised and creative management approach to motivating staff to meet/exceed KPI targets, result in a profitable solution for the Company.
• Introduced benchmarking system for best sellers, key lines, profitability and turnover. This idea was rolled out and taken on by the other 32 Area Managers within the Company.
• Reviewed store operations and introduced space planning; improved range with comprehensive stock and order systems; implemented sales training; increased fresh food sales 28%.
• Implemented indepth stock sales and order training, resulting in 20% waste reduction across the board.
• Created and implemented Operation Manual for food safety, HACCP and H&S legal requirements; implemented staff training and a complete code checking system.
• Successfully turned 350k/yr loss of 39 high street fruit and vegetable stores into 250/yr profit in 12 months, creating viable business for the Co-operative to sell.
• Won ‘Area Manager of the Year’ for exceeding target by 98%.
• Increased sales of 12 stores from 280k/month to 600k/month in 12 months.
• Turned around in six months a group of nine Floors2Go stores, from -23% like-for-like deficit to 12% like-for-like and ahead of annual target.
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I have extensive buying experience gained during a twenty five year career in the UK retail sector.I have sourced product from the Far East,USA,Europe & the UK.I have visited trade fairs & factories around the World.I have negotiated trading & settlement terms with suppliers.I also have trained teams of buyers & merchandisers to assist with all aspects of the buying function.
I was a founder/director of a PLC company with the role of buying director for some seventy retail units both in the high street & out of town retail parks.
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An influential and focused senior facilities manager with a demonstrable ability to solve complex problems and turn them into opportunities for improvement. A first class record of achieving results, in both private and public sectors. A charismatic leader, with robust interpersonal and effective communication skills at board level and below and a proven ability to motivate teams to provide the highest possible standards of service provision. A broad range of contractual knowledge, including outsourcing, with an exemplary record of achievement in HSE affairs and proven commercial acumen. Totally committed to the training and mentoring of staff to ensure their personal development.
• Led public sector cross-departmental team to produce Business Continuity Plan.
• Refocused approach in public sector to ensure re-certification to ISO 14001 in only three months.
• Set up completely new facilities approach for 350 stores nationwide.
• Achieved ISO Environmental certification across 12 depots with 800 staff in only 18 months.
• Achieved 50% reduction in costs nationwide, through improved waste management.
• Improved planned preventive maintenance regimes and reactive works response across 520 stores, gaining plaudits from regional managers as a result.
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I am currently working as a part time production manager for a luxury ladies wear brand. For some 12 years prior to this, I held the position of Managing Director for the Puffa brand of unisex clothing and accessories.
During my time at Puffa, I revised and improved the supply chain, switching manufacture from the UK to Europe and from 1998 to the Far East. During this time gross margin was improved from around 40% to just under 60%.
Working closely with design, sales and Chinese suppliers, I was able to consistently improve the product whilst increasing margin and minimising faulty goods. I worked closely with multiple retailers, to deliver goods at the requested time, packaged to their individual requirements.
Previously, as Production Director for the Tricoville Group of Companies I was able to reduce costs and improve delivery times, whilst enhancing product quality. I had sole responsibility for administration, facilities, production, import/export and warehousing departments in the UK and additionally the Hong Kong buying office. I liaised with our designers to produce the finalised collections, then organised the sample ranges (firstly prototypes, then salesman samples) so that they arrived on time and priced according to sales requirements. I then made sure that all production was delivered at the right time and to the agreed specification
I have the gravitas and confidence necessary to successfully negotiate with customers, suppliers and employees. I am also aware of the need to trade in an ethical and sustainable manner, whilst still achieving targets.
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