Leather Goods And Accessories Industrial Manager
Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson established J.W.Anderson in 2008.
At first an elaborate collection of accessories quickly attracted attention, enabling the fledgling label to show on-schedule during 2008’s London Fashion Week.
The success of this debut collection earned both critical acclaim and commercial success for Anderson, whose label is now regarded as one of London’s most innovative and forward thinking brands.
Its unique design aesthetic offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity by creating thought-provoking silhouettes through a conscious cross-pollination between menswear and womenswear elements. This idiosyncratic perspective, which earned the label a cult following, prompted J.W.Anderson to present a women’s capsule collection in 2010.
A steady growth in demand gave occasion to J.W.Anderson first stand-alone on-schedule women’s show at London Fashion Week. International editors and buyers have also taken note, gaining the label a prominent reputation in the US, Europe and Asian markets.
J.W.Anderson has evolved into an internationally renowned and award-winning brand, with accolades including British Fashion Awards for ‘Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear’ (2012) and ‘The New Establishment Award’ (2013).
A recent investment by LVMH Moët Hennessy further cements J.W.Anderson‘s status as a rising, new-generation brand. Following the investment Jonathan Anderson was also appointed Creative Director of Loewe, and works on both brands in tandem.
·Research, counter sampling & factory sourcing:
o Manage raw material research and sourcing in collaboration with product development
o Manage counter sampling process at suppliers, assuring compliance in time, quality and cost.
o Analysing the supplier base and suggesting alternative suitable factories as needed.
o Counter sourcing of raw materials, including hardware and trims (within EU or Far East) to improve margin and quality
·Industrialization & Continuous Improvement:
o Define and manage product industrialization for new products
o Identify improvement areas in manufacturing and develop robust manufacturing processes to improve product performance in terms of quality, cost and durability.
o Set testing, quality and performance standards for all raw materials, work with factory to ensure standards are adhered to
·External Supplier Supervision:
o Implement production processes at suppliers and perform audits and controls to assure they are properly followed and respected.
o Support suppliers at troubleshooting.
·Management of quality control
o Define JWA quality standards and charts for raw materials and finished goods
o Prepare and implement raw material and finished goods quality control plans
o Conduct In line and finished goods quality control prior to bulk shipping
Work with design and product development to ensure all accessories are resolved for production, to best quality and cost achievable:
o Planning the critical path for production and deliveries, weekly reporting delivery schedule Raising PO's for production
o Organising handover meetings with development and quality reviews
- A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in a similar role.
- Experience in handbags is required; footwear and jewellery experience highly beneficial
- Fluent in Spanish or any other EU language would be a plus (Italian and Portuguese preferred)
- Pre-existing raw materials and producers portfolio
- Software: Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular an in-depth knowledge of excel is required; experience with Zedonk is beneficial but not required
- Able to travel regularly, minimum monthly
- Capacity for planning and an ability to work independently, and prioritise workload, put processes into place
- High sense of responsibility and rigor