Head of Manufacturing
Description SilkFred is a fashion e-commerce platform with 100,000+ customers. We are looking for a Head of Manufacturing to help us and our brands scale and improve process with your ability to challenge the norm! It's an exciting time to join the team as we are expanding. If you want to make an impact and see your ideas in action, we would love to hear from you. As a Head of Manufacturing you will be responsible for handling the company's end to end sourcing operations, enabling us to become more efficient throughout the process. You will be tasked with improving our sourcing activities by building effective new relationships with manufacturers and factories around the world using your established network. The Job * This role is setting up and defining the Manufacturing and Sourcing function of SilkFred. * You will generate and implement efficient processes using your extensive multi-product knowledge in Womenswear, Footwear & Accessories. * Sourcing and building relationships with suppliers and factories across the world. fully utilising your extensive network of effective manufacturing business associates. * Applying your specialist knowledge in fabric, global testing legislation, sourcing & ethical compliance. * Collaborate with all areas of the retail business from design, technical, buying and merchandising to marketing and branding. * Results based approach needed with military style adherence to product deadlines * Invent negotiation strategies and secure profitable arrangements with suppliers * Optimize sourcing procedures to attain maximum efficiency * Cooperate with stakeholders to guarantee agreement on terms and processes * Research and anticipate shifts in the negotiating power of suppliers * Perform cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking * Estimate risks and apply risk minimizing techniques * Discover and partner with trustworthy vendors and suppliers * Determine quantity and timing of deliveries Requirements * Ideally you will have proven work experience as a sourcing manager or procurement manager within the fast-fashion industry * You could even be a brand owner, buyer or merchandiser who has had exposure to all these elements in previous roles! * Understanding of market dynamics and sound business judgement * Project management and leadership skills Benefits * A rewarding role helping to define the future of a very exciting company * Enjoy a creative space located in Shoreditch - Central London * Private Healthcare * An awesome flat in Spain for the employee of the week! * A very friendly team who love to have a drink and socialise together at the end of a very busy week.