Frugi is the UK’s bestselling organic childrenswear brand, proving that ethical and organic clothing can be bright, beautiful and successful! The company was born in 2004 and continues to grow at 25% every year, selling through a rapidly expanding network of over 500 stockists in more than 25 countries worldwide.
We strive to be ethical in everything we do, each year donating 1% of our turnover to our Little Clothes BIG Change charity project which includes a children’s charity, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and an orphanage in India.
In 2019 we partnered with TotsBots with whom we share the same values and principles around ethics and sustainability. Through this partnership we are able to bring the Frugi, TotsBots and Bloom & Nora brands together, expanding our product offering and our team.
We have been awarded 3 Queens Awards, been earmarked by both the Best Companies 'Ones to Watch' list and The Sunday Times Fast Track 'Ones to Watch' list, received GOLD in the Healthy Workplace Awards for 3 consecutive years, expanded to more than 110 permanent team members with even more joining us for our busy seasons, accelerated our turnover year after year, donated over £850k to charity, and eaten a lot of pasties (and cake!).
We strive to be the most fun, desirable and trusted clothing brand on the planet, but this is only the start of it...
With a strong background and extensive Merchandise Planning experience, you will be equipped and ready to lead the merchandise function or the Frugi Group, comprising our Frugi, TotsBots and Bloom & Nora brands. Having operated at a similar level in a related business (preferably multi-channel and multi-market), you’ll play a key role in growing our business further. You’ll be highly analytical, have fantastic leadership and management skills and be an excellent communicator. This is an amazing opportunity for a passionate, credible, experienced and dynamic individual to join a fast growing business where the sky’s the limit!
Your Role in a Nutshell
You will shape the Frugi Group merchandising strategy in the UK and globally. You will lead and drive merchandising for the Consumer and Trade channels, including building product assortments that meet the financial targets of the business. You will deliver across a diverse retail framework a consistent approach for the individual brands which maximises commercial opportunity. You will identify risks to sales, margin and inventory levels and opportunities for revenue and margin growth. You will propose and execute mitigation/incremental activity to remain on target across all KPIs.
Your Key Responsibilities
Work with Finance Director and Commercial Director, to define, monitor and deliver the Consumer and Trade revenue and NAM budgets for each year.
Execute forward financial KPI planning including OTB.
Develop an annual strategic merchandising plan including option plan and mix, margins and price architecture.
Work with Design and Buying to create and execute balanced and profitable product assortments.
Work with Commercial Director on future product assortment across the key channels. Identify needs of global business units and ensure demand is met.
Work with direct team to analyse and report on business performance and trends (weekly, monthly, quarterly, and seasonally).
Maintain analysis of assortment planning, in-season analysis and post-season deep dives to ensure lessons learnt for future strategy.
Develop and enhance analysis functions.
Work closely with Web team and Marketing to initiate and develop actionable promotional calendar.
Deliver effective stock management, improving stock-turn for the whole business.
Liaise with Production to ensure maximum availability at launch and availability by style within each stock-pool throughout the season (both UK and European 3PL).
Extensive proven experience in a Merchandise Planning capacity in a related business, operating at a similar level.
Experience within the apparel industry would be a distinct advantage.
Multi-channel and multi-market experience is preferred.
Strong analytical skills, the ability to draw insight and recommendations from large volumes of data, with accuracy and great attention to detail.
Strong written and verbal communication skills: ability to communicate at executive level.
Excellent product sensibility.
Ability to take initiative, ownership and accountability for the business.
Strong management and leadership experience
Super organised with excellent time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
Solid IT skills, with advanced MS Excel skills and the ability to learn in-house systems quickly.
What's in it for you?
We’re offering a full time, permanent contract, based at our HQ in Helston, Cornwall. We will also consider remote working, with frequent visits to our Cornwall HQ, for the right candidate.
We’ll invest in you with a competitive salary, depending on your skills and experience.
We’ll support your ongoing professional development with bespoke learning initiatives and training opportunities.
We offer fabulous career progression - as we grow, you’ll grow too!
If we have a good year, we’ll share our profits with the team.
We provide a generous holiday allowance and the option to buy or sell holiday.
We provide paid volunteer days, enabling you to give your time to a cause close to your heart
To help save for your future you can join our company pension scheme.
We’ll give you a whopping 60% discount across our fantastic range.
We’ll invite you to take part in our award-winning health & wellbeing activities.
We hold regular team events organised by our very own Frugi Fun Committee.
We offer a dynamic, innovative and exciting environment to work in.
How to apply...
Send your CV and a covering letter stating why you are exactly the right person to join our team to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your covering letter is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality and understanding of all things Frugi – so go for it!!
Closing date:30th June 2021. We’ll be interviewing as we go along, so the role may close earlier than advertised. The early bird catches the worm!
Important: All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of submitting your application; unfortunately, Frugi are not licensed to sponsor overseas workers.
When it comes to your kids, you want to give them the best. At Frugi, we have a range of organic kids clothes that will keep both you and your kids smiling! Our huge variety of organic cotton clothes will keep your kids covered from birth and beyond. That's not to mention the range of clothes for mums that'll keep you looking great from bump to breastfeeding!
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