WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN

PURCHASING COORDINATOR

to help manage the production cycle from the ordering of stock to delivering the seasonal collections on time in full.

    Full Time    |    Frugi HQ Helston

ABOUT FRUGI

With innovation and sustainability at the core, the Frugi Group is made up of four brands. The ethical and organic children’s clothing brand Frugi was born in 2004 with an aim to show that clever design, great ethics, and passionate people can help change the world!  Frugi Bloom followed shortly after providing a ‘bump to breastfeeding and beyond’ range with the same ethics and clever design to ensure longevity.

In 2018, we were acquired by our private equity partners, True Capital, who are B-Corp certified and share our vision for ethical business practices and a focus on people and the planet.  The Frugi Group was completed in 2020 with the purchase of sister brands TotsBots and Bloom & Nora, who, with over 20 years of experience, share the same values and principles of sustainability with their much-loved reusable nappies and period products.

As a group, we strive to be ethical in everything that we do.  Since the beginning, Frugi has always chosen to give back 1% of our turnover to charities each year.  So far, we have donated over £1million to brilliant causes, both environmental and child-focused.  Partnering with Eco-Schools and LEAF, we are combining both, inspiring our next generation of eco-heroes to protect our planet and enabling children to develop that essential connection with nature.  We are proud to have been awarded three Queen’s Awards for Frugi, with most recently the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development and International Trade in 2020. 

Our people are at the very heart of our brands, wherever they may be in the world, sharing our values and vision to make the world a better place.  We strive to create a working environment where our people are valued and can thrive and grow with us.  So far, we have expanded to over 200 permanent team members with even more joining us for our busy seasons.  We run an award-winning health and wellbeing program, continually invest in training and development and yes - we have eaten a lot of cake along the way! 

Having accelerated turnover year on year, we have a very exciting 5-year-plan ahead of us, as we stretch into new product ranges, new retail partners and new markets.  We look forward to giving all new members of the Frugi Group family a very warm welcome. 


ABOUT YOU

With a background in buying or production you’ll be highly experienced in maintaining excellent supplier relationships and proficient in analysing and processing data to ensure that all deadlines and delivery timelines are met. You’ll be brimming with ideas to continue to improve Frugi’s processes and their accuracy. You’ll have excellent IT skills, particularly MS Excel, demonstrating your analytical skills with the ability to process and manage large volumes of data. You’ll be super organised with excellent time management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.


YOUR ROLE IN A NUTSHELL

You will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of the busy production department.  Helping to manage the production cycle from the ordering of stock to delivering the seasonal collections on time in full, whilst maintaining the accuracy of product data, business wide communication and maintaining supplier relationships within strict ethical guidelines to meet company objectives.  


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate production and shipment deadlines to maintain on time, in full compliant deliveries.
  • Track production deadlines to the company critical path and relevant progress visible company wide.
  • Raise stock purchase orders within critical path deadlines.
  • Book and coordinate inbound logistics.
  • Build a relationship with our Logistics partner and enable best account handling.
  • Build relationships and develop suppliers to ensure products are supplied on time within Frugi brand demands of a sustainable organic supply chain.
  • Understand our trade customer terms and set up our suppliers to ensure they are able to meet any special requirements.
  • Maintain reporting tool to monitor supplier performance.
  • Accurately track supplier claim charges and issue in a timely manner to ensure prompt payment.
  • Assist suppliers to manage their upstream supply chain to ensure deadlines are met, lead times reduced, costs optimised and ethical, organic standards maintained.
  • Accurately update, monitor and maintain data sources to ensure information is available at all times for ad hoc and routine reporting purposes.
  • Allocate and raise new product codes, descriptions, and barcodes in agreed format.
  • Proof check published marketing material to ensure all data is accurate, full and complete.
  • Work with 3rd party suppliers and coordinate operations in line with production schedules.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • Highly experienced in the coordination of the production cycle with multiple suppliers, from the point of ordering goods, seeing through production and to shipping.
  • Particular experience liaising effectively with multiple 3rd party suppliers, logistics partners or international factories concurrently.
  • Creative and innovative thinker and ‘out of the box’ problem solver.
  • Commercial acumen and good analytical skills with the ability to apply sound judgment to business issues.
  • Excellent communicator in the spoken and written word, with accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Super organised with excellent time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Highly computer literate and an advanced user of MS Excel.
  • Knowledge of PLM / ERP systems would be an advantage.


WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • We’re offering a full time, permanent contract, based at our HQ in Helston, Cornwall.
  • We’ll invest in you with a competitive salary of £20,000 per annum.

But it’s not just a job. At Frugi Group, we want you to feel passionate about our mission, be eager to make your mark within an ethical and sustainable business and become part of an incredible team. In return, we take good care of you through a range of initiatives and rewards, including:

  • A pension scheme to help you save towards the future.
  • A profit share scheme where you get to share in the success of our company.
  • A generous holiday allowance and the option to buy or sell some holiday.
  • A whopping 60% discount across our fantastic range.
  • An opportunity to volunteer, enabling you to give your time to a cause close to your heart.
  • Ongoing professional development supported with bespoke learning initiatives and training opportunities.
  • Career progression - as we grow, you’ll grow too!
  • Our award-winning health & wellbeing activities.
  • Regular events and treats organised by our very own Frugi Magic Makers.
  • 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 [email protected]. Your covering letter is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality and understanding of all things Frugi – so go for it!!

Closing date: 31st October 2022. We’ll be interviewing as we go along, so the role may close earlier than advertised. The early bird catches the worm!

Important: The successful candidate must, by the start of their employment, have permission to work in the UK. Please note that Frugi Group are not licensed to sponsor overseas workers.