Merchandising manager must have the right fit

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 12:00am

If working with an up-and-coming contemporary ladies-wear brand sounds exciting, look no further.

To support their new fashion line UWoman, the G2000 Group is in the hunt for a merchandising manager.

'If you have a good fashion sense, a sound vendor sourcing network in the garment industry, strong negotiation skills and are capable of dynamic thinking in a fast-paced environment, this could be a good opportunity for you,' said Daniel Fung, G2000's human resources director.

Reporting to UWoman's product director, the new recruit will be responsible for managing vital paths that range from sampling to bulk production and delivery, in addition to helping develop new product lines. The ideal candidate would be someone who is resourceful both with respect to sourcing new factories and to solving any production problems as they arise. The candidate is expected to stay in touch with factories to ensure on-time delivery and a quality end-product.

The ability to mentor your team and ensure that these processes flow smoothly and on schedule is vital.

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are also prerequisites, as the successful candidate will have to work closely with designers and buyers on developing samples and placing orders.

'High-level relationships with vendors must also be established, in order to have the sourcing and bargaining power to support procurement activities,' Mr Fung said. 'In addition, candidates must be familiar with factory operations and quality control matters, as well as problem-solving and troubleshooting.'

While candidates must hold degrees in textiles or related disciplines, they should also possess at least 10 years' relevant experience - three years of which should have been spent in a similar capacity.

'You should also be experienced in garment technical areas, and in handling both knitwear and woven items,' Mr Fung said.