Gemma Bland

Gemma Bland

Visual Merchandising/Project ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
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Gemma Bland

Gemma Bland

Visual Merchandising/Project ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
My background is a one of strong experience in the creative field, working in some leading global brands and developing their creative & visual merchandising propositions. My skills are built upon a creative DNA, but also the ability to convert that creativity into delivering projects and sales performance. Whether it be a small bespoke project or a large-scale volume campaign, my experience in creating the concept and managing suppliers globally, is always with the objective to deliver the brief, within budget and driving return on investment. In my previous permanent role I led the creative and VM division for one of the UK’s fastest growing marketing companies’ itg who provide services for M&S, Puma, Adidas and Asics as well as many more, my role was to provide creative services and project management to help develop accounts and deliver individual campaigns. Since then I have freelanced on various projects, campaigns, events and new store openings in the UK and Internationally. I am now looking to develop my career further with a new exciting challenge that matches my ambition to grow and one where I can support business objectives by driving change whilst being supported to allow my creativity, innovation and experience to expand.
  • Radley and Co first European store opening Nov' 20
    Radley and Co first European store opening Nov' 20Project managed and was visual lead on Radley and Co's first European store opening in the Netherlands!
  • Radley Christmas Press Event 2019
    Radley Christmas Press Event 2019
  • M&S Wool Campaign
    M&S Wool CampaignIn collaboration with Woolmark....
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Work history
    Visual Merchandising / Project ManagerFreelance
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    - Currently contracted Project Manager at SGK, managing workflow for packaging on the M&S account. - Project manager and Visual lead on Radley’s first European store opening in the Netherlands (Nov’ 2020). - Supporting Harlequin Design on the startup of their New York office by assisting on key client projects. - Project Manager on Radley’s Christmas 2019 campaign, which involved the store VM rollout as well as press shows, photo shoots and influencer events. - Developing the framework and critical path for Radley 2020 VM/events calendar alongside the budget build.
    Global Windows and VM ManagerInspired thinking group
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Managing the Planning and Production of all Global Windows and VM for Marks and Spencer worldwide. - Leading a team of Global Window and VM Planners as well as dual managing the client team. - Controlling the end to end process from creative brief to launch. - Responsible for all planning and production of windows and instore aspects of c.1000 stores UK and 200 Internationally. - Management of the seasonal M&S budget across Foods as well as Clothing and Home including the Christmas spend. - Working alongside the Marketing team to deliver new and appealing campaigns that can be translated globally whilst driving a more comprehensive communication process to ensure alignment. - Interacting with key stakeholders on the account and influencing business decisions that actively drive change and tighter budget control. - Creating and introducing new ways of working within the client team and the day to day running of the account. - Influencing and driving the critical path in order to deliver and land successful seasonal launches. - Supplier management including onboarding new suppliers, financial management and legal contracts. - Delivering considerable cost savings by utilizing new suppliers, working innovatively with current suppliers and introducing new processes. - Working in conjunction with the retail and styling teams to ensure that the appropriate training is in place to ensure efficient launches. - Assisting the wider ITG team on other client VM projects and making recommendations for development.
  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • People
  • Office
  • Visual Manager
  • Styling
  • Account Management
  • Presenting
  • Communication
  • Client Communication
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    FdA Fashion Marketing and PromotionUniversity of The Arts London (UAL)
     - London, United Kingdom