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I have 5 years’ experience working in the Fashion supply industry. I am passionate and driven about working in Production and Development and being part of the whole process. I wake up everyday and love what I do. I love that everyday is different, however I still know what I want to achieve and what goals I need to achieve daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Having the passion from the initial development stage to delivering product inspires me. Constantly challenging myself to be better by learning new skill sets, I constantly want to develop and grow. The essence of team is a huge part in what I do, working together as a team; part of each process. Focusing on the end goal and doing everything in between to make that goal happen. Love that the production role means you can collaborate with other teams within the same business. Experienced Production/Development Account Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the textiles industry, including license. Drapers Next Generation 30 under 30, 2015 Key Attributes – Clear documentation and communication Assisting in all facets of the creative process to delivering the product. Finding solutions to the issues before they become a problem. Knowledge and understanding of how to communicate with Far East factories. Understanding of MOQ’s and utilising fabric Dealing with conflict in the right way – keeping customers and factories happy Maintaining on time deliveries / developments Ensure everything is prepared for production – fabric / handlooms / testing Having the flexibility to adapt Staying calm under pressure Adapting to different systems – avid learner
Key Skills and Achievements • Selected for Drapers 30 under 30 Next Generation 2015 for my contribution to Fashion and Retail. • Chosen as a Brand Ambassador when working for Karen Millen • Proficient in Microsoft Packages including Excel and Word • Able to communicate effectively with customers and use initiative when complex requests arise • Gained time management and prioritisation skills when having to meet tight project deadlines • Developed my merchandising skills liaising with License companies on Licensed product (music / film) for example companies such as Bravado and Live Nation on a daily basis. • Solely run the license product for Boohoo as their Account Manager – on Menswear, Womenswear, Curve, Petite and Big and Tall ranges. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Collective Apparel November 2012 – Present Production and Development Account Manager (including License) November 2015 - Present As an account manager it is my responsibility to manage and merchandise the critical path from design concept to production. I have 5 years experience of developing product directly with factories in Bangladesh (predominantly), Turkey and the UK. Whilst working with brands on jersey and woven (smart and casual) such as ASOS, Next, Fat Face, USC and JD Williams; I am also in charge of a casual and smart shirt programme with USC on Soul Cal, Soviet and Firetrap brands, with my previous background beginning with producing shirts out of Bangladesh for Fat Face. My responsibilities include; Design Development • Run and attend meetings with customer – design / merchandising / product development • Regularly participate in shop reports with the design team • Work closely with the design team to fulfil design briefs from customers • Work on costing and margins • Send designs/samples to factory for costings • Fabric and print development • Ensure design is viable for production and is cost effective • Ensure the critical path of sampling runs on time within customer deadlines • Production planning – quoting ex-factory dates / arranging fabrics • Confirm production space with factories and ensure sample fabric orders have been placed to cover requirement • Send weekly updates to customers including sending samples for sign off • Sample rack ups and design planning following meetings Production Merchandising • Check PO’s following order confirmation to send to factory, ensuring costs are correct and confirmed • Planning and forecasting figures – creating business plans for the year ahead • Sending handlooms / strike offs / lab dips to customer for approval • Set up weekly critical paths for customer review • Learning new systems relevant to customer • Sample management – from fit sampling to gold seals, working with garment technician and attend fit sessions where necessary • Keep a good working relationship with our customers and factories by visiting regularly (including travel to UK and Turkish factories) this also includes limited travel to Bangladesh. • Dealing with Buying, Merchandising and Design teams throughout • Suggest solutions where they are potential issues • Adhering to supplier manuals for different retailers. • Working with License companies to produce Licensed merchandise – tracking License approvals from design to production until product goes into store for retailers including Boohoo and ASOS. Music licenses such as Metallica, Nirvana etc. Working with license company Bravado on Tour merchandise garments. Senior Merchandiser August 2013-November 2015 • Solely managing accounts and critical paths – short and long lead-time • Design and product development • Production merchandising working with our Cherryfield Bangladesh partners and factories. Assistant Merchandiser November 2012- August 2013 • Assisting merchandise manager by keeping track of the critical path for production only • Keeping track of samples and lab dip submissions • Merchandising administration and keeping records of stock levels, mainly UK Factories. Karen Millen: (worked on a part time basis from October 2005 – November 2012) Supervisor February 2012 – November 2012 Senior Stylist June 2011 - January 2012 Stylist October 2005 - October 2010
Core Modules involved at Level Three: Theatre and War; Performance Project; Avant Garde; Post 1920’s American Literature. (Modules at Level 1 and 2 include Shakespeare, Languages of Theatre, Creative Writing, Introduction to Drama, Representing Drama and Theatre and Performance Analysis) Extensive use of monologues, performance, performance analysis, group rationales and individual VIVA’s.
Art Foundation, National Diploma: PASS Pathway - Photography: focus; Fashion Photography.
A-Levels: Drama and Theatre Studies: A; English Literature: C; Product and Graphic Design: B. GCSE’s - all grade C and above: Religious Education: A; Graphic Design: A; Spanish: B; Mathematics: B; Drama: B; History: B; English Language and English Literature: C; Science Double Award: C.
Selected for Drapers 30 under 30 Next Generation 2015 magazine feature for my contribution to Fashion and Retail, please see link below. https://www.drapersonline.com/business-operations/30-under-30-hannah-howell/5067861.article