Louise Akrofi

European Purchasing Manager

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Journalism
  • Screenwriting
  • Blogging
  • Client Services
  • Customer Services
  • Direct Sales
  • Creative
  • Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Social
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history

Currently

European Purchasing Manager, Trade Sales and Production Associate

Nicholas Haslam Ltd

Apr 2014
  • Role is based within the Trade Office and consists of the day-to-day processing of trade and retail sales (with bonus incentives) of high quality luxury goods including furniture, fabric, lighting, antiques, artwork and accessories to High Net-Worth and High Profile Individuals, as well as processing new trade account applications for interior designers and architects. Administrative Tasks: generating Pro-Forma and VAT invoices, Customs documents, processing payments, daily reconciliation of card payments and processing in-house orders. Keyholder: responsible for the opening and closing of the showroom with a security lock. Purchasing: I create Purchase Orders with mainly European suppliers, buying on behalf of the company for the Sales and Design departments for small and large scale projects. This role also requires liaison with logistics companies to organise overseas shipments from abroad and the management of product stock levels. Client liaison: Proposing and suggesting ideas for layouts i.e. different fabrics and furniture, forming long-standing client relationships by providing an excellent level of Customer Service at all times. Social Media: I use social media outlets to help promote new products, company blog posts and events. Product Development: Photography of new products, pricing of goods including profit margins and allowance for VAT, production of specification sheets for products including product dimensions, product materials and different options available; in the case of antiques and artwork specifying product origin, era and style.

2014

Gallery Assistant & Fine Art Consultant

Galerie Le Royer/galerie St Dizier Montreal, Canada

Sep 2013 - Feb 2014
  • Role primarily consisted of the selling and dealing of luxury original artwork priced between $2,000 to $100,000, the hanging of framed artwork and sculptures and the curating of the gallery spaces. Keyholder: left in sole charge of the gallery every week and managed administrative duties such as payment to the artists and framers, development and organisation of the Gallery’s client database, contacting potential clients by e-mail and responding to incoming e-mail and telephone enquiries. I was also responsible for arranging private viewing of artwork for VIP clients and the organisation of the gallery’s social media accounts, while acting as assistant to the Gallery Directors and the Gallery Technician.

2013

Art Consultant & Assistant Gallery Manager

Gallery One

Jan 2013 - Sep 2013
  • Primary duties: art selling and dealing as well as one-on-one art consultancy to businesses and individuals. Other responsibilities: marketing, hosting and front of house at art exhibitions and events, till-operated transactions, the hanging of framed paintings and photographs, development and organisation of the Gallery’s client database, administration: e-mail correspondence, diary management, contacting clients and processing bespoke orders. Keyholder: fully trained to open and close the gallery, carry out weekly financial procedures and to write weekly trade reports. I was also responsible for the successful induction, training and supervision of new Art Consultants, while acting as assistant to the Gallery Manager.

Education

2012

History of Art French

Oxford Brookes University

Aug 2008 - Apr 2012
  • The History of European and Western Art and French Studies including language, literature, cinema and art.

2010

Year Abroad Study

Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, France

Aug 2009 - Apr 2010
  • Year Abroad with an Ethnographic Project in Arts