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• Managing the product development of Laura Ashley's Mirrors (which is an Assistant Buyer’s department), I develop new mirrors which embody the company's branding and appeal to our customers • Communicate and strengthen relationships with our suppliers from the UK, Europe and the Far East to ensure we are upholding the Laura Ashley design, value, and quality. • Manage the majority of the administration work for the Furniture department in London, liaising with our administration team in Wales, our quality technologist and our merchandisers • Managed two product ranges within the Seasonal Gift team liaising with suppliers, technologists and merchandisers to manage cost expenditures and product development. • Coordinated a still life photo shoot for Look Book for the company’s International Franchise Catalogue • Directed a photographer and three additional team members to cover 6 different stories and 15 shots. The Look Book was used for SS16’s 5 departments of Home Furnishings and I used creative direction to maximize each story’s products. • Taught myself how to use InDesign and Photoshop and was able to execute and create the new template for future Look Books. • Held team meetings and managed 7 departments to convey information between the Buying and Franchise Department working closely with Senior Management
• Coordinated extensive international and national travel arrangements for all of the Home and Fashion departments • Extensive diary management for the Joint COO • Corresponded with customers, clients, and partners on behalf of the Joint COO • Coordinated presentations and executive reports for UK and international sectors on behalf of the Joint COO • Attended Board Meetings, Brand Meetings and Trading Meetings, taking minutes and conveying information from the Joint COO • Generated and launched the company’s first internal weekly Press Communications pack, working closely with the Press and Social Media Department. • Did a guest post on the DIY section of the company’s blog
• Temporary contracts at well-known companies such as ASOS, Space NK, Paperchase, The Library, and Wagamama • Liaising with a variety of clientele and company employees; from high profile celebrities to CEOs • Adapting to a new work environment regularly meant that I needed to be constantly switched on and highly organized whilst being able to communicate effectively with new teams
• Was in charge of ensuring that all new hires were trained adequately and to the company’s standards • Maintained and built relationships with both customers and suppliers • Liaised with suppliers to help showcase their best products and build their company’s reach and image • Hosted and coordinated various events and charity drives for the company • Won Bartender of the Year in 2011 in Western Canada for my amazing customer service skills whilst executing fantastic drinks and product knowledge efficiently
BA Biology & Psychology