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Production Manager

Employer
Desmond and Dempsey
Location
Brixton, London (Greater)
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Function
Production - Garments & Accessories
Level
Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

ABOUT US

 

Desmond & Dempsey is a brand dedicated to celebrating the pleasure of leisure. We make pyjamas! Really fancy ones! All designed by hand in our London studio! We sell our pyjamas worldwide, predominantly through our website and in the top retailers (places like Selfridges and Nordstrom). We are a dedicated and inspiring team of 25 that put our values of comfort, creativity and celebration at the heart of everything we do.  After an exciting period of phenomenal growth during, we’re looking for our next Production Manager. 

 


 

SUMMARY OF THE ROLE:

 

We’re looking for an experienced production manager to own and oversee the strategic planning and day to day management of our supplier network. Reporting to the Head of Product, your role is to ensure that we can continue to bring our seasonal and continuity collections in on time and to the quality standards our customers expect from D&D. Your role is to continuously evaluate the capacity of our supply chain, keeping supply flexible and ready for growth. You will oversee all planning and execution of production. You should be passionate about sustainability, constantly assessing new ways to monitor and improve this within our supply chain. The right candidate will be extremely process driven, highly numerate and an excellent problem solver. You’ll be comfortable thinking on your feet, a confident decision-maker and a top-notch communicator. We’re looking for someone who has 1-3 years of experience in a similar role and is excited to be part of a business that is at a very exciting stage of their growth trajectory and can provide plenty of career opportunities.

 

IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL:

MANAGE OUR SUPPLIER NETWORK

- Continuously assess the capacity and capabilities of our supplier network, planning for future growth and product development to ensure we continue to deliver the best product, at the right price, at the right time.

- Manage the production critical path, working closely with the Commercial team to plan in production proactively to avoid bottlenecks, ensure most appropriate vendors are used to balance speed to market and cost. 

- Support the product team in Mill/Vendor allocation to get the most of the supply chain, ensuring a balanced and robust seasonal strategy.

- Look for future opportunities for resourcing, proactively counter sourcing key products and also being reactive to all opportunities as they present themselves. 

- Source new suppliers for both new product and to mitigate risk for existing continuity lines 

- Develop great relationships with existing and new suppliers

- Negotiate and establish payment terms, set up supplier agreements and contracts with all new, and existing suppliers where relevant

- Negotiate cost prices on both raw material and finished goods based on final order volumes

 

SUSTAINABILITY

- Take ownership of  D&D’s supply chain compliance to all necessary sustainability goals 

- Continue to update and drive D&D’s sustainable sourcing standards, updating where necessary 

- Proactively plan for future regulatory changes

- Formalise and progress ESG strategy for continuous improvement in B Corp goals. 

- Ensure chemical testing is completed and submitted as per customer requirements

 

OWN, PLAN & EXECUTE THE PRODUCTION PROCESS

- Working closely with cross functional teams to build the supply chain strategy, moulding to the needs of the business.

- Sharing ideas and knowledge of production to partner with development and merch to optimise product margins.

- Secure greige material deals, keeping prices and margins stable throughout uncertain periods

- Place orders, confirm and negotiate delivery dates with raw material suppliers and manufacturers.

- Oversee and manage the day to day production, and problem solve issues as they arise and communicate any associated delays and contingency planning to relevant internal teams

- Support the Finance team with managing invoices and payments as the point of contact with the Supply chain. 

- Use company systems such as Zedonk, maintain accurate data to minimise mistakes when processing POs, Raw material procurement and Docket raising. 

- Manage QC, ensuring quality remains high - utilise 3rd Party testing and inspections as necessary to ensure any deficiencies are brought back to standard

- Connect with the Customer care team to receive feedback on print or manufacturing issues and communicate such concerns with the suppliers and development team

- Use knowledge to support product compliance, engaging with appropriate regulation and testing required for oversea shipping. 

 

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS: 

1-3 years in a similar role

Strong Excel/google sheet skills

Highly organised, analytical and process-driven

Excellent communicator

Multi-tasker who works well under pressure

Strong negotiator, comfortable managing multiple supplier relationships

Good understanding of garment construction and fabric printing

Experience working in both CMT and Fully Factored production processes

Extensive day-to-day experience with Zedonk or other PLM software

 

BENEFITS:

25 days holiday + bank holidays

Hybrid Working between studio and home

Flexible core working hours

Year round employee discount

Excellent career opportunities at a fast-growth company with a strong culture

Parental Leave

Last Friday of the Month team lunches

A business that will invest in your career development and allow you to develop and grow

 

 

Equal opportunity employer

 

Our mission is to make fancy pyjamas for the pleasure of leisure whilst championing our values of celebration, comfort and creativity. We know we are stronger and most effective with a diverse team and so will always be committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and skills. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome and encourage the unique contributions that individuals bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, veteran’s status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

 

Company

Desmond & Dempsey is a brand dedicated to decorating the downtime. Our purpose is to create products (mostly pyjamas) that mark the pause in our customers' lives. Our products are sold predominantly via our own website and in top-tier retailers around the world (e.g. Selfridges and Nordstrom). We are a dedicated and inspiring team of 20 that put our values of comfort, creativity and celebration at the heart of everything we do.  

Company info
Website
Telephone
020 3925 3956
Location
30A Acre Ln, London
london
LONDON
SW2 5SG
GB

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