Fashion

The Fashion and Lifestyle arena continues to evolve at a rapid rate. To support the ever changing shopping habits of customers, the structure, requirements and needs of new talent within brands has become even more challenging. Our offer at Switch Consulting aims to partner with clients and candidates alike across the High Street, Premium and Luxury spaces. We are a fast growing business with expertise in Store Operations, Buying, Merchandising, Visual Merchandising and Head Office roles. Our network reaches the UK and Internationally with a real focus on Junior, Middle and Senior Management positions. Our teams invest in long standing relationships and offer a consultative approach to target, “Best in class” candidates, and are proud to be brand ambassadors for our clients.

To discuss fashion jobs or to register a vacancy please contact:

Sarah Lock – Team Leader

London and the South

07881 098 977
sarah@switchconsulting.co.uk

Emily Simons – Manager

Midlands and the North

0207 323 0441
emily@switchconsulting.co.uk


Sarah Lock joined Switch Consulting in 2014, bringing with her an abundance of retail management experience. Here at Switch, she specialises in recruiting high-calibre, mid to executive level placements within retail operations.
She has a strong & focused network of candidates across the UK within high street , premium & luxury retail sectors.

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Emily joined Switch in October 2015. Coming from a retail background herself, working in both health & beauty and fashion in various management positions, in the South West and Home Counties. Coming straight from the shop floor and understanding retail from the front line gave her a great base to start her recruitment career and become a fashion specialist in 2013. She knows every brand and candidate needs to been understood from the inside out to get the right culture fit – this is why building a real partnership when recruiting is important to her.

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photo_lennieLennie joined Switch Consulting as a Director in June 2015 bringing a wealth of experience in Retail and the Retail Recruitment arena. After graduating with a BAA in Fashion Design & Marketing Lennie began a career in Fashion Retail working up to Area and UK Manager Level with Harvey Nichols, Replay,Pepe Jeans and LK Bennett. In 2003 Lennie moved into recruitment carving a niche in the Fashion & Lifestyle sector. She has managed a number of teams over the years covering many disciplines within the Retail industry. In recent years Lennie has focused on developing new recruitment models to complement the ever changing retail market. Lennie is heading up our Retail Talent Outsourcing Solution working across all functions across our business and Retail as a whole.

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Sectors

The fashion clothing arena continues to push the boundaries.  With the need to offer the customer a, regular “Fresh” look fashion retailers continue to challenge for the best hires to drive sales in store, product innovation and management at Head office and an awareness of how important multichannel is for any retailer.

Recent Roles have included:

  • Regional Manager – High Street Lifestyle Brand
  • Area Manager – Premium Womenswear Brand
  • Senior Merchandiser – Premium Mens & Womenswear Retailer
  • Assistant Buyer – Menswear company
  • Store Manager – Leading High Street Retailer
  • Visual Merchandising Manager – well known High street fashion Brand

Certainly one of the fastest expanding sectors on the high street.  Our growing confidence to experiment with Make-Up, explore natural products and the desire to stay looking youthful has driven this space.  There has been an influx of international brands wanting to offer the UK customer a broader choice.

 

Recent Roles have included:

  • Store Manager – International Make-up Brand
  • Lead Make-up Artist – well known cosmetics company
  • Merchandiser – Well known British retailer
  • Assistant Boutique Manager – Lifestyle brand

Our passion to improve our home décor continues, affording homewares retailers to offer a diverse and creative product range.  Most retailers are developing this product sector and see the potential across the high street through to exclusive one off pieces.  With more home improvement shows than ever this space is certainly one to watch.

Recent Roles have included:

  • Showroom Manager – Premium Brand
  • Head Of Operations – specialist furniture retailer
  • Department Manager – well known mid market company
  • Design Consultant – High street

This sector continues to thrive with a real mix of brands on offer, from high street statement necklaces to exquisite and rare diamonds.  The service and knowledge in this space is vital to deliver the high standards expected from brand and customer alike.

Recent roles have included:

  • Buyer – Leading Supplier to the high street
  • Watch Specialist – Luxury Designer company
  • Area VM Manager – Premium specialist brand
  • Junior Merchandiser – Online Retailer

The options of footwear covers all occasions, from a casual flip flop to a heel for a special occasion.  We appreciate how niche this sector can be, selling footwear requires pace, exceptional knowledge and service.  Accessories goes hand in hand with Footwear where a handbag can change an outfit, or a belt can update your wardrobe instantly.

Recent roles have included:

  • Accessories merchandiser – Well known high street brand
  • International Buyer – premium Mens and Womens Accessories
  • Store Manager – High street Brand
  • Assistant Manager – luxury retailer

Certainly one of the fastest growing spaces in Retail today.  Whether its for high performance elite athletes or a true fashion proposition, everyone is getting involved in the sportswear arena including some well known pop stars!  Product knowledge, pace and operational awareness are vital in this space.

Recent roles have included:

  • Regional Manager – Well known brand
  • Store Manager – specialist sport
  • Lead Brand Ambassador – High Street Retailer
  • Head of Buying – Online Retailer

This category will always be a key area with most brands now offering a kidswear proposition.  It is becoming very evident that this sector still has more potential to grow and add value to brands who offer a whole family shopping experience.

Recent roles have included:

  • Store Manager – Premium Brand
  • Multi Site Manager – High Street retailer
  • Assistant Merchandiser – Volume retailer
  • VM Lead – Department Store

With an influx of international brands this is a thriving part of retail.  From the supermarkets through to handmade exclusive lines Lingerie brands continue to offer customers exceptional choice.  The skills required in this space are very specific, with service being at the forefront.

Recent roles have included:

  • Head Of Buying & Merchandising – fast growing online retailer
  • Brand Manager – High Street
  • Merchandiser – Multichannel specialist brand
  • Assistant Manager – Premium retailer

With shopping habits migrating to out of town sites this sector has seen enormous growth.  Covering discounted shopping and a full leisure experience expectations in these locations

are not for the faint hearted.  Pace, Operational acumen and commercial savvy are essential for candidates considering this sector.

Recent roles have included:

  • Facilities Manager – well known out of town retailer
  • Guest Services Manager – Destination Retailer
  • Sales Manager – High Street Retailer
  • General Manager – Premium Retailer
  • Junior Buyer & Merchandiser – High street brand