VM Specialist - Windows & Styling

Ref: MON09352
Salary: Competitive salary & attractive benefits
Department: Marketing, Visual
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: 37.5 hours per week
Closing date: 26/02/2018

Our Visual Merchandising and Windows team have an exciting opportunity for a VM Specialist (Windows and Styling) to join our Monsoon Accessorize brand, working across Monsoon Ladies, Monsoon Children and Accessorize.

You will translate the buying strategies into a clear customer proposition that delivers inspirational Window and Interior displays for our customer, and clear communication to our store teams, both within the UK, Concessions and International markets.

You will play an important role in supporting the business VM & Windows strategy, and the Retail teams to deliver ‘Best in Class’ VM standards.  This includes working within the VM & Windows team to deliver the national Model Store program and supporting local level model stores across the region, with a focus on our priority Top 30 flagship stores

What will you do as a VM Specialist?

  • Prepare the product within the Mock Shop to set company standards for Brand Directors and Divisional Directors sign off.
  • Create product graded windows, carefully considering the needs of the different markets.
  • Create weekly trade reactive Windows Communication.
  • Collate and analyse window and mannequin product sales reports.
  • Communication with the Buying and Merchandising Teams to ensure all relevant information is gathered to support the role and produce accurate and effective communication to stores.
  • Create Guidelines to communicate the monthly changes to Windows and Interior Mannequins for both UK and International use.
  • Communication with the VM Coach & Team: Keep the Team up to date on Windows activity and support with VM Academy.
  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of the company Model Store.
  • Mannequin Development: Maximise sales potential and support with the launch of new company product initiatives with the development of Mannequins and supporting equipment when required.
  • Support planning and allocation of new mannequins (and supporting equipment), to new and refresh stores.
  • Plan and organise workload: Prioritise workload in line with company requirements, effectively organising and implementing plans. Continually measuring and reviewing progress.
  • Undertake branch visits:  providing advice to branches regarding standards and interpretation of guidelines.
  • Promoting Brand: Ensure brand standards are promoted by creating commercial and creative displays.
  • Administration: Ensure company paperwork is administered and delivered.
  • Business Awareness:  Is conversant with the Business strategy and proactively seeks innovative ways to improve departmental efficiency in line with Company goals.
  • Competitor Awareness: Actively keeps up to date on the market and is knowledgeable of our competitors.
  • Customer Segmentation & Customer Insight: Continually works with the customer and brand profile in mind.
  • Support the VM Specialists as and when required.
  • Support and lead any additional projects, when required.

What you will need to succeed as a VM Specialist? 

  • Competent in the handling and dressing of Mannequins.
  • A flair for fashion, styling and creativity.
  • Strong visual and verbal communication skills
  • A flair for developing commercial and effective new visual direction, with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication & influencing skills; the ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders and across departments
  • Commercial awareness and a strong understanding of ways to drive profit
  • Competent with all Microsoft Office packages, including excel and powerpoint. 
  • The ability to react quickly and be willing to learn and respond well to constructive feedback
  • Able to manage and plan own workload and have strong time management skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of InDesign  and Photoshop (all of our guidelines are produced on InDesign, so this is highly desirable)
  • Previous windows and mannequins experience in store and head office would be desirable.

What are we like to work for?

If you're ambitious, Monsoon Accessorize is a great place to be.  We're still growing which means there are more opportunities than ever before.  We're also committed to developing our talent.  Last year we made numerous promotions across the company. This year promises to be no exception.  You will enjoy a benefits package which includes an amazing discount across our brands, up to 25 days holiday, pension, life assurance and an interest free season ticket card loan. We also provide a great range of Voluntary benefits with external companies that you can take advantage of such as discounts on gym memberships and the opportunity to ride a tax free bike to work to name a few!


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