Careers


Careers at Sophie Allport

Sophie Allport is an exciting and vibrant place to be, whether you work in our head office in rural Lincolnshire, our shops or warehouse team. We are always interested in discovering and nurturing new talent.

We are a growing family business and are always looking for individuals who are passionate about retail, homewares and our brand. We want people to feel part of the family so that staff are able to grow both personally and professionally - we want people to fulfil their potential. We work in a supportive environment and have a family culture of working together as a team.


Current Vacancies

 

 

Designer & Developer

We are looking for a full time Designer & Developer with brilliant organisation skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects, along with a keen design eye to join our exciting and fast paced team. The ideal candidate will have a proactive outlook and always be willing to listen, learn and improve. A strong creative vision to grow new and existing product categories and to be a true ambassador of the brand.

Key Objective: To manage, develop and grow key print and products each season from concept brief to warehouse delivery.

Duties:

  • Designing and creating new products and visual mock-ups in line with the season brief
  • Updating current product in-line with the new season prints
  • Creating new layouts and to scale print repeats for different product types utilising Sophie’s unique illustrations of the season
  • Illustration/Artwork manipulation on multiple software such as photoshop and illustrator
  • Preparing artwork for print by redrawing, simplifying and colour separating illustrations for the appropriate end use/print method
  • Colour is key and you must have a strong eye for colour and tone, you will be responsible for picking out initial pantones for briefs
  • Creating print and product specification sheets and sizing and grading where applicable
  • Costing requests, creating costing sheets and negotiation for new product
  • Encouraging innovation and fresh ideas within the print and product categories through development of product types, trims, details, new print methods or applications and packaging plus customer POS suggestions to the team
  • Management of multiple product types through a critical path
  • Refining and actioning the product design and print sample request and send off
  • Sample management from supplier through to in house
  • Building on daily communication with suppliers throughout the season development
  • Organising the sample storage and processes for your categories
  • Feeding back and negotiating sample development – always looking to improve the development timeline in readiness for sign off with management
  • Ensuring the season launch visual working document presentation is kept up to date with continual ongoing developments
  • Prep for product progression meetings to show and communicate the progress updates within the product categories to the management team
  • Supporting quarterly season launch previews with sample collation, visual displays and up to date progression reports
  • Responsible for creating and placing new product PO’s through our system and with suppliers, negotiation production space and ex-factory dates
  • Working with the merchandising team to ensure MOQ’s and initial orders are in line with the sales forecast
  • Ensuring stock and/or samples are available for show and photoshoot dates
  • Analysing the product category/categories season development through sales data against; growth, missing lines, current launch and historic lines for successes, failures and abnormalities to be highlighted to the team
  • Assist where required with sourcing and new supplier relationships

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years industry experience
  • Buying/Design degree or relevant experience
  • Strong skills in Photoshop and Illustrator, outline skills in InDesign is beneficial
  • Competent in Microsoft Excel
  • Essential interest in all thing’s, lifestyle, homewares and interiors

Working Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Location:

Sophie Allport Head Office, Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincs.. PE10 9WG. Remote working is facilitated flexibly.


Start Date:

ASAP


Salary:

Dependent on experience

 

If you are interested in joining a fast-paced family business, we’d love to hear from you. To apply please send a cover letter and your CV to careers@sophieallport.com

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Customer Fulfilment

As we prepare to head into a busy period, we are looking for additional people on a temporary full-time basis (40 hours per week) to support our customer fulfilment team at our Bourne site. Available shift patterns will be discussed during interviews but please note that weekend working will be essential.

You will need to be able to hit the ground running as you will be working in a fast-paced environment during a busy and demanding period. You will also need to be able to work quickly but carefully as some of our products are very delicate.

Duties:

  • Accurately processing customer orders (trade & retail)
  • Picking, packing and despatching orders
  • Consistently achieving daily packing targets
  • Keeping the warehouse clean, tidy and organised

What We're Looking For:

  • Must have great organisation skills
  • A team player
  • Great attention to detail
  • Must have a “can do” attitude
  • Must have basic numeracy & English skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • Must be self-motivated

If you are interested in joining a fast-paced family business, we’d love to hear from you. To apply please send a cover letter and your CV to careers@sophieallport.com

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Project and Development Co-Ordinator

We are looking for a full time Project and Development Co-Ordinator with brilliant organisation skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks, along with a keen interest in product to join our exciting and fast paced team. The ideal candidate will have a proactive outlook and always be willing to listen, learn and improve. A strong can-do attitude with excellent problem-solving skills is a must.

Key Objective:To manage and develop key supplier accounts and compliance, as well as to organise the season data process through internal systems.

Duties:

  • Supplier compliance: research, co-ordination and management to ensure our supplier standards and certification is kept up to date in line with our values.
  • Responsible for reviewing each season’s product development to ensure we are in line with our responsible values and to highlight and implement any areas we can improve.
  • Sense checking the season launch spreadsheets to ensure all data is in line with our system requirements.
  • Assisting in managing the overall critical path and timelines to ensure launch deadlines are met through our internal systems.
  • Supplier project management in two key product categories.
  • Product regulation research and implementation in key product categories.
  • Management of regulation data and consultants to ensure we are always compliant and in line with industry changes.
  • When required to develop new product lines within these two key product categories
  • Management of key product types through a detailed critical path.
  • Sample management from supplier through to in house (when required.
  • Feeding back and negotiating sample development – always looking to improve the development timeline in readiness for sign off with management.
  • Sample management from supplier through to in house
  • Building on daily communication with suppliers throughout the season development
  • Organising the sample storage and processes for your categories
  • Feeding back and negotiating sample development – always looking to improve the development timeline in readiness for sign off with management
  • Ensuring the season launch visual working document presentation is kept up to date with continual ongoing developments.
  • Responsible for creating and placing new product PO’s through our system and with suppliers, negotiation production space and ex-factory dates.
  • Working with the merchandising team to ensure MOQ’s and initial orders are in line with the sales forecast.
  • Responsible for creating and placing new product PO’s through our system and with suppliers, negotiation production space and ex-factory dates
  • Working with the merchandising team to ensure MOQ’s and initial orders are in line with the sales forecast
  • Costing requests, creating costing sheets and negotiation for new product or pricing review.
  • Building on daily communication with suppliers throughout the season development.
  • Prep for product progression meetings to show and communicate the progress updates within the product categories to the management team.

Working Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Location:

Sophie Allport Head Office, Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincs.. PE10 9WG. Remote working is facilitated flexibly.


Start Date:

ASAP


Salary:

Dependent on experience

 

If you are interested in joining a fast-paced family business, we’d love to hear from you. To apply please send a cover letter and your CV to careers@sophieallport.com

Click here to email us

Photographer & Editor

We are looking for a full time Photographer & Editor to work within our Content Production Team. The ideal candidate will have a can-do attitude and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. A strong eye for detail is essential as well as being self-motivated, organised and able to prioritise the workload to meet deadlines.

Key Objective: To work with our current Photographer to develop and grow our photography content. Manage our photo edits and work to deadlines for product launches and marketing requirements.

Duties:

  • To ensure the constant high quality of imagery, innovation of equipment, implementation of new ideas, and be conscious of maintaining the brand image
  • Responsible for attending photoshoots and executing the photography to an excellent standard
  • Working to tight timeframes to ensure that newly captured imagery is readily available in time for launch dates and other marketing deadlines
  • Responsible for ensuring all cut out imagery is completed and liaising with the team to ensure samples are organised, collected or delivered. Assuring this is clearly communicated and completed as well as managed through our company system
  • Image retouching and ensuring that new imagery meets a high standard including scrutinizing and checking for product imperfections
  • Keeping the image bank up to date and organised and concise, including archiving discontinued items
  • Monitoring where imagery is lacking in certain product categories and also on our website to ensure that this missing imagery is fulfilled as best as possible
  • Researching and putting forward new equipment when required to expand our photography abilities
  • Encouraging innovation and fresh ideas within the print and product categories through development of product types, trims, details, new print methods or applications and packaging plus customer POS suggestions to the team
  • Mocking up products to show concept designs when needed
  • Prioritising your own workload and being able to juggle tasks when their priorities change
  • Showing initiative to ensure the products are represented in their best way
  • Keeping up with trends and competitor activity to ensure we are current with our style and our product photography is commercial

Qualifications:

  • The ability to excel with Photoshop is essential
  • Experienced with Adobe InDesign
  • Experience working as a photographer and lighting equipment is essential
  • Experience of image retouching is essential
  • A full UK driving licence is required

Location:

Although we are able to offer an element of remote working, there will be a requirement to travel to locations for photoshoots and to also work from our offices, based in rural Lincolnshire, on a regular basis and so it is essential that the successful candidate can reliably commute.


Please note, we are unable to accept offers to join our team on a freelance basis as this is a full-time and permanent position.

 

If you are interested in joining a fast-paced family business, we’d love to hear from you. To apply please send a cover letter and your CV to careers@sophieallport.com

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