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The right talent

Take a look below at a selection of the top talent we are proactively working with right now.

Ref: 6679

Sales & Marketing Director

Location: East Midlands

Salary: c£80,000

Reliable, loyal, enthusiastic and innovative” – ex CEO
Bowmay are very excited to be representing this high calibre, Sales & Marketing Director who has a passion for business growth and personal development.
Having been with their current employer for 10 years now, they are ready to take on a new challenge with a thriving business. It’s a move they need to make for their own personal development.
They are seeking either a Sales & Marketing Director role in a larger business or a Commercial Director / “Head of” role in an SME.
Although their background is predominantly in wholesale, retail and e-comm sales of clothing, apparel and workwear they are open to working in other areas of textiles.
Some key points:
• Has full P&L responsibility for two business entities.
• Full understanding of the manufacturing and supply chain process.
• Manages sales team of up to 30 across multiple wholesale, stores, concessions and head office.
• Drives the sales and marketing strategy.
• Increased the revenue of a new retail concession division on day 1 from £0 to £5m!
• Smashed Wholesale target in 2022 by 45%.
What people say:
“Able to build an instantaneous rapport with customers”.
“A very good Manager who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty”.
“Has a huge network”.
I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 5687

Operations Manager – Apparel

Location: Greater Manchester

Salary: £75,000


-A performance-driven leader with massive experience across the UK, Ireland and the rest of the world.

-Proven success in turning around poor performing businesses.

-Introduction of technological systems to generate cost efficiencies.

-Achieved 100% capability growth in less than 2 years in a fully operational factory.

-Well versed in QA, QC, Operations and Logistics.

-Is a strategic planner with high level of commercial awareness.

-30 years experience in textiles with vertical knowledge; predominantly in clothing / apparel but has hands-on experience across the whole manufacturing process.

-Incredibly passionate about textiles, this candidate is looking for a challenging environment where he can make an impact.

-Open to General Manager, Operations Manager, Operations Director level roles.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 6627

Merchandise Manager

Location: Greater Manchester

Salary: £57,000


We’re working with a highly experienced and talented Merchandise Manager with a wealth of experience in the home textile and clothing sectors. They are highly analytical, an expert with forecasting and budgeting, and has a proven track record of success while working with top retail accounts. They are no stranger to high-pressure roles, having worked for major players in the industry and boasts longevity with their previous employers.

Why are they great!?

• Having started their career in stock and auditing roles, before moving to merchandising progressing over the years to Merchandise Manager.
• Taking on a leadership role of teams up to 15 people, having the responsibility for recruiting, training and ongoing development of staff.
• Worked with major high street retailers on accounts of up to £80m.
• Most recently established and created a department of merchandisers for an online retailer which doubled in turnover in as a result of this candidates ongoing commitment and high standards of work.
• Strong understanding of planning and controlling stock imports from Far Eastern and European supplier, complex critical path management and a competent negotiator with raw material suppliers.

What do they want next?
• A role that could incorporate all of their merchandising, forecasting and budgeting, critical path management and importing experience.
• The opportunity to build and develop a team.
• A business that can offer long term career prospects.
• North West based.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 3776

Supply Chain Director

Location: Greater Manchester

Salary: £80,000


Highly experienced Supply Chain Director with extensive experience within strategic sourcing, development of international supply chains with key focus on European and Far East suppliers, global planning & procurement, NPD, supplier audits. Team management including ongoing coaching and development. Annual spend budget c£40m.
Multi-million pound cost savings with many previous businesses.
Industry: Manufacturing, Engineering, Aerospace, Automotive.
CIPS & qualified auditor.

What are they looking for?

Looking for a role with autonomy, a business where this person can add value and make a difference, whether that be an SME or a corporate. Supply Chain Director, Head of Supply Chain, Leadership team role.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 5955

Commercial Manager

Location: Halifax

Salary: £45,000

An experienced Commercial Manager with 8 years’ experience within the textiles industry. A wealth of management skills, including project management, purchasing, negotiating, business development, import and export management and people management. A highly efficient and data driven person who excels in a business where improvements are needed.
Has joined businesses and implemented all necessary measures to make sure company workflow moves more efficiently.
Certificates in international chamber various export courses and lean six sigma trained.
Looking for a management position within the textiles industry, where they can develop and motivate a team and assist company growth.
I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 4684

Sustainability / Technical Manager

Location: Manchester

Salary: £50,000

experienced across sustainability, compliance, quality, sourcing, testing and production.

Awarded Associate of the Textile Institute for development work of non-fluorocarbon fabric treatments.

Has a BSc (Hons) in Textile Design & Production.

Worked within Clothing, Apparel, Equine and Outerwear.

Would love a role which has a focus on reducing the carbon footprint. Happy for Technical Manager or Sustainability Manager roles.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 6637

Production Manager

Location: Manchester

Salary: £38,000

A production and logistics manager with extensive industry experience and an expert knowledge of end-to-end production, product development and monitoring critical path.

Why are they great?

• After being with their previous employer for over 14 years, this candidate has played a crucial role in overall production from cradle to grave, they love getting involved with all aspects of a business and aren’t afraid to take on multiple projects.
• Beginning her career in import and export, they quickly progressed into merchandising and moved from here into production planner.
• During their career, they have fostered and developed longstanding relationships with suppliers worldwide and hauliers.
• Highly analytical with the ability to monitor critical path and assess performance, investigate arising issues and devise plans for improvements.
• An organised management style who ensures to be there for employees when issues arise and make sure jobs are distributed fairly.

What are they looking for?

A production planner/product developer position whereby they are able to get involved and help with end-to-end production of textiles production.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 6755

Head of Sales

Location: East Midlands

Salary: c£80,000

A client turned candidate, we’re representing a highly experienced senior sales professional in their hunt for a new role.

With over 25 years’ experience in sales / business development, this target driven and results orientated leader is looking for a similar role such as Head of Sales in a larger business or as a Sales Director with an SME.

Even though they were born to lead, they still love being hands-on and bringing new sales on – it’s a strategic yet sales-focused role they’re looking for.

• Increased revenue by 50% in last financial year.
• Seeks profitable accounts and as such won the largest and most profitable order the business had ever seen.
• Consistently achieves target.
• International sales experience.
• Managed teams 5-10 onsite and remotely.
• Worked in textiles, polymers, thermoplastics, and waste management.
• Team focused; wants their team to reach their goals.

Available immediately, this candidate can interview straight away.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 6561

Sourcing Specialist

Location: Southampton

Salary: c£75,000


A procurement and sourcing professional within the manufacturing industry, specifically furniture and kitchens. They have a wealth of experience in sourcing and have a brilliant range of overseas contacts and have extensively travelled worldwide with work.

Why are they great?

•Began their career on a shop floor, where they gained knowledge of raw materials, and have build their way up to director level from there.
•Ability to work independently, given their time taking on freelance consultancy positions twice throughout their career.
•Experience of sourcing raw materials including plastic, wood, textiles materials with a strong knowledge of responsible and sustainable sourcing.
•Strong analysis skills, able to efficiently identify market trends and the best suppliers who will provide the best quality products and processes.
•Implemented a furniture range with focus towards products for children and adults with disabilities.

What are they looking for?

A senior sourcing or procurement specialist position across any relevant industry, e.g. furniture, interiors, textiles, fabrics, engineering or manufacturing.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 7000

Managing Director / CEO

Location: North West

Salary: c£130,000

A highly experienced business leader with many years experience of successful realignment and transformation across a number of sectors including textiles and general manufacturing.

Why are they great?
• Successfully transformed an iconic brand to achieve double figures on growth within thier short tenure.
• Full P&L management of £multi-million turnover sites.
• Strives for high-achievement across all departments of a business.
• Following a review of manufacturing methods, they reduced stock hold by 80%.
• Following a period of transition, was instrumental in a £75m t/o manufacturer turning a profit for the first time in almost a decade.

What are they looking for?
• A salary of £130k+
• A business who accepts they need change and who will support key business decisions to enable transformation.
• Looking for roles as MD, CEO, Transformation Manager, Consultant

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 6589

Strategic International BDM

Location: Cheshire

Salary: £60,000


A strategic, international Business Development Manager. They have a full book of business and a huge customer base in EMEA.

Why are they great?
• Over 15 years solid experience in selling technical texile products internationally
• Secured contracts up to the value of $80m
• Highly experienced in flame-retardant and flame-resistant processes, coatings and products
• Sold in to architects, construction firms and distributors as well as retailers, wholesalers, resellers and manufacturers
• Developed a multitude of textile products including PPE, Protective Clothing, Automotive, Workwear and Industrial (to name a few!)

What are they looking for?
• Ideally an international role but will consider an interesting UK focused position
• Looking for roles as Senior Sales Manager, Area Sales Manager or Regional Sales Manager

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 4913

Senior Textile Technologist / QC Manager

Location: North Manchester

Salary: c£40,000


A seasoned Senior Technologist with over 15 years experience in the clothing & apparel sector. Seeking a step up in to a more challenging environment where they can make an impact.

Why are they great?
• Technically strong in compliance and quality of garments.
• Currently mentors 2 Junior Technologists.
• Qualified in Social Systems Auditor/lead Auditor Training Course, CQI/IRCA from SGS
• Extensive understanding of testing and chemical REACH testing
• Approval of lab dips, trims, bulk fabrics, weights, wash cares, test reports and FRI inspections

What are they looking for?
• A step up to QC Manager / Team Leader / Supervisor
• A role which is heavy on compliance - they love it!
• Open to a move from fashion to homewares or something more technical.

I'd like to arrange an interview
Ref: 3603

Business Development Manager

Location: Lancashire

Salary: c£70,000

An exceptional senior sales professional selling home textiles products into major retailers. With a wealth of experience developing, and managing major customer accounts, they would be an asset to the growth of any textile’s organisation.

Why are they great?

• A previous owner of their own business, whereby they built and managed a company with a £5m turnover and 70 employees. Which demonstrates not only their ability to create something successful but also provides them with a deeper understanding of business management.
• Having began their career in Dyeing and Finishing as an apprentice dyer, they were able to gain a good technical understanding of fabrics that they were able to utilize moving into a career in sales.
• Holds a Marketing and Textile technology diploma degree.
• They bring a wealth of knowledge and contacts along with them, as they have forged some excellent relationships over the years with customers and suppliers.
• A warming and friendly persona with a professional and articulate knowledge on textiles.

What are they looking for?

A business that could utilise their skills and knowledge, a business in which they can make significant contributions from a sales perspective and stay with for many years.

I'd like to arrange an interview

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