Turned around a loss-making organisation to a profitable and well managed one within 12 months.
Enlisted by a company with failing production systems to implement new processes which resulted in goods being delivered profitably and on time.
Reduced garment costs by 20% through working with suppliers on garment development
Improved product delivery times from 60% to 95% on time
Transformed production from CMT in the UK, to FF in the Far East
Personal supervision of critical path, QC, and packaging at overseas factories
Managed UK factory at senior level making CMT luxury dresses, suits and evening wear.
Controlled UK sample room producing 60 new samples per week
Key Skills & Experience
Planning the design, costing, pricing & purchase of new clothing/accessory collections with the ability to introduce & source new products and the competence to look at sketches/prototype samples and anticipate potential production problems (i.e. with regard to cost, quality, lead time etc), collaborate with suppliers to resolve, without compromising design integrity
Excellent product awareness including global sourcing, ethical trading, product development, construction and manufacture, for both CMT & FF
Diverse product knowledge of women's wear, menswear and children's wear, accessories and luggage, ensuring that collections meet all business targets
Anticipating and actively managing any impediments to the supply chain with a sound appreciation of the changing dynamics
Auditing new suppliers for ethical trading and quality control prior to introduction to the business and during manufacturing
Supervising forwarders to get products shipped, imported, warehoused, allocated and delivered in the most cost-effective and efficient manner, having assessed assembly and packaging implications to maximise freight efficiency and prevent damage to goods whilst in transit
“I have had the immense pleasure to meet Victor & use his vast industry experience & advice on a new project we are working on. His knowledge & experience, coupled with honest & positive attitude to sharing it for no other reason but to see others succeed & help them, is a rare quality he possesses in abundance. It is a pleasure to work with him & I cannot recommend him enough to anyone who is facing fashion production conundrums. Fashions best kept secret!”
Dessy Tsolova Founding Partner / Director at Utelier Ltd
“Vic has been invaluable on working with me from the very beginning on the launch of a new luxury fashion brand, QIVIUT & CO, using a miracle natural fibre that has never before been manufactured commercially. A successful launch of our flagship product, The Qiviut Jacket, this past winter would never have happened without Vic's years of garment sourcing & manufacturing expertise. His counsel & advice in general rounds out the package of someone who is a pleasure with whom to work”
Robert Gould Founder/CEO at QIVIUT & CO
“Puffa Limited designed, sampled, manufactured & distributed clothing under the Puffa brand. At the time that he joined the company it was making a loss & suffered from appalling production problems. Victor put planning & control systems in place that increased the order fulfilment rate to almost 100%, increased the gross margin by more than 25% & returned the business to profitability.
Victor was always looking for & finding ways to reduce wastage & other unnecessary costs. For example, he oversaw the selection & replacement of the order processing, stock control & accounting software & computer hardware. He also streamlined the shipping & forwarding processes that were used for imports yielding significant savings. His production planning & order control increased the number of stock turns achieved & reduced the amount of stock that had to be cleared or discounted. This created a significant improvement in the company’s working capital ratio.
His management style was assertive but sensitive. He developed strong & beneficial relationships with key suppliers but never allowed himself to be exploited. He was scrupulously honest & completely trustworthy as well as hard working, intelligent & innovative
I place great credence in his judgement & have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to any potential employer “
Paul W Botterill Chairman Puffa Ltd ( 1992 -2005 )