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About Gardiner Brothers (Leathers) Ltd 

As a family-run business with over 150 years’ expertise in wholesale distribution, and more recently, direct to the customer, we are proud that our extensive range of high street brands – combined with a reputation for excellent customer service – have helped us create many long-term partnerships with brands and retailers.

Gardiner Bros was established in 1860, as a tannery in Alvin Street, this is where the traditional roots of the family run business began and 5 generations on, remains family run. We became a distributor of multiple brands of footwear in the 1960’s, since moving our Warehouse & Head office to Hardwicke in 2009, acquiring new partnerships with brands and customers the company has gone through, and is still experiencing significant growth. In 2020 we distributed 2.4million products, and by the end of 2021 we are predicted to distribute 3.2million products!

We are now one of the UK’s leaders in distribution of footwear and apparel working in partnership with leading global brands such as, Skechers, Hush Puppies, Muck Boots, Base London, Sperry and our own brands Amblers Safety, Cotswold. We are proud to distribute to some of the UK Largest Online and Highstreet retailers – Next, John Lewis, Screwfix, Freemans, JD Williams, Very and Littlewoods to name a few. By the end of 2021 we will have expanded to an additional site in Hardwicke and will have over 220,000 sq.foot of warehousing to cope with growth.

Please see below our current vacancies - if you are interested in joining Gardiner's and we don't currently have a vacancy to suit your skill set please feel free to send us your CV to recruitment@gardinerbros.co.uk 

When sending your CV across please also outline your salary expectations

We look forward to hearing form you

 

 

Lean Engineer (Warehousing)   

Due to continuous growth within the company over the last 3 years and an increase of warehousing space from 89,000 to over 200,000 square foot we are looking for a Lean Engineer to join our team.

The Lean Engineer will work closely with the Warehouse Management team, and need to be comfortable being hands on, spending time within the warehouse, speaking to team members, and exploring the reasoning behind the data, not just relying on data itself.

 

What are the key responsibilities of the Lean Engineer?

The Lean Engineer will play a pivotal role in improving the efficiency of our operations, increasing our operational capacity to support continued growth, reducing costs and helping to drive the ongoing improvements to the quality of our service.

  • Assist in documenting warehouse processes including OCWMS, Packing bench, Intra Warehouse transfers, Order Splitting etc. & working with BA & IT to improve
  • Manage/update existing reporting for warehouse operations KPIs, e.g. Packing rates/Picking rates, working with the team to make improvements
  • Work alongside BA, IT, managers, suppliers & advisors to assess & implement step change improvements e.g. Conveyor systems, Automated packing, Robotic picking etc.
  • Manage tickets with external software providers
  • Investigate warehouse GDPR breaches, despatch & picking errors.

What are the keys skills we are looking for?

We are looking for someone with an investigative mindset who likes to discover the route of the problem. We would consider someone with experience of working within a similar role, or a Graduate looking for their 1st career opportunity with strong analytical and excel skills.

  • Experience of working with and manipulating large amounts of data
  • Competent in Microsoft Excel - creating V-look ups, Pivot tables, Sumifs and countifs
  • Strong questioning and investigation skills
  • Experience working within a Warehouse/Manufacturing or Engineering environment
  • Confident communication with people across the business at all levels
  • A degree or equivalent in Engineering or something in a similar field would be desirable

 

Hours – Monday – Friday 08:30- 17:00

 

HR Assistant

We are looking for an experienced HR generalist to join our growing team, this is a great opportunity for someone who is really wants to come in and make a role their own, bring best practices from previous roles. The HR Assistant will be solely responsible for managing all aspects of HR administration and support: from administrating contracts & inducting new staff to preparing payroll and carrying out exit interviews, there will be plenty to get stuck in with.

 

What the HR Assistant role will entail:

The HR Assistant will be responsible for the administration and support of the full lifecycle of employees on a day-to-day basis, along with the preparation of the company’s payroll.

  • Being the first point of call for any HR queries from existing employees
  • ‚ÄčIssuing new contacts to staff along with any changes to terms and conditions for existing staff
  • Collating all new starter paperwork and right to work documents ensuring that we are meeting all legal legislation required.
  • Assisting with both the inductions of new staff and the exit process of leavers
  • Managing the HR admin in box and ensuring that all enquires are dealt with in a timely manor
  • Preparation of the payroll for all company’s staff, ensuring that the payroll team have all of the information required from new starters to absences and holiday and overtime hours.
  • Supporting the recruitment team with job postings, CV sifting, interviewing and offers of employment
  • Assisting the HR manager with disciplinary investigations & note taking as and when required
  • Maintain accurate employee, HR records, ensuring that all records are scanned, accurate and up to date
  • Support the HR Manager with monthly and quarterly data requirements and data collection exercises for Company projects as required to allow effective review at both Director and line Manager levels.
  • Coordinate Occupational Health, eye care vouchers, and driving licence checks
  • Supporting other ad hoc projects and general HR and business administration activities as requested

 

 

What are we looking for ?

We are looking for a confident HR administrator or assistant who is keen to come in and really make this role their own. Due to the growth in the business this role will be working with in a fast-paced team, where no day is the same.

  • Experience of working within a busy team either as a HR administrator or assistant
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadline
  • A proactive thinker
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Someone who Possess high data entry skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrate a professional, confident and “can do” attitude and has personal integrity
  • CIPD level 3 or equivalent experience is desirable

Hours – Monday – Friday – 08:30 – 17:00

 

Customer Service Administrator

Due to continual growth, we are expanding our Customer Service team. We are looking for people who have experience dealing with customers either face to face or over telephone and email – this can be from a multitude of roles such as Retail, Hospitality, Telesales, Reception, or traditional Customer Service role to name a few.

The team are dealing with customers from individuals, small independent stores, to large retailer chains and internet shopping outlets. Our ethos is to create long-term partnerships with each one of them. The Customer Service Administrators are the first point of call for customers in both our Wholesale and Direct Fulfilment team’s ensuring orders are processed, fulfilled, and despatched, whilst also meeting our strict timescales and service standards.

What you will be doing?

This is a fast paced and varied role dealing not only with customer calls & queries but also generating the invoices to accompany the orders that have been placed.

  • You will be the first point of contact for our customers, for any initial orders or enquiries, investigating customer queries on issues such as despatch, incorrect deliveries, shortages, and general product information.
  • Provide our B2C customers with excellent customer service, ensuring that returns are managed, all records are accurate and up to date, invoices and credit notes are processed accurately and within agreed timescales.
  • Asist with mail shots, promote special offers and sales items to customers when available.
  • Liaising with Buying team to ensure stock is available and queries are resolved.

What are we looking for?

  • Strong communication skills
  • Competency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills along with a professional telephone manor.
  • Strong attention to detail

Hours – Full Time on a 6-week shift pattern working 1 in 6 weekends – The shifts are Monday to Friday and are between the hours of 07:00 – 19:00 (4 weeks will be 08:30-17:00)

 

Web Sales Order Processor & Administrator

The Robin Elt Shoes business is a part of the Gardiners group and their aim is to offer a wide range of classic footwear sourced globally but led by worldwide recognised brands such as Timberland, Ecco, Gabor, Skechers, Merrell, Meindl and Rieker. The tradition of the Elt name quite simply equates with quality, comfort, and style. They do this across the south of the UK in their 8 shoe shops and via their company website.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a full time Web Sales Order Processor & Administrator to join the Robin Elt Shoes team based in Gardiner Bros Head Office in Hardwicke, Gloucester.

The Web Sales Order Processor & Administrator will be responsible for the efficient day-to-day management and processing of our customers online orders, returns and enquiries.

What will you be doing?

  • Coordinating and processing customer orders and returns via website/EPOS and telephone
  • Responding to all telephone and email customer orders and enquiries in a timely manor
  • Identify the best stock location to fulfil customer orders and creating an internal transfer of stock
  • Monitoring payment gateway services
  • Raising sales orders & purchase orders
  • Raising transfers out & Inter-Branch Transfers out
  • Communicating with stores - covering stock availability and quality checks, monitoring despatches and problem solving in relation to orders and stock reconciliation
  • Reconciling webstore stock levels
  • Ad hoc administrative tasks as and when required
  • To provide additional assistance to our Website Administrator during busy periods and colleague holiday cover

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who if self-sufficient and confident managing their own workload, with strong administrative skills and experience within a customer service role. 

  • The ability to prioritise & multitask workload
  • Good customer service skills - both written & verbal
  • Strong communication skills both with external customers and colleagues across the business  
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong administrative skills and knowledge of the full MS Office package
  • Experience of raising sales/purchase orders would be beneficial

Hours – Monday – Friday – 08:30 – 17:00

 

Junior Art Worker

Due to continual on boarding of new brands to our current portfolio we are looking for a Junior Artworker to join our expanding Marketing team. The Junior Art Worker will play a key part in supporting our designers to create print & web ready artwork to use across our customers digital and print platforms. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who has recently left University or has a years’ experience creating artwork who is looking to join a well regarded and growing company, working with well known and establish brands & retailers. The role also has future progression in to a designer and then further on to brand management. 

What are the key tasks and responsibilities of the Junior Art Worker?

  • Artwork support for our brand such as Hush Puppies, Muck Boot, Caterpillar, Cotswold, Skechers and Gardiners own Brands.for their Preview brochures, leaflets, posters and POS (print & pdf
  • Image manipulation, including cutting out, retouching and post production of photos to create images of a high standard for print, B2C channels and B2B customers.
  • Producing necessary mock ups and design visuals for a variety of mediums.
  • Understanding and implementing brand presentation guidelines in advertising and corporate literature as well as exhibition stands and direct mail.
  • Providing concepts, design and graphics for e-marketing and other digital media.
  • Ensuring our B2C web sites images are kept up to date
  • Updating and maintaining company image libraries, ensuring they are available to all stakeholders.

What skills and experiences are we looking for?

We are looking for a creative individual, with an eye for detail and the ability to work to brand guidelines and the passion for creating high standard Artwork.  You must have knowledge in the full Adobe Creative Suite package, including but not limited to Photoshop, illustrator and InDesign.

  • The ability to handle the pressure of working to tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a small team as well on your own initiative
  • Proficiency in MS Office 365

Hours – Monday -Friday – 08:30 – 17:00

 

Continuous Improvement Analyst          

Due to continuous growth within the company over the last 3 years and an increase of warehousing space from 89,000 to over 200,000 square foot we are looking for a Continuous Improvement Analyst to join our team.

The Continuous Improvement Analyst will work closely with the Warehouse Management team, and need to be comfortable being hands on, spending time within the warehouse, speaking to team members, and exploring the reasoning behind the data, not just relying on data itself.

What are the key responsibilities of the Continuous Improvement Analyst?       

The Continuous Improvement Analyst will play a pivotal role in improving the efficiency of our operations, increasing our operational capacity to support continued growth, reducing costs and helping to drive the ongoing improvements to the quality of our service.

  • Assist in documenting warehouse processes including OCWMS, Packing bench, Intra Warehouse transfers, Order Splitting etc. & working with BA & IT to improve
  • Manage/update existing reporting for warehouse operations KPIs, e.g. Packing rates/Picking rates, working with the team to make improvements
  • Work alongside BA, IT, managers, suppliers & advisors to assess & implement step change improvements e.g. Conveyor systems, Automated packing, Robotic picking etc.
  • Manage tickets with external software providers
  • Investigate warehouse GDPR breaches, despatch & picking errors.

What are the keys skills we are looking for?

We are looking for someone with an investigative mindset who likes to discover the route of the problem. We would consider someone with experience of working within a similar role, or a Graduate looking for their 1st career opportunity with strong analytical and excel skills.

  • Experience of working with and manipulating large amounts of data
  • Competent in Microsoft Excel - creating V-look ups, Pivot tables, Sumifs and countifs
  • Strong questioning and investigation skills
  • Experience working within a Warehouse/Manufacturing or Engineering environment
  • Confident communication with people across the business at all levels
  • A degree or equivalent in Engineering or something in a similar field would be desirable

Hours – Monday – Friday 08:30- 17:00

 

Junior Merchandiser

Due to growth of the business an excellent opportunity has arisen to join our Buying & Merchandising Department as a Junior Merchandiser. Supporting one of our buyers to maximise the Gross Margin Profit and sell through of allocated brands such as Muck Boot, Rocket Dog, Caterpillar, Hush Puppies, Skechers just to name a few. As the Junior Merchandiser you will be expected to assist in successfully managing the whole product life-cycle from selection right through to forecasting, stock management and clearance.

This is a great role if you are already working in merchandising & buying and looking for your next step or a new challenge and the chance to grow and develop within a fast paced and growing business. 

What are the Junior Merchandiser’s key responsibilities?

  • Review & report weekly your stock & sales position and recommendations as required.
  • ·Responsible for the administration involved in raising supplier orders, preparing invoices for sign off and ensuring all records are accurately recorded and maintained in all systems
  • Maintain good communication with the supply base, identifying any issues and ensuring they are effectively communicated to the team to be resolved and ensure order deadlines are maintained and achieved
  • Work with the merchandiser & range builder to propose and create clear and defined ranges following the range review process including preparation of all financials for both existing and new styles
  • Maintaining systems and keeping them up to date with product information, prices & delivery dates
  • Review on a regular basis a list of suppliers and where applicable propose orders to the merchandiser for sign off.
  • Visiting suppliers and attending trade shows as required with the merchandiser
  • Undertake any other administrative tasks as required

What we are looking for:

Essential:

  • Experience working with a buying & merchandising department
  • Understanding of forecasting and seasonal variances
  • Ability to analyse and organise large amounts of data
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables and Vlookups
  • Strong ability to prioritize and organise workload
  • A confident communicator, both written and verbal
  • Able to adapt to the needs of the department/business
  • Ability to work independently and act on own initiative
  • Negotiating skills

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within import distribution, retail or fashion industry
  • CIPS or other recognised qualification an advantage

Hours – Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

 

 

Merchandiser

 

Our Merchandisers are responsible for maximise the Gross Margin Profit and sell through of allocated brands. Working closely with the range builder you will also be responsible for creating and proposing commercial ranges suitable for the customer base, covering costings and profitability, and ensuring all timescales are achieved in bringing product to market.

Initially this person will be working with the Hush Puppies brand, however due to business needs the brands the teams work with can change over time.

What are the Merchandisers key responsibilities?

  • Review sales top and bottom sellers to manage stocks, repeat buys, propose markdowns and help plan range reviews.
  • Forecast trends and plan stock levels accordingly
  • Manage pricing, costs and setting budgets
  • Review & report weekly your stock & sales position and recommendations as required.
  • Review on a regular basis your list of suppliers and where applicable propose orders for sign off.
  • Maintain good communication with the supply base, identifying any issues and ensuring they are effectively communicated to the team to be resolved and ensure order deadlines are maintained and achieved.
  • Visiting or meeting suppliers and customers as required
  • Work with other departments such as Sales & marketing to maximise sales, profit & promote our brands across all platforms
  • Assisting at trade shows and company promotional events

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an experienced Buyer/Merchandiser who is looking for the next challenge within their career.

  • Experience working with a buying & merchandising department
  • Understanding of forecasting and seasonal variances
  • Ability to analyse and organise large amounts of data
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables and Vlookups
  • Strong ability to prioritize and organise workload
  • A confident communicator, both written and verbal
  • Able to adapt to the needs of the department/business
  • Ability to work independently and act on own initiative
  • Strong negotiation skills

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within import distribution, retail or fashion industry
  • CIPS or other recognised qualification an advantage

Hours – Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

 

 

Web trading Assistant  

At the heart of our company culture is the close relationship between brand and our distribution channels. Strong and trustworthy alliances combined with expertise in tailoring campaigns for the UK market is the key to our success. To be successful with this we need to ensure that we have the right people supporting these brands in the services we offer.

What you will be doing?

The Online Merchandising team are responsible for ensuring that our customers websites are listed with the best-selling products, campaigns, and pricing.  We are currently managing multiple websites ranging from Safety footwear, Walking & Hiking, Wellington Boots, along with other Lifestyle footwear for multiple well know brands.

  • Working closely with our existing Online Merchandiser to list products on all B2C websites and drive sales
  • Listing products across multiple websites ensuring that all pricing, images and data are correct
  • Ensuring products are easily discoverable by managing the website navigational categories
  • Collating and analysing data to monitor which brands and styles are selling well or not so well and to identify trading opportunities.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone to join our expanding team who has an eye for detail, can work to their own initiative and will enhance the existing teams with their own ideas and input.

In addition to this we are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience of working in Excel to create V-lookups & Pivot tables
  • Strong analytical skills and likes to work analysing data
  • Can communicate with people of all levels both internally and external
  • Strong numeracy, verbal and written skills
  • The ability to work to deadlines and under pressure

Desirable skills/experiences would be:

  • Experience of working within a B2C role in the past
  • Basic Knowledge of HTML & CSS
  • Working knowledge of google analytics & Webmaster Tools
  • Experience of creating financial trading plans

Hours of Role - 08:30 – 17:00 – Monday – Friday

 



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