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Talking Tables Team



Why work with us?

Fancy helping us plan thousands of ridiculously good gatherings every year?

If you have a passion for product, an inquisitive mind and a social spark; you may just be the missing piece to our tremendous team!



 Our Values

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What’s it like to work for Talking Tables?

Everyone’s invited! People are key to our company and at the heart of everything we do.

We champion equality, inclusivity and take pride in striving to improve what is important to us. We care about community and understand the responsibility we have to reduce our impact on the planet.

Our team is accurate, hardworking, and timely; we exceed expectations together.

We’ve all heard of the saying ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ - well this perfectly incorporates a day in the life at Talking Tables.

Take it from one of our own:

“Talking Tables has been nothing but friendly and inclusive for me since I joined the company such a short time ago now. On my first day I had already been invited to two social clubs and a work event later that week! The Talking Tables team are great to work with and I can honestly say I enjoy coming to work because of them.” – Harrison (IT Intern)

Believe you could add a pop of imagination or be a bright spark within our team? Then we would love to hear from you!


 The perks of working at Talking Tables

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Vacancies

Check out our current roles below. Nothing to match your skills? Send us your CV and we’ll be in touch if something comes up.


Senior Product Developer


We are looking for a Senior Product Developer to deliver on-brand, stellar, strategic products within party, lifestyle, home and gifting, delivering year on year growth. You must have a close affinity to our end consumer who is a creative, fun-loving and generous hostess. If you yourself love being a host and gathering with friends and family, this could be the role for you.



Main Duties:

- You will be responsible for developing products that bring gatherings to life within disposable tableware, partyware, seasonal events and home products.
- We like to put the fun stuff into gatherings and have something that will get the guests noticing the effort put in by their host: to get the table talking.
- This is a rare opportunity to inspire and lead our highly successful team and take the brand to the next level.
- You will offer new products and ranges that give our hostess a freedom of expression through creative, disposable product options.
- You will take our sustainable journey to its next level through ensuring no plastic in product or packaging; and offering longer lasting alternatives from for example textiles. We intend to be the leading vendor of sustainable partyware.
- You will grow the brand revenue by some 25% per annum and hit the profitability KPIs.

Range planning and building
- Have a clear outline of the assortment plan for each season, developing newness and planned continuity.
- Work with design to develop winning product; manage product specs and deliver artwork to factory. This will include 3rd party freelancers.
- Be aware of IP considerations when developing new product names and content.
- Work with suppliers/factories to source appropriate product at right price and spec. This may require overseas travel to the EU and Far East.
- Undertake comp shops and competitor analysis.

Seasonal spend on product
- Manage seasonal spend and margin targets with the Director of Supply Chain (buying) and MD to meet purchase, profit and sales targets whilst still allowing room to innovate and optimize product opportunities.
- Take ownership of critical path dates and complete to required CP dates.
- Support marketing and sales on customer launches, brochures and sales sheets.
- Support in key customers meetings, both with preparation of range boards and presenting your products and ranges.

Cost matrix management
- Ensure all product development and buying costs are accounted. Record accurately.

Product PIMRA management
- Ensure all product attributes are accurately entered on our company product database.
- Efficient and timely management of continuity artwork/spec changes to maximise in stock status of key lines.


Who you will be:

• An experienced Product Developer with at least four years prior experience
• Understand, to a high level, both social and design trends.
• Be able to interpret the trends and apply to our product category to our target market.
• Prior line management experience is preferred.
• Effective communicator both written and verbal – you will be the key bridge between a variety of people.
• Able to ensure strategic initiatives move forward; able to drive projects forward and unlock blockers.
• Highly organized
• Personable and able to work well with different types of people
• Able to work under pressure, stick to deadlines and meet KPI’s
• Strong ability to multi-task and to effectively prioritize
• Proactive over reactive – Looking for ways to prevent issues
• Flexible and open to working on a variety of tasks
• Strong organization, decision making and presentation skills.


At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression.

At a glance:

- Full Time Monday - Friday
- 9:00 - 17:30
- Optional four days / month working from home (under trial)
- London Office (SW4)
- Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk


Senior National Account Manager


We are looking for a Senior National Account Manager to build stellar, strategic relationships with business-critical accounts, delivering year on year growth and achieving category management status with those key clients.



Main Duties:

- Develop and sustain excellent relationships with existing accounts gaining new listings, SKU's, NPD, with the aim of maintaining or increasing profit margin, turnover, volume, distribution and market share.
- Financial responsibilities will include accurate monthly budgets/forecasts and communicating this back to the relevant stakeholders.
- Be the main point of contact for these accounts, developing and maintaining effective relationships with the customer at all levels, specifically with the relevant Category Buyer.
- Work with the customer, Product Development, Design and Purchasing teams to drive innovative and unique, winning product ranges. Follow through to ensure a high ROS.
- Organise and attend customer meetings, presenting new ranges and seek out new opportunities.
- Be able to prospect for new accounts, using Linked In, Emails, calls and wider use of our CRM.
- Negotiate cost prices and trading terms.
- Create price proposals and tenders for projects and ranges.
- Take full account management responsibility, managing customers’ expectations, liaising with customer and internal stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered on time.
- Working closely with the internal Merchandiser, analyse sales and forecasts.
- P&L accountability.
- Proactive approach to competitor shopping and market research, understanding current market and new trends – becoming the ‘expert’.


Who you will be:

• 5 Years sales experience of which at least 2 years working within a National Account role.
• Experience of working on grocery and other large national accounts.
• Experience in Party, Paper products, Homewares, Gift, Beauty, Fashion or Accessories would be beneficial.
• Evidence of incremental growth in accounts.
• Excellent sales and negotiation skills.
• Have a high attention to detail; possess strong administration and analytical skills.
• An excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to manage several different projects at the same time.
• An understanding of critical paths and product life cycle.
• Experience working on price proposals and tenders.
• Flexible, dynamic and can network and build relationships effectively.
• Able to work well on your own, or with a wide range of people from different parts of the business.
• Friendly, fun but firm personality.
• Enjoy working in a busy, deadline driven and creative environment. A team player is essential.
• FOB experience within an own label and branded offering preferable.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
• Strong presentation skills.
• A full UK driving licence.


At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression.

At a glance:

- Full Time Monday - Friday
- 9:00 - 17:30
- Optional four days / month working from home (under trial)
- London Office (SW4)
- Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk


Customer Service Assistant


We are looking for a Customer Service Assistant to join our Customer Services team. The role will largely involve order processing and delivering exceptional customer service through excellent product and TT brand knowledge. The successful candidate must represent our brand at its very best and be able to communicate it very well as the first line of contact with our customers extending the ‘TT Love’.



Main Duties:

- Processing UK B2B orders from Web, Pixsell, Email and Online Marketplaces in a timely and well communicated manner.
- Being the main point of contact for our sales agents and other trade accounts using your expertise, creativity and passion to help them resolve any issues.
- Provide service to customers seeking assistance with post-order issues such as returns, replacements, refunds, delivery status, back order inquiries, and any other issues that may arise in the order fulfillment process.
- Demonstrate conflict management skills and maintain professional composure.
- Answer the telephone to help with general customer queries as well as transferring calls to relevant staff or taking messages as necessary.
- Updating and maintaining Customer information, product and imagery details on all platforms as necessary.
- Working closely with our energetic Sales Team to provide administrative support especially in relation to Key Accounts and Garden Centres.
- Management of sales orders in the pipeline (WIP)ensuring delivery dates are updated and all orders are processed and invoiced within the correct month.
- Resolving customer queries promptly and informing other departments of consistent problems around quality, pricing, web site enhancements.
- Liaising with Warehouses, Sales Team and Accounts Team to ensure prompt delivery and communicate any problems to the correct department.
- Processing customer credits and refunds in liaison with accounts to ensure accuracy at every level.


Who you will be:

• 1-2 years in a similar role
• Experience of working within a busy Customer Service team
• Experience working in a product or service-related business
• Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
• Flexible enough to work as a blended agent across channels, handling phone, email and online chat transactions.
• Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel & Outlook.
• Experience of databases such as Winman, Shopify and Pixsell an advantage.
• Organised and accurate with high attention to detail.
• Able to quickly understand and learn product knowledge.
• Able to work under pressure, stick to deadlines and meet KPI’s.
• Strong ability to multi-task and to effectively prioritize.
• Interested in party products and how our customers use them.
• Be a fun team player and happy to be part of a small team.
• An excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing.



At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression.

At a glance:

- Full Time Monday - Friday
- 9:00 - 17:30
- Optional four days / month working from home (under trial)
- London Office (SW4)
- Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk


Purchasing & Inventory Planner


We are looking for a Purchasing & Inventory Planner to join the team. We are looking for a candidate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in a purchasing, inventory planner or merchandising function. Including working directly with factories in China, India, and Europe. The role is very fast paced and you will be expected to work quickly but accurately, and have experience working with an ERP or purchase order processing systems. You will report in to the Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager and work closely with the Inventory Manager.


Main Duties: Purchasing

- Purchasing for TT Brand, Premium Customer Own Label and USA hub projects.
- Work alongside the product development team to dovetail in at the early stages of the development process, ensuring the most appropriate and relevant sourcing routes are selected.
- Own the cost matrix costing documents. Ensuring formulas work correctly, maintain summary sheet, create new document for each new season and complete matrix merging.
- Cost matrix support for existing lines in the business.
- Lead with complex price negotiations
- Raising purchase orders
- Checking of pro forma invoices.
- Tracking of deposit and sample/mould charge payments
- Work closely with key stakeholders in the Supply Chain team, to ensure that the buying process is aligned with the critical path requirements.
- Constantly challenge our sourcing routes, and look for cross quoting opportunities to increase margin, and product quality.
- Attend trade shows when required in the UK and beyond.
- Oversee sample courier spend, including monthly reporting.


Main Duties: Inventory Planner

- Daily monitoring of demand to manage Tabling Tables branded stock to an appropriate level; with expectation of staying in stock of top sellers and key seasonal line.
- Have a particular focus on top Amazon SKUs. Support with reviewing Amazon forecasts, sales, and trends. Work agilely to ensure that orders are planned in line with this.
- Carry out the order placing of repeat orders, ensuring best dates are met and orders fall within budget requirements.
- Support with reviewing newness quantities and propose drop plans in line with sales demand.
- Share weekly range availability reports.
- Support with regular, and consistent stock and sales reports
- Season sell throughs.
- High stocked ranges or items.
- Topical stock reminders to the sales team.
- Support stock goods receiving



Who you will be:

- Highly organised.
- Key attention to detail.
- Can act on initiative and be proactive with identifying opportunities for further cost savings.
- Excellent negotiation skills, and the ability to achieve win-win results.
- Work methodically, and systematically with attention to detail.
- Flexible, and open to working on variety of projects at one time.
- Strong relationship skills to build partnerships with suppliers, 3rd party industry contacts, and TT team – both in the UK and overseas.
- Able to manage a large and varied workload.

- Self-motivating, and able to remain focused on true priorities.
- Strong communication skills - Personable and able to work well with different types of people.
- Full of positive energy and strong drive to succeed.
- Very inquisitive and willing to challenge the status quo.
- Able to work under pressure, stick to deadlines and meet KPI’s.
- Excellent communicator both written and verbal – you will be the key bridge between a variety of people.
- Proactive over reactive – Looking for ways to prevent issues before they happen rather than having to firefight.
- Able to see the bigger picture. - Strong team player




At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression.

At a glance:

- Full Time Monday - Friday
- 9:00 - 17:30
- Optional four days / month working from home (under trial)
- London Office (SW4)
- Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk


Junior Merchandiser



We are looking for a Junior Merchandiser to join our Grocery Hub team. You will be expected to have a background of working with the supermarket chains and have dealt with delivering stock either DDP, EXW, FOB. You will be ensuring our customers stock is delivered on time and in full! You must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the booking in process for FOB orders and dealing with Chinese factories delivering both LCL and FCL consignments. The role is very fast paced and you will be expected to work quickly but accurately to meet our customer’s high expectations. You will report in to the Senior Merchandising Planner and work closely with them on our key Grocery accounts.


Main Duties:

- New line form submission
- Booking customer orders with freight forwarders
- Invoicing FOB and Ex-works customer orders
- Downloading customer sales and reporting these to team
- Responding to customer emails quickly and accurately
- Work with Accounts Dept to ensure LCL and FCL forwarder charges are paid promptly and credits raised to factories
- Work with our warehouse to ensure they are delivering to our customer’s standards
- Work with our factories to ensure they are given carton marking information accurately and on time
- Check customer forecasts and ensure commitment is agreed before ordering stock with our Buying Manager
- Ensure all debit notes are checked and challenged where we are not at fault
- Check all our warehousing cost each month to ensure we have not been overcharged
- Updating internal systems
- Optimising box sizes with suppliers to ensure
- Manage shipment schedule with suppliers and supply chain to ensure on time delivery


Who you will be:

- Knowledge of delivering orders DDP, EXW, FOB, preferably supplying supermarkets
- Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel & Outlook
- Excellent communication skills, articulate in spoken English
- Excellent telephone manner with customers
- Ability to prioritise is a must
- Organised and accurate, attention to detail
- Multi tasker and a quick learner
- Self-starter with initiative
- Comfortable in fast paced environment
- Flexible as necessary
- Interested in party products and how our customers use them
- Be a team player and happy to be part of a small team
- Friendly, fun but firm personality


At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression.

At a glance:

- Full Time Monday - Friday
- 9:00 - 17:30
- Optional four days / month working from home (under trial)
- London Office (SW4)
- Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk


Design Studio Intern


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a talented and enthusiastic recent graduate to join our dynamic in-house design team as a Design Studio Intern on a part-time basis.



Main Duties:

- Assist the Studio with the day-to-day administrative responsibilities for maintaining the business and meeting customer demands, with possible ad hoc assistance to the rest of the studio across graphic design, artworking, and mock-ups.
- Mocking-up production quality samples of a wide range of products, using a variety of paper crafting skills (cutting, spray mounting, assembly, etc.)
- Artwork product and packaging designs onto factory cutter guides from visuals for mock-up and production.
- Occasionally translate ideas into design executions, ensuring a consistently high level of design quality.
- Complete basic Studio admin.


Who you will be:

• BA Hons degree or equivalent in Art & Design, Graphics or similar.
• Ability to work on a Mac day-to-day.
• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (CC), particularly Illustrator but also Photoshop and InDesign.
• Skilled working with paper, with a keen eye for detail and an excellent 3-D aptitude.
• Ability to confidently use a scalpel for mockups is a must.
• Be able to show examples of the above skills.
• Creative flair, originality and a strong visual sense
• High degree of attention to detail in every area.
• Hard working and extremely organised. Able to deliver to a deadline.
• Professional and polite manner, with a high level of literacy and good communication skills.
• A team player, comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
• A self-starter with initiative and a can-do, positive attitude.
• Interest in partywares and games, and how customers use them



At Talking Tables there is always room for additional responsibilities and future progression, including the possibility of this internship evolving into a full-time permanent position.

At a glance:

- Part Time (Roughly 20 hours/week) - COVID-Safe London Office (SW4) - Nearest Stations: Clapham North, Stockwell & Clapham High Street Overground

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to andre.harris@talkingtables.co.uk


Internship


Bright, keen and able interns are welcomed in to our HQ. We love to give the younger members of the workforce a stepping stone in their career path. We have a busy office and would love to invite internships for the following areas/teams:

1. Marketing: Creating marketing material e.g. videos, gifs and selling imagery. Skills required: An eye for design/styling and the following software; InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and video software/platforms e.g Premiere Pro.
2. Website: Uploading new products and content, helping to optimise the site.
3. Amazon: Are you an Amazon whizz kid? We'd love support to optimise our current product listings.
4. Translations: Are you multi-lingual? we would love support to translate our listings to other European languages such as German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Proposal:

- Four to six week internship
- Based in our lively London office in SW4, nearest tube Stockwell
- Safe environment with social distancing in place
- Expenses provided

Next Step:

Please send your CV with the role you are applying for in the subject line to jobs@talkingtables.co.uk
Say which role you are interested in. Say why you would make a great intern. Tell me which is your favourite product on our website and why.


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