CAREERS

Assouline is the first luxury brand in the world that uses books as medium. For the past eighteen years, Assouline Publishing has created fine illustrated books dedicated to fashion, photography, art and design. Renowned for our highly original graphic concept, Assouline books are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life. The spirit and savoir-faire of these works have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. Today, Assouline publications’ special editions and gift items can be found around the globe.


Sales Consultant

The Sales Consultant will report to the Boutique Director. The right candidate will have luxury retail sales experience. Candidate should have a strong interest in the arts, culture, travel and fashion.

Essential duties/ Responsibilities:
• Possess product knowledge of the Assouline product line
• Advise and assist customers into the boutique in a warm and genuinely sincere manner
• Provide outstanding customer service experience
• Capture client information and actively develop a client base, consistently adding information to further promote boutique relationships
• Regularly contact clients regarding new products, events and follow up
• A professional attitude and presentation
• Help create merchandise presentations and displays, are customer focused and maximize sales
• Support the correct management of the inventory

Skills/ Requirements:
• High School diploma or equivalent (college or university degree helpful, but not required)
• 2-3 years of luxury retail experience
• Excellent interpersonal, creative problem solving, communication, organizational and time management skills
• Demonstrates superior customer service techniques and experience with problem/ complaint resolution
• Ability to regularly lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
• Professional/ Business work attire a must
• Ability to work varied locations, hours/days, evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed
• Fluency in one or more foreign languages a plus
• Computer literacy

Salary plus commissions

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your resume to HR@Assouline.com.


Mid-Atlantic In-house Sales Rep

The Mid-Atlantic In-house Sales Rep will develop new and expand existing business in the mid-Atlantic territories of Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in accordance with the stature and brand image that Assouline represents. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate recent experience selling to all major accounts throughout this region, with a minimum of two years sales experience in the book or housewares/interior design trade.
Working knowledge of SalesForce and Microsoft Office required.
An interest in fashion, the arts and travel, preferred.
Motivated self-starter comfortable working with minimum of supervision in busy, open plan office.

Tasks & Responsibilities:
• Outreaching to customers via telephone and email
• Managing order process for assigned accounts and liaising with customers, with an understanding of Assouline program, discounts and practices
• Researching, reporting and following up on new channels, markets, & customers
Implementing and assisting in developing marketing materials and programs, including email communications to clientele.
• Maintaining sales force cloud computing system on Salesforce.com
• Providing customer feedback to the Assouline organization as needed
• Working closely with sales, logistics, customer service, & financial departments
• Budgeting and forecasting

Account management:
• Working with existing accounts
• Sending updated materials and suggestions for new titles
• Taking and following up on orders
• Sending invoices and tracking payments
• Strengthening relationships and working personally with each account

Research and Business Development:
• Growing accounts on an ongoing basis
• Continuously researching to build state databases with lists of potential customers both for the purposes of sales as well as knowledge about individual markets
• Reaching out to potential customers to introduce them to the Assouline brand and to bring them on as new accounts
• Researching relevant art exhibits, fairs, new store openings, special window displays, market trends etc. to identify opportunities for sales
• Maintaining existing accounts and to be aware of any special opportunities to further develop business with them

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your resume and to Mariana Ramos (mariana@assouline.com).
Email responses only. No telephone calls.


Product Development/ Sourcing Manager

Exciting opportunity to work on product development from concept to launch. Utilize creative skills in the creation and development stages and project management skills during execution and roll out. The ideal candidate will be able to source manufacturers using varied materials (glass, leather, horn, metal, wood, resin, etc.) The main focus of design is library accessories (i.e. book stands, letter openers, book ends, book bags, custom journals, etc.)
Position reports to VP of Retail.

Responsibilities
Production:
• Identify and research new suppliers/ factories/ markets to ensure new product needs are consistently met. Constant monitoring and evaluation of vendor performance
• Initiate supplier blueprints, models and samples. Ensures necessary engineering and technical approval of selected components, including material compatibility and dispensing characteristics
• Defines risks associated with projects for review with Sourcing Director
• Source both primary & secondary packaging
• Release, proof & route all packaging for approval
• Course correction to ensure deliverables will be met
• Set-up vendors in accounting system
• Research and analyze overseas and domestic suppliers
• Assist in managing vendor relationships over multiple product lines
• Expand on existing knowledge and develop new overseas and domestic supplier

Project Management:
• Weekly vendor meeting agendas
• New product launch timeline
• Initiate & develop new processes as it pertains to business needs
• Work closely, on a daily basis, with both internal (production, inventory management, channel planning, product development, creative, brand management) & external partners (fill vendors, component vendors)
• New product launch calendar
• Obtain & negotiate pricing
• Manage PR and production planning for sample requirements
• Create BOM’s & specification sheets
• Work with a team to manage and develop all global sourcing activities and strategies
• Identify and execute opportunities for improving supplier performance and reducing cost

Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design
• 5+ years experience in the luxury accessory sourcing arena
• 2+ years experience directly sourcing products from overseas factories
• Ability to travel (10%)
• Able to work within retail and manufacturing environment
• Strong networking skills/ ability to form partnerships/ strong diplomatic skills
• Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural environment
• Strong problem solving and negotiation skills
• Analytical and statistical aptitude
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong PC skills
• Cantonese or Mandarin and other language skills a plus

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your resume to HR@Assouline.com.


Editorial Intern

We are currently seeking an Editorial Intern with excellent writing and copy editing skills who will report to the VP/ Editorial Director. The right candidate will be motivated, creative and capable of working independently and taking initiative. Candidate should have a strong interest in the arts, culture, travel and fashion.

Requirements:
• Ability to self-start and multitask in fast paced environment
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills
• High level of attention to detail
• Must work well as part of a team
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook or Entourage)
• Experience working with luxury brands and knowledge of the publishing industry a plus
• Basic knowledge of French a plus

Please submit cover letter and resume to HR@Assouline.com




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