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Published on: Mar 3, 2016


  • 1. SENIOR BUYER / MERCHANDISER: BA FASHION DEGREE CURRICULUM VITAE OF NATASCHIA PITT HOLLAND Sydney, Australia • Mobile: 0451 465 288 • PROFESSIONAL PROFILE A skilled and passionate Professional Buyer with 3 year’s experience as a Buyer / Merchandiser, 4 year’s experience in Branding / Styling and additional experience as a Clothing Shop Assistant. I currently fulfil the role of Brand Manager for From St. Xavier on behalf of Krites Group / Sol Sana. With extensive experience in Buying, Merchandising and Sales; I am a dedicated, highly productive and performance-focused individual, adept at planning, structuring and directing activities to exceed set goals, with acumen in all aspects of the buying cycle including; Strategizing | Sourcing | Designing | Product Development | Negotiations | Range Building | Launching of New Product Lines | Packaging Development | and Trend Research / Analysis. I have frequently been recognised as an ambitious and hard-working individual with the ability to construct and maintain strong and mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders at all levels; having dealt with suppliers and customers, both local and international. Pro-active and driven to meet all assigned targets, whilst thriving in a fast paced environment; I hold valuable experience in buying Jewellery, Watches, Accessories, Cosmetics and Clothing | Fashion Styling | and Merchandising. I am seeking a new professional challenge of increased responsibility, within a leading organisation that requires my broad skill-set, drive and enthusiasm. PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS  Adept research and analytical skills; reviewing local and international market trends and integrating the findings into the buying profile.  Positive decision making, creative and solution enthused.  Capacity to think holistically, considering the impact of buying activities on the business as a whole.  Excellent customer service orientation.  Confident communication, negotiation and presentation skills; able to liaise eloquently and relevantly.  Long term mutually beneficial relationship building / networking talent.  Ability to multitask, use own initiative and achieve results in a high-pressured and varied environment VALUE ADDED EXPERIENCE Buying | Merchandising Expertise:  Developed practical and theoretical understanding of creative and commercial fashion / retail industry requirements.  Generated and implemented short and long-term strategies designed to reduce costs, improve quality, and create an in-store experience and customer satisfaction.  Identified new business opportunities and professionally serviced the existing client base.  Anticipated company requirements by keeping abreast of market and product trends.  Achieved goals and objectives through working closely with colleagues.
  • 2. SENIOR BUYER / MERCHANDISER: BA FASHION DEGREE  Negotiated with suppliers to secure favourable prices, terms on quality and deliveries, maintaining multi-line product replenishments at competitive prices.  Planned and prepared presentations to potential customers, team members and senior management.  Regularly researched and analysed industry developments and monitored market trends, maintaining awareness for upcoming opportunities.  Supported and ensured team members worked collaboratively in support of goals and objectives. QUALIFICATIONS  BA Fashion Degree; FEDISA, 2012 Subjects: Visual Studies [conceptual design / life & figure drawing / illustrations / colour theory / visual merchandising / computer-aided design] | Clothing Technology [pattern technology / garment & textile technology / pattern grading / technical drawing] | Lifestyle Studies [fashion & history design / trend forecasting / communication & social studies] | Business Studies [entrepreneurship / business practice, principles & functions / project management]  IEB Senior Certificate / Matric; St Dunstans College, 2009 Subjects: Business Studies | Biology | Art | English | Afrikaans | Maths | Life Orientation Extra-Curricular: Head of Photography | Head of Communications | Head of Swimming | First Team Water Polo | Athletics | Indoor and Outdoor Netball COURSES COMPLETED  Intensive Make-up Course; Make-up Stars, 2014  Negotiation Skills; Mr Price, 2014 Learning Outcomes: Maintain meaningful partnerships with others | Plan and prepare for successful negotiations | Understand the dynamic stages within negotiating | Understand the integrative behaviours that are used when negotiating and how to use them | How to deal with conflict when negotiating  Business Presentation Skills; Mr Price, 2013 Learning Outcomes: Communicate effectively with the audience by using body language | Focus on assertive communication techniques | How to use notes, visual aids and multimedia equipment | Handle difficult audiences and field questions in a professional manner | Create the correct image through ones personal appearance PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Name of firm: Krites Group, Australia Designation: Product Manager for From St. Xavier Period of work: December 2015 to Date Key Roles & Accountabilities: Overview: An Australia based fashion forward handcrafted jewellery and accessories label, worn globally, organic and ever evolving, that prides itself on the unique and the unexpected. Responsible for numerous aspects of Designing, Product Development and Management for the brand, including the definition of assortment, range structuring and pricing.
  • 3. SENIOR BUYER / MERCHANDISER: BA FASHION DEGREE Conducting Trend and Product research to support the relevant and effective design of ranges / product lines. Ensuring that all products meet the aesthetic and quality expectations of the brand and client base. Establishing a development calendar to ensure timely completion of samples and production, and setting up necessary costing templates and pricing strategies to meet client expectations. Engaging with suppliers and customers to negotiate costs and ensure that margin targets are met. Administrating and tracking queries at all levels in Australia, Hong Kong,Germany,UK, USA and Canada. Conducting efficient Inventory Management and Sales Order Processing; generating and forwarding invoices to customers, agents, showrooms / representatives and warehouses. Processing customer credit card payments and liaising regularly with the Accounts Department to ensure upkeep of accurate financials. Tracking and tracing shipments of samples and preparing attractive display of samples for customer presentation / trade shows. Planning and co-ordinating seasonal photo shoots and product shoots for Lookbooks. Social Media Coordination - Grow the brands culture and awareness through various social media platforms, ensuring all creative content gets the most possible mileage. Act as a brand representative through interacting and engaging with customers, and identifying and connecting with influencers to embody the lifestyle and brand identity. Name of firm: Rockman Trading, South Africa Designation Senior Buyer / Merchandiser: Jewellery, Watches and Accessories Period of work: May 2015 to November 2015 Key Roles & Accountabilities: Overview: A leading consumer goods supplier specialising in sourcing and importing fashion / costume jewellery, watches and accessories, to service most major retailers in South Africa with quality products. Researched, analysed and presented findings on seasonal trends and categories to directors and clients; sourcing, developing and presenting ranges in accordance to the latest trends, target market and cost requirements. Managed all major accounts and brought in new customer accounts. Built and maintained valuable relationships with clients and suppliers to support the securing of orders, cost effective price negotiations Travelled to Europe to view trends and purchase samples for range showings, as well as meet with suppliers and customers. Generated value adding monthly reporting to management on trend updates, product sales statistics and the pending status of all orders and accounts. Ensured team members worked collaboratively in support of businesses goals and objectives. Name of firm: Mr Price Group Designation: Buyer Former Designations: Trainee Buyer Period of work: January 2013 to April 2015 RT Casual Tops Buyer [October 2014 to April 2015] | RT Casual Dresses, Jackets, Skirts and All-In-Ones Buyer [July 2014 to September 2014]:
  • 4. SENIOR BUYER / MERCHANDISER: BA FASHION DEGREE Overview: RT Casual is the largest and top performing brand at Mr Price Group, with tops contributing to 40% of total sales and dresses, jackets, skirts and all-in-ones contributing to 30% of the total sales. Met with suppliers to select new ranges, negotiate prices, resolve issues regarding quality and provide input into the sample development process. Managed all samples: built and presented new ranges to senior business stakeholders. Regularly reviewed key performance indicators, reacted to trade challenges and monitored market changes to support up to date and relevant activities. Analysed past products and gained full understanding of product attributes [post-mortem] in order to gain valuable insight for future assortments. Analysed competitor prices and products as well as presented findings. Managed the quality control process of assortment at the Fit and Quality Assurance stage; building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers. Liaised with other Departments including Operations, Resource, Marketing, Ecommerce, Style Shoot and Visual Merchandising to ensure buying efficiency at store level. Developed creative and innovative artworks / graphics and briefed relevant team members regarding the same. Temporary Buyer for Cosmetics, Bangles, Watches and Hair Accessories [March 2014 to June 2014]: Temporarily promoted to buyer for the Jewellery, Hair Accessories and Cosmetics Portfolio, gained valuable industry exposure [Buyer on Personal Leave]. Successfully introduced the Watches category to the business for the first time and completely re-launched Cosmetics. Duties as in above role. Trainee Buyer for Jewellery, Hair Accessories and Cosmetics [January 2013 to February 2014]: Conducted sample management of over 3000 styles per season; maintaining key beneficial relationships with Designers, Suppliers, Planners and Managers. Facilitated the co-ordination and training of interns | Contributed a weekly Mr Price blog on ‘’. Additional duties as in above role. PRIOR EXPERIENCE Vida E Café [September 2013 to January 2015] Brand Ambassador: Promoted the product and brand, embodying corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and ethics | Enhanced sales and creation of brand awareness as a positive spokesperson for the brand. Headquarters Restaurant [April 2012 to November 2012] Waitress: Provided friendly and efficient customer service. Leading Edge Promotions [January 2011 to November 2012] Brand Activator / Promoter: Hosted events and supported promotional work for brands including; Woolworths, Heineken, J&B Met Equus Lounge, Douwe Egberts, JC Le Roux and VW. Lindsay Hamlyn Photography [January 2011 to November 2012] Stylist: Selected wardrobe and styling for test shoots, models portfolios and fashion editorials.
  • 5. SENIOR BUYER / MERCHANDISER: BA FASHION DEGREE Seventeen Magazine [June 2010 to July 2011] Style Council Ambassador: Selected to be a style representative for the magazine | Conceptualised and contributed to fashion pages, adding fashion tips and styling advice. From the Wardrobe [2008 to 2011] Casual Sales Assistant: Sourced local Designers | Administrated stock and item pricing | Assisted clients; resolving queries and processing sales | Arranged window displays and merchandise within the store | Upheld sales targets. Dave Paul Fashions [November 2006 to November 2008] Casual Sales Assistant: Received training in sales and merchandising | Provided input into ranges and collections to meet client trends. PERSONAL DETAILS Date of Birth, Nationality: 26 November 1990, South Africa [457 Skilled Visa - Australia] Creative / Social Media Links: Languages: English Marital Status: Single Community Involvement: Active volunteer for the Red Cross Society Ɩ Involved in volunteer activities for Thandi House – Home for abandoned and abused babies Availability: References, certificates and portfolio presented upon request

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