Meg Waskett

Freelance Creative Writer & Blog Writer

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Location:Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/megwaskett
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PERSONAL PROFILE
Postgraduate with solid buying, supplying, retail and administration/office experience. Efficient, reliable and organised individual with ambitious nature. Highly self-motivated and quick to learn. Personable and approachable demeanor who adapts well to new environments and expectations. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Enormous enthusiasm and determination to achieve the desired outcomes. Ability to work under pressure against tight deadlines and fast paced work environment. Effective leadership skills with ability to take charge and instruct. Independent, confident individual with excellent liaising and negotiating skills. Ability to prioritise workload with excellent analytical skills, accuracy and attention to detail.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
January 2011 – May 2011 CLASSIC SPIRIT (AUSTRALIA)
SALES CONSULTANT

January 2011 – May 2011 MISS CARLA BOUTIQUE (AUSTRALIA)
SALES CONSULTANT

September 2010 – October 2010 ZARA
CHILDRENSWEAR SALES CONSULTANT
• High standard of customer service, always looking to provide the best service possible
• Helping to manage and motivate a team to increase sales and ensure efficiency
• Managing stock levels, key decisions about stock control, organizing and maintaining stock room
• Managing staff cover, planning and operating
• Recorded sales figures for data analysis and forward planning
• Responding to customer complaints and comments
• Promoting the organization and having a key understanding of the brand and it’s culture
• Working with manager in organizing special promotions, displays and events
• Maintaining regular contact with colleagues and identifying/resolving urgent issues
• Monitoring market trends and local competitors, understanding customer initiatives
• General administration & cashing up
• Managing and mentoring colleagues
• Attending personal development training sessions
• Visual merchandising responsibilities
• Receiving deliveries

September 2008 – August 2010 THE WHITE COMPANY
CHILDRENSWEAR ASSISTANT BUYER
• Assisted buyer in managing all daywear categories including wovens, knitwear, jersey
• Managed, developed and presented my own daywear accessories area
• Managed, guided and supported buyer’s assistant
• Buying trips to India to visit suppliers and factories
• Analyzing sales figures and forecasting future sales volumes to maximize profits
• Analyzing and interpreting trends to facilitate planning
• Liaising with, negotiating and briefing suppliers following selection meetings
• Managed critical path, deadlines, product line list, product briefs, samples and sample library
• Carrying out competitive and inspirational shopping trips, store visits & customer focus groups
• Commercial awareness, monitoring trends, developing insight into the workings of the fashion industry and retail supply chain
• Personal development training; Internal Buying Development Programme
• Seasonal product development meetings; think tanks, White Print and selection meetings
• Working with other teams including Quality Assurance in fit sessions and solving quality issues
• Project management, problem solving, close teamwork

June 2008 – September 2008 THE WHITE COMPANY
BED & BATH TEXTILES ASSISTANT BUYER

June 2007 – June 2008 THE WHITE COMPANY
BED & BATH TEXTILES BUYING ASSISTANT

June 2007 – February 2008 THE WHITE COMPANY
WOMENSWEAR BUYING ASSISTANT
February 2007 – June 2007 TOUCHSTONE ACCESSORIES
ACCOUNT MANAGER
• Developing a successful jewellery range that would be on brand for buyers and their customers
• Assisting buyers and liaising with factories

September 2006 – February 2007 DAILY TELEGRAPH FASHION INTERN
• Liaising with and assisting fashion editors, fashion assistant, PR Companies and press officers
• Organizing and maintaining fashion sample room
• Using fashion returns system, recording, packing and transferring stock to press/publications
• Using in-house programme (Picdar), uploading fashion week images for publication

February 2006 - September 2006 IMPULSE PR
FASHION PRESS OFFICER
• Communicating with journalists/fashion press
• Developing mood boards, gathering inspirational ideas, tracking fashion trends, processing orders
• General administration, data entry, restocking merchandise, re-organizing showroom

February 2004 - March 2005 HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM PRIMARY CARE TRUST
GP SURGERY RECEPTIONIST
• Customer service focused position
• Answering all incoming telephone calls and directing calls to the correct point of contact
• Meeting and greeting clients in a professional and courteous manner
• Managing incoming/outgoing mail/deliveries
• Maintaining the office stationary/ supplies
• Coordinating meeting room bookings
• Efficient & organised administration support
• Maintaining the reception and common areas
• Assisting internal members of staff with general inquiries

September 2002 – February 2004 HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM PRIMARY CARE TRUST
DEPARTMENT FOR HEALTH VISITORS (10 STAFF)
EXECUTIVE OFFICE MANAGER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT
• Provided effective administration support for the team
• Organised and planned structure of the department
• Implemented and maintained an accurate and efficient filing system
• Updated, organised and maintained confidential data
• Maintained in-house computer databases
• Implemented and supervised training programmes for in-house databases
• Relocated when necessary, liaised and built relationships with colleagues and clients
• Worked flexibly and efficiently to ensure the team provided a consistently good public service
• Recorded, communicated and presented information accurately
• Produced confidential documents, reports and correspondence to agreed deadlines
• Maintained, organised and planned daily team diaries
September 2001 - March 2002 HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM PRIMARY CARE TRUST
DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDCARE
INFORMATION MANAGER

August 2001 – February 2004 OLIVER BONAS
SALES MANAGER

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

January 2006 – December 2006 MA Fashion Journalism London College of Fashion
Merit
‘The Changing Face of Vintage’

September 2001 – June 2004 English Literature BA (Hons) University of Westminster
2:1
‘A Quilt of Many Colours’: Themes in the Development of the Genealogy of African American Women’s Writing from 1858-1996

September 1998 – June 2000 A-Levels William Morris Academy
English Literature, Geography, Biology

September 1993 – June 1998 GCSEs Waldegrave School for Girls
10 A-C
TRAINING
• Basic concepts of IT, using the computer and managing files, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel – Qualification in foundation level, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook
• Familiar with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader – aptly acquire IT skills, in-house and external
• Internal Buying Development Programme; Distinction
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

• Attending fashion events such as London Fashion Week and Graduate Fashion Week
• Visiting fashion exhibitions, fairs, shows and museums
• Reading fashion press/magazines (Vogue, Retail Week, Drapers Record)
• Traveling
Skills (2) Rating
Creative Writing
Blog Writing