Head of Design

Salary - £75k plus benefits.


This role has been created in recognition of national company growth and future plans and principally will provide design support to the buying department.

The role will consist of working closely alongside buying teams in research, design and development of commercial fashion ranges from initial concept to production.

Responsibilities/ Objectives:

  • Creation of initial trend/story boards with colour palettes in conjunction with buying team.
  • Highlighting key seasonal colours.
  • Generation of Colour Packs using Pantone or equivalent references.
  • Identify key shapes and details.
  • Research of Designer catwalks, fashion press, WGSN etc.
  • To be revised and updated continuously.
  • Re-interpretation and development of inspirational samples.
  • Creation of original, commercial ‘Copyright’ designs.
  • Proposals for multiple colour options where appropriate.
  • Suggestions as to how individual garments sit into trend groupings.
  • Creation of Technical garment specification drawings for buyers Far East packs.
  • In a timely manner in accordance with individual reams requirements.
  • Close liaison with QA department on technical drawings with measurement tables.
  • Assist buyer with core shapes on key departments.
  • Entry of designs onto free boarders system.
  • Use of CAD for the creation of original graphic artwork.
  • Product development, print designs and graphics.
  • Technical design – including trims, panels and stitching detail.
  • Responsible for organisation and filing within network.
  • Responsible for auditing and monitoring current freelance design provision (forecasting and technical) to provide the optimum design service possible within pre-determined budgetary constraints.
  • Update Buying Controller monthly in this regard.
  • Selected travel to relevant Fashion and Trade shows.
  • Ideas sketching whilst on trip.
  • Identify key concepts and direction.
  • Key/Hot Brands reporting.
  • Create comprehensive written report for buying team within 48hrs on return.
  • Accompany Buyers on selected comp shopping trips.
  • Ideas sketching whilst on trip.
  • Involvement in inspiration sample buying.
  • Colour and key shape indicators
  • Create comprehensive written report for buying team within 48hrs on return.
  • Aid Buying Controller/Senior Buyer in departmental range coordination.
  • Consistent colour and stories across departments.
  • Timing of colour/story intake.
  • Attend rack ups and assist range selection for fashion and shape.
  • Research and design of packaging and labelling alongside Buyer.
  • Raising brand awareness.
  • Innovative ideas working within brand and price constraints.
  • Involvement in internal/external PR activity.
  • Assist team in preparation of photo shoot samples to optimise trend message.
  • Help identify key looks/outfits for windows/POS from a ‘trend’ perspective.


  • Degree Level of Education
  • Leadership Skills
  • Strategic / Analytical Skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work-load
  • Excellent Communications Skills
  • PC Literate
  • Ability to work well under pressure.


CALL Helen Way  02920 617 726


Sales through Service Advisors - Cardiff Bay

About the Company

Smart Solutions Recruitment currently have a number of exciting opportunities to work with one of our clients who are a leading provider of outsourced contact centre services. With over 10 years’ experience in providing call centre support for many leading customer services and sales led organisations, who are established as a professional, customer focused and cost effective contact centre provider where people are their business. We are currently seeking Sales through Service

Advisors for the Inbound Calls department. Based in Cardiff Bay our client offers a market leading rate of pay and additional benefits such as Child Care Vouchers, Free Eye Tests and Discounts with certain Retailers, this coupled with a fantastic working environment and the opportunity to earn an annual bonus of up to £2000 gives any applicants applying the reward that they deserve. 

The basic hourly rates for this role is £7.05 increasing to £7.12 after 10 months and additional overtime payments.

About the Role

As a Sales through Service Advisor you will be involved with building relationships with the client’s customers by demonstrating that you understand the customer individual needs and requirements.

We are looking for like –minded individuals who also value Customer Insight and Accountability for Excellence.
For those of you who are looking for career progression and meet sustained performance targets, you shall be rewarded with a first-class ongoing training programme which will allow you to develop your business acumen, visionary leadership and building people capability

Key Competenciesc:

 Building Relationships with our customers

 Demonstrating that you understand our customers individual needs

 Providing Information on Products and Services

 The ability to identify upselling opportunities

 Being able to communicate with our customers in a clear and concise manner

 Promoting and selling Insurance Products

 Arranging engineering appointments

 To share our passion and values

 Problem Solving Abilities

 Attention to detail

 IT Literate

 Effective record management



You shall need to pass a DBS check and Financial Probity Check to be shortlisted.

Training is 3 weeks which is Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm – consisting of 2 weeks classroom based learning then a week of coaching and support where the successful candidates shall be taking calls in a supported environment.

If the above role seems of interest to you – please click apply today and one of our team shall be in contact with you to discuss the opportunity if you are deemed suitable.

This vacancy is being advertised by Smart Solutions Recruitment who act as an employment agency.

CALL 02920 617 726  or email cardiff@smartsolutions.co.uk

LGV (HGV) Class 2 Drivers needed across the UK – Guaranteed contracts        CALL 0300 030 9968

LGV (HGV) Class 2 Drivers – Guaranteed 12 month contract  

Smart Solutions Recruitment urgently requires upto 240 x LGV class 2 Drivers for work on a permanent basis for a minimum of 12 months across the UK.

Smart Solutions are guaranteeing a minimum 40 hours per week for a year with an extension to this contract depending on performance. Overtime is available and paid at a premium.


Smart Solutions are also guaranteeing our full time driver workforce FREE driver CPC training.


If you already hold a Driver CPC card, the training you will receive will relate to the next 5 year period.


 Benefits while working for SSR on this contract:

  • Basic pay rate (depending on area) £9.00 - £15.00
  • Full time 12 month contract – GUARANTEED 40 HRS PER WEEK
  • Overtime & bonus payments
  • Expense payments for traveling & meals
  • Holiday Pay
  • Free Driver CPC training
  • Refer a friend bonus scheme - £100 per referral
  • Full all weather uniform
  • No long haul

 You will need to meet the following criteria:

  • LGV Class 2 Licence 
  • Maximum 9 points on licence for insurance purposes
  • Digital Tachograph Card
  • Attend an induction
  • Driver CPC Card (required from 9th of September)

CALL the national HOTLINE  -  0300 030 9968
or email: driving@smartsolutions.co.uk


Email your CV, or call Dave Edwards for full details.  07580 871677 Or Dan Puttick on 07972 252 620

LGV (HGV) Class 2 Drivers Required, Jobs, Transport, Haulage - 12 month contract 40 hours a week. BRISTOL, BATH, CHESHIRE, WESTON SUPER MARE & SOMERSET, EVERCREECH, WITNEY,  BRIDGEND, BRIDGEWATER.