Careers

Alex Begg currently employ over 100 people in a wide variety of areas, such as Weaving, Mending, Warehouse, Finance, Marketing and Design. We have a great team who have generations of knowledge and experience, they truly are the key to our continued success.  Our People live our values:

  • Quality: We create products that are best in class. Quality is the foundation for everything we do.
  • Passion: We have pride and believe in what we do. We strive to be the best.
  • Craftsmanship: We use our insight, knowledge, skills and experience to create our products.
  • Integrity: We act fairly, responsibly and with honesty in all that we do.
  • Working Together: We build relationships for mutual long term benefit with customers, colleagues, suppliers, our community and our environment.

We are keen to hear from candidates with the attitude and energy that reflects our values. In return we can offer you a fulfilling career with a growing company that you can be proud to work for. Surrounded by a great team, we can share our experiences to develop your skills in premium textiles manufacturing.

Current vacancies are detailed below, to apply, please send a Job Application to  recruitment@moorbrooktextiles.com, unless you are informed otherwise on the advert. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applications.

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Loom Tuners & Other Experienced Textile Operatives

We are always happy to hear from people with experience in textiles who would be interested in finding out more about working with us. If you have strong experience in textiles then please do not hesitate to contact us at recruitment@moorbrooktextiles.com, or call 01292 267 615 and ask to talk to HR

ACCOUNT MANAGER – LUXURY FASHION

About us

Alex Begg produces luxurious cashmere scarves and throws for the Begg & Co brand as well as for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. Alex Begg began making scarves in Paisley in 1866 before moving to Ayr in 1902.

We currently have an exciting and rarely available opportunity for a Luxury Fashion Account Manager to join our team.

In this role you will be responsible for the close management of several key customer accounts. You will help to develop and implement a targeted growth plan, increasing sales with our current clients, identifying other business opportunities and winning new accounts.

You will be involved in our luxury clients’ bespoke woven accessories projects from design to delivery. Overseeing as they progress through each department, you will be working in close collaboration with all departments within our weaving mill. Clear communication with colleagues and clients is essential.

This role will suit someone who is:

  • Passionate about luxury sales
  • Proactive, energetic and driven
  • Highly organised
  • A creative thinker
  • Positive about tackling problems
  • Willing to collaborate openly, demonstrating good communication skills
  • Able to influence and build rapport

You will handle the customer service and related administrative tasks for your key clients, so solid computer skills are essential.

Reporting to the Design and Sales Director, this full-time role is based at our mill in Ayr which is within commuting distance to Glasgow. The role also involves international travel, sometimes at short notice.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Has a track record in luxury sales
  • Has a degree-level qualification
  • Has previous experience in the fashion and textiles industry

We would also consider candidates with a woven textile design background who are looking to move into sales and can demonstrate a strong commercial awareness.

If you would like to apply for this position, then please submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk along with a statement detailing why you are suitable for the role.

In return

We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and a creative, supportive environment where you will be able to continuously develop.

Closing Date: 29th March 2019

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Purpose and objective of the role

To Lead a team of operators to oversee the efficient receipt, storage, value-add activity & deliver quality product, on time to meet customer orders.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for planning and executing work orders in your dept to meet customer demand, including shifts, creating and maintaining targets, continually reviewing results to learn and adjust capacity of department.
  • Responsible for delivering product which meets customer specifications whilst continually reviewing to reduce non-value add activities throughout.
  • Manage the complexity of low volume, high mix product ensuring customer labels and consumables are in house on time to meet customer demand.
  • Managing stock & ensuring inventory accuracy is maintained with analysis of information and owning investigations when required.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe and secure working environments and practices for department in accordance with legal and company requirements.
  • Manage the consumable process of purchasing and storing in an efficient and in an effective manner.
  • Gain/maintain technical and operational knowledge of your department to understand the capacity of different SKU and aid with best flow.
  • In depth knowledge of warehouse KPIs and use these to produce weekly/monthly reports and business updates for Production Manager.
  • Ensure open and transparent communications with other department managers to create positive flow of product to ensure on time despatch.
  • Coach and lead using appropriate management style to engage and empower team; creating and developing targets aligned to business objectives and clear communication of priorities.
  • Manage warehouse staff by co-ordinating recruitment, cross-training and training of new staff in line with HR policies and company procedures.

Knowledge of lean practices to identify and increase capacity and ensure and efficient utilisation of people process and equipment.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills experience and attributes

  • Previous experience in warehouse management procedures and best practises, stock control and executing a plan.
  • Leadership skills and ability to manage staff in multiple areas.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to implement process improvement initiatives.
  • Collaborates with other dept heads to achieve common objectives.
  • Manage direct reports. Ensuring clear expectation and measures of success.
  • Energy, drive and innovation to lead and inspire to achieve outstanding results.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft packages and ERP system.
  • Strong planning and organising skills.
  • Confidence and ability to manage conflict.
  • Knowledge and experience of continuous improvement methodology including lean, 5S and Kaizen.
  • Coach and develop staff to ensure high performance and motivation.

 To apply please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk

Closing Date: Friday 15 February 2019

Moorbrook Textiles Ltd is a Scottish-based manufacturer of premium woven accessories.  It operates under the brand names Begg & Co and Alex Begg from its manufacturing plant in Ayr.

The Company manufactures premium accessories such as scarves, stoles, throws and blankets woven from the finest luxury fibres including cashmere, silk, merino wool and angora.  These are sold via the Alex Begg name to some of the highest profile global premium brands.  Over the last few years, we have also developed our own Begg & Co brand, with ambitious plans for further growth.

Moorbrook Textiles annual turnover has grown from £8m to £18m over the last 5 years and is budgeted to grow another 50% over the next 3 years.  The Company employs about 150 people and exports around 85% of its products worldwide. The ultimate holding company is Lindengruppen based in Sweden who have invested heavily in the business in recent years, both in terms of people and infrastructure, to support the ongoing growth strategy.

 

The Role:

Due to retirement, we are recruiting a Management Accountant.  This is an established role, with responsibility for management reporting and business support.  The Company has utilised the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution since 2012, but will migrate to a more current ERP solution over the next 12 months.  Most financial transactions are performed within the operation, with a small Finance team running AP, AR and bank.  This role takes responsibility for the integrity and reporting of the numbers.

 

This represents a great opportunity for the right candidate to become a key member of the team and to develop their skills and experience in a growing and vibrant business.  The role reports direct to the Finance Director, with key interfaces with Operations & Sales management and with the rest of the Business Services team.

Key Responsibilities:

Although operating in a traditional sector and having a significant history, the Company is now a complex business recording its financial transactions and commitments on a sophisticated ERP system.  This role carries responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the Ayr financial reporting, analysing performance and working with local management to improve it.  The tasks include:

  • Daily monitoring of ERP transactions/balances for exceptions & errors
  • Production of periodic management accounts and related commentaries
  • Calculation of standard costs for operations and products
  • Analysis of operational financial performance and variances
  • Analysis of sales & margins by product/customer/region
  • Work with Operations teams to optimise financial performance
  • Periodic HMRC reporting – VAT, PAYE, etc.
  • Preparation of business cases for capital expenditure proposals
  • Preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Support for other members of the Finance team
  • Preparation and submission of funding support applications to Scottish Enterprise
  • Other ad hoc projects and duties as required

Candidate Characteristics:

Incorporating a blend of management and financial accounting, the role demands a flexible and accomplished individual with strong people skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.

Experience in a manufacturing environment is essential, and some exposure to the fast-paced multi-disciplinary demands of a growing medium-sized business would be beneficial.

It is likely that the successful candidate will either have at least a couple of years post qualification experience (CA/CIMA/ACCA) or be a significantly experienced QBE (qualified by experience).

Experience of modern ERP systems is essential and any exposure to Microsoft Dynamics AX would be an advantage.

A committed and tenacious approach to improvement of business processes and performance is essential, as is the ability to communicate and operate effectively at all levels of the business.

A summary of the key characteristics is as follows:

  • Professional qualification or very significant relevant experience
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and to prioritise appropriately
  • Keen commercial awareness, ideally gained within a growing, mid-sized company
  • Experience of operational process development and implementing financial controls
  • Excellent IT skills with a sound knowledge of ERP systems and MS Excel
  • Creative thinker with excellent problem solving and analytical abilities
  • Confidence and strong interpersonal skills, especially when interfacing with senior management and non-finance business partners
  • Energy, drive, tenacity, professionalism and commitment
  • Flexible approach to working hours in line with the needs of the business

To apply for this position, please should submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk by Friday 15th February 2019.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Customer Service Coordinator to join Alex Begg, producers of luxurious cashmere scarves and throws for the Begg & Co brand.

The Begg & Co Customer Service Coordinator role will be responsible for:

  • processing all sales orders
  • stock allocation
  • coordinating & communicating with production teams on site
  • provide exceptional customer service in a timely and professional manner
  • analyse and report data to support the Begg & Co sales and marketing teams

If you love to put the customer at the heart of what you do and have an eye for detail, then this is the job for you.

Defining characteristics of our ideal candidate:

  • Experience in wholesale and a good proven track record
  • Hands-on experience with order entry software
  • Excellent people skills and customer service experience
  • Outstanding communicator and be able to work within a team both at home and remotely.
  • Computer literate and have good knowledge of Excel and Word, and good presentation skills.
  • Be proactive and show initiative but know when to refer decisions
  • Able to multi task and change priorities at short notice.

 

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk, detailing your experience and the skills that you can bring to this role by Monday 18th February 2019.

About us

Alex Begg produces luxurious cashmere scarves and throws for the Begg & Co brand as well as for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. Alex Begg began making scarves in Paisley in 1866 before moving to Ayr in 1902.

We currently employ over 130 people in a wide variety of areas, such as Weaving, Mending, Warehouse, Finance, Marketing, HR and Design. We have a great team who have generations of knowledge and experience. They truly are the key to our continued success.

Our people live our values:

Quality: We create products that are best in class. Quality is the foundation for everything we do.

Passion: We have pride and believe in what we do. We strive to be the best.

Craftsmanship: We use our insight, knowledge, skills and experience to create our products.

Integrity: We act fairly, responsibly and with honesty in all that we do.

Working Together: We build relationships for mutual long term benefit with customers, colleagues, suppliers, our community and our environment.

We are keen to hear from candidates with the attitude and energy that reflects our values. In return we can offer you a fulfilling career with a growing company that you can be proud to work for. Surrounded by a great team, we can share our experiences to develop your talent.

The role

As the HR Administrator you will be providing HR, Payroll and Recruitment administration support ensuring key tasks are carried out to the highest quality in a timely and accurate manner. This role would ideally suit someone with a minimum of 1 years payroll administration experience who is looking to develop within a growing and ever-changing business. The successful candidate will be part of a small HR team, supporting a global organisation.

Main responsibilities

  • General HR & payroll administration including recruitment, preparing contracts, administering the time and attendance system (Kronos).
  • Performing all activities necessary to process payroll, including liaising with payroll provider, maintaining related records, collating HR data required by the Finance department and ensuring employees are paid accurately and on time.
  • Investigating and resolving payroll queries. Training managers on time and attendance system.
  • Supporting the HR Manager/Advisor with wellbeing initiatives, investigations and HR related meetings.
  • Organising physio appointments and processing HR purchase orders.
  • Monitoring attendance – including alerting HR Advisor when employee Bradford scores reach trigger points in order to support managers and employees.
  • Recording and monitoring of holidays – ensuring information on our HR system is kept up-to-date.
  • Overseeing Kronos system ensuring employee work schedules and files are accurate
  • Recruitment activities including onboarding, processing starters, leavers.
  • Ensuring that GDPR standards are always adhered to.
  • Providing administrative support with employee benefits, including company pension and healthcare scheme as necessary.

 

About you

A people person, with excellent communication skills, high integrity and a passion for your job. You will have a keen interest to develop your career within the HR/Payroll function. Excellent customer service with strong numerical skills and knowledge of Microsoft packages, especially Excel. To succeed, you will need strong organisational skills and outstanding attention to detail.

In return

We offer a creative, supportive environment where you will be able to continuously develop.
22.5 hours per week across Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk, detailing your experience and the skills that you can bring to this role by Monday 18th February 2019.

Currently in an exciting phase of International growth, Begg & Co are looking for an enthusiastic & driven eCommerce Executive to join our growing Marketing team. This is a rare opportunity for a passionate eCommerce Executive looking to join a growing luxury accessories brand, based on the West Coast of Scotland.

As the business enters an exciting period of online transformation, this is the perfect challenge for someone with a creative flair, entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity to make a business their own, with the added benefit of having modern tools and being a part of a growing team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain eCommerce calendar to achieve sales targets
  • Conduct weekly site walks and analyse product and category performance to ensure that ‘value added’ sales opportunities are recognised and implemented
  • Prepare and present weekly sales reports and analysis Vs targets
  • With an SEO mindset, oversee content creation for PDPs & category pages
  • Manage online launches, in line with the global marketing calendar
  • Organise and manage photoshoots for online catalogue
  • Manage all inventory & content uploads via Magento CMS
  • Ensure product stock levels and prices are up to date on all channels at all times.
  • Maintain high quality standards on merchandising of products across all online channels, providing feedback as necessary to the wider team
  • Manage any direct eCommerce advertising eg PPC, EDM
  • Manage all online customer service channels, including email & live chat
  • Make recommendations for any new plug-ins to help drive sales & rankings (eg product reviews)
  • Manage & coordinate online portal & development agencies
  • Manage third party product feeds and content for retail partner sites

 

Personal Skills

  • Between 2-3 years of eCommerce experience is preferred
  • Proven track record of meeting sales targets and driving growth online (experience within luxury fashion industry is preferred)
  • Strong understanding of site merchandising principles
  • Previous experience of using Google products, including Analytics, Adwords & Trends
  • Previous experience with Magento or other relevant global CMS
  • Previous experience with DotMailer or any other relevant CRM platform
  • Dedication to constant self development with a desire to ‘learn through doing’
  • Outstanding planning, organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills with a team player mentality and a general positive approach to all elements of the role.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and high attention to detail.

To apply for this position, you should submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk by Friday 22nd February 2019.