Job description: planner, Japanese speaker

Since 1959 Vitsœ has created and evolved furniture that allows its customers to live better, with less, that lasts longer. Today Vitsœ is renowned for its singleminded commitment to responsible design as well as its continuous production of Dieter Rams’s furniture.

Job purpose:

To maintain and develop Vitsœ’s presence in the Japanese market - and neighbouring countries - by advising customers on the use of Vitsœ’s furniture, helping them to plan solutions for their needs while convincing them of the long-term benefits of buying less that is of a better quality. To actively research and cultivate new business opportunities in the region, advising senior colleagues on the preparation of marketing and communication strategies and materials.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • supporting existing international customers and ambassadors that use with particular responsibility for those based in Japan
  • researching and preparing business development plans for the Japanese market
  • responding to customer planning requests, creating technical drawings with Vitsœ’s bespoke software according to the brief
  • evaluating site conditions, including wall/floor/ceiling types and suitability of planned furniture for intended use and environment
  • finalising drawings for production and installation, liaising with production to confirm installation/delivery/collection dates
  • working to achieve the highest possible conversion from inquiry to customer
  • assisting in the day-to-day running of our London shop, providing interpretation and translation whenever needed

The role requires minimum qualifications and experience:

  • fluent written and spoken English, alongside mother-tongue written and spoken Japanese for formal business communication
  • education to degree level in architecture or interior design
  • computer literacy, attention to detail and a process-driven approach
  • absolute precision in technical planning and a desire to complete a job to the high standards demanded by Vitsœ’s exacting customers
  • the ability to read and execute technical, architectural drawings for production
  • punctuality, patience and an ability to translate customers’ needs efficiently
  • retail experience in both Japan and the UK (a minimum of 2 years in each country)
  • a sociable person who is able to work alongside our existing planning team
  • availability for Saturday-working on a rota basis and early starts for communication with Far Eastern customers

The person will be:

  • careful and diligent – even meticulous – with a good dose of common sense
  • demanding of high standards and at ease with demanding people
  • efficient, effective and organised, in both the physical and digital worlds
  • modestly confident and also personable, good humoured and trustworthy
  • at home in the worlds of art, architecture, craft and design
  • informal but 100% professional while respecting traditional courtesy and good manners

Salary range: £38,000-£48,000 p/a

Full-time position (37.5 hours/week)

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Closing date for applications: 30 September 2018

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