Behind the scenes – Production is underway… August 08 2014, 0 Comments

I think it’s fair to say that most children don’t aspire to be a production and shipping coordinator. And why is that? Well probably because they don’t have a clue what it is! But they should. Everyone should know because it’s a vital cog in the machine; so I pinned down Aaron, our very own production guru (and winner of the prestigious World Cup sweep stake!), and quizzed him about what exactly makes his job so glamorous…

What do you do on a typical day?

What don't I do??? (He doesn’t buy the loo roll. I do.)  Everyday varies for me depending on what stage of production we are at with the collection.  My job includes managing our factories throughout production, sourcing new factories and negotiating prices with our off-shore agents and suppliers.  It also involves approving samples for production, organising the shipments of the goods and making sure they are delivered on time.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is that no two days are ever the same.  Although I try to organise my days, things are sure to crop up which have to take priority and everything else end up on the back burner.  These are the things which often challenge me and keep me on my toes - but this is what makes my job so interesting!  I also get to do a lot of travelling abroad to visit our factories, which is nothing to turn my nose up at...

Any bad things?

Well apart from being locked away in an office with the Design team, there aren't really any bad things about my job...  It can sometimes be quite stressful making sure that goods are delivered on time - especially when problems arise throughout production making this near impossible - but at the same time, this is what makes my job so great and let's face it, no job comes without a small amount of stress, does it??

What do you think is the most important aspect of your job?

It is hard to pin point one aspect which is the most important, but it is a combination of... ensuring that we produce the best quality garments, whilst achieving the best possible prices and making sure that our factories deliver these garments to us on time.  That's not too much to ask for is it?

Favourite JLB shirt?

They're all great, but my favourite is probably JULIUS.

So there you have it, it’s basically a healthy mix of foreign travel, chatting to lots of different people and, you know, getting several thousand garments made and into the country on time. Simple.