career opportunities

Vacancy – London Sales Executive

George Smith has become synonymous with beautifully hand-crafted furniture. Every sofa, chair, chaise, and stool is lovingly made in our factory in the north of England.

Great design and skilled craftsmanship are key to great furniture and we continue to use the best possible materials to achieve our aims. Our skilled craftsmen and our professional product development team ensure together that our furniture is completed in accordance to the very specific requirements demanded by our customers.

George Smith work with luxury interior design firms and manufacture furniture for some of the most beautiful properties around the world. We have our own showrooms and sales teams in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as many international representatives.

Within our flagship showroom in London we have an established sales team that includes field sales executives and showroom based account managers. The sales team works together to develop relationships, servicing the client base and converting all important sales orders for the company.

We currently have a vacancy for a London Sales Executive to work alongside the team at our showroom on the Kings Road in London. To fill this role, we are keen to hear from talented and experienced sales executives with exceptional business development skills, the ability to build strong relationships with customers at every level in business, excellent communication and presentation skills, the tenacity to close sales and the experience of selling the highest quality products and services. 

Job Description

Manage and develop business with clients that form part of George Smith’s successful loyalty scheme, ‘The Club’ - ensure members achieve the annual target agreed and utilise the benefits available. As well as expanding the number of members in line with the company’s targets.

Develop business with other allocated trade customers with a focus on residential projects, ensuring George Smith are ‘front of mind’ when proposing upholstered furniture for their work. Also ensure all allocated customers are aware and up-to-date with George Smith’s full furniture collection, services and capabilities.

Work with the account managers to ensure clients receive a timely response to all enquiries, quote requests and orders. Plus, ensure the showroom team are aware of the content of client meetings, the follow up required and all upcoming projects.


Work with the rest of the sales team to ensure we achieve monthly and annual sales targets and maintain George Smith’s exacting standards of quality and customer service.

Seek and identify ‘new’ interior design firms who do not currently work with our furniture and introduce them to George Smith.

Establish a collaborative working relationship with our production team and ensure you develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of how George Smith furniture is made and what differentiates us from our competitors.

Establish a collaborative working relationship with our marketing team to assist in the development and reach of the George Smith brand.

Provide ad-hoc support in our showroom. This may include working at off-site events or providing occasional staff-cover in the London showroom.

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will:

Be an experienced sales executive with a successful track record selling premium home interiors products.

Have a good network of established contacts within the residential interior design industry.

Be skilled at developing and maintaining productive customer relationships.

Hold exceptional, presentation, communication and influencing skills.

Have the ability to work remotely and as part of a team.

Have experience of working with bespoke products (ideal but not essential).

Be personable and self-motivated.

Be customer-focused and take pride in doing an excellent job.

Be committed to excellence and have high standards of integrity.

Be well organised with strong attention to detail.

Present themselves professionally.

Know how to adapt their sales approach dependent on the customer type and personality.

Have a passion for interior design.

Whilst we will agree your basic hours, you will be responsible for managing your own diary.  

Location

Based at the Kings Road showroom but travelling around London predominantly to visit customers/projects/events etc.  Potential to develop into other areas of the UK.

Salary

Dependent on experience

Please send a CV and covering letter or e-mail to Gabriella Gunthardt

E-mail gaby@georgesmith.co.uk 

Address       Gabriella Gunthardt

George Smith

587-589 Kings Road

London   SW6 2EH

 

APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY AT GEORGE SMITH

Joining George Smith
George Smith is world renowned for creating exceptional upholstered furniture.
Each piece of George Smith furniture is hand built from the frame up, combining traditional upholstery methods passed down through the generations.

We are proud to have many talented and dedicated craftsmen working for George Smith, with an 85-strong manufacturing team based in our factory in Northumberland, we take on large projects with confidence. Whether we are creating pieces from our own distinguished collection, or crafting a unique bespoke design, the George Smith name is a guarantee of outstanding craftsmanship and service. Previous George Smith collaborations include Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Jean Louis Deniot, Commune and Martin Brudnizki.

What Does the Role Entail
This is a learning and skill building role. As an upholsterer, you will be responsible for bringing together the timber frame, fillings, springs and textiles to create a high quality finished piece of furniture.

Who Should Apply
Applicants should be interested in joining a proud team of master craftsmen and committed to developing the skills to advance in their career as an upholsterer. Our work is incredibly detailed, a passion for woodwork, detail and curiosity for how things are made is important. Applicants should also be hard working, willing to learn from others, driven for excellence and able to cope with the physical demands of the work.

Your Future
This is an exciting career opportunity that will provide you with the training to achieve a level 3 in Upholstery as a George Smith Apprentice.

How to Apply
Applicants who have the interest and commitment to become a George Smith craftsman should apply by sending their CV to our Operations Director Keith Elsey apprenticeship@georgesmith.co.uk