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Head of Brand & Marketing

Just as Tesla is doing for the electric car, we believe the key to behavioural change is to make beautiful, innovative products that are superior on every level to conventional bulbs. We’ve got some amazing products, a ton of recognition and some great retail channels.

We need help building our brand and spreading the good word; a brand ace as passionate about sustainability, technology and design as we are; someone with a natural flair for marketing and growth hacking. Someone who can build the world’s first premium light bulb brand.

The role is a key position in the team that will realise our vision, tasked with ensuring that our values flow through everything we do. It’s an opportunity for someone with energy, ambition and conscience, looking to make a real difference through their brand building magic. We’ll consider someone who’s developed a brand in-house for an exciting, scaling consumer product business, OR even someone who’s worked for an agency on multiple branding projects.

THE ROLE:

Sharing our vision for the future is essential. Your role will be to embody Plumen, bringing our brand and products to life through story-telling, then communicating them to the world. The role requires you to be aesthetically-tuned, excited by the possibilities and the challenges of photography, video and graphics and managing these assets across social and CRM channels.

As part of a small, energetic and talented team, your expertise will shape our strategy and direct our resources. The role requires dedication, skill and ambition; growing with the business and hand-in-hand with your colleagues, partners and collaborators. This is a role for someone who really wants to dig in for the long term and be part of building something really special.To start with, the role will be a sole charge, reporting into the MD and Creative Director, meaning that it will initially need a very hands-on approach, involved in every part of the look and feel of the brand. Within 4-6 months, we envisage that you’ll hire your first direct report and as the company grows, so will the role and the team around you.

THE DAY-TO-DAY:

Content Creation

– Commission creative work across a variety of mediums (graphic, photography, video, written, etc.)
– Organise and oversee photo shoots, regularly on tight budgets
– Manage the creation of all marketing materials and content

Community Building

– Run all our communications channels and social media platforms for both consumers and trade audiences.
– Conceiving and running community growth partnerships and initiatives on social.

Building Partnerships

– Organise and run brand & product partnerships that further establish Plumen as a premium brand, open us up to wider audiences and reinforce our message.

Brand Guardian

– Ensure a consistent visual and written expression of the brand across all platforms and mediums, both public facing and internal.
– Oversee the look and feel of Plumen.com

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

– A passion for sustainability, design, technology and brand building.
– 5-10 years marketing experience in a branded, growing business (preferably consumer product related) OR working on multiple branding projects within an agency.
– A proven record of leading and delivering coherent and successful brand and marketing plans.
– A hustler; always able to find a solution even when the odds are stacked against you.
– Experience in commissioning creative (we’d love to see examples)
– Experience in managing people and agencies – from PRs to photographers to web agencies, and everything in between.
– A creative streak of you own, be it graphical, story-telling, film-making or other.
– A comfort with start-up life (and preferably experience of it). That means energy, initiative, doing what’s required to get the job done, dedication, understanding and a sense of humour.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, we’d love to see examples of your work, so send us a link to your portfolio to jobs@plumen.com, and tell us more about yourself! We’re looking forward to hearing all about you!

NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

LOCATION: London (Plumen Head Office)

SALARY: £24k-£28k base + bonus (based on experience)

REPORTS TO: Head of Sales

THE COMPANY

Plumen makes the 21st Century’s most iconic light bulbs and is the world’s first premium light bulb brand.

We put the magic back in the light bulb, creating superior light experiences by exploring new technology and stretching the limits of what’s possible.

We believe that making beautiful light bulbs is the best way to convert people to energy efficient technology and drive ‘real world’ sustainability.

Plumen has won some of the industry’s biggest awards, enjoyed huge press coverage and sold globally, but we are still a ‘start-up’. We’re a small, passionate team, working to tight budgets and big visions. If you’re looking to work hard, learn and make your mark then get in touch.

THE ROLE

We have great products and a great brand, but our goal now is to rapidly expand our distribution network globally in the same way we have in the UK.

The New Business Development Manager will lead the line for Plumen; you will be our ‘opener’, tasked with getting brand new accounts on board for Plumen.

The focus of the role will be to target our major European target markets in the UK, France and Germany. Regular visits to these markets will also be key to success in the role as you build up strong working relationships with our trading partners.

As opening up new relationships with new partners will be key to success, the administrative elements of account management will be largely handled by a supporting team, leaving the New Business Development Manager free to use more time building up relationship with new accounts.

THE DAY-TO-DAY

– Opening up new accounts and pitching them the Plumen concept
– Getting out to face-to-face meetings, leading product demonstrations and presentations to wow new partners
– Building a pipeline of target accounts, across multiple sales channels, prioritising those that have scale and are a good fit for Plumen
– Finding the key decision makers in these accounts, enabling us to get decisions made quickly and efficiently
– Hitting core KPI of getting new accounts to purchase
– Once a new account is opened, transitioning the account to our team of Account Managers who will oversee the administrative elements
– Visiting major European trade shows
– Developing a deep understanding of the big-name players in the European lighting market and networking with these top lighting partners
– Using input from new accounts to guide Sales Channel Strategy and Product Development Strategy
– Highlighting to the team on what the key barriers for new accounts are and what materials are needed to sell Plumen

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

– 1-4 years’ experience in sales
– A proven track record of business acquisition and development
– Passion, passion, passion! We want someone who can fit in with the vibrant team we are building at Plumen where our energy is limitless!
– A confident communicator with good written and oral communication skills
– Clear understanding of Plumen’s unique points of difference vs key competitors
– A hustler; always able to find a solution even when the odds are stacked against you
– Comfortable with start-up life (and preferably experience of it). That means energy, initiative, doing what’s required to get the job done, dedication, understanding and a sense of humour

If you think you’re up to the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Please send us a short covering letter outlining your motivations and why you think you’d be good for the role along with a CV to jobs@plumen.com.

 

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Location: London (Plumen Head Office)

THE COMPANY

Plumen is a passionate start-up intent on inspiring the world to embrace sustainable lighting.

Just as Tesla is doing for the electric car, we believe the key to making the world positive about energy efficient lighting is to make beautiful, innovative products that are superior on every level to conventional bulbs.

We’ve developed some great products, won lots of awards, established a global supply chain and consistent sales. We’re at the exciting moment where we need to build the right team and infrastructure so that the business can start to properly fulfil its potential.

Key to our success is our team; key to our team is this role. We have financial processes and reporting in place – the challenge is to make improvements, find savings and bring insightful analysis that will help us grow.

THE ROLE

This is an all-round Finance role with commercial responsibilities. The job entails having an entire oversight of the company finances including accounting, reporting, and the monitoring and implementation of internal financial control. The key responsibility is the delivery and accuracy of the company’s financial reporting.
The role will suit a forward-thinking Finance Controller who’s happy to be hands-on and get stuck in. What’s important is your attitude to roll up your sleeves and get things done; your capacity to produce robust and timely reporting; your ability to see to implement solutions that will make a difference to the bottom line.

Ideally you’ll be qualified in ACCA, CIMA or ACA, but we’d also consider someone with relevant experience in a start-up or SME.

THE DAY-TO-DAY

– Produce monthly management accounts (including variance analysis)
– Preparation and maintenance of long-term financial forecasts
– Cash flow – Producing, managing and maintaining on a weekly basis.
– Assisting with the preparation of annual budgets
– Stock Management – working with your colleagues to make sure we are always in stock of our core products.
– Preparing performance reports for monthly operational meetings and quarterly board meetings
– Preparing and discussing short-term forecasts
– Maintaining/developing product costing and pricing models
– Managing and protecting the financial assets and liabilities of the company including ensuring the company maintains robust internal controls.
– Ensuring compliance with VAT and PAYE filings – Working with the external accountants help prepare and submit; Final Year Accounts, Tax returns and Companies House filing.
– Bookkeeping – Invoice entry.
– The Sales Ledger Function, ensuring the Sales Ledger is reconciled monthly and all queries are dealt with.
– Bank transfers and bank account reconciliations.
– EC sales submissions to HMRC.
– Purchase ledger function- making payments to suppliers, Supplier account reconciliations.
– Reconciling and posting company credit cards.
– Reconciling, posting and managing Petty Cash.
– Reconciling and posting Employee Expenses.
– Preparing and distributing the weekly Sales report.
– Providing ad hoc support as and when needed, answering the telephone and other informal duties.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

– ACCA / CIMA / ACA qualified (or equivalent experience) with proven experience of working within an international, multi-currency, product based environment, ideally a fast-growing SME or start-up.
– Logical approach with ability to evaluate opportunities and accurately assess the associated costs and risks in all aspects of the business.
– Advanced Excel skills.
– High attention to detail
– An excellent communicator and a team player, able to converse with non-Finance individuals.
– Initiative, energy and passion – capable of setting your own direction in pursuit of our shared goals and vision.

Useful, but not essential:

– Xero or similar accounting package experience.
– Knowledge of warehouse management.
– Experience of small fast growing environments.
– Company secretarial experience.

You may also work as:  Financial Manager, Senior Financial Accountant, Senior Management Accountant, Finance Officer, Head of Finance, QBE FC, Qualified By Experience FC.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Please send us a short covering letter outlining your motivations and why you think you’d be good for the role along with a CV to jobs@plumen.com.

EUROPEAN KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

LOCATION: London (Plumen Head Office)

SALARY: Excellent base + bonus (based on experience)

REPORTS TO: Head of Sales

THE COMPANY

Plumen makes the 21st Century’s most iconic light bulbs and is the world’s first premium light bulb brand.

We put the magic back in the light bulb, creating superior light experiences by exploring new technology and stretching the limits of what’s possible.

We believe that making beautiful light bulbs is the best way to convert people to energy efficient technology and drive ‘real world’ sustainability.

Plumen has won some of the industry’s biggest awards, enjoyed huge press coverage and sold globally, but we are still a ‘start-up’. We’re a small, passionate team, working to tight budgets and big visions. If you’re looking to work hard, learn and make your mark then get in touch.

THE ROLE

We have great products and a great brand, but our goal now is to rapidly expand our distribution network globally in the same way we have in the UK.

The role of European Key Account Manager will be core to this effort, being at the forefront of expansion in our major European target markets, while also stretching our presence across some further, smaller territories via our distributor network.

Your experience in the lighting industry will also be key to helping shape our go to market strategy for our top European markets and central to your success in this role.

THE DAY-TO-DAY

– Influence strategic thinking on pricing, product development and branding by using input and knowledge learned from first-hand experience and input from our trading partners
– Develop top working relationships with our partners across the lighting industry
– Open up new accounts and get them excited about the Plumen brand and our vision for lighting
– Develop existing accounts to take them to the next level of working with Plumen
– Travel and meet new clients and accounts to better understand their businesses
– Attend trade fairs within the relevant regions and become an expert in the country’s big names
– Become expert in working across different types of account, from consumer retail to lighting specifiers, understanding specific variations by region
– Work within an energetic sales team, sharing ideas and selling tools to help us grow the sophistication of our selling skills

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

– 5-8 years’ experience in sales within the lighting industry
– Experience from any area within the lighting industry beneficial, but experience within similar industries such as Home Development also encouraged to apply
– Boundless energy and a ‘can do’ attitude to getting results
– Proven track record of business development and sales growth
– Relentless drive and determination, even when the odds are stacked against you
– Passion to make a real difference in the lighting world
– French and/or German speaker beneficial, but by no means mandatory
– Clear understanding of Plumen’s unique points of difference vs key competitors

If you think you’re up to the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Please send us a short covering letter outlining your motivations and why you think you’d be good for the role along with a CV to jobs@plumen.com.