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14
Sep

WE’RE HIRING – BRAND ASSISTANT

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Brand Assistant

 

Remuneration: R12000 – R15000 per month Negotiable depending on experience
Location: Cape Town, Muizenberg
Education level: Diploma
Job level: Junior/Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: #AK-17-09-13
Company: Airush Kiteboarding

Job description

Overview:

Airush Kiteboarding is looking for a Kiteboarding enthusiast to fill the role of brand assistant in our Cape Town office, situated in Muizenberg.

Reporting to the brand director and management team, your primary role is to support the implementation of international sales and marketing programs, along with product support.

Key responsibilities:

Sales

  • Manage all sales performance information.
  • Generate and maintain order forms.
  • Communicate order forms, product releases and sales performance information to the distribution network.
  • Support the brand director and customer service manager in general communications with the distribution network.

Marketing

  • Support the marketing manager in preparing internal marketing communications to distributors.
  • Support the Marketing manager to ensure information and timelines to deadlines are met and updated, specifically marketing briefs.
  • Manage a range of promotional and point of sale material to offer to the distribution network including supplier information, pricing, quotes, orders, and logistics.
  • Assist in market research to support and define brand & marketing strategy.

Product

  • Administer Master Product List.
  • Support the product team with all pricing information and management of supplier quotations.
  • Assist in managing all technical product information to be applied to all aspects of marketing.

Requirements

Core competencies:

  • Organisation
  • Financial
  • Communication

Education, experience, and skills required:

  • Applicants should have an active interest in kiteboarding.
  • Applicants must have a tertiary business, sales or marketing qualification.
  • Ability to write creatively and communicate in English – Additional languages would be advantageous.
  • Must be knowledgeable in online as well as traditional marketing.
  • Knowledge of programs including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Entourage and Outlook are imperative.
  • Previous experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Apply by email:
Su Kay
su@airush.com

30
May

WE’RE HIRING – GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Junior – Middle Weight Graphic Designer

Remuneration: R8000 – R13000 per month, negotiable depending on experience.
Location: Muizenberg, Cape Town
Job level: Junior/Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: SSD_GD_2016

Job description

This position requires a creative individual with strong graphic and illustration skills. You will be working as part of a strong creative and technical team, developing progressive international brands in the water sports industry.

Responsibilities will include working with the Graphic and Product Design team to define key graphic elements across multiple media and product lines, as well as to prepare design information for sampling and production.

Other responsibilities will include working with the Marketing team to produce printed material such as packaging, ads, catalogues and dealer guides, as well as digital content for Social Media Marketing.

Applications must include a compact portfolio (less than 5mb, or suitable link) along with your CV to: grahamraywiles@gmail.com

Applications must include portfolios or portfolio links or they will not be considered. If you have not heard back from us within 2 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Company Description

Solar Station Design sets out to create a unique experience in product, marketing and retail design and focuses on sharing this with people who find purpose in their lifestyle.

Requirements

  •  Degree or Diploma in Graphic Design.
  • An active interest in the action sports industry such as Surf, Kiteboarding, SUP or Skate.
  • Interest in design for product, print and digital.
  • Knowledge of screen print processes and techniques.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in a Macintosh environment.
  • Needs to work well independently, have excellent follow up skills and show self-initiative.
  • Must be ready and willing to take on any number of small projects as the need arises and be prepared for a fast paced environment.

Advantageous

  • Interest and experience in the apparel industry.
  • Photography/ Videography/ Retouching abilities.
  • 3D Modeling abilities.

Contact details

Graham Wiles

Solar Station Design

grahamraywiles@gmail.com

31
Mar

WE’RE HIRING!

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Apparel/Product Designer

Remuneration: R11000 – R15000 per month Basic salary
Location: Cape Town, Muizenberg
Education level: Diploma
Job level: Junior/Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent

 

Job description

Solar Station Design is seeking a junior apparel designer that is passionate about design and developing world-class products within the technical water wear and urban apparel categories.

The successful candidate would need to have a strong interest and capability for innovative technical design in clothing and textile products. They should also have an interest and clear understanding of sizing, pattern making, trends, colours, styling and paneling in garments.

An active lifestyle and participation in watersports and action sports is essential.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the senior designer, design director or autonomously where required to designing and develop designated products, from concept to full manufacture specification.
  • Manage all size grading and garment fit.
  • Manage internal and external sample processes for designated products.
  • Manage setup and technical evaluation of potential suppliers and new product lines/technologies with current suppliers.
  • Support customer service on resolving technical issues with suppliers or distributors on designated products.
  • Assist in generating text, specification, diagrams and technical information for catalogues and sales information.
  • Maintain and update product list specific to for designated products including components.
  • Review and correlate pricing from suppliers.
  • Generate draft information for all manuals and hangtags along with packing protocol and specification.
  • Ensure all components required for designated products are confirmed according to required production schedule.
  • Advise category manager and design director of any deviations from agreed product and marketing schedules.
  • Generating draft information for all for internal sales guides for designated product and approve for distribution

Requirements

  • Conceptual design and execution of concepts into development and production
  • Illustrator proficiency (CAD proficiency would be advantageous)
  • Communication and organisation
  • Graduate qualification in garment technology, fashion design or equivalent.
  • One to two years experience with international or domestic mass production.

Contact details
Clinton Filen
Solar Station Design
clinton.filen@gmail.com

27
Nov

WE’RE HIRING!

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Assistant Sales and Retail Marketing Manager

Remuneration: R7000 – R11000 per month negotiable Negotiable depending on experience
Benefits: Sales commission
Location: Cape Town, Muizenberg
Education level: Diploma
Job level: Junior/Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: ##SSD_SM_2014_1

Job Description 

Solar Station Design is looking for a sales and retail marketing assistant to reinforce the sales and marketing team in South Africa. The candidate must assist the category manager in all areas of sales management including direct sales to the international distribution network for Starboard Surf and Starboard Apparel categories by implementing the agreed sales strategy. This position will also require handling all customer services inquiries.

The candidate will also be required to assist in developing and executing an international retail marketing strategy for Starboard Surf and Starboard Apparel categories.

Responsibilities will be to work together with the category manager, graphic and products teams to define key sales and retail marketing elements as well as prepare information for any material to be used online or in-store.

Application must include a compact CV and a letter of motivation

If you have not heard back from us within two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Company Description

Solar Station Design sets out to create a unique experience in product, marketing and retail design and focuses on sharing this with people who find purpose in their lifestyle.

Requirements

– Tertiary qualification in marketing, business or related field

– Proven experience in developing sales and retail marketing strategies and making sales presentations preferably for the apparel retail sector.

– Candidate must have exceptional communication, presentation, follow-up, negotiation, closing skills and a retail background

– An active interest in action sport industry such as surf or skate

– Needs to work well independently, have excellent follow up skills and self-initiative

– Must be ready and willing to take on any number of small projects as the need arises and be prepared for a fast paced environment

Advantageous 

– Extensive experience in the apparel retail industry would be advantageous

Personal Skills/ Attributes

– Organisational skill: Assisting the category manager and following up on customer service

– Communication: Clear communication with Surf and Apparel team, distribution network, retailers, customers, back office and suppliers.

– Comprehensive computer skills: Microsoft office (Word/Excel/Entourage)

Contact details
Josh Salie
Solar Station Design
+27 21 7090287
apparel.starboard@gmail.com

24
Oct

2015 COLLECTION LAUNCH

Starboard and Airush to Launch 2015 Collections for South Africa in November!

Solar Station design is proud to present the official launch of the 2015 collections for international watersports brands Starboard Surf, Starboard Apparel and Airush Kiteboarding in South Africa at the beginning of November.

The launch party will be an open event scheduled for 7pm till late on Thursday 6 November at ‘Yours Truly’ which is located at 175 Kloof Street, Cape Town.

All water sports personalities who surf, stand-up-paddle, windsurf and kiteboard (or do all of them!) will be welcome at this unique social gathering of waterman where Starboard and Airush’s commitment to watersports fanatics around the world will be showcased.

Alongside the exciting new collections on display, two-time ISA World Longboard Champion, Matthew Moir, and three-time SA Champ and current World Kiteboarding Slalom Vice World Champion, Oswald Smith, will be on-hand to provide insight into their involvement with the different brands.

Space is limited so be sure to get there early to enjoy the complimentary drinks and snacks, great giveaways and share the stoke with fellow watermen from different disciplines while soaking up the video visuals on what the two original brands represent.

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About Starboard:

Wind, paddle or wave power: Starboard is the World-leading natural watersports brand covering Windsurfing, SUP, Surf, Water and Lifestyle Wear. Across these sports, Starboard sets the trend with innovative board shapes and technology, and a reputation for performance backed by the most successful team of professional watermen, known as the Starboard Dream Team.

About Airush Kiteboarding:

Airush Kiteboarding delivers the best performing products in the industry. Created with World Champions and expert designers for innovation and quality.  Airush strives to build the most enjoyable experience behind a kite.

For Further information:

Website:                     http://solarstationdesign.com

Facebook Page:         https://www.facebook.com/solarstationdesign

Contact:                      info@solarstationdesign.com

Or Josh Salie: apparel.starboard@gmail.com

 

03
Oct

WE’RE HIRING!

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Stock and Sales Assistant

Remuneration: R7000 – R9000 per month negotiable Basic salary
Location: Cape Town, Muizenberg
Education level: Matric
Job level: Junior/Mid
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: #ARAF_WM_2014_1

 

Job description

You will be working closely with our Brand Managers in monitoring and selling of their products.

–   Complete stock control for our distribution and R&D team.

o   Receiving and invoicing out stock.

o   Distribution of stock to retailers.

o   Sourcing best cost and time option for import and export.

o   Monthly stock take.

o   Keeping warehouse clean and organised.

o   Stock preparation for team riders or staff travel.

–        Assisting team with warranty claims.

–        Assisting team with travel and accommodation.

–        Assisting team with costings.

–        Assisting team with sales locally and internationally.

o   Finding new business.

o   Following up on leads.

–        Assisting with preparations of launches and close out sales.

–        General office administrator.

Company Description

The Airush and Starboard Brands are global leaders in kiteboarding, surf and water sports products.

Requirements

–        Degree or diploma in sales or marketing or equivalent will be advantageous.

–        An active interest in action sport industry such as surf, kite-boarding or skate.

–        Strong retail or warehousing background

–        Knowledge of back office sales systems and strong Microsoft Excel skills.

–        Needs to work well independently as well as with a team, have excellent follow up skills and self-initiative.

–        Works well under pressure

–        Good multitasker

–        Happy to give a helping hand where ever needed

–         Drivers Licence

Applications must be sent to Reza De Nicker on reza@airush.com

If you have not heard back from us within two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Advantageous

– Retail or distribution background.

Contact details
Airush Starboard Distribution
reza@airush.com

03
Oct

MUIZENBERG FESTIVAL

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To showcase how a community makes waves of a different kind – Muizenberg will be celebrating from 5 to 12 Oct, showing that there is much more to Muizenberg than meets the eye. We invite you to come join us for a magical week this October!

The street festivals in Palmer Road, in 2008 and 2010, lead to a vastly up-scaled Muizenberg Festival 2014. The festival incorporates several venues, with the Muizenberg Pavilion being the focus on the weekend of the 11th Muizenberg Festival 2014 is an official World Design Capital project (#WDC244). The project has been recognized by its consistent work and won the 6th successfully crowd-funded, on Thundafund.

The week long event consists of music concerts, workshops, expos, and exhibitions. These items represent the celebration and co-creation of community creativity and local resources. Many of these projects are expressive of the World Design Capital’s transformative approach to design.

Ensuring sustainability of this celebratory model to local economic development, the Muizenberg Festival is set to become an annual event. The initiative will grow in partnerships and participation, spearheading community-led development in the area.

The program includes attractions for all, no matter the age or inclination. Some highlights include a two day free music concert, an arts & design expo, community sports tournaments, and creative arts workshops. See our attached program for more information and 12th WDC pitching session in June. The festival was also

 

Find out more:

Festival offices: at 36 Palmer Road, Muizeneberg

Website: www.muizenbergfestival.co.za

Contact us: muizenbergfestival2014@gmail.com

Keep updated: www.facebook.com/muizenbergfestival2014

01
Sep

WE’RE HIRING! JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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We’re hiring! This time we’re looking for a Junior to Mid Level Graphic Designer with outstanding design and conceptualization skills to join our dynamic creative team.

Graphic Designer

Remuneration: R7000 – R11000 per month negotiable Basic salary
Location: Cape Town, Muizenberg
Job level: Junior/Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: #SSD_GD_2014_1

Job description

This position requires a creative individual with strong graphic and illustration skills. You will be working as part of a strong creative and technical team, defining progressive international brands in the apparel and surf industry.

Responsibilities will be to work together with the graphic and product design team to define key branding elements, graphics and colours in multiple product lines, as well as prepare design information for sampling and production.

Other areas will include working with the marketing team to create campaigns and printed material for packaging, advertising, catalogues, dealer guides, as well as creating visual content for digital media.

Application must include a compact portfolio (less than 5mb, or suitable link) along with your CV to: grahamraywiles@gmail.com

Applications must include portfolio’s or portfolio links or they will not be considered. If you have not heard back from us within 2 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Company Description

Solar Station Design sets out to create a unique experience in product, marketing and retail design and focuses on sharing this with people who find purpose in their lifestyle.

Requirements

– Degree or diploma in graphic design

– An active interest in action sport industry such as surf or skate

– Interest in design for product branding, print and digital

– Knowledge of screen print process and techniques

– Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign in a Macintosh environment

– Needs to work well independently, have excellent follow up skills and self-initiative

– Must be ready and willing to take on any number of small projects as need arises and be prepared for a fast paced environment

Advantageous

– Experience and interest in the apparel industry would be advantageous

Contact details
Graham Wiles
Solar Station Design
grahamraywiles@gmail.com

http://www.bizcommunity.com/Job/196/13/217256.html

 

10
Jun

Well, hi there…

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The best way to introduce our design company is to look at our design processes and what we like to do differently.

We don’t simply design the product and then sit back and see how the client manages to market it. We integrate ourselves into the brands we are working on, taking a long-term view on developing the brand by creating category-leading products, great marketing and an incredible customer experience. We consider the three pillars of our company to be creativity, technology and simplicity.

Creativity

We believe there are two key paths forward in design. Evolution, where we look at the weaknesses of the current design and evolve those, or Revolution where we set out to question everything and take a completely new direction.

Both of these require the same high level of creativity and critical thinking to achieve great design. This is not just about product design or graphic design, these two aspects form a perfect symbiotic relationship, which both need to be as flawless as possible for the key customer group, at that moment.

The core of the product design process is to consider where that product, way of use (style) or category will be in 10 years (The problem it will solve) and work out the best way to get there first. As you dig down into this, you need to look at developing a hypothesis and then set out to prove it (or disprove it) to move the product forward.

On one hand, we believe in market research, customer feedback and focus groups to make sure we are giving the customer what they want while addressing any known weaknesses. On the other hand, the real magic is to give the customer what they didn’t know they wanted.

This can be pretty theoretical and somewhat boring stuff, and while we have often been labeled as a bit of an Avante Garde company, our focus is always on bringing a well thought out, unique product, based on great design and solid business principles to the market. We just tend to see things a little more broadly than others and that is really the result of always questioning everything in our pursuit of progress.

Simplicity

Our principle on simplicity is best summed up by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French Aviator/Author who said, “It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.”

Technology

In essence, we are a technology company. Technology is essentially the catalyst for progress, even if you are designing a T- Shirt. There are new blends of materials every year, more environmentally friendly processes and even new ways of getting the artwork onto the fabric that change the way you design. Of course, when you take this concept to more complex or technical products the role of technology becomes increasingly clearer.

This philosophy also stems from the way technology companies have to rethink everything. From the absolute design fundamental, to the manufacture process and supply chain, constantly evolving or running the risk of falling behind.

People

The final piece for me is our people. The product that we are the most passionate about is the development of the organization, and is doing so, building a launch-pad for people to do great things. Ultimately, a brand is simply the sum of all of the people involved, and this is central to how we move forward.

 

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Clinton Filen (Director)