Junior Buyer, jewellery and watches, John Lewis, aged 29
Francesca Adams-Morris has impressed her seniors from the word go, since joining John Lewis’ graduate training scheme in 2009.
Head of buying for women’s accessories and beauty Amanda Scott has some high praise for her: “Francesca has excelled in every position she has taken,” she explains. “She has demonstrated a high level of strategic capability, is intuitive about the marketplace and the commercial opportunities to go after. She has demonstrated a full complement of skills that make her stand out as a natural leader, an innovative and creative thinker who is not afraid to take risks.”
Adams-Morris’ hard work paid off when, in 2012, she secured her first junior buyer position, where she manages the buying office and leads a team of three. She says: “It’s really important to learn as much as you can initially, it’ll benefit you in the long run. If there is someone who you admire for their leadership or buying ability then spend time with them and ask if they would mentor you.
Finally, don’t lose your sense of humour.”
J Crew creative director Jenna Lyons has been an inspiration to Adams-Morris.”I greatly admire Jenna Lyons. Having worked her way up through the company she has played a key part in turning the brand around and securing its status as an influential fashion retailer,” she says.