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Export Customer Services Advisor – Dutch and ideally German speaking

Date Posted: 10 June 2022

Original Style is one of the U.K.’s leading tile manufacturers and distributors, with an extensive portfolio of high-quality ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic and stone tiles. Based in the South West employing around 245 members of staff, Original Style has departments in customer service, finance, manufacturing, ICT, marketing, warehousing, purchasing, human resources, and retail. Original Style also has a commercial division working with architects, developers and specifiers, supplying a variety of projects from Gin Distilleries and hotels, to supermarkets and swimming pools. Experiencing year on year growth, with products available in over 60 countries and over 2000 retail outlets worldwide, there’s never been a more exciting time to work with Original Style.

Department: Customer Services
Reports To: Business Manager for Export and USA

Purpose Of the role

Part of the Original Style Export Customer Services Team. Providing a high level of customer support, utilising language skills to maximise the customer experience. Responsible for processing orders and solving customer queries whilst complying with the documentary requirements for the Export market.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Receiving and making telephone calls in the relevant language, ensuring all calls are dealt with in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Processing orders received via telephone, fax and email onto ERP systems, ensuring the customer details and ordered products are accurately entered and confirmations of orders are sent to customers.
  • Responding to and solving customer problems / queries / complaints, accurately detailing all communication and activity on the Infor CRM system.
  • Processing of customer returns and credits.
  • Supporting and liaising with the Sales Representatives with regards to queries relating to customer details, display products and inputting of orders.
  • Assisting customers with floor plans and quantity calculations.
  • Liaising with warehouse / carriers with reference to distribution.
  • Liaising with the Freight Controller and freight forwarders to obtain transport quotes and book freight.
  • Ensuring all correct export shipping documentation is obtained and filed electronically on the shipping document system to provide an accurate audit trail.
  • Ensuring customer data on Infor CRM System is up-to-date and complete.
  • Taking credit card payments.
  • Assisting the credit control department by highlighting any issues with customer accounts and contacting customers in order to resolve these in the relevant language.
  • Assisting in translating and checking translations for various departments such as marketing, goods-in and purchasing.
  • Completing various administrative tasks.
  • Working with the team to achieve various other tasks as required.
  • Attending meetings and product training sessions as required.
  • Endorse and promote a positive and conscious health and safety culture within the Company. Ensure always take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
  • Ensure compliance with all health and safety, quality and human resource policies and procedures of Original Style.

These are the main functions of the job but employees may be required to carry out other duties as may be reasonably required.

Personal Specification:

  • Be fluent in Dutch, preferably a Dutch National, with ideally German. Excellent written and spoken English is required.
  • Be proficient in formal writing skills in Dutch and English and ideally German.
  • Possess excellent communication skills with a confident, pleasant telephone manner.
  • Have a knowledge/understanding of export documentation (desirable).
  • Work well in a team, but also enhance that team, whilst having the initiative for solo work.
  • Have accurate keyboard skills and experience of data entry.
  • Have proven customer service / sales order processing experience.
  • Be a quick and adaptable learner
  • Be enthusiastic and confident with a desire to strive towards continuous improvement.
  • Be IT literate with good MS Office skills; training will be given as necessary.
  • Have the ability to work to set standards and procedures.
  • Have a willingness to learn.
  • Be educated to a good standard - A’ levels or equivalent. Basic mathematical ability essential.
  • Be able to distinguish colour ranges

Remuneration and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits including a contributory pension scheme, 23 days holiday (increasing to 26 days with service) plus public holidays, staff discounts and death in service cover. In addition there is structured training and the potential for career progression within our growing dynamic company.

Head Office

Original Style Limited, Falcon Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LF, England.

How to apply

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter (including salary expectations) to Diane Smith, Human Resources Manager preferably by email to or by post to Original Style Limited, Falcon Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, EX2 7LB, United Kingdom.