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Associate Brand Manager, International, Marc Jacobs Beauty

Brand Management | San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

ABOUT KENDO

Kendo Holdings, Inc. is a San Francisco-based beauty brand developer and wholesaler owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.  A play on the words “can do”, Kendo has become the hub of creativity and next generation beauty product development for global Sephora channels and selective retailers outside of Sephora.

Through original development, collaborations and acquisitions the Kendo stable of brands will always be creative, inspiring and innovative. A dynamic engine of speed, expertise and market-savvy, the Kendo team continues to redefine the beauty industry through great product, great storytelling, great retail and direct-to-consumer partnerships.  This shows up in everything we do and in what we stand for:

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT:  We seek creative ways to get things done
  • PERSEVERANCE:  We are moved by Winston Churchill’s words, ‘never, never, never give up’ 
  • GENEROSITY:  The power of giving
  • STORYTELLING:  Creating authentic stories to inspire
  • QUALITY OBSESSION:  Our product quality is a reflection of ourselves
  • FUN:   Work, life, and fun are woven of a single fabric

The Kendo house of brands currently includes: Bite, KVD Vegan Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Ole Henriksen and Fenty Beauty.


POSITION SUMMARY

The Associate Brand Manager, International, Marc Jacobs Beauty drives the day- to-day International business together with regional Kendo offices in Paris, London, Dubai and Singapore in order to bring the Global Brand vision to life. This role serves as the brand liaison for internal cross-functional and international teams, owning key communications and updates around all areas of brand management. The Associate Brand Manager will manage sales and business updates, product assortment, pricing, activation and launch strategy, visual merchandising and education initiatives.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Brand Strategy and Management

  • Assist in localizing global brand strategies together with international brand teams, while working with a multitude of cross-functional partners to successfully execute  
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal teams including NA brand management, channel planning, supply planning, marketing, education, creative, global product and operations
  • Maintain updates and share out of key business documents including global launch calendar, international deadlines, discontinued items list, price lists, product presentations etc.  
  • Connect dots between global product updates and international regions, circulating updates and impacts to relevant cross functional teams in a timely manner
  • Presentation preparation as well as on-going support for management meetings
  • New market launch and distribution expansion projects

Product Assortment & Visual Merchandising 

  • Responsible for managing the brand assortment globally and communicating changes to appropriate business partners; includes new launches, pipe changes and discontinued items
  • Support in setting global pricing in line with margin targets, plus managing updates of key pricing documents
  • Work closely with global visual merchandising and international teams to execute seasonal merchandising updates
  • Work with global product team to ensure product briefs are updated with international distribution and ensuring cross-functional teams are aware of international requirements and nuances per new product launch

Reporting & Research

  • Provide monthly executive sales recaps, key initiatives performance and ad-hoc reporting and analysis as needed
  • Research global competitive and product benchmark in order to identify product opportunities and trends and make recommendations to drive the business
  • Make recommendations based on research and sales trends

Asset Management

  • Co-lead comps, gratis and sampling management for international regions, including budget tracking
  • Briefing in creative asset requirements for all product launches inclusive of education materials, dot com assets, in-store animation, photography, videos etc.
  • Global asset drive, updating and share out

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 4+ years of related business experience, Beauty or Retail industry preferred
  • Previous experience in Brand Management, Merchandising, Buying or Marketing required, Prestige Cosmetics a plus
  • Must demonstrate strong strategic, creative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Thrives on an environment that is fast-paced, rapidly changing, and customer service-oriented
  • Detail-oriented with ability to handle multiple priorities and work within matrixed organization
  • Able to handle multiple priorities
  • Highest levels of professionalism at all times, calm under pressure
  • Team player
  • Project management expertise and experience a plus
  • PowerPoint and excel skills