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Associate Brand Manager, Ole Henriksen - NA

Brand Management | San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description


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
  • ADVOCACY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:  We believe in listening with humility and acting with courage. We recognize, seek, and celebrate the power of diversity across the full spectrum of personal identity.

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


The Associate Brand Manager, in partnership with Sr Brand Manager, is responsible for driving the North America business for Ole Henriksen. This individual is both a strategic thinker and a business driver, creating and executing short and long-term plans for the brand. The role requires strong communication and analytical skills, the ability to parallel path multiple deadlines and a can-do attitude.



Account Management & Activation

  • Drive short and long-terms strategies for NA retail channels to meet and exceed company objectives; partner with cross-functional partners to successfully execute
  • Build best in class partnerships with retail partners to effectively maximize working relationships and deliver on sales goals
  • Build strong and effective relationships with internal teams to bring to life 360 activations (Inventory Planning, Marketing, Education, Creative and Operations)
  • Manage sampling and gratis strategy and execution
  • Be a brand advocate internally & externally: effectively story tell and sell the product pipeline
  • Lead presentation preparation for management meetings
  • Prepare, support and lead meetings with effective agendas and clear outcomes

Product Merchandising

  • Manage channel assortments to maximize productivity and minimize inventory liability; partner closely with Channel Planning to ensure retailer buys meet or exceed plan and are actionable
  • Drive in-store visual merchandising, optimizing for sales performance while balancing brand vision, client experience and budget

Reporting & Analysis

  • Provide bi-weekly sales recaps, ad-hoc reporting and analysis as needed
  • Be in-tune with the beauty retailer landscape and identify opportunities to further drive the business


  • Passion for cosmetics and beauty industry a must, interested in beauty trends
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of experience
  • Previous experience in Brand Management, Merchandising, Buying, or Account Management experience required
  • Must demonstrate strong strategic, analytical and creative skills
  • Must be an excellent communicator (both in-person and digitally) with strong interpersonal skills
  • Thrives in an environment that is fast-paced, rapidly changing, and customer service-oriented
  • Detail-oriented with strong time management skills; able to handle multiple priorities and work well with cross-functional partners
  • Highest levels of professionalism at all times, calm under pressure
  • Team player
  • Must be PowerPoint and Excel savvy