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Brand Manager NA, KVD Vegan Beauty

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

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


The Brand Manager will be responsible in driving the North America business for KVD Vegan Beauty. This individual is a business driver, who leads merchandising, activation, and develops best in class partnerships with NA retailers to successfully deliver against brand financial goals. The role requires strong channel management, leadership, and communication skills to deliver day to day business management responsibilities. The Brand Manager will report to the Senior Brand Manager of North America.



Channel Management & Activation

  • Drive short and long-terms strategies for North America to meet and exceed company objectives; partner with a multitude of cross-functional partners to successfully execute
  • Build best in class partnership 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 (global brand, inventory planning, marketing, education, creative, and operations)
  • Be a brand advocate internally & externally pitching to further sales goals
  • Own channel obsolescence strategy to minimize inventory liability
  • Assist in presentation preparation and on-going support for management meetings

Product Merchandising

  • Drive in-store visual merchandising; optimize for sales performance while balancing brand vision, client experience, and VM budget
  • Manage channel assortments to maximize productivity and minimize inventory liability

Reporting & Analyses

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


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years of related business experience, color cosmetics experience preferred but not required
  • Previous exposure to the North America market and/or Merchandising, Buying, or Account Management experience a strong plus
  • Must demonstrate strong strategic, creative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Thrives in an environment that is fast-paced, rapidly changing, and client service-oriented
  • Detail-oriented with strong time management skills; able to handle multiple priorities and work within a matrixed organization
  • Highest level of professionalism at all times; calm under pressure
  • Team player
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills