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Director, Packaging Development

Packaging | 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, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Ole Henriksen and Fenty Beauty.  



The Packaging Development Director will be responsible for developing quality, innovative, first-to-market products for the Kendo brands.



  • Oversee and manage package development and innovation for all products within a brand
  • Categories include compacts, bottles, jars, pump, tubes, paper, accessories, soft goods, and more
  • Responsible for technical specs (2D and 3D) to develop both stock and custom packages
  • Lead component design and material selection
  • Work with designers to execute complex artwork on both primary and secondary packs
  • Own internal and external communications regarding products in development including timelines, costs, MOQ, and package design and features
  • Manage tooling and launch deadlines and margin targets
  • Improve and optimize the quality and performance of existing core products
  • Work with cross-functional teams – formula, quality, ops, production, and brand management
  • Evaluate submissions with team and brand founders for unified feedback
  • Actively contribute in brand specific product development meetings
  • Manage team of 2-3 people
  • Survey competitive landscape to develop best-in-class products
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and new suppliers, internal, cross-functional teams and brand founders
  • Research and suggest possible new suppliers
  • Travel as needed – brand founder meetings, trade shows



  • Related college degree with 10+ years work experience or equivalent experience
  • Passionate about makeup and packaging
  • Experience in multiple materials and package types
  • Interest/experience in brush development a plus
  • Interest/experience in sustainability a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects – prioritization and planning
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, often-changing collaborative environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to think both strategically and tactically with exceptional attention to detail