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Manager, Brand Management, Global Product, Kat Von D 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, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Ole Henriksen and Fenty Beauty.  

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Global Brand Manager (Product) for Kat Von D drives the business through the Global Product Assortment & Pipeline and serves as a product brand liason across internal teams.  This role assists the Senior Manager with the Global Product Assortment strategy and helps drive development and execution of the Global pipeline.  The Global Brand Manager (Product) is responsible for developing innovation ideas based on analytics and insights of market trends, competitive landscape, assortment gaps and new category opportunities while leveraging creativity and beauty intuition.  Additionally, this role maintains relationships with cross-functional partners and manages a direct report.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Global Product Assortment Strategy

  • Support Senior Manager in developing the Global product assortment strategy, including:
    • Market and competitive research
    • Assist with breadth of assortment, product life cycle and cadence
    • Developing multiple product streams that drive strategic business objectives
    • Identifying new category opportunities

Global Pipeline Management and Execution

  • Partner with Senior Manager to develop short and long term pipeline calendar to exceed company financial targets; work with cross-functional partners to successfully execute plans
  • Create and maintain global product briefs for each season in partnership with Senior Manager
  • Protect margins by monitoring retail/cost of good targets for new products in partnership with Senior Manager
  • Develop global product forecast with clearly defined benchmarks and ranking targets in partnership with Planning and North America / International Brand Teams
  • Act as product brand liaison for internal teams driving Global Product Pipeline Activation (NA/ INT Brand Teams, Marketing, and Education)
  • Prepare robust new product presentations and lead preparation of Founder meetings with cross function teams
  • Establish and maintain effective cross-functional relationships with internal partners to successfully drive pipeline (Inventory Planning, Brand, Marketing, Education, Creative, Product Development, and Operations)
  • Lead Global discontinuation process through assortment recommendations and global inventory tracking
  • Drive Global sampling strategy for core and new product initiatives
  • Oversee maintenance of key business documents with coordinator: product launch calendar, assortment master
  • Prepare, support and lead meetings with effective agendas and clear outcomes

Category and Competitive Research

  • Conduct category deep dives with strategic product recommendations based on key insights and analytics
  • Research competitive products to identify innovation opportunities and trends to drive the business

Asset Management

  • Determine new product asset needs in partnership with Marketing, Education and NA/INT brand teams
  • Continue to improve comp and creative asset process management

Legal Liaison

  • Partner with internal legal department and outside counsel on KVD collaboration contracts
  • Ensure contract terms are executed though overseeing product forecasts, channel management, timing and payment terms
     

REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for cosmetics and beauty industry a must, interested in beauty trends
  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of Beauty Industry experience
  • Previous Global Product Marketing experience required, Prestige Cosmetics a plus
  • Strong strategic, analytical, creative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit:  Thrives in 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
  • Highest levels of professionalism at all times, calm under pressure
  • Prior experience managing a direct report
  • Team player
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills
  • Ability to travel