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Manager, Product Development, Marc Jacobs Beauty

Product Development | 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.



This position will be responsible for product ideation from concept to launch, interacting with vendors and chemists, presenting to management, project and timeline management, quality assurance and package direction for Marc Jacobs Beauty.



  • Manage all phases of formula development and new product innovation in the color cosmetics category
  • Lead internal communication with cross-functional partners as it relates to product briefs, formula evaluation, copy and claims, artwork and regulatory deliverables
  • Monitor and maintain on-time delivery of critical project milestones
  • Daily communication with external partners to manage development and testing, including on-site approvals
  • Evaluate formula submissions with leadership team, brand founder and global make-up artist
  • Survey competitive landscape to develop best-in-class products by identifying trends and current and emerging competitors
  • Review all batch submissions as needed
  • Maintain key relationships with contract manufacturers and 3rd party vendors
  • Responsible for lab briefs and communication with our labs/chemists
  • Collaborate and present new innovation/concepts in quarterly brainstorm meetings with cross-functional teams
  • Responsible for researching new ingredients, textures, products and packaging to allow for greater innovation
  • Present semi-annually in Market Week and Sales/Education Conferences
  • Manage a direct report



  • Passionate about the beauty industry, fashion and related fields
  • College degree with at least 5+ years’ relevant work experience in Cosmetics product development
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects through strong prioritization and planning
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, often-changing collaborative environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrates a can-do attitude and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Is a team player, flexible and able to adapt to change well
  • Ability to think both strategically and tactically with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to travel as needed