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Sr. Director Global Product Strategy & North America, Kat Von D

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.  

 

KAT VON D BEAUTY

Kat Von D Beauty is all about hyper-performance vegan & cruelty free products that empower no-rules artistry for all. In her nonstop pursuit of creating the most perfect beauty products you’ve never imagined, Kat Von D tests and wears everything she makes, drawing endless inspiration from her experience as an artist, tattooist and creator.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Sr. Director (SD) leads succesful teams to drive KVDB business in North America. The Sr. Director is responsible for both the Global Product Strategy and North America Channel Management. The Sr. Director is a brand builder and a business driver, who leads the global product pipeline, and drives North Amercia activation strategy and retail partnerships.  North America channels include: Sephora (US and Canada), SiJCP, and KatVonDBeauty.com.

The SD  is responsible for setting the brand strategy and managing the team to deliver day to day business management responsibilities, including executing merchandising and marketing plans and leveraging analytics to deliver and exceed  financial goals.  SDs play key leadership role in the company, and coach, develop and motivate teams. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Brand advocate and ambassador
  • Global Product strategy
  • North America channel management: Brand strategy, sales plans & budget, retail partnership
  • Team leadership (7 team members)

 

Brand Builder, Advocate and Ambassador

  • Co-Lead brand through the development of brand codes, DNA, style guide and voice.
  • Host North America brand moment (Education/ Channel events), including on stage moments
  • Continue to improve processes to maximize communication with brand founder

Global Product Strategy

  • Lead brand Product Strategy focused on both core product innovation and fast track pipeline
  • Strategize and develop both long-term and short-term assortment strategy
  • Lead team to develop product innovation based on analytics, market trend insights, and category opportunities while leveraging creativity and beauty intuition
  • Lead team to craft powerful product storytelling and positioning in partnership with product development &  marketing
  • Lead product brief creation & process
  • Co-validate product formula

Brand Strategy and Channel Management

  • Drive short- and long-term strategies for North America channels to meet and exceed company objectives; partner with cross-functional team and lead processes to successfully lead the execution of plans
  • Lead a “digital/ social first” minded team to develop and manage assortment, marketing & social media plans, planning forecast, visual merchandising to create best omni channel experience for client
  • Build strong and effective relationships with internal teams supporting marketing, inventory planning, education, creative, product development, and operations

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree; 12+ years of related business experience, Makeup experience a must.
  • Passion for cosmetics/ beauty industry.
  • Must demonstrate strong strategic, creative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Thrives in an environment that is fast-paced, rapidly changing, and customer service-oriented.
  • Able to effectively present and advocate for ideas with senior management.
  • Comfort and poise when working with and presenting to executives and notable individuals
  • Team player able to build strong partnerships with sales, marketing, creative, retail partners and supply chain.
  • Highest levels of professionalism at all times; calm under pressure.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to travel