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Brand Manager - D&G (6-12 month Fixed Term Contract)

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Date: 03-Jun-2021

Location: London, LND, GB

Company: Shiseido

MISSION

 

As Brand Manager you will help drive the marketing and media strategy for Dolce & Gabbana business, making sure all the parties are aligned and working towards the same goals; to achieve its annual sales and profit targets.

 

ABOUT SHISEIDO GROUP

 

Founded in 1872 in Japan, Shiseido is one of the top leading cosmetics companies in the world and aims to inspire a life of beauty and culture. Operating in about 120 countries with 45 000 employees and 70 nationalities, Shiseido offers a unique selection of skin care, makeup and fragrance resulting in over 1 trillion yen of net sales in 2017. Thanks to 149 years of heritage, Shiseido constantly creates high-quality, highly functional, safe and innovative cosmetics and develop brands deeply loved by people from all over the world.

 

Shiseido UK & Ireland is currently the largest affiliate in the EMEA region with a diverse portfolio of 11 brands in the UK across all 3 categories. Supporting our One Shiseido Mission, Beauty Innovations for a Better World, Shiseido UK & Ireland is committed to a vision delivered through 4 strategic streams:

1.             Create a great place to work in Beauty

2.            Customer driven focus to meet and exceed expectations

3.            Champion Omni-channel through a seamless offering across all customer touchpoints

4.            Deliver sustainable growth and profitability of our brands

 

Our first strength is make-up with strong market share in the UK with NARS, Laura Mercier, and bareMinerals. We are also growing fast in fragrance with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez as well as winning market share in Skincare with Shiseido and the spectacular launch of Clé de Peau Beauté in Harrods and Cult Beauty.  Drunk Elephant joins our portfolio in 2021 which supports our ambition and objective to be the Top5 Beauty Group in the UK.  Our clients include high-street retailers such as Department Stores, drugstores & chains as well as online pure players and specialty stores. We also have 8 boutiques and 3 direct e-commerce websites.

 

ABOUT DG BRAND

 

Italian roots coupled with a desire for innovation drive Dolce&Gabbana in the continuous search for beauty. The brand translates the codes of its unmistakable DNA into unique Fragrances and Make Up products, combining the Mediterranean flavour of its origins with innovative formulas. A meticulous attention to details – perceptible from packaging to application – characterises every line and new launch, designed to meet your desires with a modern and unconventional attitude.

From Light Blue and K by Dolce&Gabbana, to the exquisite Make Up, Velvet and Fruit Collections, Dolce&Gabbana Beauty’s products unveil the brand’s heritage with a timeless sense of style.

 

 

ORGANISATION

 

Reports to: Marketing Director

Manages: Marketing Coordinator

Job Location: London

Contract type: Fixed-term

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

 

BRAND MANAGEMENT

  • Be the local Brand Ambassador for DG in the UK and become the key local contact liaising with Regional and HQ to ensure that Global Brand vision/strategy and launches are clearly communicated and implemented and in line with UK Business strategy.
  • Collaborate with and influence RHQ Marketing teams proactively to pre-empt UK marketing requirements.
  • Contribute to all aspects of the creative process, including: strategy, campaign and POSM development and customer insight
  • Ensure consistency of brand standards across all marketing platforms
  • Ensure that all launches and activities are managed within the budget and targeted to achieve measurable ROI

 

UK NATIONAL MARKETING PLANS

  • Work with Marketing Director to translate EMEA strategy into an actionable marketing plan for the UK
  • Identify local market needs and develop local activations in liaison with NAMs to maximise every commercial opportunity and support brand growth
  • Develop a launch strategy plan by retailer in liaison with the Commercial team to maximise every business opportunity
  • Understand trade customers’ requirements to maximise when possible brand inclusion in their activities, and work with NAMs to ensure that exclusives and promotional offers are in place to drive sales at key trading periods.

 

MEDIA

  • Work with Marketing Director to manage the media budget and execute the media plan with the Media agency

 

FORECASTING & STOCK MANAGEMENT

  • Provide detailed insight and forecasting benchmarks to aid thorough newness forecasting via knowledge of retail performance, product performance, NPD data, competitor ranking and UK consumer insights.
  • Manage POSM forecast to be done within the allocated agreed budget
  • Oversee in partnership with Trade Marketing sampling forecast and planning
  • In liaison with the UK Commercial team and European Logistics team, make sure all the basic catalogue forecasts (both saleable and tester) are updated based on business needs, anticipated marketing initiatives, new openings and retailer-specific activations
  • In liaison with UK PR team, make sure the pre-series needs are accounted for, and oversee the forecast for all elements of merchandising managed by the Visual Merchandising team

 

MERCHANDISING

  • Work with Visual Merchandising team in the development and implementation of local initiatives such as new counter design, counter updates for launches or any retailers’ animation sites, window displays, counter decoration, display units, etc.

 

PRICING & COMPETITION

  • Monitor pricing strategies across the industry and oversee the yearly pricing review for the UK & Ireland inducing pricing recommendation for newness in
  • Coordinate a competitor tracking system that covers marketing, events, online strategy and PR to ensure we keep track of competitor activities and launch plans

 

ANALYSIS AND REPORTING

  • Continuously keep track and analyse the UK ROI on local initiatives and launches and build following decisions according to insights in order to grow the business.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing Coordinator NPD monthly reports, as well as ongoing competitor analysis to identify areas of opportunity within the business.

 

 

PROFILE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Relevant experience in marketing with strong career progression; preferably within beauty
  • Charismatic, team worker, passionate and driven personality with excellent communication and presentation skills and a strong commercial acumen
  • Ability to influence and negotiate at all levels
  • Resourceful and generous with their dedication, passion and energy
  • Self-starter and positive spirit with great ability to influence and negotiate
  • Ability to multitask, work at pace and with ambiguity
  • Extremely high degree of attention to detail and organisation
  • Excellent English, written and spoken
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
  • University degree
  • Alignment with the group’s « Trust8 » working principles: Think Big, Take Risks, Hands on, Collaborate, Be Open, Act with Integrity, Be Accountable, Applaud Success

 

 


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