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Store Development Associate

Employer
Ralph Lauren
Location
Milan, Italy
Closing date
13 Apr 2024

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
Responsible for the coordination, management and effective delivery of processes required for the execution, installation and renovation of new partner stores in Partner Territories & LATAM/Travel Retail EMEA. Key aspects will be ensuring that all procedures are followed and respected according to agreed schedules and budgets, while nurturing effective communication and collaboration amongst internal and external parties.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Business Development: - Partner with internal RL Departments (Sales, Finance, Business Development, etc.) to support them on initial discussions for new projects and renovations - Support on the selection of new potential locations and propose Financial ROI/PDS for each location - Be the privileged contact for all local partners and support them on all new project opening proposals (knowledge of Local market, Local customs, Retail environment etc.) - Be the privileged contact with Finance to ensure that the Capex requirements are respected Project Management: - Project Manage the operations element of the new store/corner, remodel or refit - Influence the management of each project by actively hosting key openings meetings/calls - Manage scheduling and all aspects of the store opening and remodel process in partnership with Design, Sales, Merchandising, VM, Marketing & Creative - Monitor the build-out schedule, highlight and approach possible bottlenecks - Create all templates needed for the project - Monitor and archive all documents, information and files related to each project - Maintain and update the database related to projects both for partner stores and corners - Work to continually improve current processes and practices, providing input on store design standards to ensure operational efficiency - Define and track measures of success on opening performance, based on business results & partners feedback - Manage Legal documents concerning new, existing and closing corners/stores - Facilitate logistic, shipments and installations - Travel to the regions to coordinate store/corner opening installations - Participate in preparing the executive presentation upon store opening Finance Management: - Prepare the Cost Analysis Template at the beginning of each project, with the aim of keeping track of all costs related projects, from estimates to quotes and actual costs - Make sure all Purchase Order related to projects are issued, approved and received - Monitor payments of invoices related to projects - Work on Cost Reconciliation with internal and external partners - Actively work on key learnings by macro regions (local vendors) to improve cost of stores/corners Maintenance: - Manage maintenance of existing Stores/Corners - Manage RL Maintenance Budget - Facilitate Partner's planning of owned Maintenance Budget - Attend Market Visits to assess situation of POS/Best practices - Work with Partner and Supplier to maintain all POS - Scouting local vendors

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Project management and experience
* Fluent in English (native a plus)
* Open-minded & proactive Team player, with a strong sense of initiative
* Able to work under pressure and to prioritize workloads to meet strict deadlines
* "Hands on" attitude & ability to multi-task
* Excellent interpersonal skills (diplomacy & cross-cultural communication) QUALIFICATIONS
* Degree in business, management or a fashion
* Background in business administration or finance a plus
* Additional foreign languages a plus (Arabic, Russian, French)
* Willingness to learn and to share knowledge
* Ability to build partnerships both internally and externally
* Able to work on own initiative with problem solving attitude
* Solution oriented
* Excellent time management skills
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Excellent organization skills
* Excellent Excel skills
* Open to travel (up to 30%)

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