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Senior Category Manager

Employer
Ermenegildo Zegna Group
Location
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Function
Marketing
Level
Senior Manager
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

At Ermenegildo Zegna the talents and passion of our people are the pillars of our success. Which is why we're looking for a Senior Category Manager in Milan to contribute to our proud legacy and help shape our vibrant future.

WHAT MAKES YOU, MAKES ZEGNA
The legacy of Zegna would not exist if it weren't for the unique skills of every person on our team; the makers, masters, designers and doers. Everyone contributes.

BASIC PURPOSE OF THE JOB
You will assume a strategic role in managing product and service categories for indirect procurement, focusing on store planning, retail operations, visual merchandising, and general services within the luxury fashion sector. With 5-10 years of experience, You will be part of a centralized competence center whose mission is to buy, at the best commercial conditions, the best possible good/service from the right supplier, protecting the company from reputational, quality and financial risks/inefficiencies and ensuring Compliance with SOX and SoD rules. At the same time, You will have to actively seek for product/service innovation from the market and contribute to achieve ESG targets.

WHAT MAKES UP YOUR DAY
Step into a hands-on, minds-on work environment where every challenge and opportunity helps you realize your full potential.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL BE IN CHARGE OF:
  • Market scouting and segmentation: Conduct comprehensive market research, develop Category strategy and supplier segmentation to identify preferred buying channels, identify emerging trends specifically in store planning, retail operations, visual merchandising, and general services.
  • Supplier Negotiation: Lead negotiations with suppliers in store planning, retail operations, visual merchandising, and general services, securing favorable terms and ensuring the highest quality and consistency with ESG targets.
  • Performance Analysis: Continuously monitor and analyze the performance of categories and suppliers, identifying areas for improvement and implementing corrective strategies.
  • Collaboration with Internal Teams: Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, ensuring seamless communication and the success of category initiatives.
  • Budget Management: Work with store planning, retail operations, visual merchandising, and general services functions ensuring efficient spending within budget constraints.

WHAT MAKES YOU, MAKES OUR TEAM
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or Architecture;
  • 5-10 years of experience in senior category management, specifically in luxury or fashion companies;
  • In-depth knowledge of market dynamics in store planning, retail operations, visual merchandising, and general services;
  • Strong analytical and budget management skills;
  • Excellent ability to prepare and present documents/powerpoints and business cases that are clear, comprehensive, and compelling;
  • Proven negotiation and relationship-building expertise;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Excellent proficiency in English (written and spoken).

WHAT MAKES YOU, MAKES OUR LEGACY
Ermenegildo Zegna Group is founded on a proud history of craftsmanship and quality dating back to 1910, with a vision to ethically create the world's finest textiles. Zegna has since expanded to ready-to-wear, becoming one of Italy's most successful family companies and a global luxury lifestyle brand.
Through our vertically-integrated, sheep to shop approach, we strive to create exceptional products without compromising on quality of life for future generations. With over 500 stores and 6,500 employees worldwide, our success is inspired by our founder's pioneering spirit and shaped by the expertise and integrity of every individual at Zegna.

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