Head of Beauty Buying

Zalando

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Job title

Head of Beauty Buying, Zalando

Location

Berlin, Germany

Level

Senior Manager

Function

Buying

Posted

Contract

Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform, doing business in 15 markets. We seek to provide our customers with newness and the latest trends beyond fashion and we allow a one-stop shopping experience - with Beauty as a new category.

As Category Head Beauty, you will continue writing the next chapter of Zalando by taking ownership of this new category and helping us to further set up for success.

YOU ARE SETTING STANDARDS

Owner - You will act as a senior commercial and strategy manager for the Beauty department. You will be responsible for delivering profitable results, owning processes and delivering best practice. You will ensure new brand opportunities are maximized, risks are minimized and you will ensure appropriate actions are taken by the team in both situations. The success of this new department is your responsibility. You own communication with the team and you are responsible for overseeing all of the Beauty buying internationally. 

Strategic -Strategy is one of your key strengths. You are not afraid to take difficult decisions. You will own go-to strategy alongside the VP specialties and you will lead this with your team for forthcoming seasons. You will set the strategic positioning for the selection of brands and you will manage the relationship to the biggest brands on a strategic level

Leader - Leadership comes naturally to you. You are an expert at leading and developing your current team and keeping them motivated. You are able to structure your team effectively according to their strengths/weaknesses/training needs.

Partner - You are proud of your vendor relationships. You are able to build successful partnerships with new and existing vendors. You are able to coach and develop your team in buying techniques and relationship management. Inside of Zalando, you will be able to work with all of your key stakeholders effectively and successfully.

YOU ARE SKILLED

Passionate - You love your job and the success that you can build. You have a passion for the Beauty industry and you have a number of years of relevant experience (preferably at a multi-national fashion-retailer and/or within eCommerce). You are currently at Head of Buying or equivalent level.

Driven - You remain motivated and structured in very dynamic and fast-paced environments. You embrace change and are always on the hunt for solutions. You have excellent English skills, communicate clearly with varied stakeholders and possess solid merchandise planning and trading skills.

People Leader - You are able to manage multiple stakeholders effectively through your strategic communication style and are reliable when it comes to getting things done. You understand the challenges of the fast fashion business and are exhilarated by this. You are only as good as your team. You pride yourself in your leadership skills.

Brand Management - You love to build strong relationships with new and existing vendors. You are able to plan brand strategy successfully. You are excited by the prospect of taking on this new amazing beauty category challenge.

YOU ARE OFFERED

Culture - A workplace where trust, empowerment and feedback are valued; positive, inspiring working atmosphere.

Perks - Competitive salary; great shopping discount on a wide range of products on zalando.com; discounts from external partners; office in the heart of Berlin; public transport discounts; relocation assistance for internationals; municipality services; flexible working times; family service and parent & child rooms*; additional holidays and volunteering time off; diverse sports and health offerings*. (*Depending on location)

Development -Mentoring; personal branding support focused on leadership; diverse career opportunities.

Peers - International, accomplished experts.

The Ideal Candidate

YOU ARE SKILLED

Passionate - You love your job and the success that you can build. You have a passion for the Beauty industry and you have a number of years of relevant experience (preferably at a multi-national fashion-retailer and/or within eCommerce). You are currently at Head of Buying or equivalent level.

Driven - You remain motivated and structured in very dynamic and fast-paced environments. You embrace change and are always on the hunt for solutions. You have excellent English skills, communicate clearly with varied stakeholders and possess solid merchandise planning and trading skills.

People Leader - You are able to manage multiple stakeholders effectively through your strategic communication style and are reliable when it comes to getting things done. You understand the challenges of the fast fashion business and are exhilarated by this. You are only as good as your team. You pride yourself in your leadership skills.

Brand Management - You love to build strong relationships with new and existing vendors. You are able to plan brand strategy successfully. You are excited by the prospect of taking on this new amazing beauty category challenge.

Language skills

  1. English, Professional working proficiency

About Us

As Zalando transforms from Europe’s leading e-commerce company into a multi-service platform for fashion this is an exciting time to join us. As a Head of Category, you’re part of a high performing team, creating new and innovative ways to connect people and fashion. We’re constantly reinventing our products, our services and ourselves. That’s how we identify and remove the barriers to inspiration and empowerment, as they emerge, letting technology and creativity set the pace. When you can tackle new challenges and take ownership of your work, the opportunities to make a personal impact are limitless, and there’s always more to play for.