Permanent
Kawasaki (Kanagawa), Kanagawa
Research & Innovation
Full - Time
26-Jan-2024

For more than hundred years, L’Oréal believes that beauty needs Science. In a world now transformed by digital technology and the emergence of new scientific domains, we are confident in our ability to turn these opportunities into major innovations, closely linked to the new consumer expectations all over the world. Science & Technology are allowing us to invent safe, trustable, sustainable & responsible beauty products and experiences that will change people’s lives. 

 

L’Oréal Research & Innovation (R&I) has continuously invested upstream in its research with a high level of ambition. Our 4 100 L'Oréal R&I people are talented and highly skilled, located in major markets, working in a cooperative way, open to the world.

 

In the department Innovation Direction, we are looking for a Japan Competitive Watch and Fast Track Manager. The objective of this position is to inspire R&I & DMI with what's trending from competition in the beauty market and bring fast innovations to DMI to respond to the most interesting launches by competition

 

Type of contract : Permanent 

Location :  Kanagawa, Japan 

 

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Your main responsibilities are : 


<COMPETITIVE WATCH>

  • Screen the Japan competition activities in skincare, makeup and hair (priority), device and beauty supplements through various sources of information (sales data, key brands launch & rankings, web-listening, vendors’ offers, communities
  • Organize field expeditions in Japan cosmetics landscape (market visits, beauty exhibitions, hair salon hairdressers interviews) 
  • Strategically synthetize competition activity under rising trends, brands, products and ingredients 
  • Contribute from JP perspective, in creation of a NA quarterly innovation watch report, destinated to all L’Oreal DMIs world wide


<FAST TRACK>

  • From the Competitive Watch, order interesting products and organize touch & feel sessions with labs & DI
  • Assist in the creation of the pool of best candidates with labs, DI, global FT
  • Prepare the meetings with top management for final selection through:
    • Context (consumers, market, trends)
    • Concept / pre-positioning 
    • Technical decoding from the labs
  • Manage each project: 
    • Organize and lead kick off meeting with a clear brief to align all stakeholders
    • Check status and coordinate next actions together with labs
    • Direct prototype creation (improvement points)
    • Participate to test design: test selection (instrumental/consumers/sensory), benchmark, target country and consumers, questionnaire
    • Readjust concept according to the prototype strength, techno, etc
  • Contribute from JP perspective to semestrial big RDV with top management and the DMIs to ensure transformation and scale 



To succeed in this position, you have : 


  • Passion about beauty cosmetics
  • Solid marketing background: ideally experience in product development or senior operational marketing with strong product sensitivity, creative and conceptual skills, otherwise strong interest in marketing
  • Solid project management skills to follow up on a project by involving needed counterparts and by keeping the timeline
  • Great team player capability to closely collaborate with DI FT team in China and Korea as well as Global FT team 
  • Very familiar with social media and digital tools
  • Fluency in English & Japanese



You have : 


  • strong communication skills
  • proven ability to build inspiring and logical narrative that seamlessly convey a strong selling story and viewpoint 
  • team player mindset, being able to interact with different teams and several countries despite the distance
  • leadership skills, able to push ideas throughout the organization
  • autonomy and proactivity 
  • open-minded, curiousity, intuition


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If you identify yourself in this position, please apply by uploading your resume in PDF

 

The L'Oréal Group is convinced that difference is a deep source of wealth, that allows everyone to grow, to challenge themselves and to go further. We strongly encourage everyone to always dare and never censor themselves. Skills can always be learnt. We will be delighted to exchange with you! 










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