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London, England
Creative Design
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Senior Visual Merchandising Manager - YSL - FTC (6 months)

When you look at L’Oréal, what do you see? If all you see is lipstick, look again and experience the Freedom to go Beyond the ordinary. That’s the beauty of L’Oréal. We operate in 150 countries on 5 continents. With 36 international brands and 86,000 employees worldwide, we’re well on our way to fulfilling our common purpose: to create beauty that moves the world.

By 2030 we want to capture over another 1 billion consumers around the world. How? By creating cosmetic products which meet the infinite diversity of consumers beauty needs and desires, and always through digital innovation. Not only that, but taking our sustainability goals seriously; moving us to a more inclusive and sustainable society, for every generation.

Our brands, dynamic culture, and always being our own challenger mean that we offer freedom and opportunity you won’t get anywhere else. 

If you want the Freedom to go Beyond, we’ll see you at L’Oréal.

If you join the L’Oréal Luxury Division, you’ll directly contribute to providing our consumers the best products and brand experience by making it unique for them.

Thanks to our strong, balanced and complementary portfolio we are able to meet the needs of every consumer, at every price level.

Our portfolio makes up 26 brands of which 17 are global, including the highly-aspirational and multi-expert ones such as Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. Our incredible strength comes from allowing us to win in any environment; the most important one being the teams, which are talented, diverse, committed, passionate in every region, country, department, and function.

You will

•    Be part of a team who is committed to create a diverse, efficient and fulfilling workplace. 

•    Be part of a team who is committed to empower YOU to lead, learn and grow.

•    Create best-in class, customer-centric experiences that 1) drive YSL’s brand image (young, edgy, luxury), 2) hero YSL’s pillar products, 3) champion diversity & sustainability at every opportunity.

•    Deliver consistent and effective activations that maximise the profitability of our doors and drive high consumer love and satisfaction.


?    O+O customer experiences: Design and implement launch and permanent in-store activations grounded in shopper insights and retail data. In doing so, ensure that the brand’s image standards/guidelines are met and that online and offline customer experiences link seamlessly to (and benefit from) each other (e.g. VTO, QR codes, virtual consultations)

?    Distribution management: In partnership with Retail Design and Brand Marketing teams, lead the strategy and execution of the new YSL “ABC” tiered distribution system (e.g. VM by store tier, Boots gondolas designs). 

?    In doing so, monitor the performance of the best-performing doors and ensure that investment is focused on these  top doors, for them to become true experience centres.

?    Cross functional Leadership & Collaboration: Partner daily with Retail Design, Commercial Education and Retail teams and work with them as ONE TEAM. Implement all necessary actions to support the field teams, ensuring they have all tools and guidance to achieve in-store excellence and high NPS scores. Manage all in-store communications (e.g. planogram updates, retail VM guidelines, brand visibility calendar). Visit stores if and when required.

?    Project management & cost-conscious mindset: Manage and control project budgets, ensuring PO invoicing and monthly reconciliation. Responsible for reviewing and accurately forecasting launch & permanent VM designs / assets (UK is a YSL Drive country). Manage timely brief submission to suppliers and oversee execution.

?    Competition tracking: Regularly monitor competitors’ activities both online and offline. When safe again, visit store locations and test competition’s brand experiences through the eyes of the customers. Share best practices with HQ, Zone and DMI.

?    Team management: Inspire and bring the best out of direct team by spending time to remove blockers and understand needs/ motivations. Provide prompt, constructive feedback and identify opportunities to grow and upskill.

You have

•    A “one team, one dream” mindset

•    Extensive VM experience and proven track record of effective VM implementation 

•    Commercial acumen and retail sensitivity

•     Self-initiative and passion to get the job done at pace

•    Ability to establish priorities, work autonomously and proceed with objectives without supervision

•    Strong eye for detail

•    Previous team management experience ideal

•    A Simplicity Mindset: you live and breathe Simplicity every day

•    Commitment to removing blockers / finding new ways to work in the most efficient way

•    Determination to foster diversity and sustainability at every opportunity

•    Organisation with prioritization skills and a ROI mindset

•    Strong negotiation skills & are looking for win-win opportunities with our retail partners

•    Education to degree level

You show

Ambition: You anticipate, think and dream big, demonstrating a high level of aspiration. 

You are self-driven and show proactivity, especially when seeing problems as challenges. 

You thrive for exceptional performance.

Judgement: You can balance operational and strategic thinking, challenging the status quo and managing confrontation effectively. You cut quickly through complexity and ambiguity whilst also thinking sustainably and are future-oriented. You reduce complexity to get things done.

Resilience: You always demonstrate purpose and ownership mindset but manage your own energy well. You uphold positivity for others and persist, bouncing back when faced with obstacles. You step back at times and accept limits.  

Empathy: You cooperate and network effectively, creating genuine and trustful relationships with diverse people. You are sensitive to beauty and related emotions, always supporting others and showing benevolence. You understand and respect others’ feelings and motives.  

Learning Agility: You are a self-motivated learner, showing self-awareness and demonstrating openness and curiosity. You experiment and learn from mistakes and past experiences, always showing courage and stepping out of your comfort zone. 

You support the development of a learning culture.

You get

We put people development and learning at the heart of our business; we’ll help you master your role, develop your technical expertise and you’ll benefit from exceptional management and leadership programmes. From face-to-face workshops to our global online learning resources, you’re actively encouraged to embed learning into your daily life and are rewarded for continuous improvement. Don’t forget that every employee gets 3 Coursera credits; that means you can get qualifications from over 1000 universities from around the world, with thousands of courses to choose from.

Looking for a good work/life balance? With our new hybrid working scheme, you can take a flexible approach to work as well as benefit from early finishes on Fridays during the you can enjoy more time with your friends and family.

As any great employer should do, we make sure we look after your financial wellbeing. That’s why we have a great pension plan, profit share scheme and many more incentives to give you the security you deserve. We also put employee health and wellbeing at the front of everything we do; fully training employees as mental health ambassadors to support and educate ourselves further. There’s also the chance to enrol in medical and dental insurance, gym discounts, health check-ups and even yoga and Pilates classes to employees in all of our locations.

Oh, did we mention that as an employee you also get discount sales of up to 70% off throughout the year on our 36 brands? Plus, you also get the option to share that in our Friends and Family sales as well!

How we recruit

At L’Oréal, we take pride in creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where everyone is welcome and their contributions are valued. When we recruit, hire, train, promote or engage in any other employment practice, we are committed to being an inclusive employer regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, socioeconomic status, medical condition or disability, or any other protected status. When we look for talent, we welcome difference - different backgrounds, experiences, personalities and perspectives. The beauty we find in our differences gives us the freedom to go beyond. That’s the beauty of L’Oréal.

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