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Date:  Jan 7, 2021

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Europe Brand Incubation Manager

Job ID183139 
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 525 Market St, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, Stati Uniti (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type: Regular
Job Function: Merchandising


Position: Merchandising Brand Incubation Manager, Europe

Location: Field Support Center (FSC) - San Francisco, CA


About Merchandising at Sephora:

Our merchandising team is constantly building brands, starting trends, and developing entirely new product categories. These experts roll up their sleeves and advise our brands on the best way to bring our clients what they crave—and what they will be craving soon. Our product pipeline is so robust and exciting that many of the items that will be most in-demand in our stores next year don’t even exist yet. And our merchants don’t stop at selection—they bring the assortment to life through breakthrough curation and storytelling across our stores and digital properties.


Your role at Sephora:
As a Europe Brand Incubation Manager, you will be a part of the Merchandising Business Development and Strategy team which is focused on developing key initiatives with corresponding financial plans to optimize growth in North America & Worldwide. You will be responsible for introducing, incubating, and launching brands into the Europe market. Reporting directly to VP, Global Merchandising Business Development & Strategy, you will:

  • Shape future phases of global expansion for brand partners, developing first-step onboarding & scale-up efficiencies in collaboration with the VP of Merchandising Business Development & Strategy and the Chief Merchandising Officer.
  • Strategically partner directly with our Europe team to launch & help brands scale in Sephora Europe, which includes:
    • Leading strategic planning with Sephora Europe teams to establish program vision, identify + fast track priority brands and develop multi-year plans (including financial impact & enablers, where applicable).
    • Project management of holistic program, including creation of calendar & milestones, driving reoccurring check-ins & leading executive leadership updates.
    • Actively working with brand partners on expansion inquiries and guiding them through early steps in Sephora Europe.  This will be followed by a formal hand-off to our Europe Merchant Leadership/Teams for Brand Management.
  • Demonstrate our Sephora values of Passion for Client Service, Innovation, Expertise, Balance, Respect for All, Teamwork, and Initiative.


We’re excited about you if you have:

  • 5-10 years Merchant/Buyer experience
  • Experience with Global markets
  • Experience incubating and launching brands
  • Big thinker who is detail-oriented, but able to connect details back to business goals
  • Stellar communication/relationship skills – you can present complex information to audiences ranging from internal partners to brands to executives and leave them informed and inspired
  • Can-do attitude and a roll-up-your-sleeves approach
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong prioritization, time management, and organizational skills
  • Travel to Europe ~2x p/year (Required)


You’ll love working here because:

  • The manifesto. Sephora believes in championing all beauty, living with courage, and standing fearlessly together to celebrate our differences. We will never stop building a community where diversity is expected, self-expression is honored, all are welcomed, and you are included. We belong to something beautiful.
  • The people. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented, supportive, smart, and kind leaders and teams – people you can be proud to work with.
  • The product. Employees enjoy a product discount and receive free product (“gratis”) various times throughout the year. (Think your friends and family love you now? Just wait until you work at Sephora!)
  • The business. It feels good to win – and Sephora is a leader in the retail industry, defining experiential retail with a digital focus and creating the most loved beauty community in the world…with the awards and accolades to back it up.
  • The perks. Sephora offers comprehensive medical benefits, generous vacation/holiday time off, commuter benefits, and “Summer Fridays” (half-days every Friday between Memorial and Labor Day)…and so much more.
  • The LVMH family. Sephora’s parent company, LVMH, is one of the largest luxury groups in the world, providing support to over 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, Marc Jacobs, and Dior.


Working at Sephora’s Field Support Center (FSC)

Our North American operations are based in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, but you won’t hear us call it a headquarters – it’s the Field Support Center (FSC). At the FSC, we support our stores in providing the best possible experience for every client. Dedicated teams cater to our client’s every need by creating covetable assortments, curated content, compelling storytelling, smart strategy, skillful analysis, expert training, and more. It takes a lot of curious and confident individuals, disrupting the status quo and taking chances. The pace is fast, the fun is furious, and the passion is real. We never rest on our laurels. Our motto? If it’s not broken, fix it.


Sephora’s goal is to create and nurture a safe and productive work environment for all. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company and insists on creating a space where everyone feels they belong. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military/veteran status, or disability status. Sephora is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.


Sephora will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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