New York, NY
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Michele Giella

Job Description:

The position is responsible for leading the design development and oversee the implementation of our client's Merchandising in free-standing stores, department stores, specialty stores, and open sell channels globally in alignment with brand’s strategic goals. The role will help to drive business by partnering with cross functional global and regional teams (Marketing, VMSD, Creative, Procurement & Development) to develop and implement VM programs that optimize consistency, brand messaging, locally relevant marketing opportunities, sustainability, and efficiency.

Job Duties:

Partner with VP & ED VMSD, Global and Regional Marketing teams to define and influence merchandising strategies to support new launches, product distortions and locally relevant initiatives.
Lead the design and development of new merchandising concepts in assisted sales channels: department store, specialty, free standing stores, and travel retail.
Drive evolution of merchandising in open sell channels to increase engagement, improve navigation, salability, and storytelling.
Lead the design and development of seasonal updates for all distribution channels. Oversee production of globally produced components.
Partner with VP and ED VMSD to drive the process for collaboration between global and regional teams to implement visual merchandising programs.
Work closely with VM operations, procurement, and display vendors to identify opportunities for cost savings and sustainability.
Effectively manage, mentor and train direct reports and consultants.


Participate in all merchandising development & launch tracker meetings to review marketing calendar, 360 launch plans and assortments for international distribution channels (FSS, DS, TR, OS), US and China.
Develop business knowledge of domestic and international retail landscape and partner with VP & ED global VMSD, marketing, and global development teams on opportunities for future growth.
Build strong knowledge of global 2D creative assets, marketing strategies, and product messaging for each season.
Lead design and oversee implementation of merchandising quarterly updates in assisted sale and open sell channels. Initiate planograms and design sketches as required, review technical drawings, color matching, prototype approval etc. Develop value engineering strategies as required to ensure budget targets are met and ensure adherence to brand’s sustainability standards in VM.
Collaborate with the Global Store Design team to understand store formats, fixturing systems and distribution strategies. Initiate design of new, innovative merchandising concepts to support product launches and distortions optimizing Brand storytelling, artistry, and local relevancy.
Oversee seasonal guidelines for global visual merchandising for department stores & freestanding stores. Share global VM and creative concepts with regional partners. Promptly review any local adaptations that may be required. Offer support on areas such as detailing, fabrication, material sourcing etc.
Evaluate current global merchandising systems and collaborate with global and regional teams to develop new systems as required.
Support digital initiatives including but not limited to merchandising for virtual events, virtual stores, and hybrid activations.
Contribute to budget planning and cost review.
Work with VP & ED VMSD, Project Management and VM Operations to optimize efficient workflow and partnerships with the regions.
Foster a productive work environment through leadership, collaboration, and communication. Lead, inspire and motivate direct reports: manage performance reviews, goal setting and establish professional development plans.
Hire and manage freelancers as needed.
Maintain awareness of company consumer insights studies and keep abreast of new merchandising trends to drive innovation.


BS or BA in Design and/or Industrial Design.
Minimum 10 years of experience in Visual Merchandising. Relevant experience in prestige beauty is required. International experience a plus.
Highly driven, energetic, flexible and team spirited.
Must be strategic, operationally savvy, analytical and detail oriented. Strong knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes and costs.
Strong project management skills. Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Experience in developing technical drawings for VM elements in partnership with vendors
Ability to understand architectural drawings to extract key information.
Experience managing a team including full-time & freelancer staff.
Strong communication skills and ability to work with cross-functional teams.
Ability to stay current with relevant trends across regions.
Ability to effectively convey ideas through 2D drawings and 3D renderings
Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, In-Design, Photoshop), MS Office (PowerPoint, Excel), Sketchup.