GrandVision is a global market leader in optical retailing. The company is transitioning toward more centralization, to ensure a globally designed assortment strategy and an effective marketing strategy across its 34 retail banners. The BU Sun is looking for a strong project manager as its new Product Lifecycle & Launch Manager, to enable the new global category management strategy.
GrandVision is the company behind retail banners such as Pearle, EyeWish, and Brilleland. The company has over 36.000 employees and has sold over 16 million prescription glasses. GrandVision has a presence in more than 40 countries and over 7000 stores. With that, the product portfolio of GrandVision’s optical retail products is large and complex. To further professionalize and streamline its assortment strategy, GrandVision is transitioning toward more centralization. The aim is to design marketing and assortment strategies (both for in store and online) largely at a global level – without losing sight of the individual characteristics of the markets and GrandVision’s different retail banners in different countries.
The vacancy: Product Lifecycle Coordinator Sun
The Product Lifecycle & Launch Manager Sun ensures that the centrally designed product portfolio strategy can be effectively executed across all countries on an ongoing basis. This role manages budgets and timelines and ensures all conditions are in place for successful sales on product level, from launch to phase out. The ideal candidate for this role is a hands-on project manager with knowledge of supply chain, launch and lifecycle management.
Centrally managing the in-store and online stock behind a complex international product portfolio requires a high degree of planning. This role is therefore most suited for a professional who is comfortable creating structure, maintaining overview, and taking initiative in a sometimes chaotic environment.
The Product Lifecycle & Launch Manager is the link between the central design of the portfolio strategy and its local execution. He or she is also the link between internal stakeholders on different functional levels, and external stakeholders for supply chain and logistics. The Product Lifecycle & Launch Manager should therefore comfortably switch between environments and communication styles, and understand the importance of good stakeholder management. He or she should also show the leadership and decisiveness needed to manage operational projects of this level of complexity and scale.
- 3-5 years experience with project management or product portfolio management
- Comfortable working in a less structured environment and able to create structure individually
- Strong planning, budgeting, and timeboxing skills
- Strong stakeholder management skills and communication skills (in English) across different organizational levels, and the ability and sensitivity to work with colleagues from different nationalities and cultures