Senior Manager, Product Development - Skincare

  • Company: Kendo
  • Location: United States
  • Business group: Perfumes & Cosmetics
  • Contract type: Permanent Job
  • Function: Research & Innovation
  • Experience required: Minimum 5 years
  • Reference No.: KEND00062
  • Date of publication: 2018.11.12



Kendo Holdings, Inc. is a San Francisco-based beauty brand developer and wholesaler owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton, the world's largest luxury group. A play on the words "can do", Kendo has become the hub of creativity and next generation beauty product development for global Sephora channels and selective retailers outside of Sephora.

Through original development, collaborations and acquisitions the Kendo stable of brands will always be creative, inspiring and innovative. A dynamic engine of speed, expertise and market-savvy, the Kendo team continues to redefine the beauty industry through great product, great storytelling, great retail and direct-to-consumer partnerships. This shows up in everything we do and in what we stand for:

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: We seek creative ways to get things done
PERSEVERANCE: We are moved by Winston Churchill's words, ‘never, never, never give up'
GENEROSITY: The power of giving
STORYTELLING: Creating authentic stories to inspire
QUALITY OBSESSION: Our product quality is a reflection of ourselves
FUN: Work, life, and fun are woven of a single fabric
The Kendo house of brands currently includes: Bite, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Ole Henriksen and Fenty Beauty.


The Senior Manager, Skincare Product Development will be responsible for managing and driving the day-to-day skincare development process, from concept to launch. The position will be responsible for supplier communication, and management of relationships with cross-functional partners in packaging development, project management, sourcing, regulatory, quality assurance, and brand management.


Manage all phases of skincare formula development and new product innovation
Lead internal communication with cross-functional partners as it relates to product briefs, formula evaluation, copy and claims, artwork and regulatory deliverables
Monitor and maintain on-time delivery of critical project milestones
Manage daily communication with external partners
Evaluate formula submissions with team and management
Survey competitive landscape to develop best-in-class products by identifying trends and current and emerging competitors
Review all batch submissions as needed, including on-site approvals whenever necessary
Maintain key relationships with contract manufacturers. Conduct onsite development when necessary
Responsible for lab briefs and communication with labs/chemists
Lead and present innovation/concepts
Responsible for researching new ingredients, textures, products and packaging to allow for greater innovation


College degree with 7+ years relevant work experience in skincare product development
Experience and strong relationships with domestic and international suppliers
Passionate about skincare and the beauty industry
Experience managing direct reports
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects through strong prioritization and planning
Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results
Ability to work in fast-paced, often-changing collaborative environment
Is a self-starter, able to work independently and take initiative
Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
Demonstrate a can-do attitude, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done
Is a team player, flexible and able to adapt to changes
Ability to think both strategically and tactically with exceptional attention to detail
Domestic and international travel is required


Perfumes & Cosmetics

A major player in the perfumes, make-up and skincare markets, the Perfumes & Cosmetics division groups together major historic Houses as well as young brands with strong potential.

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