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GUCCI VAULT Head of Buying and Merchandising

Gucci - Regular
MILANO - Italy

Context Gucci VAULT is the new online concept store created by Gucci from the vision of Creative Director Alessandro Michele and launched in September 2021. Vault is many different things at once: a time machine, an archive, a library, a laboratory, and a meeting place. It is in a state of continuous evolution, reflecting the Creative Director’s passion for experimentation, showcasing restored and customized archive pieces alongside the creations of emerging designers through a poetic and coherent editorial format. These items will be released at regular intervals throughout the year in limited quantities, ensuring an ever-exclusive offering. As Vault evolves, it will encompass many different forms of collaboration, including a selection of items from other brands dear to Alessandro Michele, resulting in an offering that goes increasingly beyond the traditional.

Mission

The Gucci VAULT Head of Buying & Merchandising will be part of the New Businesses department, reporting to the Gucci VAULT CEO and managing the VAULT Buying and merchandising team.

Leveraging on all opportunities that the digital environment offers, the Head of Buying & Merchandising will be in charge of defining VAULT offer in close partnership with Gucci Creative office, bring it to life on VAULT channels and maximize its performance.

She/He will manage the relationship all our external Brand Partners and Designers as well as all internal cross-functional partners to support the growth of Gucci VAULT business through an appropriate product assortment that reflects the new platform mission.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define on a semi-annual basis the offer strategy and structure, as well as the brand mix and the nature of project with each brand, in close relationship with Gucci Creative office.
  • Set up and manage the partnerships with all our brand partners, including due diligence, contract and financial negotiation.
  • Buying
    • Shape and discuss exclusive projects with Brand partners
    • Define and buy the assortment for in-line products and Vault exclusives
  • Collection Merchandising
    • Oversee the Vintage offer composition and pricing, in close collaboration with Gucci Creative office, archivists and artisans
    • Merchandise and drive the development of cobranded collections
  • Define and implement the digital merchandising strategy to bring the offer to life on the site and maximize its performance.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of overall business during the season - performance, product/style and take actions to reach full potential and maximize sell through.

Key Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of ten years’ of experience in buying & merchandising (ideally 2-3 years in digital) with management of multiple categories such as leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories
  • Excellent product sensibility & thorough knowledge of Luxury & Contemporary market trends
  • Ability to lead a business and a team, with a provide track record of delivering business growth and innovative merchandising & buying solutions
  • Good knowledge of the product development and production process
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and make sound data driven decisions
  • Hands-on approach and willingness to work in team
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven track record of building successful relationships at all levels of an organization
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and fluency in Italian would be a plus
  • Full time
  • Europe
  • Italy
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