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Category Management Internship

Hours per week
38 hours


GrandVision is a global leader in optical retailing and delivers high quality and affordable eye care to more and more customers around the world. The high quality eye care offered by GrandVision includes a wide range of services provided by its vision expert, prescription glasses including frames and lenses, contact lenses and contact lens care products, and sunglasses both plain and with prescription lenses. These products are offered through leading optical retail banners which operate more than 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. GrandVision serves its customers in over 7,000 stores and with more than 36,000 employees which are proving every day that in EYE CARE, WE CARE MORE.


Some key figures:

  • 7,000+ stores in more than 40 countries
  • 30 retail banners
  • over 700,000 store visitors per day
  • ~16 million prescription glasses sold
  • Revenue 2017: EUR 3,5 billion
  • EBITDA 2017: EUR 552 million
  • Over 36,000 employees


Developing Careers & Potential

Within all GrandVision companies we recruit for a career, not just a job. We are passionate about customer satisfaction and develop our people to look for growth potential within the job and within the company. Our preference is to always promote internally where possible. So, wherever people start, there’s always somewhere else to go. We strive for continuous improvement and our new recruits help us to further raise the future potential of our company.

Our whole business is full of people who have gone on to achieve a successful career through experiencing a variety of different roles in different locations and area of our business. We continually support and develop our people who have the desire, ambition and potential to grow.

Category Management Internship, Schiphol, Amsterdam Area

Solaris was created in France in 1994 ago with the aim to offer its customers the “Ultimate Sunglass Selection” on premium locations in Europe and to provide a unique, technical and fashionable Customer Experience. The own stores network expended in France and southern Europe to reach more than 1500 points of sales across 23 countries.

Solaris is now the global category manager for sunglasses within GrandVision group. It is rapidly expanding its sun retail concept in more than 20 countries and is one of the growth engines of GrandVision. The objective is to drive GrandVision’s position in the global sunglass market under the Solaris brand. Also outside of GrandVision, Solaris is targeting further expansion.

GrandVision is building its sunglass business globally under its Solaris global retail brand, off- and online (www.solarissunglass. com). Current turnover is about €300mn, delivered through 4 formats. Whilst about 130 standalone stores are operated, most of the sales come from shop-in-shops (or, in smaller stores, through sunglass displays) in GrandVision’s existing over 5.800 stores.

The ambition of Solaris is to have full global coverage, leveraging a smoothly operated “hard franchise model”, with the GrandVision Solaris organisation as the “franchisor” and the local countries/existing stores as “franchisees”. In addition to driving global expansion of Solaris through a tight franchise model, GrandVision also wants to look into other business development opportunities for the Solaris brand, e.g. airport retail, department stores, regional Master Franchise. Profitability should grow further at the same time.

Reports to

3 Global Category managers

Main purpose of the role

Within the Sun (Solaris) assortment team, you will support the 3 category managers in their daily missions.


International Brands (NEB) & Exclusive Brands (EB) selection days

  • Preparation: agenda creation, event coordination, follow up of documentation needed from suppliers & Opcos
  • During: Responsible to create the “open to buy list” according to the global selection committee choices
  • After: booklet, new selection features overview, sunglasses pack shot management

Product & trends management

  • Build global trends reports: benchmark, competition, new brands, new ambassador, brands update, PR…
  • Collect local trends and products needs from countries (23 countries, 35 banners) to create detailed product brief for both EB and NEB (document requirements for a new product)
  • Run sell-out/article performance analysis at a global level in order to provide the best local recommendations
  • New brand opportunity evaluation
  • Brand Launchpack writing on category management demand
  • Sun category newsletter content writing for Assortment
  • Calendar alignment: Collect main key delivery milestones dates from Countries (main NEB launches/campaigns, EB ranges)
  • Ensure the availability of NEB products for main launches and marketing campaigns (in collaboration with supply chain team)
  • Product & Mkg specific campaigns implementation & impact measurement

Product database

  • Global master data management
  • E-commerce master data management


Management and continuous optimization of the Global Sun Product showroom in Schiphol (Sample orders, stock management and planograms)

Required qualifications/level of education

  • Bachelor’s degree Business / marketing (business school)

Core competencies/ Personal attributes

  • Highly adaptable to new environments; with a natural ability to embrace learning and develop through experience
  • High level of energy and ambition to realise a positive impact
  • Positive, customer first, can do attitude
  • Autonomous, proactive and dynamic

Key skills, knowledge and experience

  • Strong knowledge of English (written & spoken)
  • International profile
  • Excellent skills with Excel (+ MS office, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Internship experience in a product management/retail environment will be appreciated / 3 months minimum
  • Willing to travel during Selection days 3 times a year for 3 weeks


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NB. If you have not heard back from us after 27 days, please consider your application not to be successful.

Application process

1. Apply
2. 1st interview
3. 2nd interview
4. Offer
5. Hired

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