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Product Platform Transformation Director

Hours per week
40 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 37,000 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 800,000 store visitors per day
  • ~17 million prescription glasses sold
  • Revenue 2018: EUR 3,7 billion
  • EBITDA 2018: EUR 576 million
  • Over 37,000 employees

Our vision is to provide high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world. By doing so, GrandVision aspires to help them realize their full potential in life.

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.

With customers, stores and employees located in over 40 countries, GrandVision shows diversity to be at the core of its success. Grandvision is a global company proud and committed to be an equal opportunity employer.

Product Platform Transformation Director Schiphol, Amsterdam Area

Product Transformation Director

Reports to

VP Business Development and Transformation

Direct reports

4-5 FTEs

Main purpose of the role

Deliver GV ambition to create a strong global product platform across all product categories.

Streamline and implement Forward strategy (Product Value Chain, Organization of the Future and omnichannel ambition) on the Product categories scope in close cooperation with HQ functional leads and OpCo teams.

The Product transformation Director will be specifically responsible of:

1. Leading Product Value Chain portfolio of project related to Products categories:

ü Steer Product categories portfolio of project (project governance, progress and risks Mgt, resources Mgt, …)

ü Manage stakeholders to facilitate alignment and coordination (HQ Products, CFOPS, CX&D IT and OpCos leaders)

ü Deliver a robust change management program (leadership & teams buy-in, communication, training) with the support of HR

ü Develop and coach its team of Products project leads and contribute to the development of GV transformation capability

PVC project portfolio encompass GV strategic product rebranding initiative, strengthen global catalog governance, Upgraded category management and product development capability

2. Operationalize Sun strategy to become the preferred sunglass destination

ü Develop tangible and ambitious Solaris retail and category strategy, in close cooperation with the Sun team

ü Accelerate on-going initiatives (Cut-through P&L, eCom platform, in-store execution)

ü Build turnaround plans to recover growth on Solaris key markets in close cooperation with Cluster VPs/MDs of those markets

3. Support any other growth initiatives of GV global products platform

ü Coordinate on-going initiatives related to GV product platform growth (global brands for lenses and CL, brands licensing

ü Continuous search and care about any new business projects that will contribute to GV product platform growth (categories extension, new lines of products & services, business partnership, …)

Key performance indicators

Achievement of GV Forward objectives related to the global products platform:

ü Assortment freshness

ü Global Catalog Compliance

ü Share of EB

Required qualifications/level of education

Business school master’s degree

Core competencies/ Personal attributes

Ability to drive Management decisions and align stakeholders while coaching efficiently and inspiring teams. Candidate should demonstrate strong Leadership, communication and negotiation skills

Ability to deliver complex projects. candidate should be an excellent business operator with analytical mindset, problem solving, critical thinking and fast learning skills

Finally, candidate should be 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.

Key skills, knowledge and experience

- 5-7 years’ experience in specialized distribution (Eyewear, cosmetics, fashion, clothing)

- 5-7 years’ experience in delivering complex business transformation initiatives (as an internal or external strategy consultant)

- Experience in assortment performance piloting (sales, stocks, SKUs), products & brands commercial planning (brands activation, pricing, product life cycle)

- Strong knowledge of English (written & spoken)

Future potential/ learning agility/ growth opportunities

Candidate could evolve into a position of global product category director or marketing director.


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Application process

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

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