Category Management Intern
Solaris was created in France in 1994 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 expanded 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 and expand outside of GrandVision.
GrandVision is building its sunglass business globally under its Solaris global retail brand, off and online. 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.
If you cannot wait to put all the knowledge you have gained during your studies into practice and to bring your ideas to the table, this internship might be a good fit for you. As a Category Management Intern, you will be responsible for the communication with countries, managing analyses, market research, and many other interesting tasks that may come your way. Category Management is involved in all aspects of the organization, therefore, you will be able to get a good understanding of the business functioning in terms of collaboration with stakeholders and strategic plans. During this internship, you will be supporting one of the most international teams in GrandVision. Thus, this is a great opportunity for you to create an interesting network with the different stakeholders and to gain real-life experience.
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.
1. Product & trends management
2. Global-Local Category management community animation Product assortment committee
Key skills, knowledge and experience
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 experts, prescription glasses including frames and lenses, contact lenses and contact lens care products, and sunglasses both plain...
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 experts, 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 such as Pearle Opticiens and EyeWish in the Netherlands, Apollo-Optik in Germany, and Vision Express in the UK, which operate in more than 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. GrandVision serves its customers in over 6,500 stores and with more than 31,000 employees which are proving every day that in EYE CARE, WE CARE MORE. For more information, please visit: grandvision.com.
Some key figures :
6,516 stores in over 40 countries
29 retail banners
over 600,000 store visitors per day
15 million prescription spectacles sold
2 million social media followers
Revenue 2016: EUR 3,316 million (growth > 3.5% compared to 2015)
Adjusted EBITDA 2016: EUR 537 million (+5.0% compared to 2015)
Over 31,000 employees
Find our annual report here: annualreport.grandvision.com
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. In EYE CARE, WE CARE MORE.
Our mission is committed to growth and achieving a market leading position in each country it operates in, and thereby create value for all its stakeholders and foremost, its customers.
Our strategy is to further expand our global presence and further develop, strengthen and deploy our global capabilities, expanding in current markets, driving further comparable growth and optimizing the existing store network.