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Operations and Logistics Controller

Posted 12 Jul 2024
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2 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Full-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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ABOUT THE BRAND

At Karl Lagerfeld, we are driven by Karl’s mantra: “Embrace the present and invent the future.”

Always contemporary and forward-looking, the House of KARL LAGERFELD shares the creative vision and design aesthetic of its iconic founder, Karl Lagerfeld.

We are the only fashion house that carries Karl’s name on its door and we strive to live up to this responsibility in everything we do, every day, with the utmost joy and passion.

Our headquarters in Paris and in Amsterdam are home to a highly diverse and driven team of KARL family members that hail from over 50 countries. Together, we aim to create meaningful stories and product concepts that connect to Karl’s world and iconic attributes.

Women’s & Men's ready-to-wear, bags, small leather goods, swimwear and underwear are managed directly from our Amsterdam headquarters, while other categories, including footwear, fragrances, eyewear and more, are developed with best-in-class licensing partners.

We connect with our consumers on multiple levels, ensuring that our online and offline approach goes hand in hand. We thrive to maximize consumer engagement via more than 200 KL stores worldwide, our premium wholesale partners, and our strong digital footprint, spearheaded by our KARL.COM flagship store, which reaches 96 countries. Our digital channels currently represent more than 30% of our overall full-price business.

We are a dynamic, fast-growing and inclusive company built on professionalism and strong values. At KARL LAGERFELD we’re committed to working toward the highest standards of sustainability and integrity across all areas of our business,. In 2019, KARL LAGERFELD joined as a founding member of the Fashion Pact, a global sustainability initiative seeking to transform the fashion industry through objectives in three areas: climate, biodiversity and ocean protection.

The Role

The Operations and Logistics Controller works at the crossroads of finance and operations. This role involves monitoring KL’s operations, implementing budgetary controls, and financial insights to support decision-making processes and defining/implementing potential areas of improvement. By analysing operational costs and financial reports, the Operations Controller helps steer the KL towards its financial goals while ensuring operational efficiencies.

The Operations and Logistics Controller has a background in Management Accounting and an understanding of the logistics operations and the related costs. They should be capable of introducing Activity Based Costing concepts.

Responsibilities

Planning/ budgeting

  • Contribute to short- and long-term logistics planning, including financial forecasting, to ensure efficient resource allocation and budget management.

Monitor actual cost against budget

  • Processing of actual cost (invoices), which includes checks against SLA and allocating cost to the corresponding customer channels and store level.
  • Monthly reporting of actual against budget for the different cost area's (inbound transportation, warehousing and distribution) on customer channel level, including root cause analysis of deviations.

Monitor landed cost

  • Monitor actual landed cost versus system assumptions to ensure accurate reflection margin on product level. This will include proposal for adjustments where necessary.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyse logistics data, identify trends and translate insights into clear, concise reports that inform strategic decision-making.

Cost Optimization

  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks, while seeking opportunities to optimise costs across warehousing, transportation, and inventory control.

Process Improvement

  • Propose and implement innovative tools and processes that enhance financial and operational performance management.

Cross-functional thinking

  • Build strong relationships with colleagues across Finance and Operations, fostering a collaborative environment that promotes data-driven decision-making.

Profile:

  • Bachelor's degree in fields such as Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or Economics
  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience as an Operations/Logistics/Supply Chain controller in a similar role
  • Strong foundation in mathematics, analytical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Excellent skills in Excel and ability to create insights from data and can influence stakeholders to improve overall performance
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • High-performance orientation through self-motivation and agility
  • High energy and hands-on attitude with a clear bias for action;
  • Fluent in English

Why #TEAMKARL? (HQ)

  • Learning and development courses/training
  • Opportunity to make an impact
  • Remote working arrangements
  • Relocation Package
  • Bonus holidays
  • Working in the heart of Amsterdam
  • Brand discounts
  • And exclusive sample sales only for #TEAMKARL

JOIN #TEAMKARL

The collective vision of KARL LAGERFELD is to be the most connected global designer brand, inspiring consumers through luxury collections and immersing them in the World of KARL. If you are interested in joining #TEAMKARL, we invite you to submit your application today.

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld is globally renowned for his cutting-edge, aspirational and relevant approach to style. Under his creative direction, the KARL LAGERFELD fashion house is rooted in a DNA that’s accessible-luxe and cool; its signature aesthetic combines timeless classics with a modern, rock-chic edge.
KARL LAGERFELD’s portfolio includes ready-to-wear for men and women, childrenswear, bags and small leather goods. Additional…


Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld is globally renowned for his cutting-edge, aspirational and relevant approach to style. Under his creative direction, the KARL LAGERFELD fashion house is rooted in a DNA that’s accessible-luxe and cool; its signature aesthetic combines timeless classics with a modern, rock-chic edge.

KARL LAGERFELD’s portfolio includes ready-to-wear for men and women, childrenswear, bags and small leather goods. Additional collections include watches, eyewear, footwear, perfumes, candles and fashion jewellery. In 2016 the company launched bridal fine jewellery and KARL LAGERFELD PARIS, which brings Parisian-inspired styles to North America. In 2018, it launched the KARL LAGERFELD X KAIA collection — designed with model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber — which was the company’s largest collaborative project to date.

KARL LAGERFELD’s expanding network includes over 100 mono-brand points of sale worldwide, plus a premium wholesale presence in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The global flagship store on KARL.COM reaches 96 countries and reflects KARL LAGERFELD’s expertise in engagement through digital innovation.

Retail
Amsterdam
125 employees