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Sr. Initiative Leader


We’re the Wella Company, a global leader in professional beauty. Our iconic portfolio of brands is sold in over 150 countries around the world. We believe in beauty with a purpose and brands that inspire, no matter where they are in the world.

We are looking for a Sr. Initiative Leader to join our OPI Initiative Management Team who can lead a multi-functional team, to develop and execute a comprehensive initiative plan that delivers in-market success. The Initiative Leader uses his/her expertise in Initiative Systems to deliver outstanding, breakthrough business results. The Initiative Leader collaborates with all the multi-functional team members, but especially with the Commercial/Brand Leader and Go-to-Market Leader to ensure that all necessary learning, qualification and execution activities of the initiative are completed in support of a successful launch. The Initiative Leader will be expected to manage a portfolio of projects which may vary between new product launches & technical design depending on Business needs.


In this role you will be responsible for:
• Owning End 2 End readiness and timeliness of the initiative across technical, commercial and
financial aspects.
• Leading the integration of the multi-functional team and leverage our innovation processes for
breakthrough speed and productivity with quality execution.
• Collaborating with multi-functional partners to deliver a portfolio of initiatives that is sufficient to fulfill the brand innovation strategy in consumer offer, business scale and profitability.
• Building alignment with initiative stakeholders on all plans. Crisis-Like Collaboration. Drives and
consolidate Initiative team recommendation (including Sku portfolio and sourcing, make vs buy).
• Ensuring the adherence to operating strategies for new launches or drives team options
recommendation to go out of standard operating strategy.
• Owning and driving any initiative issue to resolution while demonstrating courageous leadership
and smart risk taking.
• Overseeing action plan led by planning and manufacturing teams and leading resolution plans in
case of escalation through the alert process. Effectively frames & communicates to leadership,
ensuring fast decision making.
• Acts as Initiative Lead to divisional leadership for all initiative reporting, Gates decisions and change management. Coordinates communication and recommendations with functional leadership (across Supply Chain, R&D and Commercial)
• Delivers Initiative Success. Clarify business objectives and expectations, Delivers project
Success Criteria. Focus on Business First, Project Second.
• Guiding initiative teams to develop holistic Gate-process-based learning to deliver on-time
Commercial, Technical & Market readiness.
• Coaching the Initiative team members in delivering their tasks in synchronization and with efficient
cross functional interaction in the project environment.


We’d love to see candidates who have:
• Project management experience - 2-3 years project management related experience is essential
• Experience of WELLA COMPANY Operations and/or Beauty, FMCG, or Food industries.
• Understanding of new product development processes & stage gate approach
• Exposure to production environment & interaction of packaging, process, manufacturing
• Strong Microsoft excel & Microsoft project capability
• Additional background in planning/purchasing/technical environment also beneficial
• Demonstrates a strong sense of individual accountability
• Makes fast decisions balancing intuition and facts

• Proactively seeks improvement, is a solution provider and a problem solver
• Makes innovation happen within real-life constraints
• Learns from successes and failures, looks for and reapplies best practices
• Embraces and accelerates change in a fast-paced environment
• Is resilient and flexible, adapts to new challenges
• Thrives on challenges and keeps a healthy attitude under pressure
• Demonstrates relevant business knowledge & financial awareness
• Is dedicated to driving the business in a profitable & sustainable way
• Adapts leadership style to situations & people, finds the right balance between delegation & control
• Gives constructive & actionable feedback to improved performance & development


This is a unique leadership role with a genuine opportunity to make a business impact on a Global scale. Priority brand for Wella Company. You will get to work in a diverse environment with a team that is passionate about bringing new innovation to the Nail industry as a leading brand.


Our people make us who we are. They are the brightest minds bringing the boldest ideas to life every day. If you’re the kind of person who refuses to settle, if you want to think bigger, learn faster and go further than you ever thought possible – we’d love to hear from you.

We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. WELLA COMPANY complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.



Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles