Under the definition of Retail and Luxury there is a wide range of interesting firms from luxury, fashion, sportswear and cosmetics as well as retail. International brands and conglomerates recruit MBAs for internships and fulltime opportunities, offering structured leadership development programs. On the other hand the world of luxury and fashion is very fragmented and leveraging on the centrality of the retail and luxury business in Europe, companies such as LVMH, Kering, L’Oréal, Intercos, Nike and YNAP, build their pipelines of candidates on rolling basis during interviews and case study seminars.

Pursuing a career in this sector sectors means being on an aspirational journey: knowledge and passion for the consumers and the products are fundamental, knowledge of Italian and French language, while soft skills such as resilience and adaptability are also appreciated. The typical functions sought after are in Merchandising, Business Development, E-commerce sales & marketing, Operations, Business Analytics, CRM & Omnichannel Solutions, Finance, Retail Planning.

Potential MBA Recruiters:

SDA MBA Alumni in Retail & Luxury

  • Maria Varanovich - Personalisation Operations Manager at Loro Piana, Italy 
  • Pierdomenico Vinci - Merchandising Manager at Giorgio Armani, Italy 
  • Camille Frecaut - Director Strategic Marketing Global Travel at Coty, Switzerland 
  • Kristina Likhovid - Head of Intelligence at Chalhoub Group, UAE
  • Gabriele Trombetta - Head of E-Commerce at JW Anderson, UK 
  • Manish Joshi - Senior Merchandise Financial Planner Key Sports at Nike, The Netherlands 
  • Rituja Bakshi - Manager Connected Marketplace at Calvin Klein, The Netherlands