LACOSTE is above all a legend
The legend of a fantastic tennis player, René Lacoste, a member of the famous French "Musketeers" Davis Cup Team and a star of the courts at Wimbledon, Forest Hills and Roland Garros.
The true story of "the Crocodile" dates back to 1927. René Lacoste liked to recount how this nickname came about and ultimately became a brand of worldwide renown.
“I was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by the American press, after I made a bet with the captain of the French Davis Cup Team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey.”
In 1933, René Lacoste founded a company to manufacture the perfect tennis shirt. The original “1212” pique polo shirt featured the now legendary embroidered crocodile on the left breast - Lacoste was born and revolutionised sportswear and branding within sport.
Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.
We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.
We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.
We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.
In 1991 Pentland became the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear and in 2018 the two will come together to leverage the global reach of both brands for the growth of this iconic brand.
The JV aims to be renowned for its premium quality and innovative footwear, with an emphasis on sports-influenced styles.
As the Commercial Business Partner, Lacoste Footwear you will:
Report directly into the Financial Controller. Be considered to be an integral part of the Lacoste JV Finance team and wider commercial leads across Product, Supply Chain and the wider Lacoste Commercial network. Be part of the wider Lacoste and Pentland Finance Community, participating in projects and processes as required
Your proven experience of business partnering will enable you to be pragmatic and creative in your approach, building rapport, and delivering insights and added value across the commercial functions (Product, Supply Chain and wider commercial Lacoste network). Ensuring financial clarity and input at the beginning of key decisions rather than financial sign off at the end.
Create the link between the Lacoste JV long term Strategy (PMT pack)and how this is to be cascaded down from 3 year plan, current year and then into each seasonal forecasts, ensuring alignment across the commercial market targets and the product category targets.
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