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Artek is a Finnish design company, founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity. 

For over 80 years, Artek’s products have enriched public spaces, museums, schools, restaurants, hotels, shops, as well as countless private homes all over the world. Since 2013 Artek has been part of the Swiss design company Vitra. With a small, yet dynamic and highly dedicated team, we aim to further develop Artek as an independent heritage brand within the international environment of the Vitra group.

Sales & Marketing Director f/m/d

Country/Region:  FI
City:  Helsinki
Level of Employment:  100%
Duration:  permanent
Required Travel:  0-25%
Company:  Artek oy ab

The position 
We are looking for a passionate Sales & Marketing Director to further strengthen and develop our thriving activities in Artek’s home country Finland. In this role you are responsible for the implementation of the sales and marketing strategy for your market to achieve ambitious sales goals, while navigating a dynamic multi-brand (Artek, Vitra, String and others) and multi-channel (wholesale, direct retail, contract sales) environment.

 

Based at the Artek head office in central Helsinki you will be managing a highly dedicated team of around 40 employees with a sales target in a double-digit range. In this role, you will have the chance to move your career forward in our company by taking over a Market Leader role for the Finish market. 

 

Your responsibilities

  • Further strengthen our wholesale dealer network catering to private end customers
  • Oversee the activities of the Artek Helsinki flagship store
  • Develop our contract business through our wholesale dealer network and direct key account business
  • Establish and maintain relationships with new and existing clients, with strong focus on the A&D community 
  • Identify new market opportunities 
  • Develop an overarching sales marketing plan for all channels.
  • Lead and develop your team through goals, on-going training and coaching 
  • Establish and foster an international network within the entire organisation (Vitra group)

 

Your profile

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Business Administration, Architecture, Design or related field
  • 10+ years experience in sales, preferably in the design industry 
  • Affinity with premium or heritage brands
  • Proven omni-channel management skills, including e-commerce business 
  • Business and marketing development expertise 
  • Ambition to meet challenging business sales goals
  • Strong language skills (Finnish and English) 
  • Experience in collaborating with creative partners (graphic designers, photographers and architects)

 

Are you interested?

 

At Artek, you will find a pulsating environment where you can thrive and make a lasting contribution.

 

 

If you have further questions please contact Bastian Brokatzky at +41613771533.

 

 

 

 

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