Chief Digital Officer

Job ID: 2018-3701

Brand: Kao AEMEA

Location: DE - - Darmstadt

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This newly created role will report directly to the Commercial leadership in the America’s and EMEA and work collaboratively with the full support of the senior leadership team to ideate and ultimately execute new digital initiatives.

This role can be located in the United States or Europe.


  • Developing and enhancing the cross-sector digital strategy for A/EMEA.
  • Leading the Digital transformation for A/EMEA and developing the digital roadmap.
  • Providing strategic support and advice to commercial leadership to increase the power of our Brands and consumer/customer engagement with our brands.
  • Earn company-wide commitment for the digital strategy and be a "creative, driven leader who innately looks across departmental and corporate boundaries to solve large-scale problems.
  • Working with all commercial departments to ensure that the commercial strategy is aligned to drive business and increase consumer and customer engagement.
  • Collaborates with Department leaders and appropriate leaders to translate company missions into digital offerings.
  • Deploy the defined digital strategy in A/EMEA and be accountable for the overall A/EMEA digital performance.
  • Continuously have the external outlook to drive Digital innovation in our business.
  • Engage with consumers, customers, suppliers, and external partners.
  • Identify new, unique capabilities to propose for the business.
  • Ensuring that the digital strategy is aligned with brand strategies and local go to market strategy.



  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing organization-wide digital strategies aligned with organizational mission.
  • Experience in the Consumer Goods industry, with global responsibility.
  • 10+ years of experience in a combination of Business and Digital-line departments at a customer-focused, consumer-centric organization (or related industry).
  • 3+ years of executive Digital leadership with responsibility for defining and executing on business plans to meet strategic objectives.
  • (Digital) project experience.
  • Broad knowledge of current industry trends and developments and considered a thought leader.
  • Experience in providing strategic leadership using a balanced approach to deeply manage competing interests in order to deliver creative and compelling industry leading solutions.


  • Able to speak multiple business languages (marketing, strategy, IT, finance).
  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business and technical groups including ability to share knowledge resolve conflict and build consensus among many stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of IT architecture, data analytics, information security, etc.
  • Positive outlook, strong work ethic, and responsiveness to all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills necessary to document and write strategic business plans.
  • Strong project management and organization skills.
  • Solid analytical skills to include using a combination of member data and financial analysis to guide sound decision making.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, an affinity for networking, and demonstrated high level of confidence and poise with a strong service orientation.
  • Key stakeholder management:strong capability in the ability to influence cross functional stakeholders to drive desired outcome.

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