Career advice: How I became the Head of Beauty at Harrods

In partnership with CEW, Mia Collins, Head of Beauty at Harrods, on how she landed her dream role as lead buyer at one of the world's leading department stores

Mia Collins is the Head of Beauty at Harrods, one of the world's leading luxury department stores.

With a career spanning nearly 14 years at the Knightsbridge, London, retailer, she has led, along with Harrods' Beauty Director Annalise Fard, the ambitious 90,000sqft beauty department revamp and take the British landmark outside of the capital with the H Beauty stores.

"We strive to be leaders in the beauty industry – and specifically luxury beauty," she tells Cosmetics Business. "Whilst that goal hasn’t changed, what that means and requires has evolved a tremendous amount and my role has evolved and grown with it."

Here, in association with CEW UK, Collins shares what she believes are the most essential skills a cosmetics industry professional can possess, how 2020 has impacted her role and how to become a leader in beauty.


What attracted you to apply for your first role at Harrods?

I studied at Newcastle University, after which I joined the Graduate Scheme for Buying at . . .

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