Why work at Bata?

People are at the heart of what we do. From the consumers and customers we serve, to the communities in which we operate, to the employees who drive our success year after year. Through our CSR programs, volunteering and philanthropy, we deepen our connections with the company, our colleagues and the communities in which we operate.

What we offer

Competitive salary, generous benefits and a respect for work-life balance form the foundation of what we offer at Bata. We then go the extra mile to train and equip our employees to make the most of the opportunities available to them. We provide industry-leading development programsto foster a culture of teamwork, integrity and excellence in everything we do. As a global brand, we value diversity and mobility, encouraging our people to pursue positions in new regions that will help them grow professionally and personally. Our multicultural leadership team is representative of this commitment and our brand’s international footprint.

At Bata, we’re focused on making beautiful, comfortable and affordable shoes. If you have a passion for footwear, fashion and exciting customers, you could go far with a career at Bata.

  • Leadership is part of our DNA at Bata. Our founder, Tomas Bata, believed that in order to do a job well we must lead by example. We expect our managers to show this quality: gaining the trust of their colleagues by communicating clearly and acting decisively in challenging situations. The Bata management team is responsible for bringing out the best in their staff, understanding individuals’ strengths to progress their careers and Bata’s success.

  • Our marketers work tirelessly to understand the needs of our customers. Researching the latest global footwear trends since 1894, they know how to sell shoes to a global market, whether it’s in Delhi, Mexico City or Geneva. Successful marketers share a sense of curiosity, a thirst for learning and a sharp analytical mind. Our teams anticipate the changes in the world of fashion, footwear and communication, creating strategies and campaigns that will give Bata a competitive edge.

  • Running a successful global brand requires careful planning. To reach our markets around the world, Bata has built a strategic logistics and distribution network, ensuring that every customer gets the shoes they want when they want them, no matter where they are. How we get raw materials to factories and then the end product to the customer is a constantly shifting process; our supply chain personnel work tirelessly to understand the market demand and make the path to the consumer as smooth as possible. Our team is made up of clear thinkers who understand the power of a robust process and can anticipate challenges ahead.

  • Technology has become central to everything we do at Bata. From the factory floor to our retail stores and to the boardroom, we rely on effective systems and connectivity to keep our business moving forward. Our IT professionals make this progress possible by finding practical fixes for everyday issues and innovative solutions to address tomorrow’s challenges. We seek out IT staff that go above and beyond and find not only the solution, but the best solution – personalities that are constantly looking for better ways to do their job and to make the business more efficient.

  • A few things have changed since we started doing business in 1894. How people shop in the 21st century is a major shift. Mastering E-commerce and being competitive online is essential to our business. Our team mixes technology and marketing know-how to make sure our customers can find the shoes the need, while helping Bata reach new customers and markets. A deep knowledge of online platforms, algorithms, product optimization and shifting digital trends is what we look for in our E-commerce wizards.

  • As a family business, we want our employees to be treated like family. Monitoring job satisfaction, protecting employee interests, handling contracts and responding to everyday requests is what’s required to keep our family happy and motivated. Our empathetic HR teams work proactively to improve the working conditions and the lives of their colleagues all over the world. Understanding people is a must in this position, but so is a patient and critical eye when dealing with paperwork.

  • Our global operation relies on a flexible and agile financial system. Accurate reporting, accounting, forecasting and management helps to maintain the financial and operational health of Bata worldwide. Our team of financial professionals spend their days gathering and analyzing information to inform and devise strategies that will drive Bata’s business forward. A passion for numbers and business, and the ability to see an opportunity, is what sets our financial team apart. 

Interview with Lola Nabais

Q: What is your current role (and department) and how long have you worked for Bata?

A: I started my roleas Business Controller in April 2021. In this role, I support the Controlling director, Senior leadership and the Global functions in planning and monitoring business activities and global projects. This includes tasks such as budget planning, project performance, costs management or financial modelling.

Q: What other roles have you worked in during your career at Bata?

A: I’ve been at Bata since 2015, based in our head office in Lausanne, Switzerland and I’ve held a few different positions during that time, all in the Finance Department.

I started out as a Financial Assistant where I assisted the team in the HQ maintaining and updating accounting records. Less than a year later, I shifted my focus to financial reporting as a Reporting and Consolidation Analyst. I learnt a lot during my two-and-a-half years in that role as the work required more interactions with other stakeholders in the operations and within the HQ, system expertise and more responsibility.

My next position, Business Analyst, focused on performance, supportingdecision-making and managing risk. The forward-looking role was important preparation for my current role as Business Controller.

Q: What are the most important skills for being successful in your current position? How did you learn or develop these skills?

A: I’ve been fortunate to have a variety experiences at Bata – in both financial reporting and controlling – and have learnt so much. My education background is in business management and administration, which provided a solid foundation for a career in finance and working within systems. For me, the recipe for being successful in my position is to keep a quality and problem-solving mindset. The latter, together with autonomy and enjoying working with my peers, has helped me to progress in my career and get to where I am today. I also think a willingness to learn and be challenged is essential if you want to make the most of the opportunities.I have been lucky to learn important skills from my managersalong the years and take the opportunities when they have come along.

Q: How would you describe the culture at Bata?

A: Bata is a family business that is committed to its values. I recognized that there was something different about the company when I started in the way people look out for one another, how the company’s leadership is truly invested in each and every employee and how, as a global organization, we believe in giving back and positively impacting the communities where we have offices, factories or shops. Moreover, thanks to the relatively small team we are here in the HQ in Lausanne, I got the opportunity to touch many topics and different areas of finance. I don’t think this would have been possible in another international company.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Bata and would you recommend Bata as an employer?

A: The challenging environment mightn’t be for everyone, but it’s the reason I’ve loved working here for the past six years – challenges make the adventure even more exciting. We did so much in terms of finance improvement in the last years and there is still so much to do.The company is in constant evolution and it is very rewarding and satisfying to be part of this journey.