Belk Posts a Slew of Private Brand Jobs

Here is a slew of Private Brand jobs from the regional department store Belk. Belk, Inc. is the nation’s largest privately owned department store company with more than 300 fashion department stores in 16 contiguous Southern states and sales totaling $3.8 billion in its past fiscal year. The company seeks to be the department store of choice in each community it serves by providing superior service and merchandise that meets customers’ needs for fashion, value and quality.

Private Brand Product Manager

Job Description

Belk, Inc is seeking candidates for the position of Product Manager.  This position is responsible for creating quality private brand merchandise for Belk.  They serve as the liason between Buyers, QA, the Trend Merchandiser, and the Sourcing Manager.  They work closely with Buyers and DMM’s to determine the role of private brands in the assortment. They spec and design private brand merchandise and coordinate production with sourcing and technical.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an ongoing dialogue with Buyers and DMM’s to share information on current and future product development needs
  • Facilitating the refinement of product design, specifications and costs
  • Supervising all contacts on private label merchandise including garment specifications, packaging and labeling specifications, and quality control information (with QC team)
  • Managing product flow and delivery dates to ensure merchandise arrives in accordance with corporate time and action calendar
  • Shopping the market, visiting Belk stores and shopping competitors (with the Trend Merchandiser)

Essential Functions

Behavioral Traits:

  • Strong fashion sense and the ability translate merchant/ market input into highly salable products
  • High degree of creativity
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Willingness to be flexible in developing and modifying product to suit merchant/ customer needs
  • Exhibits effective leadership by:
    • Maintaining professionalism in work relationships and habits,
    • Providing direction, counseling and coaching to staff
    • Developing creative solutions to business issues
  • Ability to work effectively with Buyers and DMM’s

Management Practices and Business Applications:

  • Coordinate the development of private brand product that meets merchant needs and required quality specifications
  • Develop production flow charts on programs with factories and vendors to ensure compliance with the corporate time and action calendar.  Coordinate with Sourcing Manager
  • Work with outside design agency to develop sketches and specs of private brand merchandise
  • Create print/ color assortment by brand for each season
  • Define the number and quantity of packs
  • Ensure that all product materials are shipped to the appropriate factories to avoid production delays
  • Track and monitor private brand shipments to ensure delivery in accordance with corporate time and action calendar
  • Maintain accurate records of all style components including fabric swatches, color standards, print work, trims labels and specs
  • Shop all competition in appropriate markets to benchmark Belk private brands versus the industry

Job Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Four year college degree
  • 5+ years of product design experience
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and delegation skills
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills
  • Strong leadership, motivational abilities

Physical Skills

  • Available and able to travel
  • Able to see and distinguish colors

Reports Directly To:

VP – Product Development
Senior Product Manager

Supervises:
Associate Product Manager
Assistant Product Manager
Merchandise Assistant

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Private Brand Assistant Product Manager
Belk, Inc is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Product Manager.  This position is  responsible for assisting the Product Manager in creating quality private brand merchandise for Belk.  They serve with the Product Manager as the liaison between BSS and QA, the Trend Merchandiser, and the Sourcing Manager.  They work closely with BSS market reps and DMM’s to determine the role of private brands in the assortment. They assist in spec and design private brand merchandise and coordinate production with sourcing and technical.  Specific responsibilities include, assisting the Product Manager in the following:

Job Description

  • Maintaining an ongoing dialogue with BSS and division merchants to share information on current and future product development needs.
  • Facilitating the refinement of product design, specifications and costs.
  • Supervising all contacts on private label merchandise including garment specifications, packaging and labeling specifications, and quality control information (with QC team).
  • Managing product flow and delivery dates to ensure merchandise arrives in accordance with corporate time and action calendar.
  • Shopping the market, visiting Belk Stores and shopping competitors (with the Trend Merchandiser).

Essential FunctionsBehavioral Traits:

  • Strong fashion sense and the ability translate merchant/ market input into highly salable products.
  • High degree of creativity.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Willingness to be flexible in developing and modifying products to suit merchant/customer needs.
  • Exhibits effectives leadership by:
    • Maintaining professionalism in work relationships and habits
    • Providing direction, counseling and coaching to staff
    • Developing creative solutions to business issues
  • Ability to work effectively with BSS and Division merchants.

Management Practices and Business Applications:

  • Coordinate the development of private brand product that meets BSS merchants needs and required quality specifications.
  • Develop production flow charts on programs with factories and vendors to ensure compliance with the corporate time and action calendar.  Coordinate with Sourcing Manager.
  • Work with outside design agency to develop sketches and specs of private brand merchandise.
  • Coordinate with CAD Designer to create print/ color assortment by brand for each season.
  • AI (Animated Images) maintenance, including managing item summary, PO’s and cost sheets, and generating and updating prepacks.
  • Consolidate BSS market rep placements into company-wide production orders.
  • Ensure that all product materials are shipped to the appropriate factories to avoid production delays.
  • Track and monitor private brand shipments to ensure delivery in accordance with corporate time and action calendar.
  • Maintain accurate records of all style components including fabric swatches, color standards, print work, and trim labels and specs.
  • Shop all competition in appropriate markets to benchmark Belk private brands versus the industry.
  • Complete competitive shopping reports on key items/categories.

Position Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Four year college degree
  • 2-3 years of product design experience
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and delegation skills
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills
  • Strong leadership, motivational abilities

Physical

  • Available and able to travel
  • Able to see and distinguish colors

Reports Directly to: Product Manager

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Private Brand Designer

Job Description
Belk, Inc is seeking candidates for the position of Private Brands Designer.  This position is responsible for designing, developing and executing product designs that achieve Belk’s Private Brand objectives, and overall product strategy. Participate in research and development of seasonal trends and ensure that designs meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points, and overall creative direction.

Essential Functions

  • Strong fashion sense and ability to translate merchant/ market input into highly salable product.
  • Create and present design concepts to Product Management, Merchant Teams, Trend Department, Technical Design and Vendor partners.
  • Create development sketches for new private brand styles.
  • Apply understanding of design process and Private Brands/Merchant’s business objectives to ensure consistency and drive financial results.
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Overseas Offices, Merchandising, Trend Department, Textile Design, Technical Design/QA, and Vendors to achieve product execution and maintain design integrity.
  • Produce cohesive product presentations to sell concept to entire team, including boards, tear sheets and samples.
  • Evaluate all meeting and production samples with extended Private Brand team.
  • Participate as a member of Private Brand team for continual improvement of product.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships and interact with extended Private Brand teams, extended Merchandising teams, Trend Director, Overseas Offices, and vendors to exchange ideas, leverage expertise and streamline the process.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.

Job Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • BS, BA in Fashion Design, Fine Art or related field.
  • 5 years experience in related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated creative ability.
  • Knowledge of design and product development processes.
  • Presentation and organizational skills.
  • Proven design expertise in a given category.
  • Commercial sense and market knowledge.
  • Strong listening skills and experience assimilating product feedback.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines.
  • Demonstrated proactive thinking and problem solving ability; team player.
  • Ability to research and apply market/trend information.
  • PC skills, knowledge of design related computer system.

Reports Directly to: Director of Private Brand Design

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.