Product Manager-Misses Classic Private Brand: Kohls

Product Manager-Misses Classic Private Brand: Kohls
Facilitate and direct the development and purchase of private branded products manufactured exclusively for Kohl’s Department Stores.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drives, rather than executes, private brand and product management.
  • Builds a working partnership with Kohl’s merchant staff to take the leadership role to create private branded product lines.
  • Communicates, conceptualizes, develops, and sets standards for all of Kohl’s private branded products, direct import, and domestic imports.
  • Seeks development opportunities domestically and overseas.
  • Works with Kohl’s agent (Li & Fung) and domestic manufacturers to source/purchase private branded products.
  • Communicate with Kohl’s Merchant group, Planning and Allocation, Product Development team, Agent and our vendors as we create, develop and source new product.
  • Partners with the Buyers to drive the process, develop product, determine private brand assortment, and create brand integrity.
  • Leads the working relationships between all parties involved in the development and production of private branded merchandise for Kohl’s.  Creates comprehensive, cohesive brand presentations.
  • Sources product, following all details, pricing strategies, and timing.
  • Completes follow-up on all placements to ensure product specifications, quality standards, deadlines, and deliveries are met as contracted.
  • Ensures product standards are met once orders are placed with a specific maker.
  • Ensures products conform to any or all legal requirements and is packaged and labeled appropriately.
  • Active involvement with and knowledge of Kohl’s factory compliance efforts.
  • Facilitates the approval process for all private branded merchandise purchased by Kohl’s (trims, packaging, color, fabric, fit, etc).
  • Interfaces with Design and Trend team to assist in development of Kohl’s Private Brands.
  • Ensures all products are brand and customer appropriate.
  • Manages and trains assigned staff.
  • Tracks business daily
  • Is fully conversant in merchandise statistics of private brands and department business. 
  • Aggressively pursues new business opportunities and brings to fruition successfully.
  • Leadership experience in product development and / or merchandising.  Private Brand experience a must.
  • Overseas business travel, sourcing and purchasing experience for 7+ years.
  • Knowledge of the product manufacturing techniques, fabrications, costing that will be used to produce the line of products the manager will be responsible for.
  • Extensive line building and merchandising experience.
  • Has extensive buying experience.

Additional Information and Disclaimers:

  • Regular attendance is required
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and interact effectively with others
  • Critical features of this job are described under the headings above.  They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


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Christopher Durham
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.