PB CAREERS: Private Brand Manager – Michaels

Location: Dallas, TX
Travel Involved:
0-10%
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Corp-Manager
Education: Bachelors Degree or Equivalent
Category: Merchandising, Retail, Strategic Sourcing

Position Summary
Basic Function:
This position is to support the company’s strategic initiative to grow Private Brand (PB) Product and PB sales. The associate plays a significant role in supporting Category Management in driving the process and leading the team to successfully execute the strategies and achieve the financial goals established by the Company for assigned product categories.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner closely with the Category Director to develop the product road map and provide financials, feasibility, timelines, resources, and consumer insights that will form the basis of essential product features.
  • Manage the overall project timeline, lead weekly cross-functional team meetings, identify risks that may affect the timeline and lead efforts to mitigate risks. Communicate the project status to all cross-functional team members.
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships that support category needs to provide the best “cost” and “value” equation.
  • Cost negotiations, production, on-time shipments and overall execution for assigned product categories.
  • Manage agents and factories to understand production cycles, production run opportunities, and build opportunities to reduce costs via timelines, factory consolidation, re-engineering of products and packaging efficiencies.
  • Drive and manage communications between all internal and external stakeholders including Merchandising, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Agents, Vendors, Legal and Inventory Management. Serve as the everyday link between the Category Director and our Strategic Sourcing team (packaging, QA, Design) by synergizing all the external and internal resources to develop products.
  • Drive Direct Import growth through effective product lifecycle management. Develop category Sourcing Plans and be responsible for execution of the Plans under the direction of the Director of PB and GS Management.
  • Partner closely with the Category Director to develop the product road map and provide financials, feasibility, timelines, resources, and consumer insights that will form the basis of essential product features.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 years experience
  • Experience with a major retailer, brand or product development/sourcing company.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree is required. A MBA or Master degree in related field is preferred
  • Business related major is highly preferred

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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.