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Brand Manager – 212
WI-Menomonee Falls

This position is responsible for the cross-functional leadership of the brand and manages the working relationship between all parties to develop product and determine private brand assortment.

Develop & Drive Brand Strategies

  • Shape brand profile and consistency among brand categories
  • Lead and drive short and long term brand strategies with cross functional partners
  • Influence, interpret and apply customer & store feedback & market research process into brand strategy
  • Identify and define brand concept ideas and opportunities

Business & Competitive Analysis

  • Define competitive set for brand
  • Be authority on competitor activities – Direct and evaluate competitive analysis
  • Analyze business and drive in season action recommendations to Buying Office

Line Building and Managing

  • Lead the development and management of line plan balanced to the fashion pyramid
  • Set agenda, lead and present at milestone meetings
  • Lead assortment building and decision making process for brand
  • Collaborate with Merchants on setting IMU targets and communicate with production
  • Develop and manage contingency plans
  • Partner with Design to ensure style development is in line with brand

Cross functional Leadership

  • Primary liaison with the buying office for PD partners for brand
  • Align stakeholders on design aesthetic, brand profile and business strategy
  • Support & influence production and sourcing recommendations for vendor selection
  • Collaborate with marketing, MP and merchants on brand positioning, packaging and presentation

Manages Associates

  • Manages Associates, systems, and projects to achieve business goals within existing policies and procedures
  • Prepares and analyzes business plans and reports for upper management
  • Exhibits influence and expertise to remove obstacles and achieve results through others
  • Creates an effective work environment by developing a common purpose, setting clear objectives, promoting teamwork, recognizing success, and encouraging open communication
  • Develops Associates through coaching, providing performance feedback, providing effective performance assessments, and establishing development plans

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Product Development, Business or related area
  • 5+ years of progressive leadership experience in product development and / or merchandising.
  • 5+ years of retail or product development experience
  • Extensive line building and merchandising experience.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and email systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Management experience
  • Private Brand experience
  • Overseas business travel, sourcing and purchasing experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel domestically/ internationally


Brand Developer – Men’s Sonoma
WI-Menomonee Falls

Position Objective
Partners with cross-functional team, with direction from the Brand Manager, to develop a category for our private/exclusive brands. 


  • Analyze sales results within assigned category(s) and create authoritative recommendations to drive business strategies and decision making
  • Conducts research for assigned product line. Examines current trends and forecasts; reviews historical data and performs competitive shopping and benchmarking for assigned category(s)
  • Understand, influence and apply customer & store feedback & market research into brand strategy for assigned category(s)
  • Develop and communicate seasonal strategy for assigned category(s)
  • Facilitate assortment building and decision making for category responsibility
  • Present and facilitate at cross functional meetings for category(s) responsibility
  • Complete all follow-up with cross functional team to ensure product meets quality and timing expectations
  • Execute category style development
  • Facilitate style handoff with cross functional teams

Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of retail or product development experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Product Development, Business or related area
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and email systems
  • Strong knowledge of fashion trends and forecasts, fabric/material and color
  • Strong math aptitude and knowledge of retail math is desirable

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to conduct research and summarize findings.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail; high level of accuracy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements

  • Occasional travel


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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.