PB CAREERS: Petco Posts 2 Product Development Roles

Petcos storeProduct Developer – Private Brand Merchandise
Primary Location: United States-California-SAN DIEGO-9125 Rehco Road – Bldg 4 (0014) 
Work Locations
: 9125 Rehco Road – Bldg 4 (0014) SAN DIEGO 92121
Job
: Merchandising

Description
Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are proud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience.

From our retail stores and our network of Distribution Centers to our Corporate offices, you’ll work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.

Position Purpose:
To lead the various Product Development teams within Private Brand that are connected to the same shop(s). To generate ideas inclusive of products, merchandising, marketing, etc.  To manage internal product development processes for proprietary products and programs, inclusive of innovation, customer service, implementation, quality and sample approvals. To ensure collaboration both within the private brand team between the various support teams and peer groups, as well as with the business unit connection with private brand.

This position supports the Senior Product Development Manager by having and maintaining a strategic view for an entire shop or shops within the Private Brand business of the Strategic Business Unit(s).

Essential Job Functions
The incumbent must be able to perform all of the following duties and responsibilities with or without a reasonable accommodation. 

  • Execute margin enhancement projects to maximize margin and achieve the shop objectives.
  • Interact professionally and effectively through verbal and written communication with all professional contacts with emphasis on company interests
  • Independently prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks within established timeframes
  • Perform research, and analyze data to determine appropriate course of action, periodically negotiate costs and prices of merchandise and coordinate with buyers if a “buy” is to be activated.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance to ensure products meet quality, safety, and functional requirements.
  • Deliver new/innovative product solutions that excite consumers and satisfy their needs better than competition.
  • Continually think “out of the box” and challenge status quo
  • Manage the modification of existing products.
  • Manage the development of new products, ensuring their compliance with all testing requirements needed to be met according to the protocols set by the Quality Assurance team.
  • Control and minimize costs to achieve financial targets.

Supervisory Responsibility:
Indirect management of and work direction provided to other Product Development team members tied to the same business unit.  Management tasks include, but are not limited to, providing guidance, input and direction on such topics as key goals and objectives; strategic and tactical planning, implementation and execution; budgetary issues; capital expenditures and associate management, training and development.

Work Environment:
Most tasks are performed while seated indoors at a personal computer.  While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Qualifications
Education and Experience:

  • Normally requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Product Development, Product Design, Marketing, Merchandising, or Business.  An MBA is a plus.
  • Requires a minimum of five to eight years experience involving: 1) Designing products; 2) Sourcing and negotiating; 3) Interacting with brand merchandisers, overseas vendors, licensors, and sales; 4) Development of new products or product categories.  Of these five to eight years, at least two to three years experience should have been served working for a national chain catalog or specialty chain, and have involved product development, merchandise buying and marketing. Two to three years’ previous management experience is also required.
  • Requires working knowledge of import/export marketing and accounting relationships.
  • Requires the ability to communicate via written correspondence with senior management, sourcing, external vendors, etc.
  • Requires the ability to analyze and evaluate new designs and design modifications from a budgetary or financial standpoint.
  • Requires experience working in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment as well as the ability to self manage deadlines.
  • Must be self-motivated and results-oriented with the ability to function effectively as a team member yet work independently.
  • Requires the ability to effectively communicate conceptual ideas within a highly collaborative design process.
  • Must be able to keep abreast of current trends in color, fashion, and competitive products.  Requires strong computer skills with knowledge of:  Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Adobe Suite: Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Requires a high level of creativity and fashion trend knowledge. Must be a team player with strong leadership skills.
  • Must be able to graciously receive constructive criticism and apply it to products and work processes.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a US Passport for international travel.

APPLY TODAY!

Associate Product Developer
Primary Location
: United States-California-SAN DIEGO-9125 Rehco Road – Bldg 4 (0014) 
Work Locations
: 9125 Rehco Road – Bldg 4 (0014) SAN DIEGO 92121
Job
: Product Development

Description
Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are proud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience.

From our retail stores and our network of Distribution Centers to our Corporate offices, you’ll work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.

Position Purpose:
Support the Senior Product Development Manager by managing day to day activities for the areas of business for which they are responsible within the Strategic Business Unit(s); to manage the internal product development processes for proprietary products and programs, inclusive of innovation, customer service, implementation, quality and sample approvals; to ensure collaboration both within the private brand team between the various support teams and peer groups, as well as with the business unit connection with private brand.

The Associate Product Developer leads the various teams within Private Brand that are connected to the same areas of business. This person is responsible for idea generation inclusive of soft lines and hard lines products, merchandising, marketing, etc.

Essential Job Functions

The incumbent must be able to perform all of the following duties and responsibilities with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Execute margin enhancement projects to maximize margin and achieve the shop objectives.
  • Interact professionally and effectively through verbal and written communication with all professional contacts with emphasis on company interests
  • Independently prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks within established timeframes
  • Perform research, and analyze data to determine appropriate course of action, periodically negotiate costs and prices of merchandise and coordinate with buyers if a “buy” is to be activated.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance to ensure products meet quality, safety, and functional requirements.
  • Deliver new/innovative product solutions that excite consumers and satisfy their needs better than competition.
  • Continually think “out of the box” and challenge the status quo.
  • Modifying existing products and develop new ones.
  • Develop products, ensuring compliance with all testing requirements needed to be met according to the protocols set by the Quality Assurance team.
  • Control and minimize costs to achieve financial targets.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position does not have direct administrative supervisory responsibility.  Position may provide functional guidance to less experienced Associate Product Developers as well as lower level Product Development Coordinators. Guidance is defined as but not limited to input and direction on such topics as key goals and objectives; strategic and tactical planning, implementation and execution; budgetary issues; capital expenditures and associate management, training and development.

Work Environment:
Most tasks are performed while seated indoors at a personal computer.  While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Qualifications
Education and Experience:

  • Normally requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Product Development, Product Design, Marketing, Merchandising, or Business.
  • Requires a minimum of two to five years experience involving:  1) Designing products; 2) Sourcing and negotiating; 3) Interacting with brand merchandisers, overseas vendors, licensors, and sales; 4) Development of new products or product categories.
  • Requires working knowledge of import/export marketing and accounting relationships.
  • Requires the ability to communicate via written correspondence with senior management, sourcing, external vendors, etc.
  • Requires the ability to analyze and evaluate new designs and design modifications from a budgetary or financial standpoint.
  • Requires experience working in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment as well as the ability to self manage deadlines.
  • Must be self-motivated and results-oriented with the ability to function effectively as a team member yet work independently.
  • Requires the ability to effectively communicate conceptual ideas within a highly collaborative design process.
  • Must be able to keep abreast of current trends in color, fashion, and competitive products.
  • Requires strong computer skills with knowledge of:  Microsoft Office Suite:  Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Adobe Suite: Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Requires a high level of creativity and fashion trend knowledge. Must be a team player with strong leadership skills.
  • Must be able to graciously receive constructive criticism and apply it to products and work processes.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a US Passport for international travel.
  • An MBA is a plus.

APPLY TODAY!

 

 



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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.