PB CAREERS: CVS – Brand Manager\Category Manager Store Brands

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CVS Caremark – Woonsocket, RI

Job Category: Category Manager
Clinical Licensure Required : N/A
Job Type: Full Time

Position Summary:
Business Manager/Store Brands Category Managers are the business owners of their categories: they have the full scope of responsibility for attaining budgeted sales, gross margin, Front Store penetration goals, GMROII and building market share within their categories. The position operates within the Merchandising area and will collaborate with the Support Team for their business including Pricing, Promotion Assistants, Merchandise Planners, Inventory Planners, Financial Planners, Store Operations and Category Planogram Designers to achieve the Merchandising objectives as it relates to the CVS Strategic plan.

A Category Manager is responsible for searching out new, competitive opportunities at CVS within the assigned categories and driving the business to ensure an industry leading position for CVS. Assists in the development Annual Category Business Plans 1-3-5 years out.

  • Responsible for the tactical execution of marketing plans for i.e., weekly, seasonal and annual merchandising programs; Converts merchandising strategies into operational plans
  • Adhering to quantitative responsibilities in sales, gross margin and GMROII
  • Maintaining positive trade relations and developing strategic alliances
  • Attentive to competitive trends including competitive store visits
  • Developing and implementing promotional strategies
  • Optimizing SKU mix, sales and gross margin and the achievement of sales and gross margin budgets for the category as it relates to the strategic plan
  • Participates in the Category Review Process
  • Improving the CVS Store Brands experience for our customers
  • Partners cross functionally to ensure results
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 6+ years experience in a retail or consumer goods organization –or consulting role to companies in these sectors – in a strategy, merchandising, category management or store brand position, with team management experience
  • Experience in developing product, brand or category strategies, vendor and product negotiations, item and promotional pricing along with assortment selection
  • Ability to execute and drive results, working with and influencing cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated capability to lead, develop and motivate high-performing teams
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and presentation skills
  • Must be a business leader and a calculated risk taker

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 6+ years experience in a retail or consumer goods organization –or consulting role to companies in these sectors – in a strategy, merchandising, category management or store brand position, with team management experience
  • Experience in developing product, brand or category strategies, vendor and product negotiations, item and promotional pricing along with assortment selection
  • Ability to execute and drive results, working with and influencing cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated capability to lead, develop and motivate high-performing teams
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and presentation skills
  • Must be a business leader and a calculated risk taker

Preferred Qualifications:
MBA degree from leading business school preferred Experience in Retail Store Operations

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Business Overview:
CVS Caremark, through our unmatched breadth of service offerings, is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. We are an innovative, fast-growing company guided by values that focus on teamwork, integrity and respect for our colleagues and customers. What are we looking for in our colleagues? We seek fresh ideas, new perspectives, a diversity of experiences, and a dedication to service that will help us better meet the needs of the many people and businesses that rely on us each day. As the nation’s largest pharmacy health care provider, we offer a wide range of exciting and fulfilling career opportunities across our three business units – MinuteClinic, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and retail pharmacy. Our energetic and service-oriented colleagues work hard every day to make a positive difference in the lives of our customers.

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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.