Meijer Posts Mulitple Private Brand Job Openings

meijerMeijer has strategically invested in “Own Brand” programs across all product categories to increase innovation and ensure a competitive advantage. Our product and brand development team members use their expertise and experience to identify unmet customer needs and develop and source product solutions, collaborating with our merchandising and manufacturing teams. Consider bringing your past product development experience in retailing or manufacturing to Meijer — – apply for a job in product development today.

Sr. Brand Manager – Pets & Consumables
Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 15th largest privately held company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health.

Meijer is embarking on a transformation to increase innovation and ensure a competitive advantage through Own Brand programs. The Sr. Brand Manager’s focus will be to influence that transformation by leveraging experience and interpersonal skills to develop Meijer Own Brand strategy for Foods, Drug Store, and Consumables in collaboration with Merchandising and Marketing. While final P&L resides with the Merchant business owner, the Sr. Brand Manager will have shadow P&L responsibility for the Meijer Own Brand business.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing plans and executing projects and initiatives that support the broader short term and long term Own Brand strategy
  • Influencing overall Merchandising business objectives by collaborating with Merchandising in the development and execution of Own Brand business strategies and plans, category and product development
  • Developing partnerships with Merchandising business owners including Vice Presidents, Directors, and Buyers
  • Developing, mentoring, and leading direct reports including Own Brand Leads (responsible for day to day business activities and execution), and Associate Own Brand Leads, as well as Mentors cross-functional indirect reports in the execution of key initiatives for their respective business channel
  • Collaborating in a multifaceted, cross-functional environment to develop strategic supplier partnerships with the worldwide supplier community in conjunction with Merchandising and Sourcing teams
  • Analyzing and providing consumer, trend, category, and industry information to support Merchandising and Marketing initiatives that drive and grow Meijer Brands
  • Collaborating with Marketing in support of brand and product launch, consumer activation, promotion, and evaluation
  • Leading the team in creating product innovation pipeline that will drive a competitive advantage
  • Ensuring Meijer Brand products deliver against our Brand Promises for respective business channels

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in business or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in product development and innovation, business development, and/or category management
  • Solid interpersonal and communication expertise and the ability to influence, and work cross-functionally in both leadership and mentor roles
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Strong analytics and financial skills
  • P&L experience
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Results oriented and self-motivated
  • Must have a style that promotes respect, credibility and trust throughout the organization
  • Must be a business leader and calculated risk taker

Job: Product Development
Primary Location: MI-Grand Rapids
Schedule: Full-time

Apply Now

Sr. Brand Manager \ Product Development – Home
Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 15th largest privately held company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health.

Meijer is embarking on a transformation to increase innovation and ensure a competitive advantage through Own Brand programs. The Sr. Brand Manager’s focus will be to influence that transformation by leveraging experience and interpersonal skills to develop Meijer Own Brand strategy for Home categories in collaboration with Merchandising. While final P&L resides with the Merchant business owner, the Sr. Brand Manager will have shadow P&L responsibility for the Meijer Own Brand business.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Co-developing and defining vision for Brand(s) in respective categories
  • Ensuring all products, activities and customer touchpoints ladder up to support this brand vision
  • Serving as Brand Steward and Champion for Own Brand(s)
  • Developing innate understanding of target consumer needs/wants/behaviors and using this insight to drive and inform business recommendations
  • Developing plans and executing projects and initiatives that support the broader short term and long term Own Brand strategy
  • Influencing overall Merchandising business objectives by collaborating with Merchandising in the development and execution of Own Brand business strategies and plans, category and product development
  • Developing partnerships with Merchandising business owners including Vice Presidents, Divisional Merchandise Managers, and Buyers
  • Developing, mentoring, and leading direct reports including Product Development Managers (responsible for day to day business activities and execution), and also mentoring cross-functional indirect reports in the execution of key initiatives for their respective business channel
  • Responsible for developing the product tech packs that will enable the sourcing team to complete the sourcing work to bring the strategic vision to life
  • Collaborating in a multifaceted, cross-functional environment to develop and strengthen strategic supplier partnerships with the worldwide supplier community in conjunction with Merchandising and Sourcing teams
  • Analyzing and providing consumer, trend, category, and industry information to support Merchandising and Marketing initiatives that drive and grow Meijer Brands
  • Collaborating with Marketing to establish integrated marketing plans for brand and product launch, consumer activation, promotion, and evaluation
  • Leading the team in creating category visions and product innovation pipeline that will drive a competitive advantage

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in business or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in product development and innovation, business development, and/or category management
  • Brand Management experience highly preferred
  • Solid interpersonal and communication expertise and the ability to influence, and work cross-functionally in both leadership and mentor roles
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Strong analytics and financial skills
  • Experience working with Consumer Insights/use of Consumer Research tools
  • Experience providing direction for product design and packaging/graphics work
  • Experience providing agency direction and creative briefs is helpful
  • P&L management
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Results oriented and self-motivated
  • Must have a style that promotes respect, credibility and trust throughout the organization
  • Must be a business leader and calculated risk taker
  • Data driven with the ability to gather and interpret data to assess a situation and present actionable opportunities

Job: Product Development
Primary Location: MI-Grand Rapids
Schedule: Full-time

Apply Now

Sr. Brand Manager \ Product Development – Hardlines
Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 15th largest privately held company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health.

Meijer is embarking on a transformation to increase innovation and ensure a competitive advantage through Own Brand programs. The Sr. Brand Manager’s focus will be to influence that transformation by leveraging experience and interpersonal skills to develop Meijer Own Brand strategy for Hardlines categories in collaboration with Merchandising. While final P&L resides with the Merchant business owner, the Sr. Brand Manager will have shadow P&L responsibility for the Meijer Own Brand business.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Co-developing and defining vision for Brand(s) in respective categories
  • Ensuring all products, activities and customer touch points ladder up to support this brand vision
  • Serving as Brand Steward and Champion for Own Brand(s)
  • Developing innate understanding of target consumer needs/wants/behaviors and using this insight to drive and inform business recommendations
  • Developing plans and executing projects and initiatives that support the broader short term and long term Own Brand strategy
  • Influencing overall Merchandising business objectives by collaborating with Merchandising in the development and execution of Own Brand business strategies and plans, category and product development
  • Developing partnerships with Merchandising business owners including Vice Presidents, Divisional Merchandise Managers, and Buyers
  • Developing, mentoring, and leading direct reports including Product Development Managers (responsible for day to day business activities and execution), and also mentoring cross-functional indirect reports in the execution of key initiatives for their respective business channel
  • Responsible for developing the product tech packs that will enable the sourcing team to complete the sourcing work to bring the strategic vision to life
  • Collaborating in a multifaceted, cross-functional environment to develop and strengthen strategic supplier partnerships with the worldwide supplier community in conjunction with Merchandising and Sourcing teams
  • Analyzing and providing consumer, trend, category, and industry information to support Merchandising and Marketing initiatives that drive and grow Meijer Brands
  • Collaborating with Marketing to establish integrated marketing plans for brand and product launch, consumer activation, promotion, and evaluation
  • Leading the team in creating category visions and product innovation pipeline that will drive a competitive advantage

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in business or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in product development and innovation, business development, and/or category management
  • Brand Management experience highly preferred
  • Solid interpersonal and communication expertise and the ability to influence, and work cross-functionally in both leadership and mentor roles
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Strong analytics and financial skills
  • Experience working with Consumer Insights/use of Consumer Research tools
  • Experience providing direction for product design and packaging/graphics work
  • Experience providing agency direction and creative briefs is helpful
  • P&L management
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Results oriented and self-motivated
  • Must have a style that promotes respect, credibility and trust throughout the organization
  • Must be a business leader and calculated risk taker
  • Data driven with the ability to gather and interpret data to assess a situation and present actionable opportunities

Job: Product Development
Primary Location: MI-Grand Rapids
Schedule: Full-time

Apply Now

 

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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.