PBCAREERS: Senior Product Development and Innovation Executive


Create an Innovation Center that revolves around passion for food, signature item development and leading the grocery market in new research and development.  Reports to a courageous, innovative and high energy leader.  This position will be responsible for a team of Private Label Product Development Managers and R&D food scientists to redesign private label across all categories with a focus on fresh food.  Significant influence over merchandising, marketing, and analytics.  Some qualifications include:

Ideal candidates will be a dynamic leader and understand how to execute the strategy across a large matrixed environment.
This role will be responsible for creating signature items that offer the consumer a reason to stop.  This role will communicate the vision and inspire an organization.

  • 8-10 years’ experience in Product Development within a Grocery Retail environment.  Ideally 3+ years developing perishable / fresh products (prepared foods, bakery, deli, meat)
  • Overall responsibility for product development, product validation, health and wellness, organic and natural, supplier relations, costing, and working closely with merchandising and marketing to ensure proper consumer promotion.
  • Provide clear direction, support and coaching to internal and external teams.

Our client is based in the North East. Fast paced, fun, dynamic culture with a focus on personal development and future career opportunities while meeting high performance expectations.  Lucrative compensation, bonus and relocation package.  If you or someone you know would be interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Julie Curtis at 763-428-1888 or julie@curtisfood.com.

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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.