PB CAREERS: Staples – Project Manager – Strategy

staplesstoreStaples – Project Manager – Strategy

Rarely does a $25 billion company reinvent itself, but Staples is well on its way.  The Staples Strategy team offers a rare opportunity to experience and to help chart the company’s bold, new direction.  Far from being just a brick & mortar retailer, Staples is now the world’s third largest e-retailer and boasts one of the most capable B2B sales forces in the world.  With a reinvention having gained traction and major M&A activity on the horizon, the Staples Strategy team is an ideal next step for candidates looking to be part of a dramatic corporate transformation.

Position Summary
Project Managers play a key role on the Strategy team helping structure problems, drafting and prioritizing hypotheses, performing analyses, and developing recommendations. As part of the team, the Project Manager will:

  • Be a key contributor, helping solve complex and important business challenges
  • Help shape the future of the company by working hand-in-hand with Staples’ vice-chairman and other top-level executives
  • Accelerate their careers by having a seat at the table for high-level strategy decisions
  • Have genuine work-life balance

Past Strategy team projects have touched all three channels of Staples – retail, online, and contract – and have both mapped out high-level strategy as well as developed operational go-forward plans.  Examples of past engagements include:

  • Defined strategic role of Staples business units to shape 2015 strategy and beyond
  • Assessed the decline in the paper and core office supply markets
  • Sized the incremental opportunity for leveraging retail assets with our contract customers
  • Identified opportunities to increase revenue and profitability among Staples’ midmarket business customers
  • Developed comprehensive strategy for Staples own-brand products
  • Evaluated investment and M&A opportunities in new product categories

The ideal candidate will be seeking a challenging next step after gaining pre-MBA experience at a top-tier consulting firm (e.g. Bain, BCG, McKinsey, LEK, etc.).  The candidate will also be a real person, with a sense of humor, high EQ, and a passion for working with a team of early-career professionals who have a proven track record of excellence and leadership both inside and outside of Staples.

Basic Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 1-3 years management consulting experience
  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Creative/innovative thinking
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
  • Solid and holistic business instincts
  • Can do attitude

Staples Strategy team represents an exceptional opportunity to gain real world operating experience driving a corporate reinvention. We’re seeking a two year commitment after which Project Managers will be well positioned to pursue a top MBA or to take on a significant business unit role within Staples. The role is based at Staples headquarters in the Metro-West area of greater Boston, MA.

Job: Strategy
: US-MA-Framingham
Schedule: Full-time

Employment Statement

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the diversity of our people, products, and services.


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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.