PB CAREERS: Academy Sports – Senior Brand Manager

    PB CAREERS: Academy Sports – Senior Brand Manager

    Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods and outdoor retailers. It’s no surprise that we not only know how to create experiences for our customers, but for our team members as well. Understanding our people and the things that matter to them the most has been at the core of the Academy culture for over 70 years. With over 22,000+ team members, we take pride in creating a workplace environment that values hard work, commitment, and growth.

    Headquarters – Katy, TX

    Come work at a place where we take pride in creating a workplace environment that values hard work, commitment, and growth.

    Job Description

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study or equivalent years of related work experience required
    • MBA a plus

    Work Experiences:

    • 7+ years of previous related work experience required
    • Experience in setting and executing a brand strategy with a CPG (Consumer Package Goods), national brand organization, or retailer with a private brand product offering

    Skills:

    • Lead with integrity and able to propel a team toward the completion of goals
    • Ability to analyze, articulate, and solve complex problems and concepts to make effective business decisions
    • Maintain the customer’s perspective as a driving force behind business decisions and activities
    • Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems
    • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability to interface effectively with individuals at various levels, both internally and externally
    • Ability to effectively prioritize workload in a fast paced, frequently changing environment while remaining detailed and organized
    • Able to utilize organizational and project management skills to direct work activities within critical path timelines
    • Ability to establish strong relationships to influence perceptions and manage change
    • Maintain the customer perspective as a driving force behind business decisions and activities
    • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, Gerber, Web PDM, and Adobe Illustrator

    Responsibilities:

    • Execute business plans for Private Brand Products in conjunction with corporate objectives and initiatives, partnering with Buying, Product Development, Marketing and Communications for assigned brands
    • Execute and manage strategic brand expansion for assigned brands while overseeing the category and product lines under those brands
    • Execute development while partnering with Marketing and Communications of Private Label Brand & Product Guides approved by management
    • Manage cross-functional teams (Merchandising, Product Development, Sourcing, Marketing, Operations) in the development and execution of Private label brand initiatives.
    • Develop brand strategy based on: market assessment, consumer research, competitive landscape, marketplace trends and growth opportunities
    • Lead and manage the process for Merchants, Marketing and Communications to develop and execute branding, positioning and messaging strategies consistent with the brand’s positioning
    • Plan brand research with Marketing to leverage consumer insights from internal and external sources to ensure the direction of the brand is based on consumer/category trends and brand health
    • Work with vendors and Product Development Specialist in the design of new and existing product packaging for assigned brands; identify opportunities to improve current packaging including shape, sizing, colors, fonts and imagery
    • Partner with Product Development to lead the innovation strategy and product development
    • Stay up-to-date on current market trends and competitive developments in order to continually enhance the Private Brand product line
    • Work with Global Sourcing management, Legal Dept. and Product Development Specialist to avoid patent and trademark infringements for assigned brands
    • Responsible for brand communication across the organization
    • Review assigned brand financials and collaborate with Merchants and Pricing teams to ensuring brand profitability
    • Develop a thorough understanding of Academy policies, procedures, and safety rules
    • Duties may change; team member may be required to perform other duties as assigned

    Physical Requirements & Attendance

    • Acceptable level of hearing and vision to perform job duties
    • Adhere to company work hours, policies, procedures and rules governing professional staff behavior
    • Regular attendance required
    • Up to 25% domestic and international travel required
    • Ability to work flexible hours such as evening, weekends, and holidays as necessary

    Full time

    Equal Opportunity Employer

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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.