PB Careers: Target – Sr. Buyer Owned Brands, Essentials/Personal Care

PB Careers: Target – Sr. Buyer Owned Brands, Essentials/Personal Care

job id: bra000ckydate
posted: 08/17/2018
location: HQ Minneapolis downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Join us as a Sr. Buyer Owned Brands / Essentials & Personal Care

The Sr. Buyer Owned Brands works closely with Category Buyers, Product Design & Development, Marketing / Creative, Guest Center of Excellence, Promo & Pricing Center of Excellence, Target Sourcing Services and Product Quality & Safety teams to design, develop and manage a portfolio of existing and new Owned Brands.

Use your skills, experience, and talents to be a part of a groundbreaking, enterprise team that is modernizing Target’s approach to Owned Brand development and management in order to deepen the guests’ preference for Target.  As a Sr Buyer Owned Brands, you will:

Lead the development of Brand Business Strategies:
On behalf of the Owned Brand CFT, lead the team in developing brand-specific business strategies which will determine a brand’s: pricing/value structure, promotional plan, shelf positioning, channel distribution decisions, volume sourcing, and financial implications.

Lead the development of category-specific Portfolio Architectures:
Partner with Category Buyers to apply the Essentials & Beauty Owned Brand portfolio and brand principles to specific categories.  Make recommendations as to the role each brand should play in the category and the items needed to meet both the brand and category objectives.

Lead the Development of category-specific Assortment Architecture & Line Plans:
In partnership with Category Buyers, Product Design and Development, Target Sourcing Services and Pricing and Promotions Centers of Excellence, lead the development of detailed line plans by category which recommended product formulation, unit size, retail price point, packaging design, channels of distribution, etc.

Lead and Support the development of new Tools & Processes:
Target’s approach to Owned Brand development and management is transforming.  The Sr. Buyer, Owned Brands will be accountable to develop and continuously refine enterprise tools and processes that improve efficiencies and outcomes.

Support Landscape Analysis:
In partnership with the Guest Center of Excellence and Product Design & Development perform guest and competitive insights gathering.  Help identify macro trends and white space opportunities.  Using consumer segmentation, assist Category Buyers in brand mapping as part of their assortment planning.

Lead the identification of Growth Opportunities:

Lead the CFT in sizing, feasibility and scenario planning analysis as part of Portfolio Strategy development.

  • Support the long-term management and health of the brands:
  • Analyze brand performance.  Partner with Merchandising Finance to develop Brand level P&Ls and continuously look for opportunities to improve and grow the Owned Brand portfolio.

Computer Usage
Utilizes standard office systems to execute critical tasks, analyze business, and communicate with CFT. Select Target-specific tools and systems are also trained and utilized.


Education Expectations: 4-year degree or equivalent

Job-Related Experience: A minimum of 4 years’ experience

Specific Experience: College graduate. Excellent communication and collaboration skills. Strong leadership skills. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Outstanding planning, organizational skills. Strategic, entrepreneurial and creative. Is able to influence laterally (CFT peers) and upwardly (Sr. Directors, VPs, SVPS) and not afraid of conflict. Able to adapt quickly to change and embrace constant ambiguity. Is a self-starter and can thrive on a team where role clarity will continue to evolve as enterprise capabilities mature.

Travel Required: Occasionally: less than 20% of the time

Four to ten years previous buying, brand management, sourcing, or product development experience. Strong passion for trend and product


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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.