PB CAREERS: Macy’s – Private Brand Development Manager, Beauty & Fragrance

PB CAREERS: Macy’s – Private Brand Development Manager, Beauty & Fragrance

CITY/STATE: New York, NY
LOCATION: Macy’s Merchandising Group Inc
CATEGORY: Corporate » Buying and Digital Merchandising
SCHEDULE: Full-Time
REQUISITION ID: MER02630

Leverage your eye for products and trends to maximize sales and gross margin on our buying and merchandising team.  Applying the My Macy’s localization strategy, you’ll identify, procure, and assort products that are right for each market, and create connections that surprise and delight our customer at every turn.

Job Overview:

As Macy’s builds brand authority in Beauty and Fragrance, the Manager of Private Brand will be responsible for the curation and execution of Beauty private brand programming and Beauty Box within the context of the sales/margin plans and business strategy. Also, growing Omni sales and awareness that Macy’s is the Beauty Destination with creative, disruptive and fresh ideas. This position reports to the VP of Merchandise and Digital Strategy.

Essential Functions:
Product Development

  • Source and develop corporate promotional items (Omni GWP and Digital GWP); write orders and track shipping.
  • Source and develop corporate retail programming – evergreen and seasonal (coffrets, holiday sets) for all of beauty; write orders and track shipping.
  • Analyze performance of private brand GWP and retail items for future programming.
  • Collaboration with Fashion Office to ensure appropriate seasonal trends.
  • Work independently in planning, programming and ensuring event deadlines are met.
  • Shop retail markets to seek new assortment ideas; analyze competitor activity and pricing strategies and identify assortment opportunities and product trends for the season.
  • Manage annual budget for promotional and retail items; reconciliation monthly with finance.
  • Manage financial projections, forecasts and reconciliation; manage manual invoices and ensure accounting has invoices and payment is timely.

Beauty Box

  • Curate monthly Beauty Box assortment, themes and bag design.
  • Orders – manage and execute creation, tracking and invoicing;  reconciliation monthly with finance.
  • Partner with logistics to ensure all deadlines are met with delivery of components to warehouse.
    • Sourcing vendors – procurement of samples, orders and delivery to warehouse.
    • Beauty vendors – securing samples, order entry, delivery to warehouse and vendor Beauty Box performance.
  • Setup page online – turn in, back tagging and approvals to ensure Beauty Box is live.
  • Refresh online images and video content for monthly Beauty Box.
  • Manage financial projections, forecasts and reconciliation; manage manual invoices and ensure accounting has invoices and payment is timely.
  • Sampler Program and Beauty Box – vendor contracts must be maintained.
    • Both vendors supplying samples and for the Sampler Program (the vendor(s) producing the program).

Marketing

  • Partner with marketing to ensure placement of all promotional and retail items.
  • Partner with marketing to ensure placement of Beauty Box.
  • Responsible for all samples to be received by deadline for photography.

Execution

  • Ensure site and Store execution of all promotional and retail items.
  • Online Exposure – Cat Ads, Page Setup, Turn In, Approvals, Beauty Block List and Promo Calls/t as needed.
  • Store Execution – Complete monthly visual execution guide to ensure clear setup in stores of OMNI gwp’s.

Qualifications:
Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
  • Minimum 3-4 years retail.
  • Digital experience preferred.
  • Proficient in PC operations, MS Office and Excel.

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong negotiating skills.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to be detail-oriented, flexible and self-motivated.

Work Hours:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on department and store/company needs.

This job description is not all inclusive. Macy’s Inc. reserves the right to amend this job description at any time. Macy’s Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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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.