PB Careers: Thrive Market: Private Label Product Innovator, Non-Perishable Food

PB Careers: Thrive Market: Private Label Product Innovator, Non-Perishable Food

Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, Full-time

ABOUT THRIVE
Wholesome products at wholesale prices. Thrive Market is a membership e-commerce platform on a mission to make the world’s highest quality natural and organic products affordable for every American family. For $60 per year, Thrive members get access to their favorite healthy snacks, supplements, home, beauty, and baby products at 30-50% off retail pricing—all shipped to their front door. As part of our Thrive Gives initiative, each paid membership on the site also sponsors a free membership for a low-income family.

ABOUT THRIVE
Wholesome products at wholesale prices.  Thrive Market is a membership e-commerce platform on a mission to make the world’s highest quality natural and organic products affordable for every American family. For $60/year, Thrive members get access to their favorite healthy snacks, supplements, home, beauty, and baby products at 30-50% off retail value—all shipped to their front door.  As part of our Thrive Gives initiative, each paid membership on the site also sponsors a free membership for a low-income family.

THE ROLE
Product Innovators at Thrive Market source, develop, and bring to market our industry-leading private label foods and consumer products.  Where do you get the best non-GMO, organic Quinoa? What’s the development cycle for non-toxic household cleaner?  As a Product innovator at Thrive you’ll be on the front lines helping us bring healthy, affordable, high-quality products to the masses.

We are growing our team and looking for a Food Product Innovator. The right person for the job will take pride in developing the absolute best products and be of a mission-driven mindset.  Collaboration and communication skills are key, as the role requires inputs from pretty much every team at Thrive Market including Branded Merchandise, Marketing and Creative just to name a few. We will be developing hundreds of Thrive Market products in the coming months, so we are looking for folks with drive, hustle and prior industry experience.

Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and direct merchandise private label opportunities in conjunction with the VP, Brand Manager, and Branded Merchandise Buyers
  • Identify and provide sourcing assistance for current and potential new private label items
  • Establish, oversee, and direct product specifications, quality, and inspection protocol to Thrive Market standards
  • Perform regular quarterly review of current merchandise mix sales and suggested program enhancements
  • Create and manage a Private Label item merchandise development target list and timelines with on time performance
  • Coordinate and create buying volume purchasing leverage synergies between Thrive Market and suppliers
  • Coordinate with internal demand planning and suppliers’ expected purchasing forecasts and packing needs
  • Review and report required actions on actual versus forecasted purchases
  • Conduct an onsite review of supplier facilities and abilities with support of the VP and other personnel where applicable
  • Coordinate with compliance and legal to ensure packaging meets all requirements for legal import and/or sale

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of food buying or product development experience
  • Natural relationship builder: you know how to communicate and interact with buying, logistics, design, product registration, legal, compliance, and vendors in a professional, positive and pro-active manner
  • Proven ability (through examples) to negotiate effectively
  • Highly organized and deadline driven: you can manage multiple projects to on-time and in-budget completion
  • Understanding of startup dynamics: you possess an innate sense of urgency
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally
  • Energized by team environments!

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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.