PB CAREERS: Brand Manager – Cosmetics – Nordstrom


Nordstrom is a fashion specialty retailer founded on a simple idea: offer customers the best possible service, quality, value and selection. We are looking for a talented individual to translate customer understanding into strategies and action plans.

Nordstrom Product Group is the innovative force behind our collection of private brands. At our Seattle Headquarters, teams specializing in design, production, technical design and merchandising create fashion that is unique to Nordstrom. Joining our team places you in a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial environment that gives you the opportunity to share your vision and express your creativity.

The ideal brand manager is motivated, results oriented and committed to providing outstanding customer service every day.


  • Develop private brand strategy that meets target customer needs
  • Drive business opportunities that are aligned with Full-Line Stores
  • Manage the expectation of all functional areas to create product that delivers style and fit and supports the strategy of the division and brand
  • Develop cross-channel strategies (online, visual merchandising, Rack) to create a consistent and compelling product message
  • Manage design director to ensure design direction supports the strategy
  • Drive brand strategy for a sub-division from initiation through growth to retirement
  • Hire and supervise an efficient and effective team that meets the needs of each functional area
  • Partner with Director and other groups and leaders to ensure alignment on priorities and direction


  • Minimum 5 years of retail buying or planning experience
  • Broad merchandising and leadership experience at Nordstrom or other company
  • Proven ability to deliver results
  • Demonstrated merchandising and visionary capabilities
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills

Since 1901, Nordstrom has offered a wide variety of quality apparel, shoes and accessories for men, women and children at our stores across the country. We\’re proud to be named to Fortune magazine\’s list of \’100 Best Companies to Work For.\’ We believe this recognition comes from our desire to empower our employees to set their sights high and deliver exceptional service to customers.

As a Nordstrom employee, you can feel confident that your health and well-being are among our highest priorities. We offer a comprehensive, flexible employee benefits package that includes medical/vision and dental coverage, a generous merchandise discount, an employer-matched 401(K) savings and profit sharing plan and much more.



PB CAREERS: Marketing Private Brands, Senior Manager – John B. Sanfilippo

\"\"At John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (JBSS), parent company of the Fisher brand and Private Brand leader, we live for nuts. For over 80 years, we have been dedicated to procuring, processing and packaging the best nuts in the business. We’re as dedicated to our business as we are to making sure that every nut has that satisfying crunch and flavor that could only come from JBSS and any of our brands including Fisher, Sunshine Country and our customers’ Private Brands. And we’ll keep on satisfying, one little nut at a a global leader for nuts, committed to quality, expertise and innovation that delivers an unmatched experience to our customer and consumer.

\"\"Job ID: 2011-2187
Location: US-IL-Elgin

“Hands on” leadership role, in partnership with Sales, in developing Private Brand strategies and initiatives to deliver volume and profit growth across all channels of trade (Consumer, Commercial, Export and Contract Manufacturing).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, in conjunction with Sales leadership, the highest opportunity customers and strategies for profitably growing JBSS business with those customers.
  • Develop and execute initiatives to create and enhance the value JBSS provides retail private brand partners:
    1. Private Brand Marketing Plan (Products and Brands, Price, Promotion)
    2. Category Management Plan (Optimal Assortment, Pricing, Merchandising)
    3. Innovation Strategy and Pipeline for Private Brand Customers
    4. Quality Strategy and Initiatives
  • Partner with the Consumer & Customer Insights team to develop compelling selling story around key initiatives.
  • Develop and execute pricing strategies that ensure JBSS competitiveness while improving overall margins.
  • Lead, coach and develop a team of marketers while also personally providing support to a subset of customers.
  • Creation of corporate sales and marketing materials, information, and tools for all channels of trade as it relates to Private Brands.
  • Work in coordination with sales, marketing personnel, inventory, production, and distribution on planning and projects as necessary.
  • Budget responsibilities for all of the above for planning and implementation as part of broader sales & marketing budget.
  • Customer visits and meetings as required or deemed necessary.
  • Responsible for manufacturing, distributing and consistently maintaining safe and quality food by following good manufacturing practices, allergen controls, food defense, HACCP and SQF requirements.
  • Responsible for immediately reporting all food safety and quality issues to your manager.
  • Responsible for partnering with others; Sharing knowledge, skills and information within your team and across functional areas.
  • Responsible for enhancing technical and functional competencies, as well as professional and leadership development.
  • Additional responsibilities and functions as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Marketing or a business related discipline; MBA a plus.
  • 6+ years of relevant marketing or consulting experience in the food industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop national and private brand strategies and initiatives to drive both brand and category growth.
  • Strong financial acumen and experience with pricing.
  • Ability to communicate business-building recommendations in clear, concise and impactful PowerPoint presentations.
  • Experience utilizing market research tools to develop compelling selling stories to retailers a plus.
  • Effectively works in a collaborative manner across functions.
  • Approximately 10% – 15% travel.

In the event that the Senior Manager Marketing, Private Brands is absent, the Department Manager is responsible for providing an equally qualified person to cover this position.

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PB CAREERS: Director Product Development Private Brands

\"\"Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 208 million times per week at more than 8,600 retail units under 59 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Wal-Mart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide.

Job ID: 66186BR

Position Description
Contributes to strategic product development plans by developing short and long-term plans; collaborating with other business areas (for example, Brand Management, Merchandising, suppliers) and ensuring plans meet Private Brands objectives.

Manages the development of Private Brand products with other business areas (for example, Brand Marketing, Merchandising) by directing suppliers to create products; identifying and addressing technical and consumer drivers of category success; identifying quality standards; establishing priorities; identifying and allocating product development resources; planning, executing, and monitoring product development projects; and ensuring products and categories meet Company goals.

Provides technical support to the Private Brand team by developing and maintaining relationships with other internal and external resources (for example, Legal, Compliance departments); responding to product inquiries (for example, nutrition, performance criteria, food safety); advising other business areas (for example, Sourcing, Quality) regarding product development (for example, supplier selection, product and packaging specifications, evaluation parameters, Customer needs); developing product specifications; and ensuring that tolerances are incorporated into product specifications which balance Customer needs with manufacturing constraints.

Develops timelines by collaborating with cross-functional teams (for example, Brand Marketing, Merchandising); coordinating product development; and negotiating product specifications with Buying team.

Provides supervision and development opportunities for Associates by selecting and training; mentoring; assigning duties; building a team-based work environment; establishing performance expectations and conducting regular performance evaluations; providing recognition and rewards; coaching for success and improvement; and ensuring diversity awareness.

Ensures business needs are being met by evaluating the ongoing effectiveness of current plans, programs, and initiatives; consulting with business partners, Managers, co-workers, or other key stakeholders; soliciting, evaluating, and applying suggestions for improving efficiency and cost effectiveness; and participating in and supporting community outreach events.

Minimum Qualifications
B.S Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy or related scientific discipline.
12+ years experience with a Retail and/or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Broad experience in formulations in Personal and Household product development.



PB CAREERS: Director of Private Brands – RadioShack

\"\"Fort Worth, TX 76102

RadioShack is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. The Shack offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 33,000 people globally, including a team of friendly and helpful sales experts who are recognized for delivering the best customer service in the wireless industry. RadioShack’s retail network includes company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, dealer outlets worldwide, and wireless phone centers in the United States.

Job Functions / Duties / Responsibilities :
The Director of Private Brands will be responsible for developing and managing customer-centric private label product and service platforms while driving the execution of the strategic sourcing initiatives supported by the Merchandising Team. The primary goal is to reduce the cost of goods sold by driving increases in direct sourcing, private brands, and spurring innovation. The Director of Private Brands will develop and manage the overall private label process including development of brand architecture and project planning (which involves taking product from concept to in-store delivery), and the overall business success of private brand products.

Education & Experience:

  • 4 year degree in Business or related field and/or relevant work experience
  • 7+ years’ experience in Brand Management or Business Development function in a consumer products manufacturer advertising or retail environment.
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • High degree of proficiency on MS PowerPoint, Word, & Excel
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong selling skills

The Complete Package
Incredible work environment, highly qualified employees and competitive compensation are only part of what makes working for RadioShack so desirable. We also have some great benefits available for eligible non-temporary full and part-time team members, including:

UPON HIRE – Limited medical, dental and life benefit plans available for:

  • Part-time Team Members
  • Full-time Team Members (during a 6 month waiting period for full-time benefit plans)

After 6 month waiting period – Medical, dental, vision, disability and life benefit plans, as well as flexible spending accounts for health and dependent day care

  • Full-time Team Members

Other benefits available upon meeting applicable eligibility criteria:

  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401 (k) plan with immediate vesting
  • Merchandise discounts
  • Credit Union
  • Plus MORE!



PB CAREERS: Design Director – Liz Claiborne Brand – Women\’s Career

\"\"Job ID: 312475
Location: New Jersey
Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular

JCPenney is currently considering candidates for the role of Design Director, Women\’s Career on the Liz Claiborne Brand team, based in the NY/NJ area.  This iconic brand is now owned and operated by JCPenney, and is experiencing profitable sales and growth.  The Women\’s Career fashion is an integral part to the overall direction and growth of the Brand, and offers tremendous visibility within our stores and online.  We are looking for an extraordinary Design Leader to join our team, and bring their imagination, creativity, abilities and passion to help us become America\’s Favorite Store.

We offer a highly collaborative and engaged team environment, committed to being the best private brands in the market.  In addition, we offer growth opportunities based on individual and company performance, and we have a competitive compensation package consisting of base salary, bonus, stock/equity, benefits, 401k with company match, and a retirement account.

Determines the brand’s seasonal fashion direction and leads and manages all aspects of designing, developing, selecting and approving materials, silhouettes, colors, and patterns for the season.


  1. Determines the brand\’s seasonal fashion direction and directs the creation of original concepts that encompass style, color, print, pattern and fabric for assigned brands to ensure customer focused offerings that meet fashion and quality requirements consistent with the brand profile. Oversees the initiation of product packages through the technical designers.
  2. Communicates to the Divisions and senior management in Product Management the Private Brand merchandise trend, and impact on business strategies.
  3. Shops print studios and fabric mills to define print direction for the season and develop fabric, yarn and trim strategies appropriate for the brand.
  4. Travels as needed, shops appropriate markets, and works with the trend office and product and design team to conceptualize the product design for the season.
  5. Directs the development and makes seasonal merchandise presentation of proposed designs, including boards, original or prototype samples, and other visuals.
  6. Oversees the approval of strike-offs, handlooms, and knit-downs and all approvals for fit, style and construction.
  7. Provides leadership, management and development of the staff, and leadership to the Division through product category expertise.
  8. Develops and ensures adherence to the Seasonal Time and Action Calendar.


  1. Works closely with Trend Managers for fashion and color trends.
  2. Works closely with DVP Product Development Design and Product Managers throughout the development process.
  3. Works closely with Technical Designers to develop product packages, approve Apparel Design Appraisal Reports (ADAR), and attend fit sessions.
  4. Works with Textile/Graphic Designers to execute concepts into design.

Education: College degree in fine arts or design, or equivalent work experience in a design related field preferred.
Experience: 10 – 15 years\’ experience in design product and fabrication knowledge.
Core/Positional Competencies: Leadership, strategic planning, basic working knowledge of the technical aspects of the assigned category, ability to design around concepts and to design flat sketches, technical and computer skills, design and color sense, presentation, persuasion, organization, time management, written and verbal communication.


  1. Creating original concepts as a result of interpreting fashion trend information.
  2. Designing an entire product category and/or private brand, such as Worthington.


  1. Proposed product designs for the season.
  2. Seasonal themes and new concepts.
  3. Major design changes for category or private brand.


  1. Ensures product is consistent with market trends and business strategy.
  2. Original concept design.
  3. Approves strike-offs, handlooms, and knit-downs.
  4. Enhancements for existing products.