PB CAREERS: Group Vice President – Private Brand Director: Macy’s

\"\"Location: New York City

Job Number: BRA00140)

The GVP Brand Director is a key leader in strategic planning, sales and marketing direction for private brands.  This position is responsible for the development of the 3-year business strategy inclusive of sales, penetration, EDI, replenishment, and analysis as well as leading and coordinating the marketing effort with MMG marketing division.

Key Relationships:

  • MMG:  Chief Private Brand Officer, President and COO Private Brands, Senior Leadership for Product, Brand, Planning
  • Macy\’s Inc:  Senior Leadership for Buying and Planning


Strategic Planning, Sales Management, Profit Management:

  • Key Leader in the development and execution of Brand Strategies including sales, margin, turn goals.
  • Develop and present Private Brand seasonal tactics and objectives
  • Develop Private Brand Financial Strategy, targets and receipt plans for the Buy Meeting
  • Communicate the private brand merchandise and business strategies based on the plans to both MMG
  • Senior Leadership as well as Buying / Planning.
  • Lead in the execution of departmental budget, shipment and EBIT plans
  • Monitor all aspects of merchandise performance (programs, key items, sales, margins)
  • Manage the EDI Business Process for Private Brand
  • Manage product performance information
  • Responsible for implementation of all weekly selling reports and management summaries
  • Manages placements and tracks shipment dollars
  • Responsible for seasonal line profitability analysis reports
  • Oversee all information flow between the product organization and buying/planning


  • Assist marketing in the development of marketing plans and campaigns to support assortments
  • Develops and follows through on all merchandise relating to visual campaigns
  • Ensure merchandise strategies are executive on the store level
  • Partner with Marketing Director on time and action calendar for each season
  • Submit all monthly playbooks/selling guides
  • Submit seasonal key items and back wall images


  • DMM/DPM experience
  • Category expertise preferred
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level


2012 Family Dollar Marketing Management Inc (MMI)

PB CAREERS: Private Brand Project Coordinator – MMI/Family Dollar

\"\"Location:Family Dollar Offices – Matthews, NC

Position Summary:
Project Coordinators facilitate the Private Brands process in the development of packaging design. The role collaborates closely with Merchandising Business Teams, Quality Assurance, Global Sourcing, Suppliers and Service providers.  Core activities encompass the establishment, management and resolution of Private Brands program/item projects including initiating, gathering information, proofing and tracking programs/items through the branding, artwork, sourcing, quality assurance and implementation process.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Private Brand’s programs/items from inception through completion through Family Dollar’s workflow tool.
  • Maintain project timeline updates and track deadlines.
  • Coordinate, gather and communicate item/program details to all designated parties.
  • Manage approval process for individual item artwork, contributing to the creative design process as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Merchandising Teams, Suppliers, Global Sourcing, Service Providers and Quality Assurance to execute product projects within designated Private Brand’s policies.
  • Effectively utilize data sources and tools to create reports as requested including routine reporting and ad-hoc status tracking.
  • Determine and review product communications for items in packaging development.
  • Maintain data integrity initiatives, including validation of on-package information and correct reflection in Family Dollar’s IT systems.
  • Clearly communicate issues, problem-solve and reach resolution.
  • Collect brand/item product information for comparative brand communication development.
  • Monitor, collect and maintain supplier artwork agreements, sample collection, die lines, cost acknowledgements and final artwork files.
  • Proof packaging copy and graphics, and communicate corrective actions.
  • Demonstrate good graphics judgment and give guidance to pre-production agencies on translating style guides in individual packaging art.
  • Provide follow-up on all associated activities to make sure tasks are completed on time.
  • Lead efforts to develop products comps for visual presentations.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • BS/BA strongly preferred.  Equivalent work experience considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in consumer retail, packaged goods, Buying, Private Label, Project Management, or graphic design.
  • Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office desktop applications, inclusive of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.  Graphic development experience a plus.
  • Effective oral and written communication, including interaction with merchants, quality assurance, global sourcing and other internal and external partners
  • Trouble shooting and problem solving
  • Multi-tasking and prioritization
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong sense of urgency
  • Strong relationship building and intra/inter-departmental collaboration skills

Nonessential Skills and Experience:

  • Ideal candidates will have graphic design background, including the ability to sketch product layouts
  • Understanding of the product development life cycle from both a merchandising and manufacturer\’s perspective desired but not mandatory

Reporting to this Position: N/A

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands:  Constant amounts of repetitive hand motions and sitting; routine walking and standing; requires lifting and carrying 15-20 pounds.
  • Work Environment:  It is enclosed in an office facility that maintains normal temperatures.  Noise level is at a minimum.

To apply contact: Pat Abbey – VP, Human Resources, MMI


Private Label Product Manager: New Seasons Market

\"\"New Seasons Market is a chain of privately-owned neighborhood grocers operating in the Portland Metro area of Oregon. Founded by three families and 50 of their friends in 1999, the chain currently operates ten stores in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Happy Valley and Lake Oswego and Beaverton\’s Progress Ridge neighborhood. According to their website:

Three families and 50 friends got together back in 1999 and decided to open a grocery store. Not just any grocery store, mind you, but one that carried everything from the essentials to the extraordinary. It had to be friendly, fun, neighborly and supportive of sustainable agriculture. So, on Leap Day, 2000, dreams and ideas gave way to our first store opening at Raleigh Hills.

As a locally owned business, we take pride in supporting local farms, ranches and other small businesses through our Home Grown program. The Home Grown symbol points out products from produce and meat to hand lotions and scented candles that come from local companies. So, you can support the local and regional economy with your dollars. And we can further our strong commitment to sustainable agriculture.

We show our commitment to the community by giving 10% of our after-tax profits to various organizations through grants and donations. And our staff gets out there to volunteer, engage and participate!

Looking ahead, we want to grow at a sustainable pace. We\’re not looking to be the biggest grocery store in town, just the friendliest. Visit our stores and you\’ll find that each one has its own unique character and personality. We are your neighborhood grocery store.

Private Label Product Manager

Department: Operations
Employment Type: Regular Position
Expected Hours Per Week: Full-time
Wage Range: Salaried

External Job Description:
Directs Private Brand initiatives to bolster the company’s value proposition while meeting sales and margin goals. Leads a cross-functional team to develop and deliver new products that align with company goals of supporting our local community and promoting sustainable agricultural / business practices.

Job Functions:
Strategic Planning

  • Works with COO, Marketing Director and Merchandising Director to ensure Private Brand positioning in alignment with overall NSM tiered brand strategy.
  • Partners with merchandising team to define strategic opportunities at the vendor, category and product level.
  • Conducts research as necessary to further define customer demand, understand trends and capture best practices.

Product Development

  • Responsible for process engineering to achieve an efficient and timely product development process.
  • Facilitates smooth communication with co-packers to ensure timely development of products.
  • Oversees execution of package design that clearly communicates product attributes and reinforces our core brand values.

Quality Assurance

  • Defines and maintains NSM product quality standards.
  • Partners with Food Safety Manager to ensure food safety of all packaged products that carry the NSM Private Brand label. .

Marketing / Promotion

  • Sets pricing strategy in alignment with product quality and competitive positioning.
  • Works with category Merchandiser in vendor negotiations to deliver competitive pricing.
  • Develops detailed plans to drive awareness, trial and repeat purchase of private brand products.
  • Works closely with Director of Marketing to ensure successful product launch in stores including staff education, POP/signage, events, social media, couponing, sampling, etc.
  • Tracks and measures sales and profitability of Private Brand products and performs analysis to determine impact on overall category profitability.

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, bend, climb and reach.

Important Notice
The job duties, responsibilities, requirements & conditions, physical requirements and work environment listed in this job description are examples of the tasks that a staff member may be required to perform. New Seasons Market reserves the right to revise the job description at any time and to require staff members to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of business change.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years experience in Private Brand management for a multi-unit retailer
  • Broad functional experience in strategic planning, project management and product development
  • Bachelors degree in marketing, finance, economics or food science, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with rapidly growing and profitable organizations
  • Proven communication and collaboration skills that inspire and motivate co-workers at all levels
  • An outside-the-box thinker who is not limited by traditional views
  • A drive to gather relevant information, push key information out to staff, educate and facilitate efficiency for improved results
  • Belief in respectfully challenging standard practices to find better ways to get things done
  • Values community, sustainability, food and fun


2012 All Other

PB CAREERS: Brand Developer – Women\’s: Kohl’s

\"\"Position Objective
Partners with cross-functional team, with direction from the Brand Manager, to develop a category for our private/exclusive brands.


  • Analyze sales results within assigned category(s) and create authoritative recommendations to drive business strategies and decision making
  • Conducts research for assigned product line. Examines current trends and forecasts; reviews historical data and performs competitive shopping and benchmarking for assigned category(s)
  • Understand, influence and apply customer & store feedback & market research into brand strategy for assigned category(s)
  • Develop and communicate seasonal strategy for assigned category(s)
  • Facilitate assortment building and decision making for category responsibility
  • Present and facilitate at cross functional meetings for category(s) responsibility
  • Complete all follow-up with cross functional team to ensure product meets quality and timing expectations
  • Execute category style development
  • Facilitate style handoff with cross functional teams

Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of retail or product development experience
  • Bachelor\’s degree in Product Development, Business or related area
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and email systems
  • Strong knowledge of fashion trends and forecasts, fabric/material and color
  • Strong math aptitude and knowledge of retail math is desirable

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to conduct research and summarize findings.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail; high level of accuracy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements

  • Occasional travel

Apply Today!


PB CAREERS: Senior Manager Private Brands Quality (Consumables \\ OTC)

\"\"Job ID: 59531BR

Company Summary
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.

Position Description

  • Assures specifications exist for quality assurance
  • Drives costs out of quality measurement systems
  • Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects in Private Brands
  • Ensures business needs are being met
  • Improves overall customer experience
  • Improves quality of end products
  • Monitors quality performance and customer feedback in effort to improve overall product quality
  • Promotes and supports company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity
  • Provides supervision and development opportunities for associates
  • Sets strategy for overall product quality
  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor\’s degree
    • 8+ years experience customer management experience,

    Additional Preferred Qualifications

    • knowledge of OTC,Supplements, Consumables or HBA in a retail setting