PB CAREERS: Michaels – Manager, Quality Assurance

\"\"The nation\’s #1 arts and crafts retailer owns and operates more than a 1,100 Michaels Stores canvassing the US and Canada. Michaels sells more than 40,000 products including art and hobby supplies, décor, frames, needlecraft kits, party supplies, seasonal products, and silk and dried flowers. Michaels also operates about 155 Aaron Brothers stores in Texas and 10 other states, which provide framing and art supplies. The retailer\’s Artistree subsidiary manufactures frames and molding for Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores. Michaels Stores was taken private in 2006 by the investment firms Bain Capital Partners, LLC, and The Blackstone Group.

Manager, Quality Assurance(Retail/Product)

Req. # : S.12.14
Organizational Unit:
Michaels / Sourcing / Quality Assurance
Irving, TX, US 75063
Job Level:
Basic Function:

The position will develop, direct and execute a category specific quality strategy that assures product quality and regulatory compliance.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Support Product Development – Collaborate with internal partners to proactively assure development of quality and compliant products (25% of Time).
  • Product Testing – Develop and maintain test protocols; coordinate test strategies with suppliers and labs; review test results and resolve issues; monitor compliance reports to assure that all products are tested. (25% of Time).
  • Packaging Approval – Review and approve product packaging for appropriate warnings and regulatory compliance (10% of Time).
  • Inspections – Manage product inspection plans, review results and resolve issues (10% of Time).
  • Issue Resolution – Collaborate with internal partners to investigate quality, safety, compliance or other product issues; determine root cause(s) and formulate appropriate response (10% of Time).
  • Product Designation – Review new products to determine testing and compliance requirements and enter designations into appropriate systems (10% of Time).
  • International Travel – Work with suppliers, agents and network partners (10% of Time).


Job Requirements:

  • 5 years total industry experience with a minimum of 2 years in related quality assurance and/or regulatory compliance.
  • Private brand, CPG and/or specialty retail experience is a plus.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Physical or Biological Science, Quality Assurance, Engineering, Business or Related Field

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PB CAREERS: Ahold USA – Director, Brand Management

\"\"Ahold USA – Director, Brand Management

Stop& Shop, Giant, Martin\’s

Department Name: BRAND MGMT
Job Status:

Job Description
The purpose of this position is threefold:

  • First, to define the brand strategy for the Ahold USA retail brands, and translate the strategy to sub-brands for important sub-divisions/departments/categories.  Build a strategy roadmap that defines which strategic initiatives the company will pursue, how, and when, in order to deliver all of the brand pillars, over time.
  • Second, to create and manage all aspects of the brand identity: logo, design system, voice, brand guidelines, etc.
  • Third, to create and manage a consistent, branded customer experience inside the store, including: all design aspects of the format including decor, associate engagement, all signs, merchandising/visual design, demos/sampling, and all uses of the brand identity (logo and design system) throughout the store. This function is vital to ensuring the company has clarity about what we need to deliver to our customers to accelerate sales growth, to drive efficient allocation of resources, provide a good environment for decision-making, and to a creating store experience for customers that follows a consistent, engaging, branded design.

Job Requirements 

  • Develop and maintain an overall brand strategy for the business that will drive customer preference for our brands, through a relevant, differentiated promise to customers, thereby accelerating sales growth while maintaining margins. Address brand strategy requirements for both current banners and new acquisitions.  Develop customer sub-propositions for units of the business that help deliver the overall brand promise, e.g. key business areas (Meat, Produce, HBC, Pharmacy), key customer segments (e.g. Moms, Health & Wellness), economic vs. upscale markets. Develop customer experience strategies, across all brand pillars, for each sub-brand, in order to guide the products, programs and other offerings being developed at the BU level
  • Develop and lead day-to-day deployment of the roadmap to delivering the brand, the strategy which will articulate and prioritize cross-company initiatives that will realize the brand promise at each banner, for customers.
  • Determine if/how the brand promise should be adapted across divisions, in order to win in each competitive situation. Develop and maintain key insight re. competitors\’ brand strategies, for each division; proactively identify and bring forward implications for the chain, divisions, markets, stores, as relevant.
  • Develop associate engagement strategies, to support the brand, partnering with key HR, Operations and Merchandising leads.  Includes store associates, and branding of internal communications (posters, associate website, recruiting materials, etc.)  Design/develop all logowear.
  • Partner with Format team to develop branded elements of format plans, including layout, décor and merchandising elements.
  • Develop seasonal décor toolbox for use at the store/division level, to \”dress stores\” and win customer perceptions/\”own the holidays\” for our brands.  Seasonal toolbox will:
  • Enable the stores to create personality and an engaging experience for customers and associates, while maintaining brand identity guidelines.
  • Develop, deploy and measure demo/sampling strategy for all banners, to support the Marketing Calendar and merchandising events.  Determine most effective/efficient approach (associate-managed vs. external partner.)
  • Work with Category Managers to build awareness/understanding of how the brand strategy translates to individual categories and help CMs develop brand-building aspects of their plans. Over time, provide similar annual planning support to all relevant business areas (e.g. divisions, front-end, associate/HR.)
  • Partner with Insight team to establish brand success metrics, review results regularly and develop business recommendations based on findings.

Essential Skills

  • Requires 10+ years experience with a clear understanding of consumer needs, competitive brands and offerings, and our own business
  • Proven experience working successfully with cross-functional teams to translate brand vision in order to create alignment and drive business initiatives that positively impact sales.
  • Prior experience with building brand creative strategy and identity.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills including experience with developing and applying meaningful metrics to evaluate effectiveness of business results.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred)

Education (Highest Level): Bachelors Degree
: Greater than 10 years



PB CAREERS: Walgreens – Product Development Manager, Private Brands

\"\"There\’s a way. Walgreens has something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. Anywhere you go, you\’ll find supportive co-workers, a positive environment and the tools you need to pursue your interests, grow your skills and advance your career.

With over 7,500 locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, we\’re much more than your neighborhood drug store. We\’re a company of IT professionals, accountants, nurses, pharmacists, retail store staff and more. And each one of us shares common goals – to take our careers further and to expand our position as America’s most convenient provider of consumer goods and services, and pharmacy, health and wellness services.

Product Development Manager, Private Brands
At Walgreens, we help people get, stay and live well. That’s our core purpose and the difference we make in people’s lives every day. Our purpose has shaped the direction of our company since Charles R. Walgreen Sr. founded his first drugstore in 1901, and it still does today.

Our team members make that purpose come to life in our over 7,800 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in our call centers, distribution centers, on-site clinics, specialty pharmacies and corporate offices. In fact, those daily demonstrations of our purpose have helped Walgreens become an industry leader and a household name.

Walgreens has something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. Here, you’ll find supportive co-workers, an innovative environment and the tools you need to grow your skills, help build healthy communities and advance your career.

Job Summary
Responsible for overall Private Brands Division sales and profit development through category, market, and trend knowledge and application. To make recommendation to meet and exceed Company, Division, and individual targets for Sales and Profit through working with key stakeholders throughout the Company. Manage several diverse categories simultaneously.

Job Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)

  • Set targets for sales and gross profit for assigned categories.   Works with Category Managers to meet established sales, profit and private brand penetration goals.
  • Defines specification and ensures supplier compliance
  • Develop assigned categories; stays abreast of category trends and market changes
  • Maintains knowledge of competition and applies information as necessary to grow sales and profit
  • Planning and Forecasting: know how to forecast demand for both short term and long term sales; must have a solid understanding of logistics and the effect on store and warehouse fill rates, inventory, and shelf life, and the results these areas have on Company profitability.
  • Work with manufacturers and suppliers to develop a strategic relationship to reduce costs, increase product and packaging innovation, improve profitability; and meet Corporate requirements on service. Knows the entire supply chain cycle “from farm to fork” and how it affects product costs, product availability; sales, and profitability.
  • Develops assigned categories through product innovation, reformulation, new products and packaging ideas.
  • Develops brand strategy and build the brand to meet Corporate, Division, and individual targets and objectives.

Job Requirements
Basic Qualifications & Interests

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 4 years experience in Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing, or Supply Chain OR High School Diploma/GED and at least 7 years experience in Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing or Supply Chain.
  • Experience with related financial modeling and analysis.
  • Experience using retail data such as Nielsen or IRI.
  • Experience with project management (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives).
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations to various audience levels within an organization.
  • Experience collaborating with internal resources and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines.
  • Knowledge of retail store merchandising including placement and promotion.
  • Knowledge of logistics and the effect on store and warehouse fill rates, inventory, and shelf life, and the results these areas have on Company profitability.
  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
  • Basic skill level in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: inserting, rearranging, hiding and deleting slides, navigating between slides, increasing list level, adding, centering and editing text, changing views, inserting a table or a note, moving objects, printing outline view and/or running a slide show).
  • Basic level skill in Microsoft Word (for example:  opening a document, cutting, pasting and aligning text, selecting font type and size, changing margins and column width, sorting, inserting bullets, pictures and dates, using find and replace, undo, spell check, track changes, review pane and/or print functions).
  • Willing to travel up to 15% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications & Interests

  • Knowledge and experience in private brands, CPG, or retail.



PB CAREERS: Toys\”R\”Us – Manager, Global Product Safety, Quality & Compliance

\"\"This position is responsible to develop and implement Toys\”R\”Us, Inc. global toys/hard line(s) QA functions that include but are not limited to protocol/standards development, test program, factory evaluations, product inspections etc.   Position requires strong bias for communication and collaboration amongst internal/external global partners to facilitate the Toys\”R\”Us, Inc. global product safety, quality and compliance program.


  • Lead global communication amongst global QA partners to ensure consistent approach and business initiatives are met
  • Leads communication to internal/external partners on QA related matters
  • Industry Knowledge/Intelligence:
  • Knowledgeable of test methodology
  • Labeling requirements
  • Regulatory requirements for CPSC/CPSIA, FDA, EPA, & ASTM requirements for toys and hard goods
  • International toy/children\’s products standards and regulations (e.g. EN 71 etc)
  • QA Management/Functions:
  • Lead and develop global protocols/standards development for private label toys and hard goods
  • Lead and develop global design evaluation process which consists of analyzing and identifying potential product hazards and through the evaluation ensures that design and construction are robust to withstand production variances
  • Manages and communicates technical requirements to internal/external partners related to QA and test program
  • Develop product inspection program for hard goods in conjunction with global partners and China QA office
  • Develop and implement factory evaluation program in conjunction with global partners and China QA office
  • Manages day to day operations with 3rd party labs to create test methodology, protocol/standard development and ensure that each 3rd party lab is providing consistent service to all  internal/external partners
  • Participation in Global \”R\” Us Brands global line reviews to provide technical advice and support the global private label product development and sourcing teams with QA related matters
  • Identify, prioritize and launch special projects while managing day to day execution of test program inclusive of corrective action plans, protocol/standards development, design evaluations  and technical advice.
  • Responsible to draft, maintain and communicate Global QA policy and procedures
  • Develop and maintain systems to track and update TRU Global testing/standards criteria


  • Bachelors degree in engineering or related field
  • Certified engineer preferred but not required
  • Experience in Engineering, manufacturing, production, quality assurance, test laboratory
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects
  • Adapts to ever changing environment
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Works well under intense pressure
  • Ability to interpret technical information
  • Technical competency in quality/safety regulations for consumer products (e.g. CPSC, ASTM Standards, FDA etc)
  • Knowledgeable in global requirements for toys
  • Strong understanding of test methodologies for toys/hard goods

Job Function: Product Development
Organization: Headquarters
Primary Location: USA-NJ-Wayne
Work Locations: Headquarters: One Geoffrey Way, Wayne 07470-2030
Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Standard
Education Level: Bachelor\’s Degree
Travel: No
Job Number: 35206)


2012 Save-A-Lot

PB CAREERS: Save-A-Lot – Brand Manager

\"\"The Brand Manager leads brand strategy and brand marketing efforts for the Save-A-Lot corporate brand and private label brands, reporting into the VP of Strategy & Marketing.  Responsible for building brand equity and profitability for the company, the Brand Manager strives to build Save-A-Lot’s competitive advantage via brand differentiation and consumer segmentation.

As the primary brand steward, this individual is responsible for the strategy, management, development, and execution of all consumer-directed creative elements of Save-A-Lot’s exclusive brands and corporate brand.  He/she leads the process to develop, pilot, launch and manage private label product brands with support from marketing and merchandising.

The Brand Manager is responsible for establishing the brand standards and for protecting them, by ensuring that all, which impacts the brand, is consistent and on strategy.  This position works closely with the store experience and communications team on brand equity development, brand standards and communication tools for internal and external use.  The position also works with the consumer insights team to continuously refine the company’s understanding of target consumers and customer segmentation.
Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Responsible for the development and operational implementation of Save-A-Lot’s corporate brand and private label strategy, marketing framework and creative campaign platform.  He/she will bring the brand to life in all messaging, ensuring continued consumer relevancy and increased consumer awareness of the Save-A-Lot brand and private label brands.

  • Oversee the implementation of corporate and private label brand strategies through the strategic planning and budgeting process, implementing processes to track progress and ensuring resources and objectives are aligned cross-functionally.
  • Act as the central lead for brand platform pilots and regional launches.  Develop, execute and monitor comprehensive launch plans for new private label products.
  • Deliver branding consulting expertise to senior leadership, store experience, packaging, communications, merchandising and marketing teams to ensure effective execution of brand strategy.
  • Develop and maintain all private label brand guidelines.
  • Using consumer segmentation, identify and communicate who the Save-A-Lot target consumer is, ensuring all messaging and activities are addressed to this target.
  • Track, analyze and synthesize brand research and brand health data to develop actionable strategies to improve brand equity.
  • Manage budget and ensure on-plan delivery of costs and demonstrate understanding of P&L leverage points
  • Develop strong understanding of Save-A-Lot business, growth objectives, licensee base and assortment to develop national, scalable solutions.
  • Stay abreast of industry packaging, product and competitors’ brand trends.

Job Requirements:

  • A degree in Business with Marketing focus required. MBA preferred.
  • 8+ years Brand Management experience required
  • 4+ years consumer insights/research experience required.
  • 2 + years category management experience preferred.
  • 2 + years new product development experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to mine, synthesize and apply deep consumer understanding to drive business growth
  • Exceptional creative sensibilities and experience in managing external consultancies and marketing communication agency partners
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective business relationships at all levels of the company and in the business community.
  • Market/consumer research experience with a good understanding of marketing, merchandising and consumer research.
  • Proficient on all Microsoft products, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook
  • Advanced level PowerPoint required

Physical Environment:

  • Most work is performed in a temperature-controlled office environment.
  • Incumbent may sit for long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
  • Incumbent may use calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of normal workday.
  • Stooping, bending, twisting and reaching may be required in completion of job duties.
  • Some travel may be required

Primary Location:  Missouri-Earth City
#: 15175