2016 Featured

PB CAREERS: Walgreens – Manager Product Specifications Owned Brands

\"Walgreens-store\"Job Location: Northbrook, IL
Job Number: 019461)

This is a very exciting time at Walgreens. We’re taking our products and services to the four corners of the world as part of the Retail USA division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance was formed through the combination of Walgreens and Europe’s Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services dating back more than 100 years each.

Today, Walgreens is the neighborhood drugstore and retailer that makes health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And, we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Join us at Walgreens and find yourself at a place where innovation thrives and incredible career and growth opportunities await. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment and be part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, employees, and the communities we all call home.

Job Summary
Ensures quality and safety of Walgreens Private Brand products via leadership of the Specifications group. Leads acquisition, review and approval of all Private Brands product specifications as submitted by vendors or laboratories. Manages data integrity, archiving policies and procedures. Supervises Specifications staff.

Job Responsibilities

  • Defines and maintains policies with regards to Private Brand product specifications. Manages all resources associated with SpecCheck system, provider service agreement, staffing (internal and contractors), departmental budget and process flow.
  • Maintains the system to deliver comprehensive product specifications and a technical document control system. Ensure enhancements and fixes are implemented as needed.
  • Ensures specifications are developed for all national, regional and Direct Store Purchase products.
  • Controls standardized forms and systems for facilitating vendor information input. Manages all vendor communications relating to product specifications
  • Oversees development of final specifications based upon detailed information provided by the Product Manager and obtains final specification approval signatures from vendor and internal departments prior to initial production of each product.
  • Develops Master Supplier database to include vendor physical information and product specific data capable of generating unique lists for Market queries Example: kosher, gluten free products, allergen specific lists.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience working with specifications or product descriptions in retail, manufacturing, or technical environment
  • At least 2 years of experience with managing compliance documents in a consumer goods environment.
  • At least 2 years of experience managing projects (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives).
  • Willing to travel at least 5% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Packaging, Quality, Electronics, Engineering.
  • At least 2 years of experience with technical data management.
  • At least 2 years of experience managing vendor compliance.
  • Experience directly managing people, including hiring, developing, motivating, and directing people as they work.
  • Experience in indirect management of team members, including assisting in the development, training and assignment of work/projects to other team members.

Requisition ID 019461-1


2016 Featured

PB CAREERS: Sam’s Club – Quality Development Director, Private Brands

\"samsPB CAREERS: Sam’s Club – Quality Development Director, Private Brands

Merchandising and Global Sourcin

Position Description

  • Cultivates an environment where associates respect and adhere to company standards of integrity and ethics
  • Demonstrates up-to-date expertise in assigned category and applies this to the development, improvement, and quality analysis of products
  • Develops and applies technologies and product lines related to product development or quality business objectives for a category (for example, dairy)
  • Develops and implements strategies to attract and maintain a highly skilled and engaged workforce
  • Develops and leverages internal and external partnerships and networks to maximize the achievement of business goals
  • Oversees the planning and execution of development projects of existing or new products
  • Provides overall direction
  • Provides overall direction for the Private Brand Product Quality Development

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor s degree in Food Science or related field and 10 years experience in food product development or related experience OR 15 years experience in food product development or related experience.

Employment Type: Full Time
Position Type: Salary
Shift: 0
Req ID: 607841BR


2016 Featured

PB CAREERS: Zumiez – VP of Private Label

\"Zumiez\"We made our debut in the Seattle area in 1978, with a single store location at Northgate Mall. Now we have grown, and currently have hundreds of stores across the United States and Canada. We do what others have only dreamed of! We provide you with cutting edge clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs, hard goods for skate and snow for active lifestyles. Everything we do revolves around the customer—you are the heart of our company.

We love and support the skate and snow industries that our customers live and ride for. With the success of our retail Zumiez shops, we\’ve opened our online store for the world to experience, ZUMIEZ.COM! We want our customers to seek us, either shopping from their recliner at home or roaming through their favorite Zumiez store location. So shop, download and explore the world of Zumiez!


Are you a talented, motivated brand leader? Are you a high achiever, with a track record of beating aggressive goals? You know, the type-A who’s always looking to top last year?

ZUMIEZ is in search of a VP of Private Label to join the team in Lynnwood, WA.

Position Summary:
Zumiez is currently looking for a qualified Vice President to lead our Private Label department. Zumiez Private Label is responsible for 13 unique brands spanning various categories including men’s, women’s accessories, clothing, and skate/snow hard goods.

Where you’ll work…
Our new headquarters is in the thriving metropolis of Lynnwood, Washington, just North of Seattle. This is a cube-free, skateboards welcome, open environment that’s designed to get people talking, debating the merits of an idea, and having fun. Even though we’re the home office, you’ll find a strong sales culture – not an administrative culture – here.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage a team of design, sourcing, production and compliance
  • Set long term financial targets for Zumiez’ owned brands and build and implement strategic plans to achieve those targets
  • Forecast trends and work with design team to apply them to Zumiez
  • Recruit, retain and develop a team that has a high level of skill, commitment and accountability to the business with a continued focus on profitability and quality
  • Provide direct reports with regular job performance feedback to enhance their contribution and annual performance evaluations with the goal of preparing them for broader responsibilities
  • Oversee the development of an appropriate vendor sourcing strategy that balances cost, reliability, speed to market and vendor concentration risk
  • Work with licensed brands to reach financial targets
  • Work with marketing teams to ensure appropriate brand promotion through various channels
  • Oversee Private Label brand portfolio and direction

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically
  • Ability to lead and manage a diverse group of people
  • Strong understanding of trend and how it applies to the youth market
  • Intimate knowledge of the Zumiez customer
  • Strong understanding of retail math


  • 10+ years of design experience
  • 10+ years of management experience preferred
  • 4 year degree
  • Product marketing


  • Action sports industry.
  • Street wear market
  • Youth culture


Medical | Dental | Vision | Stock Purchase Program | 401K | Generous Product Discount



2016 Featured

PB CAREERS: Amazon – Sr Manager, Marketing & Insights – Amazon Elements

\"Amazon-Box\"Job ID: 371865
Location: US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date: 1/14/2016
Company: Amazon Corporate LLC
Position Category: Project/Program/Product Management–NON-TECH
Recruiting Team

Job Description
The Amazon Private Brands team is creating a global portfolio of premium packaged goods products and is looking for a customer-focused, analytical Marketing and Insights leader to join our team. This position will be responsible for expanding and supporting best in class branding, market research, and business intelligence to meet defined business objectives. It requires strong business acumen, deep curiosity about customer behavior, excellent influencing skills, and the analytical horsepower to make key strategic business decisions for Amazon Consumables. You will manage a team of talented marketers, business intelligence and customer insights professionals who are building the high quality private brand experience for our customers. The successful candidate will have a steady strategic vision in a dynamic, ambiguous environment and be motivated by our fast-paced and entrepreneurial approach. Previous experience in a consumer packaged goods environment is a plus.

In this role, you will work collaboratively with marketers, agencies, advertising, designers, product managers, commercialization managers, R&D, customers, and executives to lead the development of our brand strategy and voice. You will then pivot to lead the tactical execution of the marketing and merchandising plans. You will build world-class customer and business insights functions that capitalize on Amazon’s unique position as both manufacturer and distributor of our private brand business, and develop the plans that use these insights to develop customized product development, marketing, and merchandising plans for Amazon’s own brand and the Consumables organization as a whole. You will work closely with the category management and commercialization teams to launch, refine, and attract customers to our high quality, fast moving consumer goods. The successful candidate will also be responsible for conducting senior leadership reviews, and possess a strong ability to communicate the customer and business impact of brand, insights, trends, and campaign activities for private brands. You must possess a good marketing sense, good critical thinking skills, and have an instinct for making tasks simple.

You must be able to:

  • Identify and analyze data to determine root causes, develop business cases, test solutions and prioritize competing program opportunities.
  • Develop a team that understands their customer needs, defines clear project plans and executes to high expectations in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Generate bold and innovative ideas for marketing consumer goods products using Amazon’s digital and physical marketing channels. The team needs to rapidly prototype, test, and scale marketing and merchandising activities designed to get customer to try our products.
  • Manage Amazon private brands marketing and customer insights budget
  • Partner with the category management team to incorporate trends into new product introductions
  • Manage team of 10

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree required
    Experience leading large diverse organizations and functions, including internal and 3rd party teams.
  • Senior level marketing responsibility and proven track record of success defining and delivering innovative big ideas to drive long term results.
  • Superior analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to identify and solve ambiguous problems. In particular, identifying customer needs and inventing new ways to meet those needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate both strategically and tactically in a high-energy, fast-paced environment.
  • Successful experience in hiring, people development, and managing large multi-level teams.
    Excellent communication (verbal and written) and collaboration skills that enable you to earn trust at all levels.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Consumer Packaged Goods, working on Marketing products and/or programs
  • Deep experience with early market problem-solving
  • Significant experience using data to drive decision-making
  • Experience managing 3rd party creative agency relationships.
  • Proven ability to communicate persuasively and to influence others
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to drive projects to completion
  • Reputation as a strong leader, team builder and someone who is very good at acquiring and developing great talent
  • Experience developing customer insights, testing protocols, and business integration from scratch. Evangelist for customer data in business decision making.
  • MBA


2016 Featured

PB CAREERS: Walmart – Director, Quality, Private Brands

\"walmart-store2\"BENTONVILLE, AR
Ethics and Compliance

Position Description

  • Directs the quality improvement for International Private Brands by evaluating and identifying improvement opportunities to meet quality goals; developing and determining international private brands quality standards; communicating quality standards to markets and suppliers; collaborating with markets to localize the implementation of the international quality standards; training markets on best practices for integrating product testing into supplier development plans; consulting with markets to improve and assess the accuracy of their quality data; conducting and/or consulting with market quality teams to conduct a verification processes in order to compare actual quality performance to contracted product specifications and reported performance; and evaluating progress and determining solutions to ensure private brand growth.
  • Ensures the execution and acceleration of private brand\’s quality strategies across assigned market by developing short- and long-term private brand quality strategies; collaborating with stakeholders (for example, in-country teams, suppliers) to examine product portfolios for product quality opportunities; collaborating with the international food safety team and ensuring the quality strategy aligns with in-market food safety standards and strategies; utilizing quality expertise to determine product information and specifications; driving brand quality and consistency with private brand expectations across markets; collaborating with in-market teams to identify and drive importance of quality standards and product specifications; utilizing customer feedback to determine private brand quality opportunities; and developing performance metrics to track brand execution.
  • Supports in-market capabilities to accelerate private brand quality growth by building partnerships with in-country teams; evaluating existing systems and processes in order to determine gaps; driving processes and practices to enhance private brand quality development and execution; ensuring the global specification system can be utilized across markets and countries; and collaborating with in-market quality teams to identify, manage, and implement changes to systems and processes.
  • Provides overall direction by analyzing business objectives and customer needs; developing, communicating, building support for, and implementing business strategies, plans, and practices; analyzing costs and forecasts and incorporating them into business plans; determining and supporting resource requirements; evaluating operational processes; measuring outcomes to ensure desired results; identifying and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; promoting a customer environment; and demonstrating adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning.
  • Develops and implements strategies to attract and maintain a highly skilled and engaged workforce by diagnosing capability gaps; recruiting, selecting, and developing talent; supporting mentorship, workforce development, and succession planning; and leveraging the capabilities of new and existing talent.
  • Cultivates an environment where associates respect and adhere to company standards of integrity and ethics by integrating these values into all programs and practices; developing consequences for violations or non-compliance; and supporting the Open Door Policy.
  • Develops and leverages internal and external partnerships and networks to maximize the achievement of business goals by sponsoring and leading key community outreach and involvement initiatives; engaging key stakeholders in the development, execution, and evaluation of appropriate business plans and initiatives; and supporting associate efforts in these areas.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Food Science, or related field and 6 years’ experience in private brand development, quality, manufacturing, or related field OR 8 years’ experience private brand development, quality, manufacturing, or related field.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
5 years’ experience in quality. 8 years’ experience working in cross-functional teams. 6 years’ experience working with international markets. 6 years’ experience with food manufacturing. 4 years’ experience in product development. 5 years\’ manufacturing at a plant level

Employment Type: Full Time
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