2019 Featured

PB Careers: Walgreens – Manager, Owned Brand Commercialization

\"\"PB Careers: Walgreens – Manager, Owned Brand Commercialization

Job ID: 299426BR

Job Summary
Responsible for assigned Owned Brands category sales and profit development through category, market, and product trend knowledge and application. Makes customer-led recommendations to meet and exceed Company, Division, and individual targets for Sales and Profit through working with key stakeholders throughout the Company. Manages several diverse categories simultaneously. This manager is expected to demonstrate strategic creative thinking, be able to thrive in the ambiguity of innovation while inspiring teams to deliver results through commercialization with an overall optimistic and “can do” attitude.

Job Responsibilities

  • Sets targets for sales and gross profit for assigned categories. Works with Category Managers to meet established sales, profit and owned brand penetration goals.
  • Leads cross-functional team to define customer opportunity, product specification and ensure product submission meet or exceed consumer expectations. Develops assigned categories; stays abreast of category trends and market changes. Maintains knowledge of competition and applies information as necessary to grow sales and profit.
  • Knows 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.
  • Works with external partners and industry experts to develop a strategic relationship to identify product and packaging innovation and meet corporate requirements on service. Knows the entire new product innovation cycle and how it affects consumer response to product performance.
  • Develops assigned categories through new product development, reformulation and packaging ideas.
  • Serves as key Owned Brand product expert within category strategy process, regular S&OP meetings, strategic product lifecycle plan and regular cross-functional meetings led by Category Manager.
  • Steers end-to-end Owned Brand commercialization process ownership and management (direct and influenced). Follows processes that ensure owned brand participation is seamlessly integrated and aligned with relevant internal teams – merchant, sourcing, technical product development, etc.
  • Leads owned brand integrated activity plan for assigned categories.
  • Leads regular updates with regulatory/legal departments to ensure all products have appropriate claim substantiation.
  • Understands core brand tenets and guardrails to deliver best quality product within expected guidelines.
  • Cultivates direct report(s) through continuous training and mentorship, setting obtainable performance goals, and providing clear communication and constructive feedback.

Walgreens, one of the nation\’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make 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. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call home.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 4 years of experience in Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing OR High School Diploma/GED and 7 years of experience in Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing.
  • 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 stakeholders 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).
  • At least 2 years of experience planning, developing, and managing departmental expense and capital budgets.
  • At least 2 years of experience of cross-functional team leadership.
  • Willing to travel up to 15% of the time for business purposes (within the state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in private brands, CPG, or retail.
  • MBA or Master’s Degree.


2019 Featured

PB CAREER: Lowe’s Home Improvement – Private Brands Brand Manager

\"\"PB CAREER: Lowe’s Home Improvement – Private Brands Brand Manager

Job ID: 1778930BR
Date posted: 11/08/2019
Location: Mooresville, North Carolina
Location Name: Mooresville, NC (SSC)Address 1000 Lowes Boulevard
Employment Type I: Full time
Employment Type II: Regular
Line of Business: Corporate
Department: LWS_USA_Private Brands Management

The primary purpose of this role is for the development and implementation of the Private Brands strategic objectives in an Omni-channel environment with Lowe\’s top tier Private Brands. This role is the Private Brands primary steward and is responsible for the short-term and long-term approach to maintaining the brand promise, brand relationships, and brand equity. The Brand Manager will be the expert in the brand/brands that they manage and will work closely with the Product Development Teams to ensure a consolidated, structured, and simple brand strategy is in place for each division. The brand manager will focus on ensuring brand language, product consistency in both price and quality, and brand positioning and that they are both communicated and adhered to with product selection, packaging, marketing, and online representation.


  • Owns the internal, vendor, and agency\’s creative execution of the brand strategy, architecture, visual identity, and standards to maintain and/or improve the market position of portfolios.
  • Focused on building messaging that can be implemented in both marketing, packaging and online channels.
  • Works closely with the Product Development Teams to deliver on a brand strategy that delivers an increase in sales and margin for the company.
  • Acts as the primary brand steward and is responsible for the short term and long-term approach to maintaining brand promise, brand relationships, and brand equity.
  • Develops a deep understanding and continued learning of competitive landscape, target customer and end-user, consumer positioning, and marketplace trends to advance the position of Private Brands in the marketplace.
  • Organizes, implements, and maintains the tactical day-to-day product and brand activities needed to increase sales, traffic, customer satisfaction, and brand equity.


  • Bachelor\’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Design, Engineering or related field.
  • 3+ years experience in marketing, product management & brand management in a large retail environment, consumer package goods company, or advertising agency that services Fortune 500 companies.
  • 3+ years experience developing and executing multigenerational product plans, including Omni-channel marketing plans, business strategies, and new product development.
  • 2+ years experience leading people and project teams to deliver business objectives.


Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2018 sales of $71.3 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts.

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Lowe’s is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.


2019 Featured

PB CAREER: Walmart – Senior Manager II, Product Development – Menswear

\"\"PB CAREER: Walmart – Senior Manager II, Product Development – Menswear

Position Summary…

  • Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects by identifying customer and operational needs; developing and communicating business plans and priorities; removing barriers and obstacles that impact performance; providing resources; identifying performance standards; measuring progress and adjusting performance accordingly; developing contingency plans; and demonstrating adaptability and supporting continuous learning.
  • 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.
  • Promotes and supports company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity by training and providing direction to others in their use and application; ensuring compliance with them; and utilizing and supporting the Open Door Policy.
  • 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.

What you\’ll do…

  • Develops, monitors, and manages product specifications through the product life-cycle to ensure quality and customer needs are met by collaborating with and updating internal and external partners to determine product needs, drive initiatives, resolve issues, and ensure alignment; conducting industry benchmarking to identify product details, specifications, and trends; reviewing and managing broad sample assortments; creating product specifications; submitting color, product components, and aesthetics for approvals; providing reports through the development, approval, and production process; identifying potential issues during the product life-cycle; performing root cause analysis and communicating findings; recommending solutions to resolve issues; performing visual in-store review of items to identify variances; and evaluating products against specifications.
  • Leads the building and execution of private brand strategic development plans as they align to the business objectives.  Plans and supports the growth of private brand and direct sourcing success based on the business opportunities.  Manages complex business initiatives, incorporating them into the global private brand strategy to seamlessly shift the team\’s priorities.
  • Directs implementation of department objectives and activities related to product strategies by conducting research to gain insight into current and future customer needs; analyzing data to determine impact to the business; streamlining processes for product development and delivery; aggregating research information to provide business intelligence; benchmarking within the industry to identify trends and opportunities to grow profit and sales; and communicating protocols to teams and making recommendations to senior leaders on new or enhanced product offerings.
  • Manages communications with internal and external partners through multiple communication channels to drive product development initiatives by providing updates to cross-functional teams to ensure alignment on product development initiatives; identifying potential issues during the product life-cycle; investigating causes to ensure production timelines are met; performing root cause analysis to validate issues; recommending solutions to resolve issues; ensuring solutions are implemented; and updating information and communicating it to stakeholders.
  • Manages sourcing activities to support business unit strategies by ensuring necessary sourcing documents are completed according to set timelines; validating data and documentation to ensure accuracy; working with cross-functional teams to ensure all necessary data points are attached to items to ensure accurate audit reporting; and assisting sourcing managers in completing special projects.
  • Ensures that products align with merchandising strategies by guiding the creative direction for new products; collaborating with merchants and providing advice related to product strategies; providing direction regarding product needs to drive financial performance; tracking performance metrics to ensure alignment with goals; evaluating the entire product life cycle to identify potential issues; working cross-functionally to develop options to address issues; resolving issues to minimize business disruption and ensure products are delivered on time; and ensuring communication with internal and external partners to drive product development initiatives.
  • Owns the development of a dynamic team, growing talent to meet the demands of a private brand organization, meet expectations for relationship builds and management, and is a culture champion through the ever-changing business needs.

Minimum Qualifications…

  • Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Design, or related field and 4 years’ experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related area OR 6 years’ experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related area.

Preferred Qualifications…

  • Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.
  • Financial Modeling and Analysis, Manufacturing, Microsoft Office, Product Development, Programming Language – VBA, Project Management, Statistical Programming Language – Structured Query Language (SQL), Supervising Associates
  • Masters, Masters: Arts
  • Lean Six Sigma Champion Certification – Certification, Project Management – Project Management Professional – Certification


2019 Featured

PB CAREERS: Publix – Manager, Marketing Brand Management

\"\"PB CAREERS: Publix – Manager, Marketing Brand Management

Job Req. ID 10236BR
Date Posted 10/21/2019
Location Lakeland, Florida

As the Manager, Brand Marketing Management, you will drive the brand marketing strategy of Publix Super Markets across a range of product category offerings. This is achieved by serving as the liaison between Product/Service Vice Presidents (including Corporate Purchasing, Omnichannel, Customer Service and Pharmacy), leading cross-functional strategic planning efforts between Marketing and Corporate Purchasing Business Development Directors (BDDs), and ensuring the continual development, utilization and positioning of the Publix brand.

  • leads and directs a team of Brand Marketing professionals that will identify business and customer needs through market and consumer research
  • identifies priority marketing plans, campaigns, and research to maximize marketing support delivered to achieve optimal business unit growth.
  • leads annual research planning process by identifying consumer and market research needs for the upcoming year
  • identifies optimal brand strategies and positioning for all Publix corporate brands
  • identifies improvement opportunities for private label package design processes within the Marketing department
  • oversees Brand Marketing’s involvement and inputs into the Business Plan Initiatives
  • drives Marketing innovation and quality improvement

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor\’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Advertising, Mass Communication from an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited university or equivalent experience
  • at least five (5) or more years’ experience in product marketing or brand management (Supermarket, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Restaurant)
  • expert knowledge of product, services and brand marketing
  • knowledge of marketing strategy development, marketing research and consumer insights process
  • expert knowledge of product development, marketing planning and execution
  • expert knowledge of grocery/retail industry, competitor, consumer macro trends, category management, retail merchandising and promotion.
  • knowledge of marketing communications process and creative design process
  • knowledge of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Quality Decision Process (QDP) tools
  • knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint computer software programs
  • ability to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed
  • ability to travel across the country during evenings, weekends, and holidays. Travel may take up to 7-10 days

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from an AACSB accredited university
  • Seven (7) or more years’ experience in product marketing or brand management (Supermarket, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Restaurant) with supervisory experience
  • knowledge of Publix and cross-functional department structure

Potential Annual Pay with Bonus 104,975 – 157,105

Frequency of Pay Monthly

Hours of Work Minimum 45 hours per week.

Travel Frequency 10%Year End Bonus One month’s pay (pro-rated in the first year) if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check.

Address 3300 Publix Corporate Parkway
City Lakeland
Region FL between Orlando and Tampa


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health plan (with prescription benefits)
  • Group dental plan
  • Group vision plan
  • Sick pay
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation pay
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Paycheck direct deposit
  • Credit union
  • Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
  • 6 paid holidays (associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day)


2019 Featured

PB CAREERS: Waitrose – Senior Brand Development Chef 


PB CAREERS: Waitrose – Senior Brand Development Chef 

A consumer revolution is quietly taking place. You won’t see people shouting about it in the shopping aisles, but it’s happening nonetheless. As we become increasingly mindful of our own health, the wellbeing of our family and that of the planet, we’re reshaping how we shop, cook and eat. Welcome to the era of the mindful consumer.

As a Senior Brand Development Chef you will play a key role in providing in-depth food knowledge and inspiration to Product Development teams and suppliers.

You will work alongside Product Development to deliver inspirational workshops and drive depth of thought on category propositions to inspire and deliver through others. You will play a key role in driving relevant differentiation to make our Waitrose & Partners’ difference count for more.

Job Requirements

You will play an ambassadorial role both internally and externally regarding Food Innovation.

If you enjoy delivering through others, are passionate about food and want to champion great food credentials and have a strong background in retail, manufacturing or food service development we would love to hear from you.

The Partnership\’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. Because the Partnership is owned in trust for its members, they share the responsibilities of ownership as well as its rewards – profit, knowledge and power. What other companies provide a share of profits to their workers? Becoming a Partner will open up a host of benefits including subsidized learning, access to exclusive Partner Hotels and so much more.

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

  • City & Guilds catering qualifications
  • Health & Hygiene qualifications
  • Experience in 1* Michelin star restaurants or a proven track record in top-end restaurants

Desirable experience skills and qualifications

  • Relevant experience in a similar environment or from a food development/manufacturing background

Please consider the following when making your application:

  • Print off the job description now if you require it, as you may not be able to access this once the vacancy has closed.
  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.

Job Type: Commercial, Product Development
Region: South East England
Location: Bracknell
Preferred Hours: Full Time
Partnership Level: 06

This role is at Partnership Level 6 and includes entitlement to the following additional benefits:

  • Invitation to join the Bupa Private Medical Insurance scheme
  • 5 weeks holiday

Further details will be provided at interview and upon successful offer

Closing Date: 6 Nov 2019
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Salary: £50,000 – £67,600

Salary Frequency: per annum

Hours of Work
35 hours per week
Monday to Friday
09:00 – 17:30
As a business we encourage flexible working. We have a number of different ways to work flexibly, so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, examples of how our Partners already work flexibly include part-time, job share, home working and compressed hours.
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