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PBCareers: Lidl: Manager – Packaging & Design (Brand)

Job Title: Manager – Packaging & Design (Brand)
Department: Packaging & Design
Business Unit: Purchasing
Reports To: Senior Manager – Packaging & Design (Brand)
Supervisory Role: Yes
FLSA Status: Exempt
Arlington, Virginia (VA), US, 22202

Job Summary
The Manager – Packaging & Design (Brand) develops product packaging and creative designs, for multiple Food and Non-Food brand segments and product categories, consistent with US consumer needs and Lidl US strategic initiatives. In addition, the role leads the packaging timeline and coordinates packaging development from the initial briefing of the creative agency through production of final art and the implementation of the prepress process with the production agency.

Essential Functions

  • Communicate and collaborate with all levels of P&D team peers such as Engineering, Label Compliance, and Translation and other internal stakeholders, and when appropriate with external parties, to accomplish the development of creative briefs and files 
  • Manage job details, timelines, and proactively raise questions and provide solutions within the packaging management process
  • Advise Sr. Manager of potential conflicts, issues or delays to the design, implementation, production and release of final print files
  • Lead the development of product packaging and range from the initial briefing of the creative agency through production, 
  • Release files to the printer, review final packaging and manage approvals
  • Oversee and manage external agency partners in each step of the package development timeline 
  • Collaborate with other organizational teams such as Buying, QA, and Retail Marketing, to gather required information and ensure alignment
  • Manage and negotiate creative, production budgeting and invoice reviews as needed such as obtaining bids for special projects, and cost-benefit comparisons within the area of responsibility
  • Ensure the planning, controlling, monitoring and closing projects in assigned area of responsibility
  • Support trademark processes in cooperation with the Legal Team
  • Perform market and competition analyses and design analyses in order to identify relevant design category codes
  • Optimize processes and the production of internal handbooks in the field of packaging management
  • Develop print style guides and systems for improving and assuring print quality
  • Supervise and manage workflow through a team of one or more Analysts and Senior Analysts
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage several concurrent projects
  • Knowledge of packaging design project management: preferably in CPG, FMCG and/or grocery retail 
  • Sophisticated visual design aesthetic
  • Ability to provide actionable feedback to design and production agency partners
  • Ability to create project schedules using one or more tools including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Project, Word, Power Point) and/or other project management systems
  • Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Knowledge of brand management (marketing); preferably in CPG / FMCG or grocery retail
  • Fundamental knowledge of brand building, brand architecture and packaging design in the private label or national brand environment
  • Strong knowledge of consumer/market trends in the retail/grocery field
  • Intermediate to advanced understanding of printing techniques
  • Advanced understanding of packaging components, structures and materials
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and design principles
  • Required Education, Certifications/ Licenses, Related Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, Package Development, Project Management, Business, Marketing or similar related field
  • 3 – 5 years of consumer packaging/brand management experience or a related field
  • In lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree, an Associate’s degree and 5 to 7 years of experience in a related field will meet the education and related experience listed above.

Preferred Education, Certifications/ Licenses, Related Experience

  • 8-10 years of consumer packaging experience
  • CPG, FMCG or retail food packaging experience
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of brand building, brand architecture and packaging design in the
  • private label or national brand environment

Physical Job Requirements

  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced working environment, including the store(s), distribution center(s), warehouse(s), and/or corporate office(s) with the capability to switch job functions/roles quickly
  • Ability to work in situations that involve prolonged sitting, standing, walking, squatting and/or bending more than half the time
  • Ability to maneuver cases of product (lift, move, carry, slide, etc.) up to 50 lbs. and reach above head to heights greater than 10 inches frequently in accordance with safety regulations 
  • Ability to operate equipment that requires the constant use of hands/fingers/wrists more than half the time 
  • Ability to spend more than half the time viewing computer monitors
  • Ability to identify and distinguish between colors more than half the time

Travel Requirements

  • This position commutes between stores, regional offices and/or distribution centers less than 25% of the time.
  • This position requires overnight domestic travel less than 25% of the time.
  • Anticipated travel will be by car, air, and/or train 

Lidl US, LLC & Affiliates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to, including but not limited to, race, sex, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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PB CAREERS: Catalina – Director, Private Brand Development (Sales)

We proudly manage Catalina\’s relationships with well-established grocery retailers, including Wakefern Food Corp.- the largest grocery retailer in the greater NY/Philadelphia market. Our retail partners count on us for best-in-class solutions to meet their marketing needs.

Location: Edison, NJ- at client site.

Responsibilities

The Director of Brand Development is responsible for managing Catalina’s relationship with Wakefern, with a specific focus on Own Brand/Private Label. This individual will leverage Catalina’s industry-leading innovation to maintain and grow this account, optimizing revenue opportunities.

  • Act as a trusted marketing consultant, build meaningful value-add relationships
    • Work cross-functionally with Own Brand marketing, category managers, consumer promotion, and others to drive revenue for Wakefern’s private label business
    • Use data, research, and insights to lead our clients toward a Catalina solution
    • Sell a product mix to ensure success; with a strong emphasis on digital solutions
    • Accurately forecast, track, and report revenue
    • Meet and exceed revenue goals
    • Other relevant duties

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
    • Six to ten years of relevant work
    • Strong knowledge of Own Brand/Private Label preferred
    • Experience:
      • Industry: CPG, Marketing, Media, Advertising, or related
      • Managing client relationships
      • Proven experience and continual development of proficiency with solution selling and closing opportunities
      • Experience with syndicated CPG data (Nielsen, IRI, Catalina, etc.)
    • Exhibit strong skills in problem resolution, overcoming objections, initiative, conceptual selling, presentation delivery, negotiation, innovation, and managing multiple priorities
    • Passionate about selling and creating value for customers

About Catalina

Catalina is a recognized leader in highly targeted, personalized digital media that drives, tracks and measures sales lift for leading CPG retailers and brands. Powered by the most extensive shopper database in the world, Catalina\’s mobile, online and in-store networks personalize the consumer\’s path to purchase, delivering $7.9 billion in relevant consumer value each year. Catalina has no higher priority than ensuring the privacy and security of the data entrusted to us and maintaining the consumer trust paramount to the continued success of our business partners and Catalina. Based in St. Petersburg, FL, Catalina has operations in the United States, Europe and Japan. To learn more, please visit www.catalina.com or follow us on Twitter @Catalina.

The intent of this job description is to describe the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be required to perform other job-related tasks other than those specifically included in this description.

All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subjected to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

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2020 Featured

PB Careers: Lowe’s Home Improvement – Merchant, Prod Development

Job ID 1784254BR
Location Mooresville, North Carolina
Location Name Mooresville, NC (Import Sourcing)
Address 1000 Lowes Blvd
Employment Type I Full time
Employment Type II Regular
Line of Business Corporate
Department LWS_USA_Product Development Building Products

PURPOSE OF ROLE:

The PDM will implement an International Merchandising Process that will provide Lowe\’s and LG Sourcing (Lowe\’s Global Merchandising) the ability to merchandise internationally sourced products in a method that is consistent with our customer\’s expectations. This role is responsible for collaboratively working to determine priority business partners and understand near and long-term growth plans for the business focusing on key import & domestic Private Brand category opportunities with a balanced country of diversification strategy for each category. The PDM will work with branding to deliver a consolidated Private Brand Strategy for his/her divisions. The leader will work with branding to ensure simple and consistent brand standards, category positioning, voice, and price positioning while building plans and working cross-functionally to execute. Product Development Merchants will work with Merchandising and be held accountable to drive import & Private Brand growth and innovation.

Product Development Merchants will facilitate bringing together internal and external resources to complete the projects including, merchandising, trend, design, marketing, branding, logistics, LG Sourcing, packaging, and international & domestic Private Brand vendors. The incumbent will provide input to and deliver on Merchandising Category strategies and be held accountable for delivering Private Brand & import penetration, innovation, sales, and margin goals.

The position also plays a key role in managing and leading the supplier base to be sales and profit solution providers. This role is expected to deliver a world-class supplier matrix with the best in class product and pricing.

This role is critical to Lowe\’s because it handles the import & Private Brand piece of the business and drive sales and profit as the 4th largest importer in the US. In addition, it is charged with identifying innovative products and programs for both Import and Private Brand opportunities while ensuring the delivery of key product roadmap items to deliver sales and margin improvement.

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENTS:

  • Merchandising Key Contact: The PDM will provide input to and deliver on Merchandising Category strategies and be held accountable for delivering Private Brand and import penetration, sales and margin goals. They will be experts on the Private Brand Portfolio and be the key contact with supporting organizations related to sourcing and private brands while engaging trends and design resources when needed.
  • Drive Private Brand & Import Innovation: Identify innovative products and programs for both Import and Private Brand opportunities while ensuring the delivery of key product roadmap items to deliver sales and margin improvement. These individuals will be category experts and will leverage Sourcing, Private Brands, Quality Assurance and design resources to ensure innovation and programs are delivered quickly and cost-effectively to the market.
  • Vendor Management: Will work with sourcing to manage current vendors\’ performance, while also diversifying vendors to bring on new suppliers, new countries or find vendors to develop Private Brand innovation. This role will be a key contact with domestic offices and communicate with sourcing offices for imports to negotiate program elements and vendor defective collections or MST support.
  • Managing import programs: Import Item set-up/PCM facilitators including utilizing the Tradestone system, responsible for collecting quarterly excess defectives from import vendors, International Sourcing Trip planners.
  • Financial Responsibility: Demonstrate financial and business acumen by delivering a Private Brand Strategy for assigned categories. Responsible for establishing pricing, import, and Private Brand growth, category sales and margin and import category penetration. Will include product reviews and establishing product differentiators and overall brand/product performance.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor\’s Degree in Business, International Business, or related field.
  • 3+ years experience in Merchandising, Contract Negotiation, Supplier Development, Sourcing, or International Business.
  • 6+ years experience in Merchandising, Contract Negotiation, Supplier Development, Sourcing, or International Business.

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Master\’s Degree in Business, International Business, or related field.

ABOUT LOWE\’S:

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.

For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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.

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2020

PB CAREERS: Ahold Delhaize – Director Product Excellence – Retail Business Services

Job Number: 20-007938
Post Date: 02/11/2020
Positions Available: 1
Operating Company: Retail Business Services
Full/Part-Time Status: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Exempt (Salary)
Address: 2110 Executive Drive
City: Salisbury
State: NC

Description   
About Retail Business Services
Retail Business Services, LLC, is the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, currently providing services to six East Coast grocery brands, including Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN\’S, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, as well as the country’s largest online grocery retailer, Peapod. Retail Business Services leverages the scale of the local brands to drive synergies and provides industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to local brands to support their strategies with services including Information Technology, Merchandising, Marketing & Sourcing Services, Private Brand Products, Pharmacy Services, Not for Resale, Store Services, Financial Services, Legal Services, Communications, Supply Chain and People Systems and Services. For more information, visit www.retailbusinessservices.com.

Position Location: Carlisle, PA or Quincy, MA or Salisbury, NC

Position Summary:
Lead product integrity, including product validation, sustainability efforts, and renovation for all Private Brands (PB) products in order to ensure full alignment with brand standards and become famous for Private Brands. Oversight and enforcement of nutritional guidelines for the Private Brands portfolio of brands. Additionally, the Product Excellence lead is responsible for the development and operation of the Private Brands Quality Assurance department and set guidelines and Code of Best Practice standards for the RBS corporate brand program. This involves product safety, product monitoring, and supplier evaluation. The role is also responsible to set strategy and oversee RBS Private Brands efforts behind responsible products (e.g. social compliance/fair labor, food safety, critical commodities, and emerging issues).

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Product Integrity

  • Leads all efforts around product safety, product quality monitoring, and maintenance
  • Develops and executes Quality Assurance guidelines, strategies, and codes of best practice standards for the RBS corporate brand program serving all Ahold Delhaize Brands in the areas of nonperishable, fresh and nonfoods.
  • Leads all efforts to assure responsible sourcing and steps are taken to ensure that our suppliers respect the rights of workers and provide safe working conditions, while at the same time preserving the environment in accordance with our established guidelines.
  • Leads the negotiation, development and directs all aspects of the third party QA resources (if applicable) and respective participation in the corporate brand program.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the Private Brands product validation process, including but not limited to sensory cuttings, consumer/associate research, and product nutritional standards.
  • Manages reporting functions to Group Ahold Delhaize for the above functional areas
  • Responsible for the product safety, quality, and integrity of all Private Brand products.
  • Closely collaborates with corporate quality assurance and communication teams at banners and Supply Chain as appropriate. Metric
  • Achievement of Sustainability (GFSI, Social Compliance, and Critical Commodities)
  • Customer satisfaction at brand level (e.g. NPS, brand tracker)

Private Brand Quality Assurance

  • Leads quality and safety of all Private Brands products consistent with the brand definition and strategy
  • Establishes and oversees all the PB Quality Assurance guidelines, strategies, and codes of best practice standards.
  • Oversees all efforts to ensure full compliance with GSFI food safety agreed-upon goals/requirements.
  • Responsible for the product safety, quality and integrity of Private Brands brand products throughout the supply chain, warehouse, retail stores, and customer level.
  • Oversees and works closely with corporate QA around the execution of Private Brands product recalls.

Sustainability

  • Leads all efforts around Private Brands Sustainability (i.e. responsible retailing and responsible products)
  • Establishes and oversees all the sustainability initiatives and commitments for the Private Brand portfolio of Brands.
  • Leads the team that ensures full compliance with RBS and the Brands USA sustainability commitments and requirements.
  • Works closely and represents the AD USA Private Brands team with the Ahold Delhaize Group team to establish the sustainability goals for the Private Brands portfolio of Brands.
  • Monitors progress towards the achievement of sustainability goals and elevate issues/risks as appropriate.

Renovation

  • Leads all efforts around Renovation for Private family of Brands
  • Establishes the strategic path to renovate or improve the nutritional contents of the Private Brands portfolio of products (i.e. sugar, salt reduction).
  • Leads the team that recommends and executes product formulation improvements that are better for you without sacrificing their taste.
  • Serves as the liaison and health and wellness expert for the company. Works with AD USA to leverage overall health &wellness strategies and programs (e.g. Guiding Stars).
  • Manages/represents Private Brands in relationship to \”emerging\” responsible product issues such as animal welfare, labor events, etc.
  • Provides oversight and enforcement of nutritional guidelines for the Private Brands portfolio of brands.

Talent Development & Leadership

  • Leads the Product Excellence Private Brands team at AD USA
  • Responsible for the development, talent planning, career guidance, and performance management of Private Brands associates at RBS.
  • Influences organizational alignment across multiple areas at RBS & the Brands (Private Brands advocate at the Brands and RBS).
  • Exudes a high degree of credibility and the ability to work with and through all levels of management (including Category Management leadership).
  • Creates a positive work environment and has the ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Delivers intentional and authentic on-going feedback.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor\’s degree or equivalent combination of education and related work experience
  • 10+ years of related experience
  • Minimum of 4 years of management experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Supervisory/leadership skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and take appropriate action on the information.
  • Consumer food product development; with a minimum of 3 years in a cross-functional (formula, package, and process) leadership role strategic planning
  • Success in product innovation and new product development and commercialization
  • Expertise in sensory testing and guidance and consumer product testing
  • Ability to critically evaluate multiple aspects of food products
  • Significant experience with product improvements and product lifecycle management
  • Creativity, culinary aptitude and a passion for working with food
  • Expertise in consumer food trends and the ability to identify and define key product quality and sensory attributes
  • Solid understanding of consumer food products brand management
  • Strong merchant knowledge
  • Understanding of the private label retail food business environment and metrics
  • Influence/communicate cross-functionally
  • Customer focus
  • Initiative
  • Ability to adapt and drive change
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others
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PB Careers: Spartan Nash – VP, Private Brands

SpartanNash is a value-added wholesale grocery distributor — supplying more than 2,100 independent grocery retail locations throughout the United States — as well as a grocery retailer, with more than 155 corporate supermarkets in nine states. We also serve the military community through our MDV division; in addition to offering premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing through Caito Foods and third-party logistics through BRT.

At SpartanNash, relationships matter, and our Corporate team takes that sentiment to heart in the way we work as one totally aligned team, support and respect each other and share the highest standards of excellence. We’re always looking for the next great idea or a new way to approach a challenge, and we collaborate and innovate to achieve our goals.

A day in the life of the VP, Private Brands is never the same but, in this role, you will be accountable for a portfolio of private label brands including brand positioning and strategy, pricing strategy, consumer understanding, and brand marketing leading to private label share growth.

What You’ll Do:

  • Oversees private label portfolio to assure execution of product development within established brand strategies
  • Engages with our corporate and independent retailers, educating, training and selling them on the opportunities in private label, new item sales, seasonal sales, and cross-merchandising. Increases seasonally, specialty and new item offerings. Offers training seminars and develop panels with Best in Class retailers to share strategies and tactics.
  • Responsible for national merchandising plans, local execution requirements for specific markets, the definition of go-to-market strategies for specific markets and specific customers.
  • Partners with finance to develop and monitor private label annual financial plans.
  • Keep abreast of competitive activity regarding stores and common national brands.
  • Leverages consumer insight and understanding in the development of successful private label brands.
  • Provides, and ensures direct reports provide, quality staff management and administrative responsibilities including performance evaluations, mentoring, skills development, disciplinary actions, recruitment, and salary management.
  • Manages staffing and budgetary requirements to ensure organizations effectiveness.
  • Supplies the tools, training, and environment necessary for staff to be successful
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work being performed as assigned for this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements; additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Sound Like You? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor\’s Degree (Required) or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  Master\’s Degree (Preferred).
  • 10+ years of related industry experience
  • Ten (10) years Supervisory experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Possesses skills to influence others and work collaboratively and cross-functionally within an organization.
  • Exceptional creative, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and negotiate with diplomacy and tact. Strong analytical, strategic planning and business acumen skills.
  • Experience working across business units, and ability to leverage resources to accomplish company goals.
  • Proficient in MS Office suite.

Banner: SpartanNash

Location: Grand Rapids Service Center

City, State: Grand Rapids, MI

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Job Number: 20883

SpartanNash is proud to take care of the people who take care of our business through our robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.  Learn more!
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