2017 Featured

PB Careers: Ross Stores – Art Director, Packaging

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Req. Number: 17003700
Address: 1372 Broadway, 10th Floor
City, State: New York, NY
Postal Code: 10018

About Ross Stores:

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) Company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2016 revenues of $12.9 billion The Company operates Ross Dress for Less (\”Ross\”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,340 locations in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. The Company also operates over 190 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings.

The company’s merchandise mix and assortments are constantly evolving as merchants and planners focus on what customers want to buy and respond by delivering great discounts on a wider variety of name brand merchandise. With its solid management team, proven off-price concept, strong cash flow and return on equity, Ross is ideally positioned to successfully execute its growth strategies.

At Ross you will find:

  • A career that fits you
  • Teamwork
  • Amazing culture and people
  • Big company with a family feeling
  • Customer focus

Are you ready for the next big move in your career? We look forward to hearing from you!

The culture demands hands-on, close engagement at all levels, and the ability to think and act strategically. Within this culture, there are many opportunities to attain and even exceed personal goals quickly while partnering with professionals across multiple categories. This creates a win-win culture with a rigorous standard of performance for everyone.

Structured for growth and profitability, individuals are measured on performance rather than process. What this yields is an environment that is invigorating and offers a clear, compelling reward system for the team.

About this job:
The Art Director will oversee end to end management of the packaging design process to enhance the overall value of Ross and dd’s Home product.


  • Drive and lead major packaging design initiatives including brand creation, brand extensions, \”big ideas\” or trend-driven packaging design presentations
  • Lead and manage the creative briefing process for all major design projects; ensure that design deliverables meet requirements and objectives of each creative brief
  • Ensure brand integrity is maintained in packaging design across all private branded packaging (bird’s eye view of all designers’ work)
  • Identify and present key market trends (packaging substrates, print processes, color and design trends) applicable to the business; and translate them into executable Ross packaging
  • Provide high level art direction for photo-shoots; Train designers to provide shot direction and execute high quality photography for packaging
  • Oversee private label packaging from design to final production; Provide creative direction on all packaging projects
  • Align packaging team priorities with the business objectives to deliver high quality work on-time
  • Develop and implement process for vetting designs internally before presenting to the business
  • Provide creative solutions in meetings, as needed, to resolve design challenges between the Packaging Design team and the business
  • Manage large packaging projects including costing exercises, design template creation, centralized printing, etc.
  • Ensure team adheres to current processes, identifying opportunities for continuous improvement; create and propose process and tools to support packaging design operations
  • Manage and train team of packaging designers; Develop designers’ technical design and product knowledge
  • Delegate projects to Designers, setting a clear picture of desired results. (i.e. teach team how to approach projects, present/ sell communicate their designs to the business, how to diversify designs)
  • Set milestone calendar and timing expectations for major design projects incorporating brief, internal and external reviews that hit desired product delivery timeframe
  • Adjust to shifting priorities and the dynamic retail environment by flexing the team as needed to hit key milestones and deadlines
  • Challenge teams to share inspiration, collaborate, stay on current trends and be able to weave them into their projects
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with cross-functional team leadership
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure packaging projects adhere to calendar and communicate any risks or downstream implications
  • Serve as a key point of contact and resource for overseas partners on major packaging-related projects or inquiries

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging Design, Graphic Design, or related field
  • Minimum 10 years of direct experience designing and managing packaging at a large retail or wholesale company
  • Proven leader and effective team manager
  • Strong ability to collaborate with other colleagues
  • Strong aesthetic leadership; ability to inspire team while delivering high volumes of packaging projects
  • Enjoys a diverse range of Design projects
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Maintains composure under pressure
  • Proven track record of leading packaging design projects that are on-brief, on-time and cost effective
  • Possesses strong communication skills (Verbal and Written) and responsive to internal and external colleagues
  • Creative minded, while overseeing, budgeting, and developing time-frames for multiple products
  • Highly Proficient with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Knowledge and/or experience with design for off price retailers or vendors a plus
  • Knowledge and/or experience with packaging construction and/or engineering a plus


2017 Featured

PB CAREERS: Supervalu – Manager Private Brands

\"\"PB CAREERS: Supervalu – Manager Private Brands

#: 95773
Job Posting:  Dec 15, 2017
Primary Location: Minnesota-Hopkins

Job Overview:  
Develops a consumer-centric business model by interacting at the broadest level with PBMs of other categories to drive efficiencies across the organization.  Has the ability to lead and influence, to enable them to successfully work cross-functionally with banner and corporate partners. Manages vendor relationships, negotiates terms and manages funds for its category (manages categories on a national scale).  Establishes priorities, defines and refines assortment and presentation, and sets pricing guidelines and tactics.

Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities: 

  • Manages Private Brands Portfolio of items within assigned categories.
  • Develops new items across all Private Brands within assigned categories.
  • Works with Private Brands’ marketing, packaging, quality assurance, and product development to develop new products or improve existing products.
  • Leads negotiations in assigned categories (in partnership with merchandising in some areas)
  • Develops new, and continuously improves processes to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Develops a strategic Category Business Plan. (CBP)
  • Identifies consumer, category, and Private Brand opportunities.
  • Develops annual and quarterly category merchandising strategy and plans based on evaluation of past performance, consumer and competitive/company trends with a focus on current banner insights.
  • Analyzes and develops consumer integrated business plans in collaboration with vendors.
  • Develops innovative new products, programs, and processes to deliver industry differentiation within the category.
  • Utilizes category scorecards and consumer insights to identify trends that lead to alignment of sales and profit goals and commitments.
  • Actively reviews on everyday pricing targets by region/banner and recommends necessary adjustments based on pricing goals consistent with strategy.

Job Requirements:   

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Business, Marketing, Management or related field preferred. MBA preferred.
  • 2 + years of category management experience preferred.
  • 5 + years of new product development experience preferred.
  • Has an in-depth understanding of store operations and merchandising methodologies and practices (P&L, financial management, etc.), greater depth of specific category expertise may be required on a case-by-case basis.
  • Market/consumer research experience where a good understanding of marketing, merchandising, consumer research.
  • Strong knowledge base in supermarket retail and an understanding of consumer behavior in relation to product performance.
  • Detailed understanding of cause-effect relations between operational levers and performance (assortment/price vs. volume/margins) by utilizing financial, statistical, merchandising, marketing, and/or consumer research background.
  • Proven ability to work successfully across all areas of the Company; can successfully monitor performance; strong client management skills, particularly working with vendors.
  • Ability to influence and lead effective partnerships with the banners; can thrive in a complicated matrix environment.
  • Champions new ideas and initiatives and creates an environment that supports innovation; leverages fresh perspectives, breakthrough ideas, and new paradigms to create value in the market.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand and think big picture; delivers category plans and programs that compliment both the corporate and departmental strategies leading to strong category sales and profit performance.

Why Work for SUPERVALU?
As one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the United States, SUPERVALU is dedicated to feeding our communities by providing innovative, customer-centric solutions. We deliver on that promise every day through a strong network of 30,000 talented employees who supply the best national brands and our own high-quality and affordable private label products to thousands of customers, and millions of consumers, nationwide. With a wide variety of services and industry-leading expertise, SUPERVALU offers you the opportunity to shape the food industry through every stage of your career.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status.  SUPERVALU is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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2017 Featured

PB CAREERS: Walmart – Sr. Manager Product Development – Private Brands Pets

\"\"PB CAREERS: Walmart – Sr. Manager Product Development – Private Brands Pets

Merchandising and Sourcing

Position Description

  • Contributes to strategic product development plans
  • Contributes to the Product Development infrastructure
  • Develops timelines
  • Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects
  • Ensures business needs are being met
  • Identifies and develops business opportunities for the Private Brand portfolio
  • Manages the development of Private Brand products with other business areas (for example, Brand Marketing, Merchandising)
  • Promotes and supports company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity
  • Provides supervision and development opportunities for associates
  • Provides technical support to the Private Brand team

Employment Type: Full Time
Requisition Template: 
Home Office
Req ID:

Company Summary
What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Today, nearly 260 million customers visit our more than 11,500 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce sites in 11 countries each week. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs 2.3 million associates worldwide – 1.5 million in the U.S. alone. It’s all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world.


2017 Featured

PB CAREERS: Golden Boy Foods – Dir, Quality & Food Safety

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Posted: December 6, 2017
St. Louis, MO

Position Summary
Reporting to the President and CEO of Private Label, the Director of Quality and Food Safety will be responsible for the Quality, Food Safety, and respective compliance functions of the company, including owned manufacturing facilities (U.S. and Canada), co-manufacturers, ingredient and packaging vendors, and warehousing and distribution sites globally. This position will provide strategic vision and leadership to the organization while taking a proactive approach to the navigation of all food compliance regulations within the business both domestically and internationally.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Quality & Food Safety programs and assures cross-functional alignment and accountability across the division.
  • Continuously identifies food safety risks and leads the implementation of risk mitigation strategies.
  • Develops professional relationships with plant leadership teams, quality leaders, R&D leaders, suppliers, regulators, and auditors to ensure division product safety strategies are implemented.
  • Establishes clear goals/objectives to enhance food safety and quality.
  • Is responsible for staying abreast of new food laws and regulations and assuring the business unit is in compliance to all local, state, and federal food laws.
  • Supports the manufacturing facilities during Regulatory, Customer and 3rd Party audits and assist in corrective actions as necessary.
  • Develops Quality & Food Safety metrics that align with the overall business objectives.
  • Assures the Food Safety Plans are developed and updated.
  • Development of a robust microbiological testing program for all locations that ensure food safety for our consumers complies fully with all regulatory expectations and positions the company positively within the industry.
  • Analyzes food safety and food quality data including consumer complaints, customer feedback, finished product results, ingredient issues, and product and processing specifications while developing corrective actions that enhance our processes.
  • Provides technical support for quality training in manufacturing facilities as well as the development of technical training in the area of HACCP, Microbiological, Allergen Control, Sanitation, Pest Control, etc. as required.
  • Develops a continuous 3-year food safety capital plan.
  • Lead all food safety non-compliance crisis situations and assure the organization has a well thought out plan of action.
  • Assure traceability systems are implemented and coordinates mock recalls throughout the entire supply chain.
  • Assure training programs are established and conducted in all areas of Quality and Food Safety.
  • Has a dotted line responsibility to the SVP of Quality & Food Safety of Post Holdings and will be a member of the PHI Quality Counsel.
  • Corresponds with plant personnel to investigate customer and consumer issues including root cause analysis and implementation of corrective and preventative actions.
  • Provides professionally acceptable written resolution to satisfy customer expectations regarding customer and consumer concerns.
  • Develops a professional relationship with the Quality & Food Safety representatives of key customer accounts and supports visits as requested by Sales.
  • Other duties/assignments as requested by the Senior Leadership team.
  • 20 – 40% Travel Required


  • Internal – Plant Management, R&D, Purchasing, Sales, Marketing and IT
  • External – Trade customers, government regulators, suppliers, trade groups, and certification and auditing firms.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. You will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by your supervisor or manager.

Required Competencies & Knowledge:

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to make presentations, facilitate meetings, and provide training

Ability to lead and influence others without direct authority.

Must be able to read, write and communicate in the English language.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, microbiology or related field required.
  • Master of Science or equivalent education and experience required; Food Science, Microbiology or related field is preferred.


  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in Food Manufacturing, Food Safety, Quality, Operations or R&D.
  • Must have a minimum of seven years’ experience in the area of Food Safety or Quality Assurance.
  • Previous experience in oversight of Food Safety programs in multiple locations is strongly desired.
  • Direct experience with GFSI certification schemes (SQF, BRC, etc.) is preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


2017 Featured

PB CAREERS: THRIVE MARKET – Packaging Designer


We are looking for an experienced Packaging Designer to join our Creative team as we continue to launch hundreds of Thrive Market Private Label products.  Thrive Market is a young (less than three years old), fast-growing brand, which means this role will have a big impact on our identity across print and packaging.  You\’ll join a lean team of three other packaging designers, but will work cross-functionally with teams from Merchandising and Operations to Executive Leadership.


    • Concept and design consumer packaged goods by leveraging deep experience in print design with an emphasis on packaging
    • Incorporate design direction and feedback from multiple departments and stakeholders. Provide ongoing design support to the company with a primary emphasis on Merchandising
    • Lead by example, contributing to projects and delivering impactful visual designs. Provide direction and support to larger Thrive Market creative staff
    • Actively participate in brainstorming and helping us create the best design team culture, ever
    • Create digital 3D packaging mock-ups and compile with comparison items in a presentation for leadership review
    • Help maintain our extensive digital asset library of branded resource art, photography, and templates, enabling the team to self-serve, share and collaborate with each other
    • Support for other print and brand collateral needs
    • Design one-sheets and materials related to new product releases


    • 5+ years design experience, preferably with established packaged goods experience. Previous experience at a design firm, brand agency or in-house creative group preferred.
    • Mastery of the Adobe Creative suite – specifically Illustrator and Photoshop
    • Experience both giving and receiving peer feedback on design directions and executions
    • Well-versed in best practices for print and packaging
    • User-centric approach to concepts and design execution
    • Well-versed in other creative mediums that could support design and photography
    • Unflappable personality: Ability to tackle multiple projects while staying organized and keeping your cool in a fast-paced team environment
    • Possess an exceptional eye for detail and strong aesthetic skills
    • Experience with pre-press and production