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PB Careers: The Home Depot – Lead Product Engineer

\"\"PB Careers: The Home Depot – Lead Product Engineer

Job ID: 125135
Store ID:
Brand: The Home Depot
Location: Atlanta, GA
Job Type: Corporate/Other
Category: Logistics/Supply Chain/Import

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POSITION PURPOSE
The Lead Product Engineer will be the technical expert for assigned product category partnering with the merchandising team to manage private brand products. The lead will set the strategic engineering direction and develop and maintain product requirements for the product category. The lead provides industry regulatory research and knowledge, aligns benchmarking activities with Brand, Merchant and customer needs and provides resolution of product performance concerns for assigned product categories. The lead will also utilize Bill of Materials and internal tools and data to estimate raw material, manufacturing, labor, logistics, business and all total cost involved in manufacturing and shipping product. The lead is responsible for conducting engineering evaluations to determine component and complete product assembly costs for assigned product categories of Products.

MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Project management including benchmarking and product requirement development
  • Provide expert product engineering guidance and knowledge or evaluations to deliver short-term business goals
  • Lead financial and value-based calculations, summarize the findings for the business in presentation quality format and communicate findings to key stakeholders
  • Mentor assigned engineers and educate other business team members on the engineering principles and regulatory concerns
  • Direct resolution of product performance concerns

NATURE AND SCOPE
This position reports to Sr. Manager Product Engineering
This position has no direct reports

ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Environment:
Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.

Travel: Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Education Required:
The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor’s degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.

Years of Relevant Work Experience: 7 years

Physical Requirements:
Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions, there may be a need to move or lift light articles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or equivalent in a field of study related to the job
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Product costing experience
  • Extensive understanding of Bills of Materials
  • Knowledge of Merchandising Financial terms
  • Experience working in a manufacturing and/or product development environment including design for reduced Manufacturing and Assembly costs
  • Experience working with OEM suppliers through the product development cycle
  • Experience working with vertically integrated manufacturers

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment
  • Business acumen and understanding of Merchandising
  • Ability to use standard hand tools and lab equipment such as technical measuring equipment, power tools, and pneumatic tools.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to use costing software such as Boothroyd Dewhurst DFM/DFMA
  • Demonstrated manufacturing knowledge in areas such as plastics, metals, glass, wood, textiles and Printed Circuit boards

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2018 Featured

PB Careers: Amazon Sr. Program Manager, Consumables Private Brand

\"\"Sr. Program Manager, CPB Tech

Location: US-WA-Seattle
Job ID: 764536
Company: Amazon.com Services, Inc.
Position Category: Project/Program/Product Management–Non-tech

Job Description
Are you passionate about building customer experiences that change the ways customers shop on Amazon? Are you a customer-obsessed individual who thrives on solving complex problems? Amazon\’s Consumables Private Brand team is seeking an experienced Sr. Program Manager to work cross-functionally on new customer experiences that drive customer engagement for Amazon’s private brand products.

The Amazon Consumables Private Brands team is creating a global portfolio of consumables products to meet customers\’ daily needs. We are seeking a results-driven program manager to partner to build exiting new experiences that help customers discover and purchase these products in a repeatable way. This role will be truly cross-functional, working with business stakeholders across multiple verticals, building technical requirements, and working alongside development teams to execute your vision.

As a Sr. Program Manager, you will focus on developing customer experiences that help customers find our products, understand their value and experience their benefits on a repeatable basis. This role requires working closely with business and development teams to define strategy and requirements, collect business and systems requirements, and build the long-term vision for your program. You will work with cross-functional teams to influence roadmaps and provide inputs for the necessary product for private brands. You will be expected to make appropriate tradeoffs to optimize time-to-market, clearly communicate goals and desired outcomes to internal cross-functional project teams. This position involves regular communication with senior management on status, risks, and product strategy.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor\’s Degree
  • 6+ years of product and/or program management experience
  • The ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organization/time management and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities; must effectively communicate with tech and non-tech teams.
  • Sound business judgment as well as the ability to think creatively, analyze quantitatively, problem-solve, and prioritize.
  • A proven track record of delivering initiatives from conception through completion on time, within budget and on or beyond the scope
  • Ability to provide thought leadership that fosters product innovation and business opportunity.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and generate innovative solutions in an extremely fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in gathering requirements and formulating business metrics for reporting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • A proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key internal and external partners that have resulted in high customer satisfaction
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to distill, synthesize and draw conclusions on large amounts of data
  • Demonstrated ability to own projects, think big, act quickly, and influence across all levels of an organization
  • Curiosity to dig several layers deep into metrics, have an innate desire to understand key drivers and whether they are the correct or best metrics to measure/manage a business or process
  • Diversified experience with entire product lifecycle

Amazon.com is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

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2018 Featured

PB Careers: Ahold Delhaize – Retail Business Services – Brand and Positioning Manager

PB Careers: Brand and Positioning Manager

Company Name Retail Business Services
Company Location: 2110 Executive Dr, Salisbury, NC 28147, US

Job Objective:
This responsibility involves managing, monitoring and refining the strategies and growth of the Private Brands family of brands based on internal performance metrics and external market trends while upholding and evolving as necessary the brand positioning, communication, packaging guardrails and design guidelines. Supporting Private Brands Product Owners, this role works with Category Management teams to develop brand-building plans aspect of their plans.

Brand Strategy

Leads development of brand strategy, including but not limited to brand equity statements, brand positioning/re-positioning, and brand identity guidelines

  • Defines, manages, and upholds the brand positioning and packaging guardrails (e.g. Brand Equity Documents) of entire family of Ahold Delhaize USA Private Brands.
  • Shares and educates the PB brand positioning with the Brands and their respective teams.
  • Defines portfolio of brands including respective brand roles and strategic positioning.
  • Identifies target consumers and prime prospects.
  • Responsible to identify consumer insight and research needs as appropriate.
  • Leads the creation, development and/or rationalization of brands across the portfolio

Brand Building

Monitors, refines and deploys brand strategies, including but not limited to brand positioning and guardrails.

  • Responsible for upholding the brand positioning (e.g. Brand Equity Documents) of entire family of Private Brands.
  • Monitors and makes refinement recommendations regarding the portfolio of brands including respective brand roles, goals and strategic positioning.
  • Identifies target consumers and prime prospects and tracks the performance of Private Brands against customer and brand targets.
  • Partners with the RBS and Brand-level Insights teams to report and monitor brand success metrics within each Brand (e.g., Annual Brand Tracker; A&U studies.)
  • Partners with the Private Brands Analytics team to review results regularly and develop business recommendations based on findings.
  • Responsible for deploying consumer insight and brand research needs with research resources as appropriate.

Brand Communication

  • Develops and upholds brand communication guidelines and style guides.
  • Responsible for communicating, upholding and evolving as necessary the brand communication and design guardrails (e.g., style guides) of the entire family of Private Brands.
  • Develops shared brand communication tools and assets (e.g., First to Know publication) that can be leveraged across Brands.
  • Works with the PB Brand & Marketing Managers and Brand Marketing teams across Brands to manage the creation, development, and deployment of Private Brand messaging and content, ensuring consistent application of brand communication guidelines

Industry and Market Trends

Market and competitive monitoring

  • Analyzes and interprets consumer and industry trends and maintains competition research.
  • Supports category annual planning by working with Product Managers to build awareness/understanding of how the brand strategy translates to individual categories and helps the Product Managers develop brand-building aspects of their plans.

Requirements
Education
Bachelor\’s degree or equivalent combination of education and related work experience

Experience
7+ years of brand management or marketing

Skills

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Leadership and influencing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Brand knowledge and expertise
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and react to product data reports (strong analytical and problem-solving skills)
  • Negotiations
  • Financial planning and budgeting experience

Competencies

  • Proven brand management skills
  • Customer focus
  • Initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Strategic Planning & Thinking
  • Ability to influence and collaborate across all Brands, multiple business areas and levels
  • Ability to adapt and drive change
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Active listener
  • Self-motivated
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2018 Featured

PB Careers: Fred’s  Private Brands Sourcing Manager

\"\"PB Careers: Fred’s  Private Brands Sourcing Manager

Location: Dallas, TX
Job Id:  452
# of Openings:  1

Position Purpose:
Fred’s Inc. is a leading discount general merchandise store and pharmacy in the Southeastern U.S. with approximately $2 billion in revenue and 600 stores.

The Sourcing Manager reports directly to the CEO and VP of Private Brands. The Manager will work closely with the merchandising team on critical sourcing initiatives and negotiation with key buyers and suppliers. The Manager will provide analytical support for business decisions throughout the organization, play a key role in Private Brand strategy, and help in executing/implementing private brand acceleration across the company. This position requires a hardworking, organized and highly analytical team member who is comfortable interacting with senior level executives. The Manager needs to be able to thrive in a highly iterative environment where responsibilities will change frequently based on opportunities to create value.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the VP of Private Brands, and other executives in developing new sourcing relationships across different departments
  • Provide advanced analysis in assessing and evaluating current and new business opportunities
  • Perform analysis and modeling for key strategic decisions including sourcing and new private label initiatives
  • Project manage complex, cross-functional projects and see them through to completion, in areas including supplier and item expansion and strategic purchasing decisions
  • Evaluate multiple sourcing options, support private brands initiatives, and implement strategic and operational plans
  • Create analytical reports to support private brands decision making and determine priorities of department development or exit plans
  • Network, use all resources, and expand relationships with potential suppliers

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Critical thinker possessing superior analytical abilities with the ability to make logical decisions based on limited information
  • Microsoft Office: Strong financial modeling and presentation building skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, while maintaining sufficiently high attention to detail
  • Self-starter attitude and ability to work with ambiguity
  • Flexibility and proven ability to diagnose and resolve issues
  • Strong history of leadership with intellectual curiosity, ability to think outside the box and challenge the norms and “status quo”
  • Hard working, smart, creative, analytical, highly driven, exceptionally organized
  • Strong communication skills, ability to solve problems, assertive, focused on execution and results driven

Education:

  • Exceptional educational background required
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of retail merchandising or buying experience

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2018 Featured

PB CAREERS: Hy-Vee – Private Brands Business Manager

\"\"PB CAREERS: Hy-Vee – Private Brands Business Manager

Full Time
West Des Moines, IA
Reference: 208649
Category: Other
Job type: Full Time
Country: USA
State: IA
City: West Des Moines
Department: Private Brands

General Function
Responsible for all aspects of Private Label Business planning, including sales, promotions and new item innovation for a given group of our Private Brands manufacturers. Responsible for managing and meeting or exceeding an agreed upon sales plan. Direct representative for the supplier and works closely with the Director of Private Brand Procurement. Develops strong supplier relationships to ensure all jointly created goals are being met.

Reporting Relations
Accountable and Reports to: GVP, Private Brands
Positions that Report to you: None

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provides friendly service to both stores and suppliers.
  • Driving Private Brand sales.
  • Develop and execute Joint Business Plans with assigned group of our Private Brand suppliers.
  • Work with the Dir. of Private Brands to develop Incremental sales opportunities for our Retail Sales representatives to sell to stores.
  • Lead Product Innovation efforts within the categories and suppliers assigned to you.
  • Work in conjunction with the buyers and procurement team to create, maintain and execute an effective promotional plan for your assigned group of vendors.
  • Work with your assigned suppliers to identify missing items in the Hy-Vee Private Brand portfolio.
  • Maintain Hy-Vee\’s brand identity across all projects.
  • Responsible for new items, deals and assisting with the GM/HBC and Holiday shows.
  • Reports to work when scheduled and on time.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
Performs other job-related duties and special projects as required.

Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor\’s degree preferred. 3+ years\’ experience in a creative, marketing, advertising or design environment.

Physical Requirements 

  • Visual requirements include: ability to see detail at near and far range with or without correction.
  • Must be physically able to perform light work: occasionally lifting or carrying objects of no more than 20 pounds, and frequent standing or walking.
  • Must be able to perform the following physical activities: stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics 

  • Commitment to the Hy-Vee Mission and a willingness to promote the values of the company.
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Access and Excel.
  • Ability to take art direction and constructive feedback while collaborating in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills.
  • Ability to identify problems, develop and execute solutions.
  • Ability to interact with basic computer systems, including word processing, spreadsheet and email applications, as well as job-specific programs.
  • This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, extreme confidentiality, accuracy and the ability to meet multiple deadlines.

Working Conditions
The duties of this position are performed in a general office environment. There is constant pressure to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects in a day.

Equipment Used to Perform Job
Standard office equipment including telephone, 10-key calculator, copier, fax, PC with word processing and spreadsheet software, MAC with design software.

Financial Responsibility: None

Contacts: Has daily contact with stores, suppliers/vendors, and the general public.

Confidentiality: Has access to confidential information, including store inventory information, item costs, and margins.

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