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2020 Featured

PB CAREERS: Tractor Supply – Product Manager (Seasonal/Ag/Lawn/Garden)

Overview

The Product Manager is responsible for leading all aspects of private brand product development in assigned categories for Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Working closely with the merchant team, product engineers, designers, quality control, factories and agents to define and develop exclusive brands and the right products that serves the TSC customer needs.  

This role will support the Seasonal and Ag division.

Responsibilities

  • Work with merchants, QC and marketing to establish the product brand parameters including the overall vision as well as the specific features, benefits, means to measure, look, minimum quality of raw materials, and designs
  • Travel for research, development and product approval; that includes but not limited to, trade shows, factories, raw material suppliers, stores, competitors and customers. Includes domestic as well as international travel.
  • Work with merchants and agents to define product research and development opportunities, priorities and timelines by brand and category. Co-lead with the buyers coordinated category and item research with expert users from TSC store group to define the needs and benefits the customers are looking for and refine the final products.
  • Direct the creation of specifications including all aspects of the product, raw materials, mechanical design, packaging, instructions and marketing for point of purchase.
  • Researches, selects, recruits and manages the people involved in the development in order to create the desired product and hit the agreed to timelines. This could include direct reports and indirect internal, agent, freelance, and factory staff supporting the design, drafting, engineering, packing and marketing development.
  • Help define and lead the development of the internal processes and systems required to fully and effectively integrate product development into the current TSC processes and culture. This will include various TVS events, and cross functional interaction and leadership.
  • Co-Lead with sourcing the source of supply selection, evaluation and negotiations process. Working with merchants and planning to fully define the needs and contingencies, and with sourcing, agents, QC, and product engineer to assure understanding, capability and final agreement that full-fills all those needs.

Qualifications

Experience: 5-7 years of relevant work experience, demonstrated collaborative leadership skills, ability to think strategically and conceptually, proven success at creative product development, ability to read and understand technical specification, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong negotiation and vendor management skills.

Education: Knowledge ordinarily acquired through attainment of a Bachelor’s degree. Any suitable combination of education and experience will be considered.

Other knowledge, skills or abilities:

  • Knowledge of lawn and garden and rural lifestyle.
  • Must be capable of using basic Office communication, word processing and spread sheet programs and understand development communication system’s needs.
  • Highly desire hard lines product development experience in similar goods to TSC, background in farm, ranch and rural products, 3D CAD, drafting, consumer product engineering, packaging design, and wholesale or retail consumer products development, marketing or buying experience, especially farm store.

Company Overview

Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, is dedicated to enhancing our strong company culture built on our team members’ commitment to our Mission and Values.  With over 2,000 stores (including Petsense) and an innovative e-commerce platform, Tractor Supply ranks in the Fortune 400 with revenues of over $8 billion and growing! Come grow your career with us as we serve those who live “Life out Here”!

Requisition ID 2020-16512

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2020 Featured

PB Careers: Program Manager, Private Brands – Expansions

Job ID: 1103454 | Amazon.com Services LLC

DESCRIPTION

The Private Brand Safety and Compliance (PBPSC) team is responsible for establishing and administering a program that ensures product safety and enables compliance of Amazon’s Private Brand (PB) products. The program is designed to protect our customers, our brands and Amazon with the commitment to only sell PB Products that are safe for customer use and meet or exceed Amazon’s compliance requirements.

We are looking for a hard-working, and creative candidate to join our Worldwide Private Brand Product Safety and Compliance Team as a Program Manager. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in cross-functional program management and execution. You will work directly with the Global Product and Compliance team, Retail, 3rd party Service Providers, Legal, Sourcing and Quality Operations, Technical teams and external business partners to drive compliance initiatives and efficiencies in our Private Brands program.

The position is responsible for leading and executing projects focused on the delivery of a compliance program for Private Brands. As part of your scope, you will identify new marketplaces, businesses, and programs that sit within our compliance models framework for inclusion in our post-market audit program. You will be responsible for the expansion of the program and the development of tools to ensure verification of Private Brand’s upstream controls in all marketplaces where private brand products are developed and sold. You will identify automation opportunities across the Private Brand post-market audit program and will work with technical experts to develop and deliver tools to increase the efficiency of the program. You will gather and implement requirements, develop Standard Operating Procedures, work with 3rd party service providers and internal stakeholders and develop the milestones and program schedule to ensure timely and successful delivery of the projects. You will gather the necessary metrics to initiate new work streams and report results. Working closely with the Private Brand compliance team you will develop ingestion points into existing programs for the day-to-day management of new post-launch audits, new marketplaces, and automation tools.

Program Managers contribute cross-functional business and technical skills, assess and manage risks, measure and report on progress, anticipate and resolve bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make trade-offs, and balance the business needs with the technical constraints. This role is key to enabling compliance with all relevant safety and regulatory requirements for the Private Brands Business.
Key to success in this role is exceptional program management and organizational skills, customer obsession and clear, concise communication skills. The candidate needs to be able to collaborate and with stakeholders to expand our program across new geographies and business models, identifying risks in the execution of the Private Brands program and scoping new audit opportunities to address those risks. The ability to translate complex issues for consumption by technical and non-technical audiences through exceptional written and verbal communication skills is paramount. The candidate will be required to work independently and as part of a team, be a trusted partner to stakeholders and actively collaborate across multiple business functions to create consensus and deliver results.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with global teams to identify new marketplaces, businesses, and programs and expand the post-launch audit programs.
  • Develop SOPs and ingestion points to facilitate hand-off of the day-to-day execution of lab testing and audits for new work streams to Program Managers
  • Expand and develop program to include additional testing parameters across multiple Private Brand business and marketplaces.
  • Identify automation opportunities and develop tools to scale the program.
  • Build and maintain escalation processes for interactions between Amazon and compliance orgs, business partners, vendors/manufacturers and 3rd party service providers.
  • Partner with Compliance Operations teams and Global Product Compliance Teams to oversee audit framework, analyze and identify root cause and ensure that effective controls are developed and maintained across the organization.
  • Make appropriate trade-offs to manage risk, and clearly communicate goals, roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes to scope and deliver complex solutions.
  • Strong commitment towards goals and outcomes and to ensure completion within established time-frames.
  • Promote a culture of compliance, proactively engaging with retail business teams to understand business objectives and communicate reasonable deliverables.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience
  • 3+ years of experience in auditing in a manufacturing or retail environment, supply chain management, product compliance, product development, process improvement, project management
  • A relentless drive for results, even in ambiguous and fast-paced environments
  • Demonstrated ability to challenge the status quo and champion best-in-class solutions and problem-solving
  • Able to work independently and continually calibrate priorities with minimal supervision
  • Ability to execute projects requiring cross-organizational alignment and prioritization
  • Demonstrated experience creating sustainable processes with mechanisms used to ensure compliance with process
  • Experience leveraging technology to drive process improvements
  • Adherence to core values and dynamic corporate culture
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working knowledge of lean six sigma and process improvement methodologies
  • Proven track record of implementing scalable compliance solutions (technology, procedures, processes, etc.) in a regulated environment
  • Client Servicing/Account management within Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and/or Product Development testing environments

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.

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2020 Featured

PB Careers: Amazon – Sr. Product Manager, Hardline Private Brands

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Job ID: 1090675 | Amazon.com Services LLC

DESCRIPTION

Do you have a passion for products? Do you have proven analytical capabilities, exceptional communication, project management skills, and the ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment? If yes, we need you in the Private Label business.

The US Private Label team is looking for a customer-obsessed Senior Product Manager to help drive one of the most exciting categories at Amazon.com. In this role, you will be in charge of:

  • Identifying new product development opportunities for our brands
  • Developing and bringing to market new products
  • Managing an existing business which is growing exponentially
  • Designing and implementing new processes to help scale our business

The ideal candidate should be passionate about products, have strong product development and process design skills as well as outstanding project management abilities. They should also feel comfortable dealing with ambiguity and working in a very entrepreneurial environment. The Senior Product Manager should be able to interact with and influence multiple teams across the organization (US and global).

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years in product management and/or project management
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline
  • Proficiency in Excel and SQL
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Completion of a full product lifecycle
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MBA or Master’s degree in marketing or product management field.
  • Aptitude with data queries/leveraging data dashboards.
  • B2B experience and understand of the B2B space.
  • Experience in buying demand planning and/or marketing.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects – work prioritization, planning and task delegation
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results on projects
  • Exceptional communication, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in e-commerce
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2020 Featured

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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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.