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PB CAREERS: Amazon – Senior Brand Manager, Private Brands

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Location: US-WA-Seattle
Job ID: 734825
Company: Amazon.com Services, Inc.
Position Category: Project/Program/Product Management–Non-tech
United States

Job Description
In the retail market segment, companies have invested in developing Private Label brands to enhance margin and meet customer needs. Many companies have upwards of 20% of their sales from their Private Label brands. Amazon is searching for a leader to grow its burgeoning Softlines Private Brands into a worldwide billion-dollar business within the Clothing, Accessories and Footwear market.

Do you want to create new brands from scratch? Do you want to invent and Think Big to take an idea from concept to reality for Amazon customers? Come join the Amazon Private Brands team, where you will be part of a team that is creating private brands exclusive to Amazon, and where we are building long-term customer preference and loyalty.

We are looking for an experienced Product Manager to help define the strategy to deliver a best-in-class experience for the Softlines Private Brands team. The person will be responsible for setting and implementing the branding and growth strategy and improving processes to scale with high business growth. This product manager will relish the opportunity to take a build a business driving the strategic vision and operational excellence. The ideal candidate will have deep experience with Amazon\’s retail playbook, as well as a passion for innovation and being a builder. The Sr. Product Manager will own supplier operations, product replenishment and scaling our process WW. The successful candidate possesses superb business judgment, with a track record of inventing and simplifying the process, team collaboration and strong analytical skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build product assortments that reflect the preferences of a specific consumer segment, considering price, quality, visual aesthetic, lifestyle and other factors.
  • Negotiate from a position of strength, using data to drive negotiation targets, and think holistically about cost inputs, including product costs, accruals for damage and freight, volume discounts, etc.
  • Aggressively grow the business by driving and implementing strategic initiatives to reach the company’s financial goals
  • Partner with In stock/Planning to meet operational goals
  • Create business plans for new opportunities and develop and execute project plans for the launch of new features
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with key supplier and supply chain partners.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional to improve tools and productivity

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor\’s Degree
  • Experience working in a large company
  • P&L experience
  • Strong analytical/financial understanding
  • Excellent judgment
  • Strong ability to influence across multiple key stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA
  • Experience working in brand management at a large company and experience in product development at either a small company or large retailer.
  • Proven results of developing new products in the Softlines space SQL proficiency
  • Technical aptitude and agility to learn web-based tools
  • Demonstrated strategic planning as well as tactical execution with good attention to detail
  • Strong communication – verbal, written, and presentation skill

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Classic Novels Become Private Brands at Barnes & Noble

\"\"The variety of Private Brand never fails to amaze me… as retailers in virtually ever channel continue to grow and evolve the art & science of building retail owned brands the products that hit the shelf and their corresponding designs are more frequently amazing.

Take a look at this Private Brand series of classic titles for Barnes & Noble by Jessica Hische. The designs are startlingly beautiful; reminiscent of a time before e-readers… you just know by looking at them they are a joy to hold. The books are leather bound and then foil stamped in two foil colors onto the full jacket and spine. Each has marbled endpapers, painted page edges and matching ribbons and headbands.

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Target Celebrates Five Years of Private Brand Fashion with GO International

\"\"This spring, Minneapolis-based fast fashion discounter Target is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its fashion-forward, affordably-priced GO International Private Brand program with a collection that features 34 dresses from 17 past GO International designers. Ranging in price from $24.99 to $44.99, the GO International Designer Collective will be available March 13 through April 10, 2011 at most Target stores and Target.com.

“GO International has an incredible following and we wanted to provide women who love fashion with a second chance to get their hands on some of the program’s most popular dresses,” said Trish Adams, senior vice president of apparel and accessories, Target. “The GO International Designer Collective offers Target’s guests a stylish, affordable collection and celebrates the many talented designers who helped make this program a success.”

Target introduced the GO International Private Brand program in 2006 to offer fashion from the industry’s hottest designers to Target’s guests for a fraction of the price. Each collection combines Targets unique Private Brand fashion sensibilities with the hottest designers from around the world. Each collection is available only for a limited time, creating a sense of excitement for trend-minded shoppers and reinforcing Target as a premier destination for fast fashion at an affordable price. A testament to the relevancy of great design, the 34 dresses included in the GO International Designer Collective remain as fashionable today as when they were first introduced.

Available exclusively at Target, the limited-edition collective features dresses from Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe (by Sophie Albou), Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler (by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez), Libertine (by Johnson Hartig), Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk (by Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk), Rogan (by Rogan Gregory), Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon (by Thakoon Panichgul), Tracy Feith, Rodarte (by Laura and Kate Mulleavy), Zac Posen and Tucker (by Gaby Basora).

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Agentrics Launches New Product Lifecycle Management Software

\"\"Retail and supply chain solutions provider Agentrics, announced the launch of new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software to help retailers and manufacturers overcome the complexity of managing an increasing number of product launches and Private Brand products.

The Agentrics software, PLM Active, will allow retailers to quickly adopt IT best-practices and processes, which will simplify and increase the speed of new product launches. Currently, product launches can take anywhere between 20 and 80 weeks to prepare because of the vast quantities of information and numerous suppliers involved. PLM software helps everyone in an organization, from the design stage right through to production, marketing, packaging and the supply chain, align themselves by accessing a single, reliable source of data.

“Quite a few of our larger, supermarket customers are already benefiting from our enterprise solutions to help run very successful private-label businesses,” says Jeremy Whinnett, Director PLM at Agentrics. “But as the private label market expands and gets more and more complex to manage, many other retailers and manufacturers want to get in on the action.”

Increased consumer demand for products which are more sustainable and competitively priced is putting greater pressure on retailers to compete head on with national brands – fuelled in part by the economic recession and rising prices. New regulatory requirements and food safety standards are also paving the way for retailers to quickly and efficiently ensure that any products in the supply chain are backed up with sound, accurate information. For instance, a food company might have to substantiate claims that a product definitely contains no nuts and was ‘Made in the UK\’, as stipulated on the label; while a hard goods retailer might have to suddenly dispel media claims that items were unethically sourced using sweatshops in the Far East. Even during the recent contaminated German egg food scare, supermarkets had to be able to quickly identify and point out that no products were at risk, or otherwise be seen to remove any tainted products immediately from the shelves.

Whinnett says that the ‘out-of-the-box\’ pre-configured PLM Active solution, available via the internet on a reduced-cost subscription basis (Software as a Service), will be ideally suited for smaller to mid-sized retail businesses with a growing proportion of own-label products. The software includes tools to assist with the collaborative development of products and a single supplier database, ensuring a single version of the truth and less exposure to manual data-entry errors. Using PLM Active, retailers can provide details on everything that goes into a product, from the idea stage right through to the shelf.

“Many retailers and manufacturers are put off by the perceived scale and upfront costs of a big IT implementation, concerned that benefits often take too long to materialize,” says Whinnett. “Yet the flip side of not having any PLM systems in place and using nothing but basic spreadsheets to manage thousands of products, with sometimes hundreds of suppliers and varying product attributes, is far more daunting. So we\’re seeing more and more retailers looking for a quick fix and scalable IT solution for the future.”

A leading health and beauty ‘drugstore\’ retailer in the US has just completed a successful trial of the Agentrics PLM Active software, taking just three months to fully implement the solution.

“PLM Active gives the ability to control the launch of individual products, much more quickly,” he says. “It also allows retailers to substantiate any claims made, whether it\’s to verify products\’ ingredients, labeling or supply chain details. Everything becomes so much more transparent and easier to use with a centralized database of pertinent information at your fingertips. With a single glimpse, retailers get a holistic view of all products throughout their entire life, giving rise to considerable cost savings and faster time to market.”