2019 Featured

PB Careers: Culinary Trend Director – Cost Plus World Market

\"\"PB Careers: Culinary Trend Director – Cost Plus World Market

Alameda, CA 94501

The Culinary Trend Director will play a strategic role in creating and supporting the vision for the Entertaining Merchandising Division, including Food, Beverage and Kitchen/Tabletop departments. This will include inspiring merchant teams with new ideas within a format that can be applied to each department; assisting merchant teams with the reinvention of product categories as needed in order to meet business needs; assisting with the development of products within categories as necessary to achieve divisional strategies. This position will work closely with the store operations’ Culinary Council to develop, guide and manage customer-facing store samplings, as well as store associate product sampling and development of associate training materials. The Culinary Trend Director will also work with marketing and e-commerce teams to develop additional content for print materials, signage, web and social. In addition, the Culinary Trend Director will assist the visual team in kitchen, food and beverage areas to elevate and highlight products as needed.


  • Lead culinary innovation, new programs, new products, cohesive collaborations, and sampling initiatives.
  • Research and develop new products and concepts to capture trends and showcase trends, cultures and cuisines.
  • Work with merchant teams on all aspects of Entertaining Merchandising, including product sourcing, recipe development, presentation, and merchandising standards, packaging and labeling guidelines, team member training and customer sampling education.
  • Drive culinary excellence by being a champion for new food products, cultivating culinary talent and curiosity among merchant teams, and fostering a passionate inquisitiveness for all things food and entertaining.
  • Tests, develops and ensures consistency in recipes, product quality, and hard good instructions/procedures.
  • Partner with Vice President of Entertaining team on product assortments, visual merchandising, signage, marketing, in-store events, product collaborations, and cross-divisional collaborations.
  • Work with Merchants for private label product sourcing. Partner with the Marketing team in regards to launching, promoting, branding, messaging/signage and labeling of programs and venues.
  • Work with Store Operations’ Culinary Council to develop, organize and oversee food demonstrations to help drive traffic, sales, and excitement.
  • Spearhead culinary food tours, comp shops, and tastings.
  • Develop and maintain Culinary SharePoint and seasonal food trend reports.
  • Visits and experiences with competitors and their products. Timely communication to Leadership including recommendations.
  • Direct and Guide the execution of creative briefs for brand standards
  • Direct and guide the development of private label products in food, beverage and kitchen/table top
  • Lead seasonal presentations with themes, cuisines, flavors, colors and packaging direction
  • Organize and lead merchant team on travel and tradeshows objectives based upon trend research
  • Synchronize technology capabilities with in house and overseas agents to service merchant team with their product development
  • Establish a powerful resource structure for trend identification that can be utilized by the merchant team
  • Manage the purchase of supplies and services within budget guidelines
  • Distribution of seasonal presentations to merchants

Job Requirements:

  • Genuine passion for food
  • Minimum of 7 years of culinary, hospitality or culinary retail leadership/product development experience – Culinary degree a plus
  • Proven ability to drive cross-functional teams to desired results
  • Ability to identify, develop and manage product extensions
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with excellent written and verbal skills at all levels and across all departments
  • Strong computer skills and ability to analyze financial metrics
  • Capable of teaching and training others in a constructive and positive manner
  • Organized and systematic approach to work and the ability to prioritize efficiently and delegate responsibilities
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and a true team player
  • Demonstrated flexibility and interpersonal skills that interact with many levels of retail professionals
  • Ability to travel 4-5 times per year
  • Strong leadership skills, takes the lead in initiating projects
  • Food safety certification – If not currently certified, will commit to completing certification within 6 months of start date
  • Able to operate commercial food preparation equipment
  • Bachelor’s or Design degree required


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


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

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PB CAREERS: Staples – Director of Product Design Innovation

\"\"PB CAREERS: Staples – Director of Product Design Innovation

Function: Merchandising/Buying
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 11/13/2018 9:03:45 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1071234

Do you want to create new brands and new products from scratch?   Do you want to invent and think big to take an idea from concept to reality for customers?  Are you an expert in or passionate about products that boost productivity and help businesses grow?  The Staples Own Brand team is powering the greatest assortment transformation in our company’s history and we need your energy and enthusiasm to change the way the world works.  We are a $4B consumer products company within Staples Inc, and we’re working on the tools and fuel for the new 21st-century workplace.

Position Summary:
As the Director, Product Design you are at the intersection of customer needs and business goals which will allow you to use your Design Thinking expertise to drive innovation. This is a critical next step as we are you are responsible for all products and structural packaging under 7 new brand launches. Your ability to identify, influence, and prioritize opportunities for greatest impact paired with your leadership and mentorship of great designers will craft a platform that allows amazing design to happen. You will promote a design culture that is inclusive of other leaders across the company in merchandising, sales and marketing to exceed business expectations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive the strategy and vision for the Product Design team
  • Partner with business leaders on innovation programs by gaining an understanding of their business and aligning on opportunities to apply design thinking
  • Ask questions and lead with empathy to obtain deep intuition for the lives of our customers and end users
  • Lead explore projects with internal and consulting teams from research, through insights, and into strategic designs for innovative products
  • Guide the design investment and shape projects to deliver both incremental and revolutionary new products
  • Incorporate trends from style to behavior, ensuring cohesion with our brands
  • Oversee and provide actionable design feedback on product design solutions, prototypes, testing, and compiled qualitative research
  • Build consensus among cross-functional teams and influence decision making with senior-level audiences
  • Lead Design Thinking as an initiative
  • Manage R&D budget to effectively resource the team

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience managing and motivating a team of +10 creatives
  • Engage, evaluate, negotiate, hire and manage a portfolio of expert external consultants, to deliver world-class product design
  • Experience leading client engagements for a top tier design and innovation consultancy
  • Strong entrepreneurial sensibility
  • World class influencing skills
  • Strong conceptual skills in product and graphic design while understanding how to take a product from idea to manufacture
  • Portfolio of great, new, successful products brought to market by design thinking methodologies
  • Bachelor’s in industrial design, integrated product design, or other relevant disciplines
  • Minimum 15 years of product design experience, a combination of relevant advanced and production design
  • Travel 20%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understand patents and have comfort working with patent attorneys to develop new intellectual property
  • Master’s degree in industrial design, integrated product design, or other relevant disciplines
  • Seasoned leader with experience growing rock star design teams

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.



PB CAREERS: Sr. Director Culinary & Quality – Walmart US Private Brands


PB CAREERS: Sr. Director Culinary & Quality – Walmart US Private Brands

Merchandising and Sourcing

Position Description

  • Drive culinary excellence by sharing, teaching and inspiring our Walmart associates through culinary education, leverage of Culinary Innovation Center, use of our sensory & testing capabilities and sharing of culinary trends. Assures overall service to our customers by soliciting feedback through call centers and online; developing customer retention programs; utilizing input to improve quality program and private brand products; and overseeing execution of and measurement of customer-centric programs to build brands.
  • Assures overall quality and safety of Walmart private brand products
  • Assures overall service to our customers
  • Cultivates an environment where associates respect and adhere to company standards of integrity and ethics
  • Develops and implements strategies to attract and maintain a highly skilled and engaged workforce
  • Develops and leverages internal and external partnerships and networks to maximize the achievement of business goals
  • Directs overall quality strategy for Private Brands to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of achieving quality goals
  • Provides overall direction

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. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It\’s all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world.

Time Type: Full Time
Status: Salary
Shift: 0

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor s degree in business, engineering, or related field and 4 years experience in quality assurance, product development, retail merchandising, or related field OR 8 years experience in quality assurance, product development, retail merchandising, or related field.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years experience leading cross-functional teams.
  • 5 years experience in quality assurance.
  • Master s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
  • Process Improvement certification (for example, Six Sigma).

Req ID: 1198146BR
Brand: Walmart


2018 Featured

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

\"\"PB Careers: Amazon – Sr. Product Manager, Consumables Private Brands

Location: US-WA-Seattle
Job ID: 697304
Company: Services, Inc.
Position Category: Project/Program/Product Management–Non-tech

Job Description
Do you want to create new brands from scratch? Are you an expert in (or curious about) CPG products from shampoos and hair care to ketchup and pasta sauce? Do you want to invent and Think Big to take an idea from concept to reality for Amazon customers? Come join the Manufacturer Accelerator Program within the Consumables team, that enables CPG manufacturers to create new brands exclusively for Amazon’s customers. We will create brands for products that span the CPG landscape and deliver great value to customers across various Amazon programs including Pantry, Fresh, Prime Now and Go.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial, analytical, and highly motivated Sr. Product Manager to join the team. The Sr. Product Manager will be responsible for key aspects of the program including supplier on-boarding, cost / legal negotiations and pricing Amazon-exclusive selection. You must possess strong analytical acumen and be comfortable drawing metric-based conclusions by managing an extensive amount of data. The successful candidate possesses superb business judgment, with a track record of successful negotiations, team collaboration, and strong analytical acumen. Enthusiasm for a start-up/builder role a plus.

The Sr. Product Manager’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Scale outreach to the universe of private label and contract
  • Negotiate product costs and legal contracts with suppliers
  • Develop techniques for pricing Amazon-exclusive products in a scalable manner
  • Partner with companies deeper in the CPG supply chain such as flavor/fragrance, packaging, and technology vendors as well as importers to drive innovation
  • Partner with Consumables, Prime Pantry, Prime Fresh, Prime Now, Campus and Amazon Go buying teams to target major selection and profitability gaps
  • Detect trends in Amazon and 3rd party data to guide selection and merchandising
  • Develop requirements for and partner with tech teams for automating program processes

Basic Qualifications

  • MBA preferred
  • 5+ years in buying, account management, project or product management, financial analysis and/or marketing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Track record of ownership and delivering results
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think both strategically and tactically with good attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects – prioritization, planning and task delegation
  • Demonstrated ability to influence across a large, multi-faceted organization
  • A creative and analytical mind that thrives in a data-driven environment