Company: Ross Stores
Job Number: 16004402
Location: New York, NY
Date Posted: 6-26-2017
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
Amazing culture and people
Big company with a family feeling
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 Brand Manager will ensure overall consistency and integrity of Ross private brands and labels. He or she will develop a strong knowledge base of Ross product and private brand positioning. The Brand Manager will collaborate with and influence cross-functional teams to ensure that private branded product adheres to product guardrails and that logo and packaging design integrity is maintained. He or she will leverage analytical skills to monitor, audit and identify opportunities to refresh private brands and labels.
Brand Management:Assess and evaluate private brand/label positioning within Ross and the competition; Ensure private brand/label product and packaging creates a cohesive statement in store
Partner with Merchant Teams to develop deep understanding of Ross private brand/label product and influence decisions
Review long range brand/label sales plans and progress against them
Partner with Merchant teams to strategize on how to achieve brand sales goals
Partner with Packaging Art Director to ensure brand/label integrity is maintained in packaging design across all product areas
Partner with copywriter to ensure brand/label integrity is maintained in copy voice across all product areas
Brand Auditing, Consulting and Training:Develop and conduct brand/label audits according to audit calendar to ensure adherence to both product and packaging brand/label guardrails; Create and implement action plans to improve brand consistency
Attend key product meetings and recommend appropriate brand application/ segmentation to Merchant Teams
Attend key packaging meetings and advise Packaging Team on how to evolve packaging design within brand/label guardrails
Support Merchants with training on branding, brand/label guardrails and segmentation
Create and Maintain Tools: Document definitions/personalities and product guardrails for all existing brands/labels Create implement and maintain tools and/or visuals that assist the team in visualizing brands/labels
Partner with packaging team to ensure brand/label guides are up to date
Incorporate and maintain product guardrails within each brand/label guide
Communication and Collaboration:Develop strong collaborative relationships with Merchant teams and leadership;
Influence Merchant branding decisions and make recommendations as needed to ensure that brand integrity is maintained
Serve as a credible contact and resource for cross-functional teams on all private brand-related projects or inquiries
Desired Skills and Qualifications:Solid written and verbal communication skills; strong listening skills
Proactive self-starter; takes initiative
Highly organized with strong attention to detail
Interpersonal Effectiveness; Ability to collaborate and build organizational relationships by influencing
Analytical problem solving and decision making skills; leverages data and applies solid judgment to analysis
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
8-10 years of managing brand audits, launches and extensions at a large retailer, branding or CPG firm
Strong aesthetic taste; ability to influence branding decisions using design and trend knowledge
Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Adobe Creative Suite
Moderate level analytical skills
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Ross really puts emphasis on its employees, and they want the company to grow from within. Teamwork is emphasized and facilitated. Employees also feel supported here. I really love the people I work with, and like that I am constantly challenged to learn new things. This helps me to look at things in a new way. I also appreciate the emphasis my manager puts on my professional development.
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