Private Label Manager

Private Label Manager

About Ross Stores:

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) Company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2017 revenues of $14.1 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,409 locations in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. The Company also operates 213 dd’s DISCOUNTS® locations in 16 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
  • Teamwork
  • Amazing culture and people
  • Big company with a family feeling
  • Customer focus

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.

Additional information is available at:

www.rossstores.com
www.ddsdiscounts.com


About this job:

The Private Label Manager will support Ross and dd’s Merchants in their use of private labels. They will ensure that we have the right suite of labels and that they are consistently applied to product to maintain logo and design integrity.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with merchants and creative leadership team to distill annual private label needs into briefs
  • Work with project management to prioritize / schedule projects
  • Facilitate “pitch” process when new branding agencies are being considered
  • Partner with project lead to manage agency or internal design process to keep deliverables on track
  • Coordinate with legal on naming and trademarks
  • Answer ad hoc questions from Merchants on label and application
  • Educate Buyers on differences between labels and where each can be used / guardrails, as well as any updates or changes based on label refreshes
  • Develop and maintain quick reference guides for each product category
    Attend select product or Creative meetings when attendance is requested
  • Work with agencies or internal design team to develop Style Guides as new labels are launched
  • Work with agencies or internal design team to develop Style Guides as new labels are launched
  • Establish / maintain shared template file library on server
  • Address Style Guide needs raised by Creative Team Leadership or Merchant Team
  • Upon Merchant request, share Private Label assets with new vendors
  • Approve vendor art for their first use of Ross private label
  • Maintain list of vendors using Private Labels
  • Redistribute assets when updated
  • Answer ad hoc questions from Vendor community
  • Visit stores seasonally to evaluate PL products and make callouts to GMMs / DMMs
  • Report on use of trademark names and flag any risks to Merchants and Legal
  • Manage updates to the License contracts
  • Track placement in accordance to contractual commitments
  • Coordinate item approvals
  • Provide teams with style guide direction

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Listens to learn
  • Self-starter
  • 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
  • Time Management
  • Process Management
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    5 years managing Private Label and/or Licensing at a large retailer, manufacturer or related industry
  • Strong taste level ; ability to articulate and align product with private label positioning
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Moderate level analytical skills
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