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Director, Private Brands

Secaucus, NJ

We are seeking a Director, Private Brands, Sports Nutrition, VMS (Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements) who will leverage specific industry experience within the health & wellness space, to develop & manage a portfolio of private label products that drives brand loyalty and increases profitability.  


Responsibilities

  • Drive, manage and lead multiple projects and processes, ensuring successful new product launches, on time and within budget across our portfolio of 8 owned brands
  • Set clear strategies, goals and deadlines, fostering collaboration and maintaining communication between cross functional teams 
  • Owns Private Brand's Sales and Margin
  • Bring innovative supplements, active nutrition and sports nutrition products to market
  • Contribute to brand strategy within the portfolio based on trend and customer needs
  • Ensure brand strategy is translated into packaging, marketing and merchandising tactics, working collaboratively with Marketing, Manufacturing, Merchandising, Planning/Inventory Control and outside agency partners as necessary
  • Recognize white space opportunities within sports nutrition, vitamin, mineral and supplement area, and gaps in product assortment by being close to the market and performing detailed category reviews 
  • Use data analytics to identify business needs, look for customer trends, and drive growth
  • Own, develop and maximize relationships with co-manufacturers, and ensure delivery of finished goods. 
  • Lead and manage a collaborative and innovative Private Brands Management team and Private Brands Operations team
  • Work with executive team to drive new product development and manage existing portfolio of products
  • Conduct Regional Field discovery calls quarterly to for feedback/insights and gain a greater pulse of the market from those that work with our customers daily
  • Evaluate new product results and react accordingly
  • Stay in tune with inventory in stocks and work cross functionally to problem solve when necessary

 

Educate and communicate cross-functional teams within and outside of Private Brands

  • Private Brand vision, mission, strategies
  • New Launches and innovations


Qualifications

Education/Certification:                                         

  • Bachelor Degree preferred, or equivalent combination of intellectual instruction and work experience in private brand management in a retail environment.


Required Knowledge:

  • Strong sports nutrition, vitamin, mineral and supplement product knowledge
  • Product creation, development and commercialization
  • Proven ability to develop and execute strategic initiatives 
  • Proven project management experience ensuring new products launch on time
  • Must understand and have broad-scope experience interacting with co-manufacturers
  • Proven ability to identify whitespace opportunity and new growth platforms
  • Financial and analytic acumen with budget responsibility
  • Diverse team building and team leadership experience
  • Brand building, marketing and brand management expertise
  • Consumer targeting and insight mining
  • Manage Private Brand portfolios


Experience required:                                                

  • 8+ years of retailer or manufacturer experience in brand management and product development
  • 5+ years’ experience in sports nutrition, vitamin, mineral and supplement industry
  • 5+ years working in partnership with co-manufacturers
  • Minimum 2-5 years of cross-functional team management experience


Equal Opportunity Policy

The Vitamin Shoppe is an equal opportunity employer. We respect diversity and accordingly are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  


Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, separation, recruitment, pay and other forms of compensation, access to facilities and programs, training and general treatment during employment.


We firmly believe that every Health Enthusiast has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to maintain a satisfied and productive team of Health Enthusiasts. The keys to reaching that goal are effective leadership, equal application of fair human resources policies, competitive wages and benefits, and close attention to all health enthusiast matters. The Vitamin Shoppe is committed to the principle of fair and impartial treatment of our Health Enthusiasts.


Health Enthusiasts with questions or concerns about equal employment opportunities in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their Human Resources representative. We will not allow any form of retaliation against Health Enthusiasts who raise issues of perceived discrimination in good faith. To ensure our workplace is free of artificial barriers, violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.


Compensation

The wage for this position is based on many factors such as role requirements, skill set, years of experience and other organizational needs. The estimated range is $170,000 - $180,000 per year.


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