Kroger: Our Brands Acceleration Leader

Company Name: Kroger General Office
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt
Address: 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, United States

Position Summary

Direct process manager of Our Brands (OB) Acceleration program, collaborating closely with all Acceleration managers to ensure they are meeting acceleration deadlines and milestones. Key communicator of each categories’ progress through the Acceleration Process to senior leadership. Serve as a leader and team player and manage competing priorities, drive efficiency and manage tight timelines. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop insights alongside OB Acceleration Leaders and be OB contributor to strategy for all categories
  • Manage OB Acceleration Leaders and category rebuild process; pressure-tests ideas, provides thought-partnership and guidance around category specific analyses, and coaches and trains managers on transformation best-practices
  • Partner with OB Acceleration Leaders to conduct assortment evaluations, category reviews and develop a category priority list of key actions to drive value
  • Collaborate with Acceleration Program manager to enforce deadlines, pursue value and track progress made and opportunities identified by OB Acceleration managers across all categories
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts with OB Acceleration managers to resolve roadblocks towards category transformation success.
  • Drive partnership between OB Acceleration Leaders and Merchandising and Merch Analytics & Insight teams
  • Hold OB Acceleration Leaders accountable to consult appropriate stakeholders and ensure OB decisions are contextualized
  • Work closely with Merchandising director to ensure consistent communication and value generation
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing or related field or comparable work experience
  • Consumer packaged goods, retailer or manufacturer experience
  • Brand building, marketing and brand management expertise
  • Consumer targeting and equity development exposure
  • Proven leadership/collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to communicate to all levels of the organization
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and business analytical skills
  • Exceptional organizational and information gathering skills

Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • Master’s Degree
  • 8+ years of experience in retail, consumer packaged goods, sales and/or innovation industry
  • Orchestration of commercialization plans for new product development pipelines
  • Demonstrated success in project management
  • Manage multiple brand managers and multiple, complex portfolios within Our Brands
  • Leadership or fast-tracked position in Our Brands, category management, operations or procurement

Education Level: Bachelor’s Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
Regions: General Office- Cincinnati; Any; Mid-Atlantic; Midwest; Mountain; South; West

Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.

Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

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By Published On: August 23rd, 2022Tags:

About the Author: Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of the Velocity Institute. Prior to this he founded the groundbreaking site My Private Brand. He is the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He began his retail career building brands at Food Lion and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Durham has worked with retailers around the world, including Albertsons, Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro Canada. Durham has published seven definitive books on private brands, including Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project and Vanguard: Vintage Originals.

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