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Manager, Product

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted January 19, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.

Location:

1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5

At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues.

We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.

We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.

Product Manager

At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues.

We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.

We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.

We are Canada’s leader in food and pharmacy, with over 2400 stores nationwide, and with some of Canada’s most trusted brands. Our Product Management team is responsible for building and maintaining items launched in our control labels such as President’s Choice, Farmer’s Market, and No Name. We are looking for team members who are food lovers and passionate brand builders!

The successful candidate will lead a control brand portfolio, leverage customer insights and industry trends to develop drive first to market innovation, and with strong market knowledge drive growth in our base innovation. Reporting to the Director, Loblaw Brands, the incumbent will ensure health of the base program by delivering of all maintenance projects.

What You'll Do:

  • Develop strong working relationships with key team members including Category Management, Supply Chain, Control Brand Sourcing teams, and Marketing to ensure effective collaboration and execution of CB strategies and plans
  • Acquire knowledge and insights of corporate strategy, consumer insights and economic outlook to develop the CB portfolio strategy for new products
  • Develop strategic rationale and cases for new product development including feasibility and opportunity, supplier selection, product and packaging features, sales projections, pricing recommendations, marketing, merchandising and promotions
  • Build strategy for new product categories including merchandising, packaging, pricing, promotions and marketing to ensure continued growth and improve sales potential which will be led by the divisional category teams
  • Use financial and management information systems to compile, analyze and monitor sales results and recommend corrective actions / find opportunities for newly launched products
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with vendors and growers to ensure execution of product launches and optimum service levels are being met
  • Responsible for end-to-end project management (ie. owner of team collaboration to ensure strategies are met and projects are delivered on time and meet stated objectives for both base maintenance and new products)
  • Arrange and participate in department meetings to develop strategies, troubleshoot and actively pursue innovative items, ingredients and packaging ideas
  • Mentoring and talent development for Assistant Product Manager direct report
  • Chair design kick-off meetings to ensure team understanding of the project strategy
  • Lead forward looking innovation conversations with our vendors and chair project kick-off meetings ensuring clear understanding of critical timelines

What You'll Need:

  • Minimum 5-7 years’ of product management/merchandising or equivalent experience
  • University degree required in Management, Marketing or Related field
  • Project Management Certification and/or MBA an asset
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills including project management
  • Strong presentation and analytical skills with the ability to provide recommendations and build plans from key analytics
  • Advanced level of initiative and judgment to organize and prioritize tasks, workload and projects
  • Advanced understanding of marketing and merchandising practices and procedures
  • Ability to build strong collaborative working relationships with cross functional teams
  • Specialized interpersonal and decision-making skills with the ability to resolve situations with colleagues where there may be some level of conflict, stress or uncertainty
  • Advanced computer skills with the ability to produce effective reports, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

Loblaw is committed to sustainability by sourcing products with integrity and making a positive difference in the community. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Employment Type:

Full time

Type of Role:

Regular

We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.    

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.