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Product Manager - Own Brand

Foodstuffs Own Brand Ltd
Auckland (Region) (NZ)
Commensurate with experience, includes staff discount, health insurance and superannuation
Closing date
29 Mar 2024

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
Buying, Category Management, Retail Management

We’re searching for an experienced own brand manager or category manager or to join our team growing and nurturing New Zealand’s most popular grocery brands. If you find yourself saying YES to these questions, then be sure to hit that "Apply Now" button!

  • Do you love developing a great product strategy to achieve operational focus and customer preference?
  • Is product development and management something you’ve got a passion for?
  • Do you have a knack for holding positions positively to protect our brands and products while also finding solutions to challenges? 
  • Can you build objective outcomes from an assortment of customer insights and trends?
  • Are you known for your multi project management capabilities and coaching style leadership to achieve exceptional team results? 

Who are we?

Foodstuffs is a 100% New Zealand owned and operated organisation, made up of two regional co-operatives and a central body ‘Foodstuffs New Zealand’ that manages our Own Brand product portfolio.

Established in 1922 we are a true Kiwi success story, having grown from humble beginnings to become one of New Zealand's largest and most thriving businesses. We believe that it's our people, our knowledge, and our passion for our business and customers that sets us apart. 

About the role’s day to day: 

  • Be a key team member that grows and nurtures one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s go-to brands that New Zealanders love and trust – Pams.
  • Strategically managing a portfolio of own brand products through their lifecycle within the Foodstuffs business. 
  • Using our customer driven insights, trends and other available tools in your decision making and development – such as dunnhumby, Nielsen and other insight tools.
  • Developing and proposing own brand specific category strategies that meet the core own brand promises and regional category requirements and strategies.
  • Engaging with regional category management and other key stakeholders across the Foodstuffs businesses to get support for category strategies.
  • Convene and manage project teams to deliver category action plans. Taking an agile approach to project management and delivery of outcomes.
  • Develop and pursue a deep understanding of assigned categories at a market, product, and supplier level. Be proactive and skilled in understanding the levers that can be applied to achieve own brand objectives in a category, including but not limited to value engineering, expanded supply base and volume related benefits.

 Some helpful experience to have:  

  • Our ideal Foodie is someone with 3 years or more of FMCG product or category management experience, and a good balance of commercial acumen and passion for great product.
  • Relevant New Zealand and/or International FMCG retail or Food industry experience will be highly regarded. 
  • You’ll have fabulous communication skills, confidence delving deep into the numbers, and an understanding of how a cooperative retail model works.
  • If you have a solid background in a retail environment and you’re looking for your next challenge, then this could be the role for you.

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