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Merchandising Project Manager, Own Brands

Merchandising Project Manager, Own Brands

300 N. Greene Street Greensboro, North Carolina, United States Date posted 11/18/2022
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The Fresh Market & You:

Our mission is to make everyday eating extraordinary for our guests. We create a warm, welcoming, memorable experience with exceptional, personal service. We’re looking for a new team member who strives for excellence and brings positive energy, commitment, and a “can-do” attitude to work every day.We value teamwork and celebrate our successes as a team and will value your contribution!

Added Benefits for choosing The Fresh Market Team:

  • Team member discount up to 40%
  • Health, Dental & Vision insurance available for individual, spouse, partner, and family.
  • And much more!
  • 401K contribution and match for part-time and full-time team members.
  • Personal time off and additional time off purchase plans available
About the Position:

The Fresh Market is seeking an Assoicate Category Manager, Own Brands to join our Merchandising Team in Greensboro, NC at our Store Support Center (099). Private Label is a differentiator for The Fresh Market and we’re looking for a Associate Category Manager to join our team.  We are a high energy group with a passion for food, delivering results, and a collaborative mindset.  We have audacious goals and are well on our way to achieving them. The Own Brands Associate Category Manager works in support of the Directors and Category Managers across departments in a collaborative effort to grow The Fresh Market private label portfolio.  We provide exceptional, delicious offerings that meet and/or exceed the standards required for a product to carry our name.   

What You'll Do:

The ACM of Own Brand manages multiple product development projects simultaneously.  Each project will have differing timelines based on each particular product’s ‘to shelf’ or launch date/ Department reset.  Activities in any given project can include:

  • Product Development Opportunity – identify new product opportunities for development by keeping abreast of trends in the branded sectors and through category reviews, line extensions, SPINS data, and competition checks.
  • Product testing – test products before a sensory panel and stake holders to determine viability for development
  • Vendor Vetting – review vendor credentials to determine if all certifications are current and in compliance with TFM standards
  • Bid Process / Bid Review / Cost Negotiations – request bids from vendors and present analysis to stakeholders
  • Business case analysis – provide stakeholders with profit and loss information based on how the new product may affect the business (i.e. category level, item level, retail comps, etc.)
  • Finalizing contractual agreements with vendors
  • Creative Brief and ideation for label design/development
  • Artwork proofing & finalization with vendor & graphic design
  • Oversight of product into distribution centers - communicate lead time, minimum order acceptable, proper palletization
  • Product Launch – work with marketing teams to provide information such as product availability, attributes, images, promotional pricing, and placement in marketing materials

The development process is lengthy and requires cross collaborations between numerous departments within The Fresh Market in addition to communications with outside vendors and organizations such as design and production firms, vendor’s legal, QA, marketing teams and printers, as well as supply chain and logistics.  


At a minimum, what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience in a retail environment or CPG
  • Private Label development experience or strong project management skills
  • Works well in fast paced, challenging and changing environment
  • Deadline and results driven
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking
  • Strong business acumen related to profit and loss
  • Passion for food
  • General FDA, NLEA, and food based certification knowledge
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to collaborate with numerous people on various projects simultaneously
  • Deadline and results driven

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Consistent with applicable laws, TFM will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and team members, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to TFM. This guiding principle applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring and job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

At The Fresh Market, we have a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all Store Support Center Team Members to be fully vaccinated absent an approved religious or medical accommodation by the company.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer:

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and related medical conditions, national origin, genetic information, uniformed service, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

The statements in this job description are provided to describe the general nature and level of work expected in this role. While these statements include the essential functions of the job, they are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. As we work as a team, there may be times team members are needed to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities based on business needs.