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Product Development Merchandiser

Irving - Texas (TX),

7-Eleven

Job Description:

Overview

  • Who we are

Imagine working in a place where continuous improvement and innovation is celebrated and rewarded; where fast-paced, high-impact teams come together to positively drive results for one of the largest & most iconic brands in the world.


As the only rapidly growing retailer, you may know us as your friendly neighborhood store. You probably know our familiar name, have seen our pervasive logo, and have tried our highly sought-after products, such as Slurpee® and Big Bite®. “Brain Freeze” is a 7-Eleven registered trademark for our 53-year old Slurpee® and with over 67,000 stores globally (more than any other retailer or food service provider), we sell over 14 million a month.


But there’s a lot more to our story and much more left to be written. We are transforming our business, ensuring we are customer obsessed and digitally enabled to seamlessly link our brick and mortar stores with digital products and services.

At 7-Eleven the entrepreneurial spirit is in our DNA and has been ever since our inception 90+ years ago. It’s what drove us to invent the convenience industry in 1927 by envisioning how a simple ice dock could provide household staples such as milk and eggs to better serve the needs of our customers.

Today we are redefining convenience and the customer experience in big ways...we are fundamentally changing our culture and we want talented, innovative, customer obsessed, and entrepreneurial people like you to come make history with us.


  • How we lead

At 7-Eleven we are guided by our Leadership Principles.


  • Be Customer Obsessed
  • Be Courageous with Your Point of View
  • Challenge the Status Quo
  • Act Like an Entrepreneur
  • Have an “It Can Be Done” Attitude
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Be Accountable

Each principle has a defined set of behaviors which help guide the 7-Eleven team to Serve Customers and Support Stores.


  • About This Opportunity


Product Development Merchandiser will help support the development of new products, platforms and packaging for the business unit. Will cultivate consumer insights, market data and trends that help their business unit identify opportunities to grow Private Brands. A key member of their business unit, this person will work within their team to understand customer needs, create innovative products and lead a significant portion of the development process.


Responsibilities

Support the Private Brand TeamÆs vision and strategy into a pipeline of innovation and continuous improvement initiatives. Leverage market data, consumer insights and trends that identified ideas and platforms that resonate with 7-ElevenÆs consumer base. Support the product development process including opportunity identification, consumer testing, establishment of success criteria, packaging development and post-launch performance verification. Partner with the Sr. Category Manager to develop a strategy that supports their business unit, serving as the key executional contact point with the supplier partner and internal stakeholders to gain alignment and bring high-impact platforms to market. Work collaboratively with the Category Team and Category Support Team to provide all critical information to facilitate product execution instore. Provide input regarding the management of existing private brands assortments, including opportunities for expansion, promotion and rationalization of items. Assist in the development of the Associate Product Development Manager and ensure their activities align with the priorities of the business
unit. Lead the execution of product sampling / tasting panels with potential consumers as well as in-house product reviews. Create, analyze and present performance metrics to help make business decisions about future product development strategy. Partner with user experience and customer research teams to drive insights into customer segments and shopping behaviors.

Qualifications

Education:
Bachelors/4 Yr Degree; Experience: 5 years, 3 years in new product development or related experience strongly preferred.

Experience: Retail and/or Manufacturing experience are strongly preferred. Skilled using marketing metrics, consumer insights.
and data to drive business decisions. Proven problem-solver. Excellent written and verbal communication with attention to detail.. Time-management skills; the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple, competing priorities.

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