PB CAREERS: Kohl’s Brand Manager – Men’s

KohlsKohl’s Brand Manager – Men’s

Position Objective
This position is responsible for the cross-functional leadership of the brand and manages the working relationship between all parties to develop product and determine private brand assortment.

Develop & Drive Brand Strategies

  • Shape brand profile and consistency among brand categories
  • Lead and drive short and long term brand strategies with cross functional partners
  • Influence, interpret and apply customer & store feedback & market research process into brand strategy
  • Identify and define brand concept ideas and opportunities

Business & Competitive Analysis

  • Define competitive set for brand
  • Be authority on competitor activities – Direct and evaluate competitive analysis
  • Analyze business and drive in season action recommendations to Buying Office

Line Building and Managing

  • Lead the development and management of line plan balanced to the fashion pyramid
  • Set agenda, lead and present at milestone mtgs
  • Lead assortment building and decision making process for brand
  • Collaborate with Merchants on setting IMU targets and communicate with production
  • Develop and manage contingency plans
  • Partner with Design to ensure style development is in line with brand

Cross functional Leadership

  • Primary liaison with the buying office for PD partners for brand
  • Align stakeholders on design aesthetic, brand profile and business strategy
  • Support & influence production and sourcing recommendations for vendor selection
  • Collaborate with marketing, MP and merchants on brand positioning, packaging and presentation

Manages Associates

  • Manages Associates, systems, and projects to achieve business goals within existing policies and procedures
  • Prepares and analyzes business plans and reports for upper management
  • Exhibits influence and expertise to remove obstacles and achieve results through others
  • Creates an effective work environment by developing a common purpose, setting clear objectives, promoting teamwork, recognizing success, and encouraging open communication
  • Develops Associates through coaching, providing performance feedback, providing effective performance assessments, and establishing development plans

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Product Development, Business or related area
  • 5+ years of progressive leadership experience in product development and / or merchandising.
  • 5+ years of retail or product development experience
  • Extensive line building and merchandising experience.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and email systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Management experience
  • Private Brand experience
  • Overseas business travel, sourcing and purchasing experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel domestically/ internationally

Job Field: Product Development & Design
Location: WI-Menomonee Falls
Department: Product Development
Overtime Status: Exempt


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c durham

President & Chief Strategist at My Private Brand/Folio28 LLC
Christopher Durham is the president and founding partner of the retail and Private Brand consultancy Folio28. He is a consultant, strategist and retailer with close to 20 years of real-world retail and corporate experience, creating, launching and building billion dollar Private Brands.
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