Director of Product Development, Merchandise Opera...

Director of Product Development, Merchandise Operations

  • Location BENTONVILLE, AR
  • Career Area Merchandising and Online Operations
  • Job Function Merchandising and Sourcing
  • Employment Type Full Time
  • Position Type Salary
  • Requisition 1060772BR

What you'll do at

    What are you looking for in a new career….
  • Do you love making an impact on customers? We serve over 40 million every single week.
  • Do you want to work on initiatives that deliver substantial value? All of our digital products are expected to deliver Billions in returns to our P&L.
  • Do you want to lead one of the industry’s biggest digital transformations? Why not do it at the world’s largest company.
  • Are you looking for better work/life balance and a great place to live? How would you like to live in an area that is consistently ranked as “one of the best places in the USA to live,” is regularly listed as “one of the fastest growing metro’s in the USA,” and is ranked almost 10% below the national average cost of living.

    Merchandising is the heart of a retail business.There are millions of products in the world, but which ones should we carry in our stores? How should we design our shelves to show our customers the broadest assortment, but not run out of inventory? Where do we have costs built into the product lifecycle and can leverage technology to remove eliminate waste? What is the best price for an item, which drives trust and value for customers, but also delivers returns for shareholders? These are some of the problems we are solving in the Digital Merchant Product organization.

    Our digital product teams have been tasked with re-inventing the merchant. Like all product roles, we are obsessed with our customers, end users, and problems we are solving. We take crazy hard challenges, work closely with our end users to design testable prototypes, and ultimately deliver great technology that enables merchants to make stronger, data-informed decisions, and automate or heavily simplify processes necessary to take action. We partner closely with teams across the organization to deliver on our ambitious solutions, most notably, our industry leading data scientists and engineers at Walmart Labs. If you are ready to change the world, this role is for you!

  • Drives the development of the digital product vision for assigned Merchandising area by collaborating with executive leaders, end users, and engineering teams, to determine strategic direction; providing direction to the product teams to ensure digital solutions align with overall digital merchant strategic goals; building relationships with key suppliers at supplier meetings and road shows to gain insights into 3rd party solutions; working with senior leadership and end users to evaluate return on investment; and providing recommendations for trade-off decisions.
  • Directs digital product development processes for assigned Merchandising area to drive overall strategy by developing and driving the product roadmap and backlog; directing the review and analysis of user insights and market research; identifying gaps based on market research and competitive assessments; determining strategic focus for products to ensure category goals are met; ensuring product details are consistent across the category and respective brands; overseeing product presentations and reviews to ensure product direction supports Merchandising digital strategy; collaborating with cross-functional teams (for example, engineering, data science) to ensure technical feasibility and a unified product delivery; driving calendar timelines; reviewing sprint progress and making trade-off/prioritization recommendations to ensure alignment with strategic direction; overseeing the presentation of final product vision and roadmaps to senior leadership.
  • Drives defined business objectives for assigned Merchandising area by developing performance metrics based on key results; projecting costs and business impact of the strategic direction; reviewing product status making changes as necessary; and communicating updates and changes to senior leadership. Provides guidance regarding product trends while communicating the overall strategic focus to product teams

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Design, or related field and 4 years experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related field OR 6 years experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years experience with direct import processes.
  • 3 years experience managing departmental functions including management of cross-functional teams and budgets.
  • 5 years experience in manufacturing, product development, packaging, or design.
  • 5 years experience with retail financial metrics (for example, P&L, cost components).
  • Master's degree in Business Administration, Retailing, or related field.

About Walmart

At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?
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All the benefits you need for you and your family

  • Multiple health plan options
  • Vision & dental plans for you & dependents
  • Associate discounts in-store and online
  • Financial benefits including 401(k), stock purchase plans and more
  • Education assistance for Associate and dependents

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