Program Manager, Merchandising Execution

Company Name:Kroger General Office
Position Type:Employee
FLSA Status:Exempt

Position Summary:
Accomplish strategic objectives by overseeing multiple Merchandising Services project activities. Manage large, high-risk programs impacting several cross-functional areas of Merchandising. Drive program management, manage initiative portfolio and support capability building best practices across lines of business. Lead strategic direction and function as a liaison across the Merchandising Services organization and with business partners. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.
Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement assigned projects, including developing scope and approach for each project, managing project timelines, preparation of schedules, agreements, lead vendor proposals/bids, and coordination of contractors, vendors, consultants, and internal resources
  • Lead change management and process improvement activities across Merchandising
  • Introduce and maintain project/control management and process improvement methodologies
  • Prioritize project management deliverables based on Merchandising strategies and goals and in conjunction with Merchandising department heads
  • Oversee on-time project implementation, within budgeted expense, and achieving planned benefit streams
  • Seek new Merchandising project opportunities through collaboration with other departments and suppliers
  • Manage a comprehensive training program for category managers
  • Provide leadership for project managers and stakeholders and apply conflict resolution skills to resolve program and project issues
  • Ensure all project objectives are clearly documented, approved and delivered to meet expectations
  • Manage the integration of tasks and track and review vendor deliverables
  • Manage project risk, develop mitigation plans, and escalate decisions and unresolved issues
  • Create highly collaborative cross-functional partnerships across the organization
  • Serve as a Merchandising subject matter expert on projects being led by other departments
  • Build strong relationships across all functions within Kroger as well as with vendors
  • Present process changes, gain alignment from all functional leaders, and work collaboratively to implement
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
Minimum Position Qualifications:
  • 7 years' experience in leadership position delivering large and/or complex projects
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate information to customers and to all levels within the organization
  • Ability to make decisions of wide variety and complexity
  • Effective analytical thinking
  • Proven problem solving and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and development of associates
  • Ability to lead change within an organization
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge and understanding of Merchandising systems
Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Understanding of Merchandising departments, roles and processes
  • Familiarity with Kroger Technology Agile process

Education Level:None
Required Travel:None
Required Certifications/Licenses:None
Position Type:Full-Time
Regions:General Office- Cincinnati

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Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.

Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a millionassociates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states. Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

Posting Notes: OH||Cincinnati|| 1014 Vine Street ||45202 || Kroger General Office||[[mfield2]]||Merchandising ||Employee|| Exempt || Full-Time|| None

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