Lead Commercial Planning at Peapod Digital Labs (Chicago, IL)

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What’s Our Dish

Announced in May 2018, Peapod Digital Labs (PDL) is an Ahold Delhaize USA company that powers the eCommerce and digital strategies for the Great Local Brands of Ahold Delhaize USA. Accelerating growth in digital and personalization capabilities, PDL is an innovation lab focused on meeting the changing needs of customers, regardless of when, where, and how consumers choose to shop.


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The Lead of Commercial Planning is accountable for the teams who will aggregate information and data from across our brand partners commercial plans to create a common event calendar and provide a summarized view of merchandising and marketing elements of Commercial Planning.  This Lead and their team will be delivering against the defined performance metrics to successfully execute national scaled events from inventory planning, assortment and resent planning, category alignment, and period reviews. The Lead will also identify areas where brands could make their commercial plans more similar than not and create conversations with brands to encourage this.


Recipe for Success - What's “in store” for the role

This role is essential in building and defining the relationships and ways of working with strategy, merchandising planning, marketing, ecommerce teams and category within the brands and PDL; and leading their Commercial Planning team to aggregate brand information into common view and deliver on size and scale in seasonal and period planning:

• Alignment

  • Identify common areas within each brand’s commercial plan
  • Facilitate alignment of plans when possible across brand
  • Leverage opportunities to benefit size and scale negotiations


• Seasonal Planning

  • Facilitate omni commercial planning across brands
  • Determine national, scale event themes and map into annual calendar w/ Brands
  • Leverage data to bring customer, category and channel strategies to life
  • Lead omni asset allocation


• Period planning

  • Adjust national, scaled themes & events as needed to reflect changes in market
  • Inform cross-cutting capabilities 
  • Coordinate teams for period review & track performance on execution to timeline
  • Aggregate performance metrics

•  Commercial Planning Analytics

  • Daily and weekly performance management to evaluate commercial plan
  • Inform the upfront build and allocation of inventory
  • Own the tools / data input into the process (ensures allocation of the right level of inventory to the right categories / events)
  • Admin owner of the CrossCap tool for associate access
  • Own the methodology for Category Roles


The Essentials In Your Cart - The required ingredients

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience in lieu of formal degree; Masters Degree in business or related discipline preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience in category mgmt., pricing/promotions, commercial planning,ecommerce, and / or marketing or a related field 
  • Strong analytical skills, including financial planning / budgeting and ability to communicate executive-level insight from analytics 
  • Strong oral & written communications skills, presentation skills, ability to influence


Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table

  • Customer-centric mentality
  • Ensure commercial plans inclusive of digital & physical assets
  • Leverage data to inform decision-making 
  • Drive personalization at hyper-local level
  • Operate as one unified, scaled org 
  • Automate tasks & processes
  • Facilitate partnership model within our ecosystem of functions
  • Influence without authority
  • Negotiation skills
  • Partner with the Data Science team and brands to apply customer data and methodology to category allocations along with consumer mindsets and themes 
  • Partner with retail media, eMerch and channel planning within PDL 
  • Partner with brand merchandising planning, category, and marketing
  • Provide CMs the final commercial calendar to be leveraged in vendor negotiations on promo assets
  • Coordinate teams within the brands and PDL for period outlook/review




Join Us at Our Table

Peapod Digital Labs is a forward-thinking company with a strong legacy of innovation. We recognize who powers our progress – our people! We offer a great variety of benefits and perks to our employees, including: great health care options, including PPO and HSA plans (with company contributions), dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, a 401k with strong company match and immediate vesting, and generous and flexible paid time off.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, marital status (including civil unions), military service, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, legally recognized disability, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Right next to Union Station, we are easy to get to and surrounded by food in Downtown and the West Loop.

What are Peapod Digital Labs Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Building a cutting edge eCommmerce center of excellence means our teams need to focus on their work challenges, not whether their benefits are activated. With a one-stop shop for online benefit management, competitive bonus potential, and a flexible, brand new office, our employees are able to focus on making the customer experience amazing.

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