Vendor Strategy Manager

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Address: USA-IL-Chicago-300 South Riverside Plaza
Store Code: Vendor Strategy (27264)

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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We are a seeking positive, enthusiastic, team orientated individual who wants to work in an entrepreneurial environment to develop and improve vendor strategy that will help strengthen ADUSA Brands’ (Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Hannaford, Giant Food and The Giant Company) relationships with key vendor partners (CPG vendors, fresh vendors, private brand vendors, and diverse-owned vendors).


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

The Vendor Strategy Manager will work with the Vendor Strategy Lead to define the long-term vendor partnership model for selected key vendors, inclusive of:

  • relationship guiding principles
  • meeting cadence, structure and supporting materials
  • joint strategic initiatives and target setting
  • enhanced partnership perks our company can offer to top vendors (holistic cross-functional and cross-brand view of opportunities)
  • reporting / tracking the set long-term goals
  • In addition to that, Vendor Strategy Manager will:
  • Facilitate strategic dialog and create corresponding supporting materials across key cross-brand vendor engagement touchpoints (e.g. top to top meetings with key vendor partners, industry conferences, vendor summits, ad hoc leadership meetings)
  • Guides cross-functional team to collaborate with key vendors, tracks and reports on aligned strategic vendor initiatives in partnership with key functions
  • Liaises across all ADUSA Brands and support functions (e.g. supply chain and retail media) to collect all relevant information to ensure a comprehensive view of key strategic vendor partners is available
  • Assist as needed with supplier diversity agenda for commercial business 

People who will do well in this role often have the following traits: 

  • Can successfully navigate complex organizations 
  • Dynamic thinker and presenter who can work well with all levels of an organization
  • Ready to work smart and hard in a fun and fast paced environment to create tangible change
  • Someone who’s glass is always half full
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and project-based work, able to bring focus and structure to drive initiatives forward
  • Creative, structured, and objective problem solver, both conceptually and analytically 
  • Enjoys creating presentations and telling a story through visuals
  • Collaborative, enjoy working on teams, and comfortable leading without authority

The Essentials in Your Cart - The required ingredients

  • Provide general oversight to the Vendor Strategy Analyst team members by helping to prioritize and sequence the team’s work and by reviewing work for quality control
  • Work directly with PDL functional, Brand and Supply Chain Leadership to create, lead and execute vendor strategy practices. As this is a new function, this will be largely created by the Vendor Strategy Manager and Lead 
  • Facilitate large meetings in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Create and execute new vendor strategy practices per the detailed description in the upfront position summary section. 
  • Work effectively across the broader PDL organization and with business partners/stakeholders throughout the organization with limited oversight from the Vendor Strategy Lead
  • Inspire and motivate team and business partners to deliver innovative and high impact initiatives aligned to the commercial strategy
  • Act as an ambassador for vendor strategy and as the primary contact for vendor’s strategic queries 
  • Deliver key messages to stakeholders and escalate issues accordingly
  • Assemble meaningful presentations to share PDL’s strategy to key internal and external vendor partners
  • Works through high-pressure and time-sensitive situations

Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master of Business Administration (MBA) preferred
  • Specializations in Strategy, Marketing, Operations, Change Management would be beneficial 
  • Intimate knowledge of appraoches to build strategies and various supporting strategic frameworks
  • Solid understanding of the commerical business and vendor relationships 
  • Track record of successful delivery of large scale - cross functional projects
  • Good verbal and written communicator, bridge builder
  • Excels at establishing and fostering relationships
  • Detail and process orientated

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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Location

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

Culture
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
Diversity
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)
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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