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Job Type: Direct Hire
Location: Irving, Texas

McKinley Marketing Partners large retail client in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is looking for a director of store innovation. The director will be responsible for developing, designing, and testing new, revenue-generating platforms, creating entirely new business concepts, and leading the store innovation process that shepherds innovation into store standards.

This position will require regular on-site attendance once in-office operations resume. Candidate must be currently or relocate to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver innovations across the brand that enhances the customer experience
  • Create and execute overall business strategy and economic model for each innovation
  • Develop a deep understanding of customer needs, competitor activities, and supplier landscape to create a robust pipeline of innovations that increase customer count and average sales per customer
  • Responsible for developing the customer journey, floor plans, and platforms
  • Measure results of new platforms and work with the broader organizations to scale successful wins into store standards
  • Leads SIP which is responsible for designing, testing, and shepherding any innovation into store standards
  • Identify opportunities to elevate the customer experience through ideation and brainstorming, design go-to-market strategies, and define key success criteria
  • Develops and tests new revenue-generating platforms that respond to customers' needs
  • Responsible for leading the development of entirely new business concepts and brands for the company
  • Oversee all financial analytics, platforms, and concepts, including Pro-forma P&Ls, ROIC models, category sales analysis, labor, margin, and KPI opportunities
  • Manage 6+ managers and the relationships of several strategic partners
  • Form solid vendor partnerships and showcase strong negotiation skills
  • Work cross-functionally and develop deep relationships with Merchandising, Food/Proprietary Beverage, Marketing, Digital, Operations, etc

Requirements

  • Bachelors/4year degree, MBA strongly preferred from business school that offers an innovation or entrepreneurship curriculum
  • 9+ years experience with 5+ years management experience
  • Strong track record of leading high-performing teams, highly visible projects focused on innovation, marketing, digital transformation, operations, or some combination of these areas
  • Track record of delivering innovation and leading transformation at an established brand
  • Experience in consumer-focused industries such as retail, hospitality, travel, entertainment, and restaurants
  • Understanding of design thinking product development and agile methodology concepts
  • Track record of developing sound project plans and delivering results
  • Strong written and verbal communications, including the ability to create presentations for senior leadership
  • Builds strong, cross-functional relationships at all levels of the organization based on trust, mutual respect, and results
  • Demonstrates accountability, prioritizes tasks, and consistently delivers a quality work product

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