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Jason Bowe

Senior Leader: Retail Operations, Merchandising, & Sales 

Summary

• 3PL & Operations : Directed all aspects of two warehouses comprising with over 100 staff. Full P&L responsibility. Created and implemented all SOP and KPI measurements. 

• Marketing & Advertising: Created campaigns for both the national and market specific assets of the $250 million retail consumer electronics, exceeding planned sales and profit goals.

• Retail In-Store Marketing: Led all aspects of in-store multi unit retail sales and communications activities for Panasonic, including product marketing, training, and product launches for the Consumer Products division. Created floor plans, fixturing, shop adjacencies, and in-store merchandising for Sears across Canada.

• Brand: Launched two new brands at Sears, including Martha Stewart, and directly managed several others. Responsible for various branding initiatives at Panasonic, including programs such as Roll Up The Rim.

• Product Manager / Retail Buyer: Built a $24 million retail business in only 5 months, exceeding all sales and profit goals. Led inventory management & forecasting for both PSI and GP. Laser focus on seasonal business ensured GPROI plans were met & sales plan exceeded.

• Team: Successfully built and managed local and national teams of up to 200 direct reports, in retail, warehouse, and sales.

• Financial: Responsible for budgetary planning and analysis of a multi-million dollar budget. Fiscal responsibility controlled expenses for 9 years to come in under budget each year.

• Online & Loyalty: Designed & managed digital marketing activities of the Panasonic Pro.ca e-learning and loyalty program website for 6000 users. Implemented social media utilization via online forum and email marketing. Developed micro-site training modules for best of breed adult learning and training. Saved over $230,000 in annual payroll by redesigning the website process flow.

• Training: Led development of annual national training programs, successfully launching new products into the marketplace & trained over 4000 associates.

Work History

July 2017Present

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Powerhouse Retail Services Inc

New responsibilities include:
-Directing all operational aspects of two 3PL (third party logistics) warehouses
-Responsibility for full P&L
-Developing new organizational structures 
-Created KPI measurements and tools for operational improvements
-Created SOP standardization and rollout
-Management of human resources, warehouse supervisors, account managers and 60+ warehouse staff
-Involved in rolling out new proprietary WMS system including full EDI implementation

Feb 2015July 2017

NATIONAL MERCHANDISING MANAGER

Powerhouse Retail Services Inc

Reporting directly to the President, responsibilities included:

  • Lead and manage Powerhouse’s Merchandising Division consisting of 5 account managers, 3 operations associates and a field team of 250+ merchandisers
  • Developed and implemented a strategic re-organization of the division leading to 20% overhead reduction and increased productivity
  • Organized sales meetings with prospective and current clients, including Levis, PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger), Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok, Armani, Hugo Boss
  • Designed, managed and implemented best practice programs
  • Oversee the Field Force Management Team aligning strategic goals with company
    objectives in the areas of field force recruitment, logistics planning and
    communication
  • Assess all business processes through continuous improvement lens & develop
    new processes & structure
  • Collaborate with Training & Development to improve, develop, and maintain training initiatives
  • Created a forecasting tool for both monthly and annual budgets and planned related cost controls
Jan 2014Jan 2015

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

MoviePoster.Guru

Sales business focused on various collectibles.

20102014

MANAGER, RETAIL SERVICES GROUP

Panasonic Canada Inc

Took over all aspects of restructured director's position. Expanded duties included:

  • Led all aspects of in-store retail communications activities for Panasonic, including product marketing, training, and product launches for all areas of the consumer products division. Developed account management relationships with national and independent retail buyers and directors.
  • Responsible for annual and monthly budgetary planning and analysis for best of breed cost control of a $1.5 million budget. Fiscal responsibility controlled total group expenses for 9 years to achieve or come in under budget each year.
  • Project management for various marketing initiatives across Canada, including programs such as Tim Horton's Roll Up The Rim for maximum marketing exposure. Developed and implemented third party brand ambassador programs for national retailer visits, coming in under budget for each of the four programs we ran.
  • Led all store-initiated customer service resolution for both retailer and consumer issues.
  • Trained in internal process improvement (lean/Kaizen approach)
20042010

ASST MANAGER, RETAIL SERVICES GROUP

Panasonic Canada Inc
  • Designed, rolled out, managed and created digital marketing activities of the Panasonic Pro.ca e-learning and loyalty program website for 6000 users. Implemented social media utilization via online forum and email marketing. Developed micro-site training modules for best of breed adult learning and training. Designed backend customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Training credited with helping meet annual sales goals for TV and Imaging divisions.
  • Created the process flow behind the industry leading Panasonic Rewards program, to fully automate the collection of eligible invoices and rewards fulfillment for over $350,000 worth of product rewards. Saved over $230K in payroll annually by redesigning Rewards loyalty website process flow.
  • Led development and management of national training programs (both mass merchant retailer and Panasonic driven initiatives), successfully launching new products into the marketplace, including television, audio, imaging, communications, health care and major appliances. Trained over 4000 associates in classroom settings each year.
  • Managed 11 Panasonic marketing associates (responsible for retailers nationwide). 5 associates developed and promoted internally. Managed recruitment, on-boarding, & training.
  • Responsible for store visits (training, merchandising, business intelligence) across Canada for all national and local retailers (600+ stores)
20032004

BUYER

Sears Canada Inc
  • Responsible for the P&L, strategy and tactics of the merchandise lineup for a $24 million, 500+ SKU business, including private label and Martha Stewart products for Christmas, Halloween, Back to School, Father's and Mother's Day, Valentine's Day. Planned and bought five complete product lineups in one calendar year.
  • Created a private label confectionery/candy business, including product development, packaging, pricing, marketing, merchandising and promotion. Also headed up the buying for the catalogue based healthcare product lineup.
  • Led inventory management & forecasting for both PSI and GP. Laser focus on seasonal business ensured GPROI plans were met in a quick inventory turn category and sales plan exceeded.
  • Negotiated product lineups and partnership agreements with both domestic and overseas import suppliers. Private brand development with European, Asian and South American suppliers.
20022003

ASSOC. MARKETING MANAGER, ADVERTISING

Sears Canada Inc
  • Created meaningful and relevant advertising program in both print and electronic media. Worked with agency to achieve desired results.
  • Planned yearly sales and gross profit matrix for each sales channel of a $250 million business. Worked with Buyers to develop advertising strategies and tactics to maximize business growth.
  • Guided the strategy and development of the in-store merchandising.
  • Conceived and developed the training for retail associates (national training tour).
  • Initiated manufacturer/source contact for training, fixturing, and promotional activities.
20002002

MARKETING ANALYST

Sears Canada Inc
  • Analyzed the SKU/brand business histories on an ongoing basis, to help determine future supplier partner agreements and merchandise line strategies with Buyers for a $1 billion business.
  • Created floor plans, fixturing, shop adjacencies, and in-store merchandising for new and existing Sears stores across Canada. Onsite to manager new store openings across Canada, including the eatons chain rollout.
  • Co-ordinated and planned national training of retail associates with product manufacturers for retail, home, & dealer stores.
19972000

ASSOCIATE STORE MANAGER

Sears Canada Inc
  • Bramalea: responsible for $5. 5 million in net sales, with a staff of 30 associates.
  • Hamilton: Business category responsible for $9. 6 million in net sales, staff of 45 associates.

Education

19911995

Bachelor of Arts, Honours - History and Political Science

McMaster University

Research experience dealing with various primary sources of information in a variety of scholastic disciplines

Course of study included Critical Thinking, Business Mathematics, Modern 20th Century History, Contemporary English courses, as well as Canadian and American Political Science.

Certifications

Mar 2014Mar 2015

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