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Product Development

The Product Development Executive Development Program is a part of Macy’s Merchandising, exclusively based in New York City. Its primary responsibilities are conceptualizing, designing, sourcing, producing, selling and marketing Macy’s extensive and successful family of private brands.

As part of the team, you’ll learn every step and detail that goes into creating the next wave of private label goods. On top of that, you’ll apply sales performance, consumer trends and market needs to promote their visibility. And that’s only the beginning.

A Day in the Life

Product Development is at the forefront of innovation—in one of the most innovative companies in the retail industry. We don’t have boring roles. And we don’t want them. Check out how a day might go for you as a member of the Product Development team.

Locations & Start Dates

Our Product Development Executive Development Program is offered at our corporate offices in New York City. Classes start throughout the year based on business need.


Through this 8 week program, you will receive a thorough, hands-on introduction to the retail industry, while also diving into the technical and business skills required for your first buying or merchandising role at Macy’s. You will experience a blended learning environment with a combination of structured classroom-style learning and in-office assignments. Beyond the Executive Development Program, you will continually have exposure to new trainings, system roll outs, and leadership development.


You will be part of the team responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and sourcing Macy’s private brands. Some of the exclusive brands you may be working with include: Charter Club, Club Room, Thalia, Material Girl, Children’s Epic Threads, Alfani, Style & Co., Tools of the Trade, American Rag, Bar III, Jenni, Ideology, Home Hotel Collection, and The Cellar. As an Executive Development Program trainee, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts who will teach you how to develop, source, negotiate, produce and sell a specific brand classification within the total Private Brand Business. In this role, you’ll learn to identify emerging trends, conceptualize branded styles, partner with our overseas offices and work with global and domestic vendors to create the next assortment of private label product.

Career Growth

As a trainee in the Executive Development Program, you will interact with cross functional roles including buying/planning, store management, marketing, design, fashion research, and color analysis. At the conclusion of your first year, you will create a Career Development Plan to help you drive your own development and prepare you for your next steps. Additional developmental learning courses are just clicks away via our virtual Talent Center.

What is a Private Brand?

Private Brands are product lines that are manufactured exclusively for a specific retailer. Macy's has an awesome Private Brands team that works to identify new product opportunities and ensure we offer a wide range of private label products that are trend right and available to our stores and online customers at the right price, place, and time they need them.

Product Development

Product Development Executives work closely with our overseas and domestic partners to manage the total production process - from designing to sourcing to costing - of our Private Label goods. Product Development executives possess a strong balance of trend awareness and business savvy to adapt to our consumer's changing needs.

Product Development Executive Development Program

During this 8-week development program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of conceptualizing, designing, sourcing, producing, selling and marketing our highly successful Private Brands; your training will supplement hands-on experience with multiple and varied training opportunities.


Assistants learn the operational components of running a successful business while receiving significant exposure and development. This is a developmental role that prepares you for an Associate role.


Associates are given direct responsibility for a particular category within their team's total product line. In many cases, Associates will assume the responsibility of managing and training the Assistants. This is a developmental role that prepares you for a Product Manager role.

Product Manager

Product Managers are responsible for the sales and profitability of a total category of business through strategy development and execution, as well as leading and developing their team of assistants/associates.

Product Director

Director level is responsible for providing leadership driving and managing the Private Brand business and directing Product Teams in the line development.

Vice President

Vice Presidents are responsible for directing the strategy and execution for a designated division of business.

Executive Vice President

In these senior level positions, executives direct the financial objectives, product development, and strategy for multiple divisions of business.

Chief Merchandising Officer

We are seeking someone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Additional qualities we find in ideal candidates include the demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, solve problems, and manage complex relationships. Our executives exhibit high standards and accountability; take pride in details and accuracy, possess strong presentation skills and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

In addition, strong business acumen with the ability to analyze data and draw conclusions is a key success factor. Proficiency in MS Office and excellent Excel skills are critical.

Macy’s Snapshots

Product Development

The people are real. The places are real. The photos are real. Making this your perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a genuine glimpse of Macy's Product Development inner workings.