VP Production - Technical Design, Fabric R&D & Quality

Old Navy
San Francisco, California, United States
27 Sep 2021
01 Mar 2022
About Old Navy

Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you're choosing a different path. From day one, we've been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season.

We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we're family.

About the Role

The Vice President overseeing Technical Design, Fabric R&D and Quality builds the vision, long range strategies and inspires an environment of continuous innovation and operational excellence to deliver great product, fit and quality at value consistent with the Old Navy Value Equation.

This role sits on the Old Navy Global Production Leadership Team and has functional accountability for the Technical Design, Fabric R&D and Quality teams as well as responsibility for working closely with the Gap Inc Sourcing teams to optimize all supply chain opportunities against Old Navy product priorities.

What You'll Do

  • Through cross-functional partnership and collaboration with Sourcing, Design, Merchant, Inventory Management and Marketing, this Vice President identifies and creates opportunities in the operating model, product creation process and supply chain configuration to deliver Old Navy Product Seasonal Goals and the Product & Experience Long Rang Plans.
  • This leader will champion and build an inclusive and agile culture with simplicity of process and role clarity to connect and coordinate all parts of the supply chain to support teams that respond quickly, intentionally and efficiently.
  • A member of the Production Leadership team, the VP has a critical role in the Production Transformation Initiatives:
  • Digital Product Creation - E2E digitizing of the P2M model
  • Sustainability - Made to Last product quality "Re-Use and Re-Purpose"
  • Fabric Supply Chain - Fiber, yarn and mill engagement
  • The Vice President identifies and develops diverse, results driven teams, fostering an inclusive, engaging culture of cross-functional collaboration and respect.

Who You Are

  • Proven experience defining and executive multi-year strategy plans that advance the product creation engine and overall business performance.
  • Brings a depth and range of experience in apparel industry, along with understanding the end to end product and supply chain engine, expertise in fit, tech Design and digitization of prototypes, as well as seasoned understanding of fabric + yarn suppliers and exposure to mill strategies.
  • Anticipates and articulates future apparel trends, and consequences, and responds with competitive and creative business solutions, but establishing a vision for the future that is understood clearly amongst cross functional teams and direct reports.
  • Leads with a customer focus and understanding of how to develop a commercial viable product assortment aligned with the ON Value Equation.
  • Demonstrates experience leading and inspiring teams through large scale operating model transformation. Creates and maintains an inclusive, productive work environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals.
  • Maintains a global perspective; be culturally sensitive and aware (adjust personal style to different cultures); able to influence across multiple functions/areas/geographies.
  • Negotiates skillfully and resolve conflict in tough situations; win concessions without damaging relationships.
  • Compelling communicator; Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • 15 + years' leadership experience in retail apparel production roles of increasing scope, complexity and responsibility. Sourcing experience highly desired. Apparel and/or textile manufacturing a plus.
  • 4-year bachelor's degree required; MBA or related graduate experience preferred.
  • Ability to travel internationally 25%.

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Benefits at Old Navy

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five "on the clock" hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee's base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
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*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we've been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.