Vice President Baby Design

Old Navy
San Francisco, California, United States
02 Nov 2021
26 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

Our VP, Design - Baby will set the strategic design, tone, look and feel direction across the Old Navy Baby division. This leader will inspire and develop the design team to enable high performance, both in quality and quantity, of aesthetically relevant creative outputs as well as collaborate and productively partner with cross-functional peers.

What You'll Do

  • You stays abreast of competitive landscape & forward facing trends
  • Filters trend through the lens of the brand & Old Navy customer.
  • Identifies and researches new designs or businesses that will enable Old Navy to achieve its short and long-term strategic, market share and revenue goals.
  • Accountable for driving positive impactesults through design for entire Old Navy Baby division.
  • Adjusts product strategies to address in-season business performance and/or consumer insights.
  • Defines, champions and protects the brand aesthetic. Communicates a Design vision and strategy for entire ON Baby division.
  • Leads a team of Directors and Designers to create compelling, brand-enhancing product. Manages team to align seasonal collection across categories and ensure fashion, and basics are consistent with the Old Navy brand customer and aesthetic.
  • Partners closely with design and concept peers to help guide overall trend direction for the brand on a seasonal basis.
  • Partners with print and graphic design peers to provide context and guidance for print and graphic development as it relates to baby design.
  • Responsible for Leading Baby Design team in all aspects of the product design process to include market research, mood board creation, designing, sketching, specing and fit for entire area.
  • Oversees selection of fabric and guides team on long-term fabric strategy and direction.
  • Fully responsible for identifying and executing opportunities for process improvement and working with direct reports on communicating and executing those improvements.
  • Accountable for executing deliverables in a timely manner as consistent with the brand calendar.
  • Develops a high performing Design team; accountable for inspiring and leading a team to enhanced performance. Leads by example using internal metrics and filters.
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates staff.
  • Provides Baby design and aesthetic expertise to cross-functional teams in Merchandising and Sourcing/Fabric R &D and Production.
  • Develops and maintains strong internal relationships with Design, Merchandising and Sourcing/Production counterparts.
  • Allocates and ensures effectiveness of departmental budget. Works with executive leadership on future budget needs.

  • College degree in Fashion Design or related field.
  • Minimum 10 -15 years of product design/development experience with a strong record of people management
  • Extensive experience in apparel design and development. Deep experience in print, pattern and color required.
  • Experience managing large cross-category and cross-functional design teams.
  • Excellent leadership/management skills
  • Ability to set overall creative tone and lead a complex creative design process.
  • Aesthetic/Taste level - Has a keen understanding of styling as it relates to our brand, and knows how to translate trends through the lens of the customer and brand filters.
  • Product Development - Understands design techniques and graphic and textile design processes.
  • Color/Construction - Has a great eye for color; understands the possibilities of fabric and construction; looks for new and innovative ways to use color, fabric, and details in design.
  • Strong Presentation and Influencing skills - Is able to create and make presentations in a variety of settings and styles and use effective negotiation and influencing skills to gain consensus.
  • Ability to manage budget and evaluate ROI on all programs

Who You Are

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.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*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 Human Rights Campaign for the seventeenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth year in a row.