Senior Director Product Operations and Pipeline

San Francisco, California, United States
12 Nov 2021
08 Mar 2022
About Athleta

For the past 22 years, we've committed ourselves and our brand to a single aim: to empower all women and girls. Inspiration. Collaboration. Connection. Inclusivity. It's what we do best, and we're on the hunt for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.

We use business as a force for good by putting people and the planet right up there with profit, which is why Athleta is a certified B Corp. Ready to make a move? Join us. Because we know that alone we're strong, but together we're unstoppable.

About the Role

Athleta is seeking a strategic, and innovative leader that is accountable for creating, implementing and improving the Product Pipeline & Operations Strategy. This individual will evolve the product pipeline and connect product strategy to our internal cross functional product workstreams. To do this, he/she will partner closely with all the Product teams, including but not limited to Production, Sourcing, PE, Fabric R&D, Technical Design, Design & AFI, Merchandising, Inventory Management, and Marketing, on bringing products from conception to commercial release. This individual will lead the management of the seasonal product to market pipeline calendars. They will collaborate with cross- functional leaders to identify opportunities for process improvement, calendarize & create agendas for key milestones, create and report key performance metrics and ensure pipeline milestones are met. They will create variations and multiple tracks of the pipeline to ensure that the needs of the different product teams are met. This position will provide impeccable project management support for all steps and functions in the product creation and delivery process

What You'll Do

  • Identify industry best practices for pipeline
  • Identify industry best practices for product operations
  • Create an optimum framework for product operations and product delivery pipelines at Athleta.
  • Incorporate digital technology into the pipeline and operations strategy.
  • Ownership of process efficiencies and lead time optimization in product delivery.
  • Map and measure the performance of every step in product operations.
  • Serve as project manager for critical cross functional initiatives involving global supply chain, design and merchandising.
  • Implement repeatable processes, work-flows & best practices.
  • Develop reporting and corrective action plans for functional leaders in case of operational issues.

Who You Are

  • Masters in Business Administration or Supply Chain degree with expertise in Product Creation, Retail and Management
  • 7+ years of progressive operations experience with an apparel manufacturer, retailer or marketer; ideally working in a high growth business and have a performance background
  • Experienced in managing complex innovation projects with a focus on product concepting, design and delivery
  • Experience of a multi-track product creation process where speed and LLT are within same business capabilities
  • Possess deep knowledge of product to market process, supply chain, and end to end product operations
  • Proven track record building visions, gaining cross functional buy in, and executing projects to launch
  • Ability to lead high profile initiatives, project teams, across multiple functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead with curiosity and ability to think creatively.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Excellent at setting priorities, fostering cohesion and inspiring cross functional teams.
  • Prior experience working for a global company with a strong brand and distinct culture.
  • A strategic leader who can think long- term and across the enterprise showing strong business awareness, critical analysis, integration of information, and the ability to develop an action- oriented plan
  • Able to use rigorous logic, insights and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Possess system thinking skills and an ability to connect dots holistically
  • Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Demonstrated executive presence, ability to navigate complexity, serve as a bridge across creative, technical, and analytical teams, and collaborate across a senior leadership team
  • Willing and able to travel as needed.
  • Balance the attendance of pipeline meetings with doing the work of the work.

Benefits at Athleta

  • 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.