Posted on: May 1, 2020 | Job#: 280772

Director, Concept Strategy of Print & Pattern

Full-time | One Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, US 94105


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About Athleta

We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’re always looking for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.

Collaboration is a real thing here — because we know that individually we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable. Athleta is a certified B Corporation, which means that we put people and planet right up there with profit, and we’re committed to using business as a force for good. 

About the role

Athleta is seeking a product obsessed, strategic, and innovative design leader to shape, develop, and implement the creative direction of Athleta’s expression of color and print. The Director, Concept Strategy of Print + Pattern will work in partnership with the Design leadership team to create the continuous print impression of the brand. This role will need to straddle the strategic and creative worlds by collaborating with cross functional partners to deliver the best premium performance and lifestyle products in color pallettes and prints that are unique to Athleta’s brand handwriting and are aspiration to our customer. In this role, you will lead a team of color + print designers and be a critical role within the design leadership team.

What you'll do

  • Develop and establish annual and seasonal color palettes and print direction, that enhance the brand handwriting and aesthetic, ensuring it is unique to Athleta.
  • Direct and lead the strategic color point of view across all product categories and end uses to create merchandising opportunities with consistent visual alignment.
  • Direct and curate visual tools, presentations and processes for Color & Print, inclusive of physical & digital resources seasonally that incorporates Trends + Insights.
  • Actively participate key product development milestone events to ideate, develop and curate Athleta’s product vision.
  • Contribute to the development of Athleta’s product ideas by combining knowledge of the competitive landscape with a strong eye for fashion trends observing details and seeking inspiration from the runway and performance.
  • Ensures omni channel opportunities are achieved with success through color, print/pattern excellence creating a cohesive expression of the brand.
  • Effectively select, coach, manager and develop a high performing team.

Who you are

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience; 5+ years of management experience; ideally working in a high growth business and have a performance background, with deep expertise in textile and color design.
  • Excellent at setting priorities, fostering cohesion and inspiring cross functional teams
  • Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Demonstrated executive presence, ability to navigate complexity, work with creative and technical teams, and collaborate across a senior leadership team.
  • Willing and able to travel to the market as needed

Benefits at Athleta

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • 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 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.


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