Posted on: September 1, 2020 | Job#: 338342

Senior Manager, Product Strategy Lead

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


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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

We’re looking for a Sr. Manager of Product Development for Athleta to successfully oversee multiple product track development projects at all stages through initial concepting to the start of production. In this role, you’ll lead a team of product engineers and in-season specialists through the creation and commercialization of performance product and communication of product functionality, costing, aesthetic and sourcing strategy. You will collaborate and influence cross-functional partners in Design, Fabric R&D and Technical Design.


What you'll do

  • Leads the product development process from concept through to production-ready hand-off, ensuring both fit and technical engineering meets or exceeds expectation.
  • Ensures team is delivering to key functional responsibilities including:
    • Developing BOMs in support of tech pack creation
    • Evaluating all samples (Proto, photo samples, pre-production) for correct construction
    • Engineering product within strategic costing direction and providing solutions to aid the costing process in conjunction with Costing Engineers and GIS to ensure quality and costing parameters are met.
  • Drive team towards 100% category buy ready product and risk assessment management
  • Manages product through appropriate time and action to ensure all deliverables are being met
  • Partners with Designers and Fit Specialists to understand fit intent and aesthetic ensuring translation into proto/ sample with consistency
  • Provide insight and guidance to GIS and Fit Specialists team leads and collaborate on construction, production or cost engineering solutions
  • Partner with merchant, planning and GIS partners to translate Long Range Plan (LRP) into sourcing strategy
  • Develop sourcing strategy allocation logic with GIS partners
    Provide oversight of cost direction based on line plan and product briefs provided by cross-functional team
  • Review capacity and commitments in partnership with Production Operations Lead
    Ensure fabric MOU commitments are maintained and provide high level direction to leadership on status
  • Lead liability utilization strategy
  • Responsive product toolbox in alignment with Operations Lead
  • Mentor and coach team of 4-8 members to achieve business and career goals

Who you are

  • 10+ years experience in Technical Design/Product Development in performance-based company
  • 3-5 years experience in leading Product Development teams
  • Passionate about leading and driving a team to create innovative premium performance products
  • Demonstrates superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to create trust with cross functional teams
  • Able to proactively troubleshoot and solve highly complex problems
  • Strong technical knowledge of performance product and fit (materials/fabric, construction, and body movement)
  • Demonstrates an advanced knowledge of technical construction expertise, cost engineering and knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of product creation calendar timelines and able to work against deadlines
  • Traveled to and worked with manufacturers across Asia, Americas, and Europe
  • Proficiency in MS office (Excel/Word/Outlook), Adobe Illustrator, PLM software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High attention to detail, data accuracy and prioritization
  • Flexible attitude to change

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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