Posted on: September 16, 2020 | Job#: 338959

Director - Visual Merchandising - Gap Specialty

Full-time | 55 Thomas Street, New York, NY, US 10013

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About Gap

Gap has always been about optimistic American style. Starting with our very first store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, opened almost 50 years ago by Doris and Don Fisher. The thread that’s run through those five decades is the phenomenal people that make up our brand – our employees and our customers. People who are rooted in the legacy that makes Gap what it is, but who are also focused on the future. People who want to leave the world better than they found it.

We’ve built our brand on staying true to our roots while always being out in front of what’s next. If you want to be part of an iconic American brand, and help lead the way for where we’re headed, we’d love to have you join us.

About the role

Leads the Gap Specialty HQ visual merchandising teams and is responsible for the development and implementation of the visual strategy and direction for the stores. Drives the overall brand positioning around specific product and seasonal messages for all sub-brands including Adult, Body, Teen, Kids, and Baby.

What you'll do

  • Responsible for the creative and visual merchandising direction for all sub-brands including Adult, Body, Teen, Kids, and Baby—balancing the creative with commercial.

  • Set strategy and provide direction for the overall look and feel of the stores.

  • In partnership with the Senior Director, Store Experience, develop special treatment for Top Stores that elevate the brand through enhanced visual presentation and customer experience.

  • As needed, partnering with the Senior Director and Store Design on developing new fixtures and display elements.

  • Manages Line Adoption store set process and results.

  • Responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of visual strategy and direction given to all Gap Specialty stores.

  • Responsible for building, managing and developing high-performing visual merchandising teams at HQ.

  • Provide a balanced creative and operational leadership; to inspire, and to identify and develop the talent within the team.

  • Must gain alignment on seasonal visual presentations with senior leadership team during walk-throughs and presentations.

  • Build, train, develop and motivate a growing team and able to partner effectively with key cross-functional teams to ensure the seamless execution of the vision for the brand for the season.

  • Able to build strong cross-functional relationships with all business partners including Design, Merchandising, IM, Marketing, Field/Store Operations and Store Design.

  • Able to develop and maintain a creative environment that fosters innovation.

  • Responsible for development and production of all visual merchandising communication vehicles. Uses strong communication skills (verbal, written and visual) to ensure consistent execution of visual direction in all stores through HQ and Field Visual Teams.

  • Develop and maintain Visual Presentation Standards

Who you are

  • 10+ years apparel retail visual merchandising experience.

  • 2+ years at Director Level

  • Position located in New York.

  • Partner closely with Design, Marketing, Merchandising, Inventory Management, Field/Store Operations and Store Design.

  • Strong demonstrated drive for results.

  • Strong creative skills, and real passion for product.

  • Ability to move the business forward by constantly creating newness and impact.

  • Strategic agility; can anticipate future trends accurately and can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

  • Strong command presence skills; have strong leadership skills and a point of view.

  • Proven track record of building and developing effective individuals and teams.

  • Must be highly organized and able to balance creative and operational needs of the role.

Benefits at Gap

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% off at Athleta 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.

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