Posted on: September 17, 2020 | Job#: 338992

Sr. Manager, Sustainability 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

Reporting to Athleta’s Chief Product Officer, the Sr. Manager of Sustainability is responsible for defining and implementing Athleta’s bold social and environmental sustainability vision, goals and strategy across all Athleta product categories, stores, our growing customer base, our global supply chain and our employees.

The Sr. Manager of Sustainability creates and executes the strategic direction and plans for a Division or multiple Divisions. This role will also work with a cross-functional team that includes; Design, Gap Inc. Sourcing (GIS), Merchandising, R&D, Tech Services, IM, Allocation Communications, Marketing and Inc. Global Sustainability, responsible for integrating sustainability into product and strategies to support the end-to-end process.

The role will leverage the enterprise sustainability team for shared services such as measurement, tools & resources, tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs), as well as internal and external reporting. This role will further serve as the Athleta point person for enterprise sustainability priorities in key impact pillars including woman’s empowerment, water, climate and waste.


What you'll do

  • Build and implement Athleta’s sustainability strategy

  • Project manage Athleta’s sustainability projects, deliver to budget expectations, report on progress and escalate critical issues

  • Support B Corp which includes relationship management, recertification process and internal governance

  • Drive integration of product sustainability goals into Athleta’s LRPs and Product Strategy roadmaps

  • Support training, education and awareness building on product sustainability and circular product design

  • Serve as technical subject matter expert on product sustainability – attributes, certifications, social & environmental impact

  • Drive internal reporting on Athleta’s product sustainability progress and goals

  • Maintain up-to-date industry/competitor benchmarking on product sustainability developments, targets, goals

  • Partner with Athleta brand marketing team to ensure accurate product sustainability claims and messaging

  • Support product sustainability marketing claims approval process

  • Engage with cross-functional business partners in product design, merchandising, production and sourcing to drive sustainable product strategies

  • Identify and support external engagement opportunities for Athleta across publications, speaking opportunities, and conferences

Who you are

  • Background in apparel product development is required

  • Social & environmental sustainability expertise is preferred

  • Technical fabric expertise is preferred

  • Background in fabric mill, product development is ideal

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline

  • 5-8 years’ experience in related field and/or organization

  • Influence, collaboration and partnership skills end-to-end

  • Innovative by nature

  • Proven ability to work across geographies and cultures

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues, trends and risks

  • General understanding of the retail industry, specifically as it relates to social and environmental impact, sourcing and the apparel manufacturing industry

  • Specific understanding of P2M process and sustainable production methods preferred

  • Based in San Francisco, CA

  • 15-20% domestic and international travel

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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