Posted on: December 8, 2020 | Job#: 344775

Senior Director - Retail Experience

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

This role will lead the innovation and evolution of the Retail Experience as it relates to visual merchandising, styling fixture design and all marketing elements. They will have the Retail Experience Team including Visual Merchandising and Retail Design reporting directly into them.

What you'll do

  • Lead the Visual Merchandising and Retail Design teams, develop and manage two Sr Manager direct reports as well as dotted line reporting of Retail Brand Manager.

  • Facilitate change leadership that is required in a fast-moving, high-growth brand.

  • Build constructive and effective relationships with key cross-functional business partners including Marketing, Planning + Allocation, Store Design, Merchandising, Design and Field to align support of Visual Merchandising and Brand initiatives.

  • Lead strong relationships with the Field Visual team and have a strong focus on the customer.

  • Develop pre/in-season strategies for how the Retail Experience, Visual Merchandising and Marketing will come to life.

  • React to in-season business and commercial planning needs leveraging partnerships with Field Visual teams to move the traction of the business forward.

  • Lead all pre-season work and kickoff brand level projects with the Retail Design Team to concept disruptive and innovative window and in-store presentations. This includes: Concepting of any localized marketing needs.

  • Work with the Store design and A+E teams to impact new store openings and any new fixture rollouts.

  • Lead the collaboration with Merchandising, Design in the pre-season process to create the seasonal assortment and develop Retail specific marketing strategies.

  • Oversee an annualized calendar for the retail teams.

  • Work with retail production on the building of annual budgets and in season forecasting work.

  • Develop and execute on an annual level of retail strategy with the Retail Brand Manager.

Who you are

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

  • Strong Conceptual and Innovation Management Skills; has good judgment about which creative ideas will work and how they will play out in the marketplace.

  • Proven track record of Building and Developing Highly Effective Individuals and Teams; high skill level in motivating, leading, and influencing others.

  • Strong Command and Presence Skills; has strong leadership skills and a point of view.

  • Highly Organized; able to effectively balance the creative and operational needs of the role.

  • Excellent Collaboration and Influencing Skills; able to communicate effectively through verbal and written communication with cross-functional partners at all levels.

  • Background in a fashion-related industry preferred; experience leading in brands in high-growth modes is a plus.

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.*
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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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