Posted on: May 4, 2021 | Job#: 356967

Vice President - Women's Design

Full-time | Two Folsom, San Francisco, CA, US 94105

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About Banana Republic

Banana Republic was founded with an explorer’s spirit and a desire to venture to new places, beyond the boundaries of the everyday. Our clothing is designed for a life with no boundaries.

We travel near and far in search of the finest materials and fabric innovations to infuse style with substance, because we believe that what you wear should open a world of possibilities. And the people that make up Banana Republic share the same qualities as our brand: curious, connected, undaunted by boundaries. Sound like you? Join us for the adventure of what’s next. 

About the role

The VP of Women’s Design will drive trend-right product strategy for Banana Republic. We’re seeking a visionary who will play an instrumental role in evolving our product aesthetic and architecting the future of Banana Republic.

They will lead a team of Sr. Directors and Designers to concept, design and develop compelling, brand enhancing seasonal product in service to the Banana Republic customer that fulfill short and long-term business objectives. The VP will ensure that product aesthetic and cost are consistent with target customer desire and brand handwriting. They will partner closely with Merchandising to ensure product meets customer need and with Production and Gap Inc. Sourcing/Vendors to deliver high quality, cost effective and aesthetically accurate samples. (e.g., right fit, right color, raw material).

What you'll do

  • Develop a high performing Design team; accountable for inspiring and leading a team to do their best work.

  • Ensures design organization is supported to create with the appropriate resources/ team.

  • Stays abreast of competitive landscape. Identifies and researches new product categories or businesses that will enable the Division to achieve its short and long-term strategic, market share and revenue goal

  • Accountable for financial performance of the Division. Adjusts product strategies to address in-season business performance and/or consumer insights.

  • Defines, champions and protects the brand aesthetic. Communicates a product vision and strategy for Division and customers. Leads concept process and approves seasonal product strategy and direction.

  • Leads a team of Sr. Directors/Directors and Designers (apparel, graphic and CAD) to create compelling, brand-enhancing product. Manages team to align seasonal collection across categories and ensure fashion, fashion key items, and apparel basics are consistent with the Banana Republic brand customer and aesthetic.

  • Approves seasonal collection to ensure that product matches key themes and messages. Approves color palette, graphic and print direction.

  • Provides product design and aesthetic expertise to merchandising and production in costing decisions.

  • Develops strong internal cross-functional teams with Merchandising, Production, Gap Inc. Sourcing (GIS), Visual Merchandising and Marketing.

  • Holds design team accountable for meeting development deadlines and ratios.

  • Sets, allocates and ensures effectiveness of departmental budget.

Who you are

  • Minimum 15 years of product design/development experience with a strong record of people management.

  • Extensive experience in apparel design and development.

  • Experience managing large cross-category and cross-functional Design teams.

  • Possess an elevated sense of style and an innate love of fashion. Understand how to translate trends through the lens of the customer and brand filter.

  • A great eye for color and an understanding of the possibilities of fabric and construction. Ability to look for new and innovative ways to use color, fabric, and details in design.

  • Strong presentation and influencing skill and the ability to create and make presentations in a variety of settings and styles.

  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills demonstrated by the ability to communicate a vision and inspire and motivate others to action.

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Benefits at Banana Republic

  • 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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