Posted on: May 5, 2021 | Job#: 358131

Senior Manager, Trims

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 position is responsible for driving the research, gathering and development of trims for performance and technical apparel. This role will collaborate with the design team to research, develop, and source trims that are appropriate for price, end use, physical properties, and aesthetic to the brand. All while staying abreast of trim trends and technological developments as they relate to performance and technical apparel.

• Work seasonally with Design to develop specific trims based on concepts

• Source and develop trims directly with the suppliers in adherence to the sourcing strategy

• Work to ensure consistent quality, design integrity, target price and functionality

• Monitor and provide updates on seasonal Trim Developments; this will include updating development status, price, lead-times, minimums, specifications to Design/Production and GIS teams

• Negotiate trim costing to meet cost targets

• Communicate Gap Inc. performance specifications and testing requirements to suppliers during the development process to ensure that they are targeting the required test results during the process

• Review trims prior to approval to ensure that they meet design and functional requirements as well as Gap Inc. specifications and quality standards

• Define, drive and execute a seasonal trim strategy; SWOT analysis bi-annually

• Develop trim T&A that meets seasonal pipeline deliverables

• Develop and maintain a trim sourcing library

• Strong understanding of Sustainable practices and opportunities in trims

• Anticipate problems, offer solutions, develop strategies and address issues within the product process

Who you are

College degree in apparel/textiles, manufacturing, or related experience

• 5+ years experience in materials, product development or related field or a combination of equivalent education and related experience

• Proficient in industry performance testing standards and protocols

• Lab testing experience is a plus

• Working knowledge of garment and material manufacturing processes

• Attention to detail, active follow-through, assertiveness, self motivation and ability to work in a team environment

• Ability to effectively manage competing projects/problems under work and time pressure

• Excellent verbal and written communication

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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.*
  • 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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