Posted on: April 23, 2024 | Job#: R164352

VP Production

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


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About Banana Republic

Born from two California creatives fueled by their explorer spirits, Banana Republic has repositioned itself as a premium, experiential lifestyle brand for today’s modern world. ​​Designed for a life where anything is possible, we use the finest materials with the latest fabric innovations to create timeless, versatile clothing, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Through our home and art collections, we extend beyond apparel and are a part of our customers' lives at home.​​

We are creating memorable, immersive experiences online and in-store that build lasting relationships and solve our customers’ lifestyle needs.  ​​Our team is made up of passionate and curious storytellers who are pushing the boundaries to deliver consistent, quality product through an elevated customer experience.  Sound interesting? Join us as on the BR journey as we create what’s next.

About the Role

This role is responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of Banana Republic and Banana Republic Factory Store’s Production & Technical Design organization and its goals; delivering value through creating high performing/operating teams, effectively balancing innovation, quality, and costs that meet Banana Republic's long-term global brand vision.

To deliver the Production & Technical Design strategies, the VP will lead a team of production and technical design professionals and has Sr. Director, & Directors as direct reports.  The VP works closely with international brand leaders/partners in Design, Merchandising, Planning, GIS and Cross Channel Teams.  The VP works with these teams to execute Banana Republic's 3 Speed Product Pipeline process, build Monogram Sub-Brand, improve GM, Increase Inventory Optimization, Expand Licensing and Drive Additional GS&A efficiency-goals that the Apparel production & technical design teams can affect.

What You'll Do

  • Develop a quality-focused, cost effective, flexibly Production strategy that supports the various and unique aspects of the global cross channel and core Banana Republic business plans.  These strategies work to support the specific brand goals. 
  • Communicate the Product Pipeline vision, purpose and process to GIS offices, vendors, and mills to ensure strategy is supported by stakeholders. 
  • Lead and develop sourcing and capacity management strategies. Set in place plans to execute processes ensuring product availability for both seasonal and fast pipelines for all apparel product categories. 
  • Actively contribute to Banana Republic's global brand strategy and engage in cross-collaboration with key partners to deliver results. 
  • Establish and implement strategy that will better align the Tech Design teams to Banana Republic and Banana Republic Factory Store’s goals.
  • Lead the production and technical design teams to deliver costing plans, sourcing strategies, fit processes and product development needs to meet business partner/channel needs in Merchandising, Design each season. 
  • Work with cross-functional business partners to enforce vendor policies that minimize and bring resolution to potential financial liabilities. 
  • Ensure GIS and Vendors are aligned on best practices that support Banana Republic's cost management, product quality, and delivery requirements. 
  • Set and manage departmental budget needs that support SG&A 
  • Ensure successful implementation of the BR Product Pipeline process.  Continuously review and lead team progress to identify opportunities to increase speed to market, product execution, and efficiency. 
  • Research new sources of manufacturing and industry best practices to ensure continual process improvement and long-term vision. 
  • Provide framework and issue resolution process for teams in all areas of Production & Technical Design that support adoption ratios, sample ratios and seasonal outcomes of strategic vendor management processes. 
  • Own communication plan of cross functional updates relative to sourcing, production, fit processes, strategies and findings.
  • Establish and develop leadership capabilities for the Banana Republic's Production and Technical Design teams, delegating work effectively and ensuring a lean structural model is in place to increase speed and efficiency of work and optimize costs. 
  • Set the appropriate tone for the organization; effectively manage through periods of change with positive attitude despite ambiguity and uncertainty. 
  • Retain top talent, develop skills, and build knowledge within the organization to increase bench strength and future succession capability.  Where necessary, effectively recruit and onboard top talent (across functions,) aligned with organizational needs. 
  • Actively manage and measure organizational performance through quantitative and qualitative assessment, including monthly/quarterly department performance metrics, turnover and productivity targets, customer/employee surveys and industry benchmarking.

Who You Are

  • Knowledge of how apparel and non-apparel industry businesses, strategies and the competition operate in the marketplace.  Ability to use this knowledge to inform and influence strategies. 
  • Knowledge of Production trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity, production cycle timeline, fabric and garment construction. 
  • Apparel industry and apparel and fabric manufacturing economics and operations management (i.e., lead-times, transit times, garment and fabric construction and apparel manufacturing operations) 
  • Analytical and Computer skills and knowledge and ability to obtain information from systems. 
  • Ability to influence across multiple functions/areas/geographies. 
  • Effective problem solving and negotiation skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop & implement strategies according to plans, monitor progress, and make the necessary adjustments to achieve objectives. 
  • Anticipate and articulate future trends, and consequences and respond with competitive and creative business solutions. 
  • Maintain a goal perspective; be culturally sensitive and aware (adjust personal style to different cultures) 
  • Be aware of the impact and implications of decisions on other aspects of business. 
  • Negotiate skillfully and resolve conflict in tough situations; win concessions without damaging relationships. 
  • Create and maintain a positive environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals. 
  • Extensive experience in Production/Sourcing, Technical Design and Supply Chain experience in roles of increasing scope, complexity and leadership responsibility. 
  • Previous people management and leadership experience. 
  • Ability to travel internationally 30-50%.

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.*
  • 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. In 2022, we were recognized by Forbes as one of the World's Best Employers and one of the Best Employers for Diversity.

Salary Range: $255,300 - $351,100 USD
Employee pay will vary based on factors such as qualifications, experience, skill level, competencies and work location. We will meet minimum wage or minimum of the pay range (whichever is higher) based on city, county and state requirements.

US Candidates
Please note that effective, June 30, 2022, Gap Inc. will no longer require any of its employees to wear face masks or require proof of COVID vaccination, unless required by local or state/provincial mandates or as part of Gap Inc’s quarantine guidelines after being exposed to or testing positive for COVID. Therefore, please disregard any language in any job posting that refers to Gap Inc.’s face mask and proof of vaccination policy as said policy is no longer effective.


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