Posted on: January 27, 2023 | Job#: R95011

Design Director

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


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About Gap Inc.

Our brands bridge the gaps we see in the world. Old Navy democratizes style to ensure everyone has access to quality fashion at every price point. Athleta unleashes the potential of every woman, regardless of body size, age or ethnicity. Banana Republic believes in sustainable luxury for all. And Gap inspires the world to bring individuality to modern, responsibly made essentials.     

This simple idea—that we all deserve to belong, and on our own terms—is core to who we are as a company and how we make decisions. Our team is made up of thousands of people across the globe who take risks, think big, and do good for our customers, communities, and the planet. Ready to  learn fast, create with audacity and lead boldly? Join our team.

About the Role

Gap Inc’s Strategic Growth Office (“SGO”) is at the forefront of driving our next chapter of growth. Gap Inc. established the SGO to focus on long-term growth and new growth opportunities across its purpose-led billion-dollar brands and beyond its core businesses. Part of this growth will be fueled by GPS Apparel by Gap Inc. You will have the opportunity to be part of the founding team for GPS Apparel and build and grow our uniform channel. As the Design Director, you will be responsible for leading the creative vision for GPS Apparel, inclusive of various enterprise accounts. In this role, you will work in an energizing, inclusive, and creative environment focused on concepting and creating product that delivers on the needs for various customers. Your goal is to partner with cross functional team members who collectively are responsible for ensuring that the product style, fit, and quality deliver on the specific needs of the businesses we partner with. As a critical member of the GPS Apparel Leadership Team, you will manage and direct a creative design team that is responsible for setting the overall design direction for the product line. Must lead with curiosity for problem solving and an own it, do it, done attitude!

What You'll Do

  • Lead team through all aspects of the product design process, providing creative direction, coaching, and developing a motivated, high performing team.
  • Research competitive market in order to identify new seasonal trends, silhouettes, fabrics, techniques, product categories and competitive inspiration.
  • Develop overall design vision and concept for GPS Apparel, advocating and presenting strategies to internal leadership, cross functional partners, and external B2B accounts.
  • Develop strong internal cross functional relationships with Merchandising, Production, Technical Design, Gap Inc Sourcing (GIS), to ensure product concept to execution is a seamless experience for our business partners
  • Tech pack/BOM creation and communication including fit intent while partnering with cross functional leaders to enable execution, quality, and desired costs are achieved.
  • Responsible for planning, budget, and end results; set policies and strategic direction for design team.
  • Active in-person and virtual participation with customer(s) including concept presentations, customer engagement events, employee interaction etc.

Who You Are

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative environment, with the ability to juggle multiple seasons at one time and track development deadlines
  • Ability to lead, influence and develop a high performing team.
  • Possess an elevated sense of style, aesthetic, and color and understand how to translate trends through the lens of the customer and brand filter
  • Strong computer knowledge including Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel
  • Able to filter, prioritize, analyze, and validate potentially complex in-depth understanding of concepts and procedures throughout the product creation process related to garment construction, hand sketching, and fabric, and understanding of procedures and concepts in other areas, such as merchandising, product development, mills and vendors.

Benefits at Gap Inc.

  • 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: $161,000 - $213,400 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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