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Senior Director Fabric R&D

Company: Gap Inc
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description - Senior Director Fabric R&D (338572) Job Description Senior Director Fabric R&D - 338572 - Description We are seeking an individual to lead the Banana Republic Materials R&D function driving a material development strategy that fulfills our customer promise of Technical, Beautiful, Sustainable product. You will report into the SVP of Production and will interface with Design, Merchandising & Gap International Sourcing (GIS) communities as well as the external supplier community to drive innovative fabric development & responsive strategies that will drive the Banana Republic business.
The ideal candidate must possess strong strategic, technical and inspirational leadership qualities with a proven track record of driving material development strategies balancing aesthetic, quality, function, cost and responsive needs. This skill will be demonstrated by creating and delivering a fabric and trims value proposition and tiered pricing structure across our product offering. You will bring to life ideas from our cross-functional teams each season while also conducting season-less research to drive evolution of core fabrics while also identifying white space opportunities strategically.

  • Lead the Banana Republic Fabric & Trims R&D team translating our brand product strategy into clear, executable direction for GIS, vendors, suppliers and other outside research institutes
  • Create, engineer and source long-term design and technical requests with appropriate GIS partners, mills and other research institutes to offer creative solutions that meet the brand specific pricing architecture
  • Attend fabric shows as appropriate to gain perspective on new innovation and trends
  • Utilize technical expertise to realistically translate the design intent on fabric and yarn requests to meet raw material cost parameters and guidelines
  • Ensure that products meet our rigorous standards and outperform our customers' expectations (may require developing new testing methodology where it doesn't exist)
  • Create and maintain a fabric and trim resource library--
  • Attract, develop and retain technical talent
  • Develop high performing individual contributors and leaders of others Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred
    • 15+ years in textile industry working with fabrics
    • 4+ years of management experience preferred
    • Excellent technical knowledge of yarn knits and performance fabrications
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Ability to negotiate and build consensus across multiple functions
    • Working knowledge and understanding of end to end manufacturing
    • Proven ability to work closely and partner effectively with Designers and Production partners
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to regularly interface with and influence senior management
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel preferred
    • Ability to travel throughout U.S. and internationally as needed Primary Location US-CA-SAN FRANCISCO Full-time Banana Republic Headquarters - Product Design (Design) Gap Inc. participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Applicants in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and UT to review E-Verify and Right to Work postings click here 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.

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