Gap Inc. Division Merchandise Manager, Woven in Hong Kong
Division Merchandise Manager, Woven
JOB#: 9597784 DATE POSTED:Jul. 13, 2017
Division Merchandise Manager, Woven
The Divisional Merchandising Manager of Product Development VM will be responsible and accountable for monitoring the entire product development pipeline from development through to order placement by driving product excellence in the delivery, quality, cost and service level agreement required of external and internal customers. S/he will also be responsible for product innovation and proposing cost saving opportunities that are aligned with sourcing and vendor strategies cascaded by Category Sourcing team. S/he will also be responsible for bringing in new vendors to support the delivery of our business strategy and growth plan.
Builds effective strategic relationships with business partners and successfully leverages these relationships across varied functions with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, agencies and colleagues to drive the results for the assigned portfolio of the specific RDC.
Partner with design team on developing the assortment including inspiration shopping trips, vendor visits and sample approval.
Manage garment and product development processes in a timely manner
Manage development sampling and initial costs
Ensure product execution meets the design aesthetic as well as commercially acceptable quality standards
Escalation of any quality issues to the Category Sourcing team
Work with vendors/tech team to ensure VDA for labdips and ensure VDA for fits/sampling changes
Manage vendor relationship and new vendor on-boarding training
Manages vendor loading in capacity process
Monitoring vendor performance and Cost negotiation with vendors
Holds vendors accountable to performance agreements and determines when course corrections are necessary and aligns with Director and Category Lead on final decision.
Mediates between key vendors and Global Compliance team to ensure vendor compliance at all times to Gap vendor code of conduct
Manages and facilitate major claim settlement between customers and suppliers
Leverages analysis and experience to identify and prioritize new sourcing opportunities and creates resource plans to achieve goals and targets for department within global Category
Executes the continuous improvement process for programs identified within his/her purview
Responsible for developing the leadership and coaching skills of direct reports. Acts as a role model for
Leads performance management from goal setting and development planning, through mid- and year-end performance reviews. Helps prioritize workload.
Manages, trains & and coaches the team to be customer-focused, innovative, fast and team-oriented in their work
Responsible for capability development, employee engagement and Succession planning within his/her team of product development & Vendor Development.
Partners with category/department leaders to identify needs and plan development and skill building for sourcing talent
Shares best in practices and key learning’s across functions, channels and geographies
Bachelor's degree in textile, merchandising, business administration, supply chain management, or related discipline; MBA or advanced degree preferred
Minimum of 12 years work experience in merchandise sourcing, development and production with at least 2 years in leading a team
Experience in sample development/production follow up and with direct factory production exposure
Familiar in construction and testing requirement
Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact product development
Strong eye for product, understanding of target customer and knowledge of product trends
Demonstrated ability to deal head-on with issues and challenging situations
Ability to assess talent and manage, motivate and develop international/regional direct reports
Ability to influence peers and business partners to achieve business results
Ability to learn and become a subject matter expert quickly
Ability to plan and successfully lead complex negotiations
Ability to plan, prioritize and adapt to change while achieving and maintaining results for multiple projects
Ability to effectively manage and plan resources to achieve goals and support unplanned work
Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities; can see a problem from multiple angles and provide viable, innovative options for resolution
Be strategically agile. Have the ability to think on a broad and granular level.
Excellent written and spoken English communication & presentation skills
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