Senior Director - Buying

Gap   •  

New York, NY

11 - 15 years

Posted 234 days ago

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In 1969, Don and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco. They wanted to make it easier to find a great pair of jeans, and they did. Their denim and records store was a hit, and today we’re the world’s most iconic American brand. We’re represented in more than 1400 stores in over 40 countries, and online. Our unique aesthetic is optimistic cool, elevated American style. We believe in staying true to our heritage while creating what’s next.Don and Doris Fisher always wanted to “do more than sell clothes,” and today we’re leaders in employee volunteering and social impact.If you're full of ideas, if you want to work with phenomenal people, and if you think we should leave the world better than we found it, we'd love to meet you.Gap Greater China is the primary growth market for Gap Inc., covering all channels of business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Our first stores opened in 2010, with two in Shanghai, and two in Beijing, and we grew our online presence concurrently, launching and Tmall sites. Gap reached 100 stores faster than its competitors and is on pace to deliver its first profitable year well in advance of the competition. Gap is represented in China by Gap Specialty, Gap Outlet and Old Navy brands.

The Sr.Director of Buying, Greater China will be a key member of the Greater China IM Leadership Team driving fully integrated assortment and investment strategies linked to financial Top Down Merchandise Financial Plans

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:- Lead team of buyers to deliver fully integrated investments at style / cc level tied to Top Down Merchandise Financial Plans for both Gap Specialty (full-price) and Gap Outlet- Develop team of buyers to be completely connected and accountable to the Greater China Gap business and relentlessly focused on delivering what the customer needs-  Represent Greater China in Gap Global Operating Model discussions in NYC prior to Line Creation linked to the in-market briefs from the Director of China Merchandising, based in Shanghai-  Deliver against the Greater China P&L across all metrics (sales, margin, inventory turns, and EBIT)-  Represent the buying point of view during all hindsight and mid-sight meetings and align submission timing of China product requests with the Gap Global Market Insights & Product Strategy teams-  Lead the Investment Review meeting cross functionally with the Shanghai team- Be the China lead in all Product 3.0 & Gap Operating Model evolutions including team integrations, system launches and training, and process mapping-  Develop intimate and real knowledge of the Greater China market through fully realized market visits (quarterly)-  Drive the bottoms up process for Greater China -  Drive the monthly open-to-buy process for Greater China- Partner Closely with the Sr. Director of Inventory Management for China to align pre-season and in-season activities and responses to current business trends

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:(Knowledge, Skills & Abilities that are required)Financial acumen & strong open to buy principles-  Superior leader, trainer, developer of teams, role model & talent championStrategic visioning / connecting complex business needs-  Detailed oriented with ability to zoom out to key strategic themes-  Ability to communicate with senior leaders across the organization-  Relentlessly commercial-  Professionally driven-  Comfortable with ambiguity and filling “white space”-  A “self-starter and “self-teacher” / ability to anticipate problems and resolve quickly before escalating-  Comfortable and leading in a matrix reporting structure-  Comfortable reporting to a remote manager-  Energized by owning part of E2E process (not entire process)-  Systems savvy

SUCCESS AT GAP GREATER CHINA REQUIRES:- Results orientation - Resilience  - An ability to take risks and learn - A collaborative style and enjoyment in working with a results-driven, cross-functional team- Integrity and alignment with company values- Confidence and perseverance- The ability to influence peers and senior leaders- The ability to work effectively in a fast paced, ever-changing environment

Minimum Experience: Minimum 10+ years inventory management experience 7+ years people management experienceBA/BS required. MBA a plus.

Physical Requirements: Ability totravelinternationally


  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% off at Athleta.
  • 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.*
  • Employees receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • Employees can apply for tuition reimbursement.*
  • Family care programs.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Pet Discount Program.

*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. In 2016, Gap Inc. was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the thirteenth consecutive year and was the sole winner of the Catalyst award for equality in the workplace in 2016.

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