Buying Manager- Boys- Gap Online US

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.

OVERVIEW
• Develop and manage the execution of end to end sales, gross margin and inventory strategies to hit Department or Division sales plans.
• Create a comprehensive seasonal framework that aligns product strategies with financial goals.
• Drive partnership and collaboration with Global Merchandising team to ensure the seasonal, global assortment meets the Gap Online customer and business needs.
• Partner with Site Merchandising team to influence marketing needs and site merchandising decisions that drive customer engagement and deliver financial results.
• Balance and prioritize workload for team.
• Manage teams supporting end-to-end buying of multiple Departments.
• Accountable for the skill development and career growth of direct reports/team.

PRE-SEASON FINANCIAL PLANNING
• Manage the financial success of one or more Departments or a Division by meeting sales, gross margin, and inventory productivity goals.
• Build pre-season Class, Department and Division financial targets that align with the Division's seasonal product strategy and include sales, gross margin and inventory.
• Develop and communicate seasonal Department or Divisional product strategies that align with financial goals of the season.
• Create and execute sizing strategies that support Department or Divisional objectives.
• Manage the assessment of sales and inventory plans from investment through in-season management, including ongoing assortment updates and inventory changes in PETE and ACT.

IN-SEASON MANAGEMENT
• Measure and communicate financial results, forecasts, and action plans to Sr Manager or Director and cross-functional team on a weekly basis.
• Partner with cross-functional team members to develop and communicate tactical plans to achieve business timelines and deliverables.
• Manage the assessment of sales and inventory plans from investment through in-season management, including ongoing assortment updates and inventory changes in PETE and ACT.
• Develop and manage Basics sales and inventory forecasts to maximize sales opportunity while driving optimal inventory service levels and profitability.
• Develop pricing recommendations and strategies in alignment with total business financial plans.
• Assist in/own the forecast of in-season sales and inventory trends through the monthly OTB process. Develop product and financial strategies to maximize opportunities and mitigate risk.
• Recap departmental or divisional seasonal hindsight learnings (product and financial) and strategically identify opportunities for pre-line.
• Oversee receipt reconciliation process

BUSINESS PROCESS
• Balance team workload across pre-season and in-season, product and financial milestones and deliverables.
• Proficiency in enterprise applications (Venus, NOVA, etc.) as well as GOL specific tools (cube platform).
• Participate in strategic projects, including process and operating improvements.

PRODUCT
• Assist in the development of seasonal product strategies and Department/Divisional Long Range Plans.
• Perform daily activities that support the merchandising strategies and merchandise pipeline. Ensure timely workflow on all deliverables defined by the Global product pipeline and seasonal check lists.
• Communicate assortment and receipt changes to all cross functional partners.
• Communicate assortment and receipt changes to Production through Style tracker and Change log.
• Deliver on online exclusive business strategies including product recapping, needs analysis and presentation on site.

SITE
• Share seasonal category strategies with Site Merchant team to enable the development and execution of site and sort strategies.
• Partner with Site Merchant team to ensure site experience is connected to Marketing, Promo and Buying actions.

PEOPLE
• Manage team of Buyers, Assistant Buyers, and Inventory Specialists. Provide leadership by creating a collaborative, innovative, and results-oriented environment.
• Balance workload priorities across departments and division to ensure successful execution.
• Communicate timelines, standards and performance expectations to direct reports in a timely manner.
• Accountable for career development and skill development of teams to ensure job satisfaction, retention, and future talent development.
• Recognize & reward performance.
• Develop bench-strength and a talent pipeline through active participation in recruiting and succession planning.
• Support employees in development goals and provide them with the appropriate tools, training and feedback for their professional development.
• Actively solicit ideas and listen to all members of the cross-functional team to ensure that innovative ideas are surfaced and acted upon, and that the team feels ownership in the business.
• Provide manager with timely feedback on personal developmental and training goals.

PEOPLE - Buyer
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with cross functional business partners.
• Communicate timelines, standards and performance expectations to direct reports in a timely manner. Help direct report balance workload priorities to ensure successful execution.
• Accountable for career development and skill development of direct report to ensure job satisfaction, retention, and future talent development.
• Recognize & reward performance.
• Provide manager and planner with timely feedback on personal developmental and training goals

SKILLS NEEDED
• Customer and product centric. Ability to adapt work to meet the needs of the customer.
• Financial Acumen: The ability to use financial metrics to measure the performance of the business. Understand how financial levers impact results.
• Drive Business Results: The ability to read and react to business results, understanding how decisions impact those results.
• Systems & Tools Acumen: The ability to quickly develop tool and system proficiency.
• Ability to formulate short term tactical plans that are effective, efficient and support business and product strategies.
• Ability to effectively sell a point of view to both peers and upper management.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the target customer and of product trends.
• Ability to skillfully analyze an ambiguous problem, use rigorous logic to formulate a rational for the decisions and take action leveraging cross-functional resources.
• Priority Setting: Define highest priority work in partners
• Demonstrate smart risk taking.
• Accurately assess employee strengths and development needs.
• Be open-minded to and receptive of other's opinions.
• Adapt well to diverse audiences and environments.
• Demonstrate the organizational agility to facilitate multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.

KEY BENEFITS:

  • 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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