Costing Manager

General Summary:
Support in setting strategic direction for costing to ensure the simplifying the costing process & getting costing transparency with supplier. He/She performs work and supports the Senior Manager / Director with the clear objective of setting up transparent costing with vendor & support in costing negotiations process.

Principle responsibilities:

  • Simplifying the whole costing process & establishing transparent costing with suppliers
  • Support in setting up business allocation decision based on product family
  • Improve the AUC margin expectations through key levers product strategy, man machine ratio, factory efficiency, labor cost and material optimization with the aim to deliver product value to the consumer
  • Support in setting up costing frameworks, standards and tools that enable transparent, fact based costing with suppliers
  • Explore & develop training materials for both Gap internal staffs & external vendors/factories
  • Establish an appropriate governance for cost validation through factory auditing, material ordering tracking, benchmarking process
  • Support in maintaining best manufacturing benchmarking processes Library across all product Category
  • Supporting in creating factory level/country level cost competitive matrix
  • Explore & develop new training tools and training materials for both Gap internal staffs & external vendors/factories
  • Supports and tracks key factory productivity metrics including SMV and Y/Y values
  • Benchmarks best practice manufacturing methods globally


  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing within the apparel/non-apparel industry
  • Thorough understanding of Gap Inc. CoBC protocols
  • Basic knowledge of LEAN, 6 Sigma principles, Quality, Sustainability, Manufacturing processes, PMTS, CAD)
  • Strong knowledge of product cost drivers(i.e. Macro factors which influence the business decisions)
  • Solid industry knowledge including market trends for new vendor sourcing and development
  • Ability to create reports, provide analysis and recommendations to improve productivity & efficiency
  • Communication skills- both written and verbal - in English and local language
  • Strong negotiations skill, risk management and trouble shooting skills; works proactively
  • Ability to influence all levels of internal; & external supplier management
  • Supervision, training and staff learning development skills
  • Planning, scheduling and reporting strengths


  • University graduate or degree in Industrial Engineering or Textile or Garment (Industry related) or equivalent work experience
  • 8-10 years business experience with 3 years in management role cost negotiations
  • Staff management and supervising experience across broad geographical area

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