Design Director - Studio

Since the beginning, we've been inspired by everything women and girls are capable of, whether they're serious athletes or just getting into fitness. We create versatile premium performance apparel designed for a life in motion. Challenge fuels us and we are always reaching for the amazing.

We're looking for people who find inspiration in the same things we do: the limitless potential of women and girls everywhere. If you share our passion for a healthy, active lifestyle, personal growth, innovative product and creating rewarding experiences - join our community. Athleta is a certified B Corp - put simply we put people and planet right up there with profit and we're committed to using business as a force for good.

Alone we are strong, united we thrive. Together, we create the Power of She.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Sets overall direction in the conceptual development of product lines.
  • Consistently seeks out Global Innovation.
  • Fully responsible for managing staff in all aspects of entire product design process to include market research, mood board creation, designing, sketching, specing and fit.
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates staff.
  • Responsible for managing and providing creative direction to design staff.
  • In conjunction with Product Development management, responsible for visualizing and determining strategic direction of business; accountable for process improvement, growing business and seeking opportunities to positively affect division/company.
  • Fully responsible for ensuring that product is consistent with market trends as well as business strategy; interprets international/domestic concepts and fashion trends as it relates to market demands, company image and business strategy.
  • Oversees selection of fabric and trim.
  • Fully responsible for identifying and executing opportunities for process improvement through immediate staff members.
  • Provides overall recommendations and sets tone regarding style and fit of product(s) during presentation.
  • Ensures consistency of look between differing businesses (e.g., adult/kid, accessory/apparel

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • In-depth knowledge of design techniques and processes.
  • Excellent leadership/management skills.
  • Ability to set overall creative tone and lead creative design process.
  • Excellent sense of style and color.
  • Proven excellent presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to deal with managerial issues (ie career development, performance management).
  • College degree in Fashion Design or related field.
  • Minimum of ten years design experience including 4 years of managerial experience.
  • Ability to use personal computer.
  • Frequent travel is required.

KEY BENEFITS:
  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • 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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