Director - New Ventures & Innovation - Strategy
About Old Navy
Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you're choosing a different path. From day one, we've been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season.
We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we're family.
About the role
Reporting to VP of Strategy, Innovation, and Operations, the Director of New Growth and Innovation is responsible for working closely with cross functional leadership (across Old Navy) to identify opportunities for and deliver early results on new areas of growth and innovation for the company.
What you'll do
- Drive the development of Old Navy's new growth and innovation roadmap
- Partner with the rest of the strategy team to align overall company strategy to new growth opportunities
- Map and iterate on a range of possibilities, from near-in to more revolutionary
- Lead explorations into new solutions, including:
- Behavioral prototyping of possible customer experiences
- Discovery-driven planning to identify key assumptions to test
- Learning extraction from prototype explorations to drive business decisions on scale / growth
- Partner with business owners to design and launch new ventures
- Ensure a seamless evolution from concept to prototype to pilot
- Support the organization in understanding how to make steps into new areas
- High level of entrepreneurial expertise and ability to work fast within a large organization
- Demonstrated track record as an outstanding problem-solver and strategic thinker
- Able to quickly identify key issues and develop hypotheses
- Able to work in and bring structure to ambiguous environments
- Able to synthesize disperse information into effective strategies and innovative insights, translating complex ideas into simple, actionable recommendations
- Very strong written and oral communicator with proven ability to communicate with senior executives
- Excellent interpersonal and people leadership skills
- Able to collaborate effectively using broad range of influence styles to drive desired results; works well with others and is considered a true team player
- Proven experience in leading teams (that might include senior leaders) including providing direction, understanding resource capability and successfully driving results working with internal or external resources
- Strong executive presence and command skills
- Able to identify barriers to successful implementation and capable of working with teams/leaders to mitigate barriers
- Approaches conflicts as opportunities; understands others quickly; can find common ground without comprising total position
- Very strong project and process management skills, including ability to independently disaggregate problems into defined workplans
- Able to effectively juggle multiple projects at one time
- Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and to manage cross-functional business partners who are not direct line reports
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; MBA preferred
- 10+ years of professional work experience
- Experience managing innovation in large organizations
- Experience launching new products / services, e.g., as an intra- or entrepreneur
- 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 for all employees.
- 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.
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
- See more of the benefits we offer.
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