Manager, Category Strategy


The role is responsible to actively engage in the development of a robust and executable category strategy based on commodity and macro-economic drivers and trends. The role is also responsible for driving country of origin and vendor strategy to unlock speed, cost , innovation and flexibility. Additionally, the role will be responsible for development of strategic and analytical skill across the global Category team.


Category Mastery & LRPs:

  • Drive planning, alignment and execution of Gap Inc. Category Mastery initiatives
  • Drive translation and continuous refinement of Brand LRPs into Sourcing Strategy
  • Assessment of product strategy and critical business needs

COO Strategy:

  • Responsible for assessing Country of Origin strategy and identify opportunities for migrations
  • Build long term plans by key COOs
  • Develop new COOs to unlock speed, cost and flexibility
  • Asses supply chain configuration to unlock speed and responsiveness

Vendor Strategy:

  • Develop vendor selection and segmentation approach
  • Develop vendor capabilities to unlock cost, speed, innovation and flexibility
  • Build long term plans by key vendors
  • Plan and assess strategic investment / capabilities roadmaps
  • Support Gap Inc. sustainability initiatives (e.g. PACE, BCI, Water Savings)

Long Term Costing:

  • Develop short/long term costing strategy that leverage our scale and buying power to negotiate
  • Identify and Implement MOU opportunities
  • Develop duty free strategy
  • Manage RFPs , in collaboration with business partners, to establish and optimize vendor/mill base

Macro Factors Management:

  • Track commodity market and analyze macro factors
  • Build and manage macro factor inputs to establish LFL targets


  • Strategy and Consulting Experience - proven experience in the field of strategy or management consulting. Prior experience in Strategy consulting, retail and/or consumer products
  • Business Acumen - solid experience on supply chain knowledge
  • Educational Qualifications - Master's or Bachelor's degree in business administration, statistics, operation/supply-chain management, or related discipline
  • Planning & Organizing - proven experience in plan, prioritize and adapt to change while achieving and maintaining results for multiple projects
  • Collaboration - Proven ability to influence and make decisions cross-functionally in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial
  • Problem Solver & Drive Results - can proactively solve problems and effectively manage multiple challenges. can see a problem from multiple angles and provide viable, innovative options for resolution
  • Personal Leadership - demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across various stakeholders
  • Business Performance Improvement - proven track record of improvement based on fact-based analysis or benchmarking
  • Excellent Communicator - proven capability to communicate and present effectively in adaption to the audience needs
  • Analytical Skills - Possess strong data analytical skills and ability to identify trends
  • Resourcefulness - experience in managing dynamic projects that require the ability to flex as obstacles are presented

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