Manager, Fabric Research & Development

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The Manager of Fabric leverages consumer insights, mill strategies, and key trends to drive fabric development, innovation, costing and positioning. He/She will support a 'Fabric First' mentality and strategy throughout the product-to-market process. He/She also provides direction and thought partnership to their team in NY as well as their Mill Management and Fabric Engineering peers in Asia based on cross-functional strategies
Analyze fabric needs across the brand and communicate recommendations to Design and cross functional partners for leveraging qualities across divisions.
Partner with Product Development and Merchandising to insure that fabrics are within the V/G/B/B pricing architecture.
Identify fabrics that need to be cost engineered and communicate with the Mill management team.
Demonstrate a sound understanding of design, merchandising, and product development priorities.
Support fabric process discipline throughout product-to-market calendar to ensure alignment at each key milestone from Mill Week to Fabric Alignment and Sampling.
Support the utilization of brand fabric liabilities to Design and Merchandising seasonally.
Maintain a fabric and wash resource library to support seasonal inspiration as well as archive Gap Brand production fabrics.
Track Fabric development KPIs and brand discipline on number of seasonal developments.
Track fabric testing report and risk assessment tool to level set expectations across functional areas.
Support fabric pricing guidelines for line plan.
Fabric Expertise - experience with fabric constructions, dye techniques, finishes, and garment construction and manufacturing/sourcing processes.
Problem Solver - can proactively solve problems and effectively manage multiple challenges.
Team Leadership - has successfully led a team (direct and dotted line reporting relationships).
Collaboration- proven ability to influence and to make decisions across geographies in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial.
Personal Leadership - demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across a leadership team.
Detail Oriented- proven history of attention to detail with strong follow through.
Change Management - experience leading with and without authority to influence others and drive decision-making.
Learning Agility - demonstrated curiosity, motivated to learn new skills and knowledge.


  • 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

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