Senior Manager, Design Engineering, Gap Inc.


The Senior Manager in Design Engineering is an industry professional with working knowledge and practical experience with fixture design and manufacturing; hardware and equipment selection and specifications; and raw and finish material detailing and specification. This position works with key vendors, manufacturers, industrial designers and code consultants to develop shop drawing, prototype, and roll-out OFI and VM components; ensures key product knowledge, documentation and decisions remain within Gap Inc.; identifies and initiates opportunities to better balance aesthetics/cost/functionality; identifies, researches, and documents opportunities to consolidate components across Gap Inc.; identifies savings opportunities and trade-offs.


  • Innovation Cultivator
  • Drives for Results
  • Collaboration and Influencing
  • Resourcefulness


The Senior Manager of Design Engineering works closely with Global Creative, Store Standards, Architecture, Procurement, Sourcing, and Construction teams.The Design Engineering team is a critical Store Development function that creates and transforms ideas and concepts into solid, buildable, scalable components for each of Gap Inc.'s 5 brands and sub-concepts.


  • Partner with Creative team in the development, documentation and roll-out of new fixture concepts and store elements
  • Develop vendor/manufacturing technical specifications and shop drawings: prototypical plans, elevations, details, finishes, materials, equipment and specifications
  • Partner with Strategic Sourcing to research and document supply chain, material availability/suitability, manufacturing methods; develop options and trade-offs to ensure designs and fabrication requirements are commercially effective, and asses RFP
  • Partner with Store Standards team and Visual Merchandising teams to document sourced items in project templates and manage fixture capacities and flexibilities
  • Identify and research jurisdictional, national, and industry codes/requirements relative to manufactured items
  • Identify and research Gap Inc. risk management, compliance, and operating standards and inform/create policy as required
  • Collaborate with Store Standards and Procurement teams to manage enterprise content: specifications, shop drawings, materials, cut-sheets etc
  • Identifies total-cost-of-ownership for key elements, items, finishes and components and identifies trade-offs and opportunities to balance first cost with on-going investment/maintenance requirements
  • Identifies consolidation and leverage opportunities across Gap Inc. kit of parts to reduce costs; prepares presentations and participates in updates and reporting with Brand and Corporate executives; manages year over year cost savings information
  • Work closely with Construction team and General Contractors to assess and document on-site assembly techniques, installation needs, attachment details, sequencing etc. to enable efficient, high quality project construction




Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Ability to provide constructive feedback
  • Self-starter, collaborative, able to translate technical information to lay audiences
  • High proficiency in Excel and Microsoft office application, CAD, BIM and architectural tools
  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritize with attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative analysis, critical thinking skills and problem solving skills

Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and/or applicable field; professional degree preferred

Minimum experience:

  • 6+ years industrial engineering, architecture, engineering, fixture manufacturing
  • Experience in retail manufacturing and sourcing

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