Senior Manager, Third Party & Licensing
OVERVIEW The 3rd party and Licensing team is a sourcing organization within Gap Inc. that handles strategy, sourcing and production management for the products within Gap Inc. that are bought from a third party, private label and/or Licensing vendor. The team supports a variety of product categories from private label shoes, to licensed apparel, to beauty/personal care and more. Our team provides end to end support -market intelligence, benchmarking support, negotiating contracts, sourcing & onboarding of new vendors, product development, cost negotiations, delivery tracking and complete production management. The Senior Manager of 3PL will support the Old Navy brand needs by working closely with cross functional team, vendors and lead a team to bring price right, great quality product to market on time season on season. ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP Works with brand strategy to create sourcing models relevant to support business needs Provides market intelligence for appropriate sub categories Leads a team to develop, implement, and execute a product development strategy that maintains brand aesthetic and product quality, while maximizing cost efficiencies. Engages and establishes critical partnerships with the Old Navy Leadership teams to collaborate, influence and drive sourcing strategy Builds relationships and influences cross-functional business partners. Accountable for driving career development of direct reports KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Develop sourcing strategies in support of long range plans for Old Navy and Licensing & Third Party Provide key insights by leveraging analysis and experience to identify and prioritize new sourcing opportunities and supplier partner relationship structures Leverage technical knowledge to troubleshoot and resolve issues that are unique in nature and may require a novel approach. Regularly leverages industry experts, associations, peers and stakeholders to identify and benchmark best practices for category strategies Build effective strategic relationships and successfully partners across varied functions with internal stakeholders across Gap Inc., external suppliers, agencies and colleagues to drive results and influence change Leverages strong influencing skills to define strategic sourcing role and align project objectives and targets with GIS and Brand Leadership Understand divisional and cross-functional goals and work with team to develop supporting strategies. Drive responsive strategies by working cross-functionally to identify fabrics for rapid response and test and respond. Develop leadership, sourcing capability and category expertise for the team. Supports team in the development of strategies for implementation and change management Leads and conducts, as needed, high visibility and complex competitive negotiation processes Do you have Beauty Category experience in: Supporting the development of color cosmetics collections from start to finish, including vendor management, cost negotiations, product quality reviews, timeline management and creative problem solving Managing product placement & communication between multiple vendor partners and high sku counts Assessing product samples and levels of product quality particularly for color cosmetics In-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process and product lead-times Staying on top of product trends and competitive landscape Actively participating in trend and innovation conversations in seasonal brainstorm meetings with cross functional team
Global Product Development significant experience in driving global product development and understands design, merchandising, and vendor/category management
Problem Solver- can proactively solve problems and effectively manage multiple challenges.
Global Business Acumen- experience executing on multi-year operational goals, incorporating knowledge of production trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity, production cycle timeline, fabric and garment construction.
Team Leadership- has successfully led cross-category teams
Collaboration- Proven ability influencing and making decisions cross-functionally in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial.
Personal Leadership- demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across a leadership team.
Change Leadership- experience leading with and without authority to influence others and drive decision-making
Talent Builder- proven track record of assessing, attracting, developing best-in-industry teams.
Do you have what it takes?
Minimum 2-3 years of experience working in Beauty, specifically Color Cosmetics but Fine Fragrance, Body Care, Skincare and Cosmetics Accessories experience also would be a plus.
Understanding of the product development life cycle, including timeline management, production complexities and component needs. A passion for Beauty a plus!
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