Our brands bridge the gaps we see in the world. Old Navy democratizes style to ensure everyone has access to quality fashion at every price point. Athleta unleashes the potential of every woman, regardless of body size, age or ethnicity. Banana Republic believes in sustainable luxury for all. And Gap inspires the world to bring individuality to modern, responsibly made essentials.
This simple idea—that we all deserve to belong, and on our own terms—is core to who we are as a company and how we make decisions. Our teamis made up of thousands of people across the globe who take risks, think big, and do good for our customers, communities, and the planet. Ready to learn fast, create with audacity and lead boldly? Join our team.
About the Role
The Sr. Director, Concept & Color is responsible for shaping, developing, and implementing the creative direction of Athleta's world class beautiful, technical and sustainable performance apparel. This role straddles the strategic and creative worlds by bringing the future to the creative teams with intense collaboration across functions of Design, R&D and AFI.
This position sets the semester creative vision annually, through physical, visual and digital presentations, driving innovation, trend, and concept through the unique brand voice of Athleta. As part of this work, you will create the continuous color, concept and surface/print impressions of the brand, in color palettes and artworks unique to Athleta's brand handwriting and aspirational to our customer.
This position will lead a team of concept, color + print designers and colour developers - and will be a critical part of the design leadership team.
This position will work closely with the design leadership team, the Head of Design, the Head of Product and key Marketing leads.
What You'll Do
Build an overarching approach to brand design concept and color strategy and evangelize this approach throughout the organization in various settings, partnering with key senior leaders to create alignment, attain resources and set prioritization
Visualize, determine, and lead strategic direction of business; accountable for process improvement, growing business and seeking opportunities to positively affect and elevate the brand
Work upfront with AFI and Marketing teams to create compelling concepts and narratives that translate to product stories and inform product creation
Ensure product stories and concepts are consistent with macro social and market trends , customer insights as well as business strategy; set the tone regarding style , silhouette and fit of product and providing recommendations based on market demands and brand image.
Fully responsible for providing creative direction and managing staff in all aspects of concept process
Influences and guides selection of fabric and trim including LLT jacquard, seamless artworks
Collaboratively set the seasonal inspiration travel and activities for the Concept and Design orgs
Define tailored program management and creative processes for project initiation, concept and color development and approval
Effectively delegate work while monitoring team bandwidth, finding synergies where possible and collaborating and inspiring teamwork
Oversee development, training and mentoring of team
Manage budgets of Freelancers, contractors and various trend or print vendors
Be a key champion of the Athleta design team, vision and aesthetic in Inc sister brand QTRLY concept workshops
Who You Are
15+ years of experience as management lead, including people management, and design experience
Executive poise and strong ability to communicate and obtain executive buy-in
Strong analytical, strategic thinking and communication skills - have the ability to synthesize, develop and present clear and concise recommendations
Highly creative and influential, able to set overall creative tone and lead creative design, surface and color process
Experience in analytical and strategic brand positioning work, including design filters and customer profiling
Experience in recruiting, hiring, managing, developing and motivating large teams of talented and diverse professionals
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, being able to juggle multiple seasons at one time
Strong sense of style/outfitting color with a considered aesthetic and eye toward detail
Strong knowledge of fabric & apparel dyeing methods
Confident presentation skills, capable of influencing an audience
Well-crafted communication and organizational skills; strong detail orientation, project management and prioritization skills
Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop + InDesign, Microsoft applications, and other CAD/Textile Design software; 3D software knowledge an advantage
Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally as needed
Benefits at Gap Inc.
Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet 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.*
Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we've been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.