Posted on: 30 January 2020 | Job#: 314821

Senior Director, Finance

Full-time | GB


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About Gap

Our past is full of iconic moments — but our future is going to spark many more. Our brands — Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, INTERMIX and Hill City — have dressed people from all walks of life and all kinds of families, all over the world, for every occasion for more than 50 years.

But we’re more than the clothes that we make. We know that business can and should be a force for good, and it’s why we work hard to make product that makes people feel good, inside and out. It’s why we’re committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. If you're one of the super-talented who thrive on change, aren't afraid to take risks and love to make a difference, come grow with us. 

About the role

This role leads Commercial Finance and FP&A for Gap Speciality & Outlet business in Europe (UK, Ireland, France & Italy), and reports into the VP of Global Gap Finance. The role is responsible for leading and executing financial strategies, which will deliver improved profitability for the European business. The role requires influencing across all business functions as part of the European Leadership team to ensure business plans optimise sales, margin and profit.

What you'll do

  • Leads and develops a team of 6, with focus on delivering high level of ethical standards, continuous improvement mindset, commitment and customer service. Engages and motivates through varying business climates.


  • P&L management for the Europe business, including coordination of sales and margin budget and forecast with the Company Planning team, direct expense control and accountability, planning processes, and longer-term strategic profitability improvement plans.
  • Ensures efficiency and compliance with GAP internal controls. Closely partners with the Europe Sr Director of Control and Accounting to ensure monthly close and reporting deliverables are met with high standards.
  • Prepares and presents comprehensive quarterly business reviews to the European and Gap Global Leadership.
  • Delivers relevant financial updates to the wider business (town halls, annual kick offs and store manager conferences).
Commercial Finance
  • Ensures expense control and accountability within the business. Leverages assets and streamlines operations to optimize Gap Inc returns.
  • Develops strong and credible partnership with the European Leadership Team to understand business needs and drive results.
  • Partners with retail and operations teams to develop plans for identified opportunities and watch list stores to improve fleet financial returns.
  • Provides actionable, relevant, and impactful reporting and analysis on business and store performance.
  • Partners with Global Real Estate Finance, providing local input to support lease and real estate decision-making.

Decision Support & Strategy

  • Regional Strategy Setting: Defines long range goals with general manager. Aligns customer, product, real estate and technology strategies with functional leaders. Ensures departmental objectives and brand financial goals align. Prioritizes European strategic initiatives.
  • Regional Real Estate Strategy and Execution: Market planning, fleet restructuring, investment appraisals and capital hind-sighting.
  • Business Development: Proposes earnings accretive business opportunities. For example, listing on third party websites/marketplace, Omni strategies, ship from store, etc.
  • Local Decision Support: Provides financial framework for "go"/"no go" decision making to EU general manager. Reports on cross-functional initiatives and ROI. Creates mitigation plans to external risk, for example Brexit.
  • Company Planning: Influences sales and margin strategies that deliver comp performance and profitability. Responsible for plans to deliver to quarterly committed inventory targets, while maximizing margin opportunities. Provides actionable financial analysis& reporting to hindsight and support promotional planning.

Who you are

  • Graduate qualified accountant or MBA with 10+ year finance experience, the majority of which should have been gained in the Omni retail industry.
  • Ability to navigate a matrix organization effectively, experience reporting into an offsite leader.
  • Experience in leading multiple financial functions, experience in a regional Finance lead role.
  • Prior experience (direct or indirect) in a Company Planning or Inventory Management.
  • Proficiency in French and /or Italian language desirable.

Benefits at Gap

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, 30% off at Gap Outlet, and the ability to purchase discounted merchandise during international travel at Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix and Old Navy.
  • Pension schemes available, depending on role.
  • Market-leading private medical healthcare and well-being programme.*
  • Voluntary medical cash plan open to all employees.
  • Performance-related discretionary bonuses.*
  • Access to our Employee Support Programme for overall well-being.

*For eligible employees

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.


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