Posted on: March 19, 2019 | Job#: 273810

Vice President Merchandising - Old Navy Baby and Brand Licensing

Full-time | 550 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA, US 94158

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About Old Navy

Forget what you know about old-school industry rules. When you work at Old Navy, you’re choosing a different path. From day one, we’ve been on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Our teams make style accessible to everyone, creating high-quality, must-have fashion essentials for the whole family, with love, season after season. 

We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. We cultivate a community of playful personalities that thrive in a fast-paced environment where our employees can be their most authentic selves. Here, we’re family.

About the role

The Old Navy Vice President Merchandising for the Baby + Brand Licensing business is based in San Francisco and reports directly to the SVP of Old Navy Kids, Baby + Brand Licensing Merchandising. The Merchandising team reports directly to the VP.

The VP has full P&L responsibility for the Baby + Brand Licensing business and will directly influence the strategic development of the business. The VP develops, communicates and drives long-range strategies that meet or exceed financial goals and customer expectations. To be successful, the VP will be a champion for the business and be skilled at building and maintaining strong and effective relationships with the Old Navy leadership team, as well as with the leaders of key functions such as Inventory Management, Design, Production, Design, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Business Strategy, and Finance. The VP will inspire and motivate the team and others by presenting a compelling vision and direction for the holistic business, and be seen as a role model and mentor within the company.

Key Responsibilities

Develop and lead the overall vision & strategy for Old Navy Baby and Brand Licensing business.


Empower direct reports to lead the functional strategies within Merchandising to deliver on the broader business objectives.


Set the operational strategy (short and long-term) to deliver the Old Navy Women’s long range plan.


Provide perspective on market opportunities & alignment with goals and/or internal strengths.


Lead Merchandising team in creating strong product assortments that deliver on Old Navy’s goals.


Partner w/the Old Navy Leadership team to manage and react to business in the moment to ensure we are achieving sales and profit plans and meeting customer demand.


Motivate, coach and inspire the team to drive for results. Act as a positive and solution-oriented leader and role model. Create and maintain a learning environment where the development of employees is a priority.

What you'll do

Who you are

Think strategically, conceptually and creatively –must have, and be able to articulate, a vision that is sharable by all key stakeholders.
Strong Business Acumen; expert knowledge of financial measurements and how to impact them. Identify areas of the business that need attention and have the ability to analyze the details when appropriate.
Demonstrate agility in leadership style and flexibility of approach; has the ability to think strategically (high-level) and tactically (to drive execution).
Must be the market-facing expert for the business (competitive and customer). Must be consumer centric and lead the teams to make decisions based on our customers wants eeds.
Strong gut instinct and passion for product; take smart risks and be innovative.
Highly skilled collaborator who consistently finds the balance between shared purpose and healthy conflict; open-minded to and interested in others' opinions.

Minimum experience:

  • Experience in an apparel product brand as a business leader with major business driving functions i.e., IM, Merchandising, Stores, etc.
  • 15+ years of retail experience, varies depending on type of experience.
  • 10+ years of management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Benefits at Old Navy

  • 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 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.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*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. In 2016, Gap Inc. was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the thirteeth consecutive year and was the sole winner of the Catalyst award for equality in the workplace in 2016.

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