Posted on: August 30, 2019 | Job#: 290404

Manager – Strategy & Business Development

Full-time | One Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, US 94105

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About Athleta

We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’re always looking for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.

Collaboration is a real thing here — because we know that individually we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable. Athleta is a certified B Corporation, which means that we put people and planet right up there with profit, and we’re committed to using business as a force for good. 

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Strategy and Business Development, the Manager is responsible for collaborating with a wide range of functional business partners to lead projects that solve business problems and influence senior leadership to advance Athleta’s overall brand priorities and long-range growth plans.
The Manager of Strategy and BD will also be responsible for leading the identification, development, and implementation of new growth opportunities across Products, Channels, and Markets through competitive intelligence, as well as business and financial analytics.
We are looking for someone who possesses strong strategic mindset, analytical skills, project management experience, and retail industry knowledge. The candidate selected for this role will be expected to identify issues, form hypotheses, design and conduct analyses, and synthesize conclusions into recommendations to help implement change.

What you'll do

  • Drive the development of both annual Brand Priorities and Long-Range Plan (LRP) including identification and prioritization of key initiatives, financial and business case modeling, as well as market and competitive assessment
  • Influence the organization’s decision making by providing actionable views of market & competitor insights, consumer insights, macro trend insights, and internal performance analysis
  • Monitor and report monthly / quarterly competitive positions, and participate in pre-season ideation and planning process as needed to provide competitive insights and ensure successful execution of our overall product strategy
  • Initiate ad-hoc analyses to solve business problems, create alternatives, and guide business and investment decisions
  • Develop executive-level presentations for key stakeholder conversations, including Board of Directors meetings, leadership meetings, etc.
  • Develop and maintain effective cross-functional and cross-divisional relationships; mentor more junior team members to support work planning, hypothesis generation, and structured analysis; cultivate a positive, collaborative, creative, results-oriented work environment

Who you are

  • Professional background: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, MBA preferred; 4-7+ years of professional work experience, with ideally 2-3 years in management consulting, corporate strategy, business strategy & operations, or investment banking
  • Analytical Rigor: Structured and meticulous with strong analytical background and curiosity to peel the layers away for deeper insights
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly and can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods
  • Financial & Business Acumen: Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results
  • Problem Solving & Decision Quality: Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions. Demonstrates strong listening, written and oral communication skills
  • Planning & Process Management: Demonstrate an ability to set objectives and goals and organize work appropriately to meet and exceed goals. Possess strong organizational and time management skills. Anticipate risks and identifies contingency plans and processes to prevent disruptions
  • Collaboration & Influence: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners to navigate complex situations. Can effectively influence and present ideas that lead others to action
  • Systems & Tools Expertise: Expert in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and have the aptitude to learn technical applications quickly and effectively

Benefits at Athleta

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • 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.*
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*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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