Posted on: September 25, 2019 | Job#: 301358

Director - Inventory Strategy

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

What you'll do

  • Expert in Inventory Management tools and business processes
  • Leverage deep functional knowledge to influence Gap Inc IM projects to ensure business process and roll outs help drive the business
  • Provide thought-leadership around Inventory Management operations and strategy, as needed, to cross-functional partners and business leaders (within Old Navy and across Gap, Inc.)
  • Develop quality tool methodology and clearly define technology/tools requirements to existing and new business needs
  • Develop training based on an understanding of IM’s functional expertise
  • Oversee Testing team to ensure quality results

Partner with Leadership

  • Partner with Old Navy Inventory Management leadership team to establish and support inventory management business process and lead change
  • Informs, influences, negotiates with and persuades cross-functional teams to adopt changes based on strategic recommendations that support business needs
  • Partners with IM leadership/project teams to develop and deliver targeted communication to enlist the support of key management stakeholders
  • Collaborates with Inventory Management (IM) leadership on the prioritization and sequencing of new systems, tools and other initiatives that impact Inventory Management
  • Partners with cross-functional leaders in scoping and developing short- and long-term business processes and systems adoption strategies which support the implementation of strategic initiatives

Project Management & Change Leader

  • Partner with Gap, Inc. functions (e.g. Operating Strategy, Supply Chain Strategy, IT, Learning & Development) to lead the inception and execution of inventory management strategic change by leading a team to define process, process improvement, document change and support with training
  • Oversees and participates in process mapping to ensure accomplishment of objectives
  • Manages implementation, communication, exploration and training of processes across IM and cross-functional teams to ensure consistency of application and alignment of recommended business practices
  • Balance multiple projects and see them through from inception to deployment
  • Identifies and recommends solutions for change management issues to be addressed to support successful implementation

People Leader

  • Lead team: Set team priorities, connect team work to function and brand vision
  • Builds team efficiency/morale through staffing, setting priorities, monitoring workload, conflict resolution and career-pathing
  • Maintains climate of regular, candid, actionable feedback and performance recognition through weekly one-on-ones with direct reports and productive quarterly/annual development goals
  • Effectively manage and support the career development process of direct reports to ensure job satisfaction, retention and future talent development
  • Partner with cross-brand Inventory Strategy teams for knowledge sharing, establishment of best-in-class practices and tools, and in support of Gap, Inc. goals
  • Model Old Navy values and culture (including growth mindset, winning attitude and ongoing improvement)

Results Driven

  • Actively seeks ways to maximize financial success of division through successful implementation of brand initiatives
  • Connects team’s focus to the business priorities of the brand

Who you are

  • 5-7 years of Inventory Management (or equivalent) experience
  • Demonstrated strategic agility ability to anticipate and articulate future business needs and respond with the appropriate strategies
  • Proven success with leading organizational change
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of Old Navy inventory management applications (or equivalent) & MS Office
  • Background in both planning and distribution is required
  • Experience in leading system / tool projects for a business is required
  • Proven track record successfully leading and developing a team
  • Bachelor's degree required, Advanced 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. 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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