About Gap Inc.’s Global Supply Chain & Product Operations

From cotton to customer, our Global Supply Chain and Product Operations organization is comprised of over 7,000 employees who source, make, and deliver Gap Inc.’s iconic American style. Our five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix – retail in more than 90 countries across multiple channels including online, stores, outlet and franchise. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were 15.5 billion. As consumers continue to reinvent the interaction between customer and brand, Gap Inc. is transforming the way we bring product to market to better serve our technology-savvy, product obsessed, value conscious global customer base. From innovating at the component level with our factory and mill partners to driving new technological capabilities in merchandise and inventory planning, and developing a fast, flexible logistics and fulfillment network, Global Supply Chain and Product Operations is the heartbeat of Gap Inc.’s enterprise-wide evolution.

Manager Product development - Innovation

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Date Posted: 02-23-2017
Manager Product development - Innovation​


The role of a product developer – Innovations is to work as part of the COE and help commercialize the innovative fabrics, technologies and applications along with the team of SMEs. He/She will be responsible for understating the product; identifying appropriate vendor partner and work with them to ensure all garment construction techniques and applications are feasible on the new fabric/technology. Also work with the team to suggest and commercialize any new applications, techniques, machinery and constructions which create a key competitive differentiator for the brand. Actively seek newness in ways of working to enhance effectiveness of product development in innovation organization.

  • In depth knowledge of garment manufacturing techniques and machinery
  • In depth knowledge of garment construction and applications
  • Extremely knowledgeable in risk assessment and finding solutions to commercialize newness
  • High understanding of the sewing machinery and connect with suppliers
  • Understands the industry and has a good network with machinery supplier, vendors, technology providers and trims/accessory manufacturers
  • Curious mindset and actively looking for newness to create competitive differentiation for our products
  • In depth knowledge on SMVs and garment costing breakdown
  • Monitoring, review and evaluate vendor performance to identify innovation and co-creation partners
  • Manage wear-test samples and tailoring samples for innovation related projects
  • Ensure all due diligence is done prior to any bulk handoff.
  • Work with Technical, QA and Mill management team to ensure a proper handoff from development to bulk.
  • To partner with category team in problem solving, information sharing and counter sourcing to support best placement plan
  • Resolve issues within a timely manner while working to continuously improve and create internal and external processes and procedures

Internal: VD and PD team, MMT, COE
External: Vendors, Mills, technology providers, trim & accessory suppliers

  • Degree in garment Industiral Engineering or related discipline
  • 7-8 Years / 5-6 years' experience in Product development/sample room
  • Production exposure
  • Experience in sample development and with offshore production exposure is preferable
  • Good written & spoken English
  • Working experience in sizable garment buying office or trading company
  • A team player with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage, motivate and develop others
  • Strong planning and negotiation skills including the ability to influence at all levels
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suit

Interested in this role or in joining another part of the Gap Inc. Global Supply Chain Team?  Please visit our careers website www.gapinternationalsourcing.catsone.com/careers
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