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Vice President - Strategy and Business Development

Gap Inc.

San Francisco, California
posted August 27, 2020

The VP, Strategy and Business Development reports to the EVP, Strategy and Chief Information Officer. This leader is responsible for helping establish the long-term strategic direction of Gap Inc. along with members of the Senior Leadership Team. This VP will be a key leader in strategic change initiatives to drive growth, develop corporate strategy and will drive new business development opportunities, including M&A. As a key thought leader, this role brings together end to end strategies across brands and functions. This role will help to formulate all aspects of corporate strategy from market and competitor research, planning, initiative management and business development activities. This leader manages members of the strategy and business development team as they support and work with leaders across Gap Inc. This leader also works collaboratively with brand strategy teams to ensure that brand and functional strategies ladder and are executed.

What you'll do

  • Develops long-range business strategy at the enterprise level
  • Articulates clear and compelling storylines that drive action
  • Weaves enterprise agenda into divisional priorities and plans; Structures and monitors the work of multiple groups and projects
  • Partners closely with Finance to drive the right strategic decisions and investments, including the annual planning process and works in partnership and as a trusted thought leader with the brand and function leaders to inform and influence business strategies (e.g., pricing, brand architecture, infrastructure, channels, new markets)
  • Develops and leads transformation efforts; Identifies and vets new business opportunities for Gap Inc. (outside of current brands) and architects alliances/investments/acquisitions
  • Leads a team of 10-12
  • Manage the M&A transaction process from identification of potential targets to close, leveraging prior M&A knowledge and experience

Who you are

  • 12+ years of strategy consulting and corporate strategy experience with deep knowledge of apparel, retail, customer and digital (or commiserate experience in consulting, corporate finance and investment banking)
  • Bachelor's degree and MBA required; Demonstrated success in advancing and growing businesses globally
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills; ability to frame new, ambiguous and complex issues; able to generate insight through rigorous analysis
  • Turnaround and transformation efforts, including business model innovation, operating systems development, large scale cost improvements, and organizational restructures and effectiveness
  • Mergers and acquisition expertise including market research, prospect identification, due diligence, negotiation and post-merger/acquisition integration; Experience with progressive and innovative consumer insights efforts
  • Strong leadership abilities, including the ability to develop talent and build a high performing team; Strong influence skills and ability to work successfully with peers; a true team player
  • Ability to work effectively with senior executives, including CEO and Board of Directors; Strong communications and presentation skills; Desire and ability to work in a matrixed organization