The North Face, a VF Company
At The North Facewe dare to lead the world forward through Exploration.We were born to Explore. We were born to Disrupt. We were born to Lead.
The North Face is the premier exploration company in the world. Founded in the counterculture of Berkeley, CA in 1966 we have a long and storied legacy of enabling exploration, loving and protecting wild places, and creating iconic and technically advanced product.
We believe that exploration is a mindset both on the mountain and off the mountain and it infuses everything we do. As a community of explorers, we stay curious about new ideas, places and people.
Love wild places
Dare to disrupt
Lead with integrity
By joining The North Face, you will help provide the best gear for our athletes and the modern-day explorer. You will also have the opportunity, tools and environment to more deeply explore the world around you and make meaningful, lasting connections.
What You Will Do
The Sr. Manager of Strategy Americas sits within The North Faces Global Strategy team and reports to The North Faces Director of Global Strategy but has a very close tie to TNF GM of Americas and the Americas Regional leadership team. The role will be responsible for cultivating an exploration mindset companywide and driving strategic thinking across the organization. He/She must be a change agent" adept at driving strategic choices into the business, able to advocate for recommendations, and successful at influencing critical business decisions. The Sr. Manager will partner with the GM of the Americas, the VP of Global Strategy, and the Director of Global Strategy by (1) supporting the regional strategic planning process for the Americas, (2) leading regional strategic initiatives working directly with the regional DTC, Sales, and Merchandising leaders, (3) developing a regional fact base, and (4) searching for new growth vectors and opportunities for continuous improvement.
How You Will Make A Difference
Actively partner with GM of Americas, the broader Americas Leadership team, and the VP and Director of Global Strategy, in developing the Americas strategic vision.
Analyze complex information to assist in the identification of company strengths, weaknesses and business opportunities.
Develop recommendations and frequently advise leadership on changes and adjustment that need to be applied.
Serve as internal consultant for key Global and Regional business leaders in vetting strategic ideas by providing analytical, problem solving and strategic frameworks.
Track/measure ongoing progress against strategic initiatives and report out findings/recommendations to senior management as requested.
Support GM of Americas, VP of Global Strategy, and Director of Global Strategy and in strategic, brand, and corporate deliverables which will include quarterly & annual reporting, investor relations, Board of Directors reports, and other similar deliverables.
Developing a regional fact base to help shape and guide strategic decisions.
Interact with VF Corporate Strategy function, as necessary, to ensure strategy development approach interfaces and aligns with enterprise-wide standards.
What You Bring
Personality & Style Profile (shares The North Face values):
Loves "wild" places - is inquisitive about the world, consumers, and culture and has a passion for exploration.
Sparks curiosity - always asks why, considers new perspectives and "out of box" solutions, while encouraging others to do the same
Dares to disrupt - demonstrates courage in decision making, takes risks, fosters innovation and challenges norms (no order takers!)
Creates community - recognizes work is strongest when done together, celebrates diversity of thought
Leads with integrity - Sets the standard for strategic thinking at the brand and champions a strategy-lead culture
8-10 years of progressive experience, with minimum of 6 years in apparel and retail industry. Experience in apparel industry required. Must understand go-to-market strategy.
Extensive prior experience working directly with senior executives and minimum of 2-3 years of managerial experience.
Experience within an apparel or retail strategy function.
Familiarity with creating logical and simple frameworks to clearly define and evaluate strategic choices; ability to advise/coach others on usage.
Adept at building trust and influence within large organizations to drive results.
Demonstrated track record of academic and professional achievement.
Prior management consulting experience a plus. MBA a plus.
Must be able to connect work to the "big picture" brand and business goals. Distill large data sets and craft strategic narratives.
Devise strategic solutions by leveraging experience and conceptual thinking; uses evaluation, judgement, and interpretation to help others select right course of action.
Interpret and explain information to audiences who are not familiar with subject matter, often requiring persuasion; able to adapt style for differing audiences while ensuring cultural sensitivity.
Entrepreneurial orientation, client-service mentality; must be able to perform under short deadlines and in high visibility settings.
Strong judgment, problem-solving and business acumen.
High Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs.
University degree (BA, BS); graduate coursework in business, preferred. MBA degree a plus.
Specific Working Conditions:
Ability to travel domestically and internationally ~25% of time
Where You Will Be Located
NEVER STOP EXPLORING
The North Face is a subsidiary of VF Corporation. At VF, we outfit consumers around the world with our diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the worlds largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We are committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.
While our VF company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.