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Associate Manager, Packaging and Labeling R&D (2750817)

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1. Manage Packaging Development and Sourcing

Clear and effective communications with key BP’s (Suppliers, Marketing, Global Production, Merchandising, Design & Sourcing Offices) to:
- Source, develop and manage global label & packaging
- Develop strong partnerships for effective decision making and issue resolution

Pre-source packaging materials
- Partner with Marketing Creative team to understand creative vision and work with suppliers to come up with creative and viable solutions
- Advise Marketing Creative and Account Management of production and cost impact of new packaging designs (i.e. delivery, capability, budget constraints etc.) and recommend viable solutions that meet the creative vision.

Coordinate global seasonal label and packaging developments and re-launches
- Align sourcing, development and sampling with Brand Production calendars
- Provide Brand Management with program production timelines and advise on concerns & opportunities
- Work with Global Production to ensure packaging sourcing strategies align with product.
- Ensure suppliers meet delivery dates and Gap Inc. quality standards for samples and bulk
- Facilitate sample approvals
- Maintain tools and databases (PLM, Box, GSL)

2. Improve cost, speed and quality
- Continuously challenge suppliers and seek out opportunities for improvements in cost, speed and quality
- Develop new and existing Suppliers as needed
- Bid, negotiate and award global label and packaging programs
- Maintain Packaging & Labeling Color Standards development and dissemination to suppliers
- Identify & escalate critical issues to Manager

3. Management & Development of Departmental processes
- Ensure best practice across brands and functions

1) Knowledge, skills & abilities:
- Superior decision making, troubleshooting, negotiating, influencing and interpersonal skills
- Ability to communicate to all levels
- Conflict Management: Approaches conflicts as opportunities; understands others quickly; can find common ground without comprising total position
- Ability to manage outside vendors.
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Attention to detail
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong customer service orientation
2) Minimum educational level/Experience:
- BA/BS degree in textile, print or related field
- 2 years experience in lieu of a degree
- 2 years of management experience
- 2 years experience in managing vendor relationships.
- Experience working in an International company in a Sourcing capacity (preferred)

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