VF Corporation Vans Director - Strategic Agility in Costa Mesa, California

Job Description

Vans: Be a Part of the Original

“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans’ four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Director Strategic Agility: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

As the Director Strategic Agility, you are a senior strategic business leader who can easily and accurately identify key white space opportunities to drive long-term business performance for Vans. You’ll be responsible for end to end contributions to this effort: from identifying opportunities through working with teams to define strategy, through supporting execution. To be successful, you must bring strategic thinking and industry experience and insights to bear in leading senior level, cross functional teams. You have deep retail and/or CPG experience. You strive when managing entire processes- from problem identification and definition, through project planning, to team management which including analytics. You feel connectivity to our skate heritage and are driven to continue expanding our global business through enabling creative self-expression with youth culture.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Identification of key issues that have the power to drive long-term business performance for Vans.

  • Oversight for the prioritization of issues and business challenges leveraging a centralized, top-down approach.

  • Creating, sharing and influencing a powerful vision for change.

  • Enacting structured approaches to defining and solving problems from identification through to action planning and implementation.

  • Leading and performing industry and situation analysis, with strong analytical support.

  • Applying deep industry expertise to a diverse set of problems.

  • Dealing with ambiguity in quickly evolving work situations.

  • Enable the ability to respond to issues and business challenges quickly and powerfully through leadership of senior level cross-functional strategic short-term agile working teams.

  • Champion Strategic Agility efforts and teams to ensure these are viewed as a prestigious, career-enhancing experiences that directly impact the future of the Vans Brand.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 10+ years

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree and/or MBA and a minimum of 5+ year’s general management experience or an equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Experience working in the consumer goods and/or retail industry with branded retail experience. Experience in the consulting industry a plus.

  • Superior market knowledge.

  • Exceptional strategic thinker

  • to lead through influence and work with counterparts across the organization to create synergy, effectiveness, and provide strategies that are complimentary to brand objectives.

  • leadership skills including interpersonal, communication, team building and problem solving ability.

  • Keen ability to lead and navigate change.

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required 10% amount of time.

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

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.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.