VF Corporation Manager, Project - Innovation Operations in Greensboro, North Carolina

Job Description

• Lead innovation strategic growth projects• Drive global cross-functional alignment & results• Improve efficiencies in commercialization and operational processes

This position is designed to help deliver VF Jeanswear’s aggressive short-term and long-term innovation objectives across the coalition.

Reporting to the Sr. Director, Global Innovation & GTM, the Project Manager, Innovation Operations will take ownership of critical initiatives for VF Jeanswear. This critical function will partner with the VF Jeanswear businesses to deliver breakthrough innovations that elevate our brands through consistent processes and rapid commercialization.


  • Lead the project management process for assigned projects within VF Jeanswear, managing 3 to 5 projects concurrently

  • Manage all phases of the project life cycle including: initiation, planning, execution, and closing

  • Creation of formal project plans including scope, schedule, critical path, milestones, and risk assessment

  • Accountable for effective end-to-end execution of project plans

  • Manage overall process to ensure project components (across functions) are executed in an integrated manner

  • Identify issues, facilitate resolution, and negotiate necessary adjustments to plan

  • Establish, monitor, and report key project performance metrics

  • Project status updates within core team and to leadership, as directed

  • Assist teams in developing effective business case for new projects

  • Continually look for ways to improve and reduce the overall time to market

  • Facilitate lessons learned, knowledge sharing, and documentation of best practices

  • Serve as a though leader dn key contributor to the Project Management Community of Practice


  • 5-8 years of related experience preferably working in a product development role

  • PMP Certification strongly preferred

  • Experience in Lean, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement or Process Improvement

  • Familiarity with Stage Gate process preferred

  • Apparel, Footwear and/or CPG experience strongly preferred

  • Able to effectively organize, plan, and manage multiple projects

  • Experience developing and launching new products and product improvements

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and integrate cross-functionally

  • Proven success in leading cross-functional teams on complex projects

  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills

  • Critical thinker with the ability to scenario plan and develop risk mitigation strategies

  • Superb oral and written communication skills and interpersonal savvy

  • Able to work with all levels within the organization and build effective relationships

  • Strong conflict management skills

  • Strong in execution with action and results orientation

  • Understanding of applicable computer systems, such as Microsoft Office and other function specific software


  • Four Year Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in a technical field

  • Master’s preferred

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.