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Vice President, Global Footwear

Denver, CO

As a senior leadership team member, the Vice President of Global TNF Footwear provides leadership and vision to drive Footwear Product design and Brand positioning by executing product categories that effectively build the most technically innovative products. Provides dynamic, visible and inspirational leadership to positively impact business initiatives. Accountable for business results, profit & loss and executing key initiatives. Brings a track record in managing a successful business and proven experience in strategic and business planning. A leader with the ability to conceive and create new thinking and ideas pertaining to products and the presentation of product and business processes. 


Join The North Face Family

The North Face was built on a love for the outdoors and the desire to enable all types of exploration, for all people, from their backyards to the Himalayas. Over the last 50 years we've lived by our “true north,” the belief that exploration has the power to change us, to challenge us and to help us see the world from new perspectives. 


To help ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration, love for the natural world and an unwavering commitment to protecting it, we welcome and encourage new participants to the outdoors. We extend our reach through the support of non-profit organizations, establishing programs that connect participants with close-to-home recreation protecting unities, and creating a connection with young leaders, inspiring them to explore and conserve.


As we enter our sixth decade, we pledge to:

  • Empower exploration and the thrill of the unknown for as many people as possible.
  • Protect the places where we live, play, and operate.
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.


How You Will Make a Difference

What you will do:  

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership in all aspects of The North Face’s Footwear division, including formulation and execution of a global business plan, both short and long-term.  
  • Continually analyzes the business results against the plan and takes appropriate action as necessary to maximize profitability and minimize risks.  
  • Work in conjunction with Sales, Marketing, and Merchandising management to establish achievable sales objectives and strategies.
  • Is accountable for delivering an innovation pipeline including margin accretive product building blocks
  • Assist sales management in building and establishing relationships with key customers.  
  • Ensures technical superiority for the Footwear product line by focusing on components, products systems, and disciplines, which emphasize the continuous philosophy of creating “performance-driven” Footwear  
  • Develop 3-year line architecture that supports the strategic vision for the category 
  • Lead the innovation vision for Footwear to bring innovation to market on a seasonal basis 
  • Lead  Footwear development on a seasonal basis from start to finish: material and technical development, prototype and sample development in close cooperation with product management, development and supply chain 
  • Partners with Supply Chain, Sales and other department leaders to ensure corporate goals and objectives are met.  
  • Maximizes category presence among current distribution channels and identifies new focused products for existing accounts and channels. 
  •  Drives sell through the process by providing product–driven sales support tools that educate and facilitate an informed purchase.  
  • Develops strong alliances with relevant leaders to reinforce authenticity. Drives sell-through process by providing a product–driven sales support tools that educate and facilitate an informed purchase. 


Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance-driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.


Skills for Success

  • Multi-category and multi-region product engine leadership experience
  • Consumer obsessed mindset and focus: understands consumer permission paths and how to open up the brand to new consumers through brand authenticity
  • Proven and demonstrated strategic and creative leadership skills
  • Track record in delivering winning product innovation in footwear
  • Connected in the footwear/ outdoor and athletic/activewear space
  • Ability to work in a globally scaled, regionally relevant environment
  • Solid financial analysis and management skills; proven ability to achieve accelerated growth and profitability goals.
  • Strong collaborator and communicator. Team player with functional peers in the global leadership team.
  • Entrepreneurial and challenger mindset.  Ability to be scrappy and go fast.


What we expect you already know:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required with 12+ years of product management, retail buying/merchandising, sourcing and manufacturing experience with a global footwear  business with proven success building businesses.
  • Thorough knowledge of best global materials, product development, and manufacturing practices needed.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and leadership of a globally dispersed and operationally diverse team are key requirements.
  • A proven track record of setting strategy and driving change in large organizations.  Demonstrated leadership capability in a creative environment, strong strategic planning and analytical skills as well as product merchandising expertise required.


VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Persevere.


What’s In It for You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.


Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, equipment & accessories  and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet.


This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com.


We just have one question. Are you in?

Hiring Range: $259,200.00 USD - $324,000.00 USD annually


Incentive Potential: This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.


Long-Term Incentive Potential: This position is eligible to participate in a Long-Term Incentive Plan. Specific details of the plan will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.


Benefits at VF Corporation: You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com  and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.


Please note, our hiring ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.


At VF, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. 


If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected]. VF will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.


Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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