VF Corporation VF Corporation: Sr. Director, Digital Innovation in Alameda, California

Job Description

Reporting to the VP of the Digital Lab, this role will define the digital innovation strategy and roadmap for consumer digital experiences looking 3-5 years ahead. While leading a current team of developers, the Sr. Director of Digital Innovation will be tasked with establishing the structure needed for success within available resources while developing a way for all associated partners to contribute to digital innovation. This is an amazing opportunity for someone passionate about innovation, design and development as a key partner to some of the world's most beloved brands.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define the Digital Innovation roadmap against goals of the Digital Lab business unit.

  • Create prototypes for in-store and in-home consumer experiences.

  • Collaborate closely with the brands and the global innovation network to inspire, create and launch press worthy experiences.

  • Partner with leading universities, startups and VC’s to ensure VF is current with innovation in the marketplace.

  • Work with other labs to learn best practices and co-create if/as applicable.

  • Continuously survey the market for newest technologies and trends.

  • Drive the incubation of ideas, determine technologies to implement, evangelize solutions, creating proof of concepts, pilot new technologies and processes and establish solutions towards production.

  • Ensure strong cross functional relationships with VF brands, VF global innovation networks, startups, universities and VC’s to be successful.

Requirements, Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent / related technology degree. Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Business Administration is a plus.

  • Strong, proven understanding of innovation, design thinking, and digital technologies.

  • 8 + years’ experience managing a team.

  • 10 + years’ experience supporting a related technology industry with demonstrated success in developing new ideas, prototypes and proof of concepts.

  • Visionary/futurist mind-set that can uphold the big picture.

  • Strong thought leadership and presentation skills. Comfortable speaking to large audience.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership and relationship building skills.

  • Prior experience and knowledge in the following areas is preferred:

  • Innovation or incubation roles, former lab experience

  • Participation in Open Source communities

  • Augmented reality, holograms and virtual reality

  • Internet of things, enabled smart products

  • Structure from Motion techniques, especially SLAM

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.