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VF Corporation

Durham, NC

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Global Innovation Center of Excellence: Sr. Operations Manager



North Carolina

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VF Corp, an $11 billion apparel and footwear powerhouse, has an incredibly diverse, international portfolio of brands and products that reach consumers wherever they choose to shop. VF’s strategy begins with a passion for products and a deep understanding of consumers. With our expertise in both the art and science of apparel, we have built a sustainable base for continued long-term success.

VF’s goal is to shape the future of apparel and footwear – and product innovation is one of the 4 key growth drivers for our long‐term growth vision. VF has embarked on building Global Innovation Centers (GIC) to develop game‐changing advancements in apparel, footwear and accessories for its 30‐plus brands. We are continuing to build out teams of designers, developers, materials innovators, engineers, and chemists for our Performance Apparel and Footwear Innovation Centers.

As part of the Global Innovation Center, you will work collaboratively with Advanced Manufacturing and Global Supply on innovation projects that impact textile, apparel, footwear, and additive manufacturing processes as we transition to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Focus includes digital design driven manufacturing, additive manufacturing, automation & robotics, textile manufacturing, product assembly technologies, and next generation materials creation. We’re committed to increasing manufacturing flexibility and demand responsiveness to better serve consumer needs and desires, while at the same time driving reductions in inventory, waste, and resource intensity regarding water, energy, and chemistry.

As a founding leader of VF’s startup R&D pilot manufacturing facility and reporting to the Facility Director, the Sr. Operations Manager will not only lead the overall operational excellence for the pilot facility, but is also instrumental in creating a foundation for new methods of manufacturing. This new facility enables VF to meet product creation objectives associated with VF’s 2021 business strategy and plays a key role in establishing the future of manufacturing at VF.


Accountable to drive the operational line evolving fabric materials to be colored and finished

Be a partner to a variety of roles within the GIC, VF and external partners to develop new capabilities to create and manufacture product

Managing the operation, people, and connectivity of equipment; scheduling shift workers; observing safety conditions; and ensuring environmental compliance

Aid in the creation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to meet all quality and safety requirements as outlined by applicable Code of Federal Regulation (CFRs) and help to ensure SOPs enable “easy” replication of pilot facility innovations and learnings across the Supply Chain

Coordinate necessary training of Production personnel for all equipment set-up and SOPs; ensure a safe work environment for employees

Manage inventories, order management, and order fulfillment

Manage and organize scheduling of all direct and contract labor

With facility Director, lead, promote and drive facility talent management / employee engagement; ensuring hiring, retention, and development of top talent


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Textile Sciences or equivalent combination of technical and business experience

Minimum 10 years of overall work experience with at least 5 years in textile product development (specifically textile finishing) and at least 3 years in a people management / leadership capacity

Significant business unit management (P&L responsibility, cost center ownership) experience is strongly preferred

Computer proficiency and digitally savy

Excellent communication, collaboration, and relationship building skills; able to effectively work across VF globally, with vendor partners and the general public

Strong people leader, effectively manages employee performance and professional growth

Excellent problem solver and innovator, willing and eager to challenge the status quo, but always with a business pragmatism behind one’s aspirations

Self-starter who will ramp up quickly and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; willing to wear many hats / do what it takes to get the job done

10% travel

Willing and able to work additional hours when needed

Light-manufacturing environment - Must be physically capable of working in conditions normally associated with a merchandise warehouse or distribution center, such as, but not limited to, warm and cold temperatures, seeing and hearing moving equipment to stay out of harms way, and continuous power equipment noise

Bend, lift, open, and move product up to 50 pounds

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.

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Our strategy begins with a passion for our products and a deep understanding of our consumers. We call it the Art and Science of apparel. Our rigorous methodology combines data-driven insights, expert execution and some of the most creative minds in the industry. The result is new products that strengthen the bond between consumers and our brands.

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