We are a $12 billion apparel, footwear and accessories powerhouse.
VF’s success starts with our family of powerful brands whose very names reflect the pride and foundation of our company. Our brands enrich consumers’ lives, help them express their individuality and push them to the boundaries of what’s possible.
We support these brands with powerful business platforms that help us maintain our competitive edge. Our more than 60,000 employees around the world leverage these platforms across the company to share best practices, enable our success and strengthen our brands.
This close relationship between powerful brands and powerful platforms plays out within a company culture that combines creativity, operational excellence and financial discipline.
It’s a collaborative culture that defines who we are and how we work. It’s a culture we call One VF.
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. The company's highly diversified portfolio of iconic brands spans multiple geographies, product categories, consumer demographics and sales channels. VF relies on its Powerful Brands, Powerful Platforms, One VF approach to business to support its brands, maintain a competitive edge and drive a winning company culture.
VF invites every employee to be an innovator, to see things in a new light, to make new connections, and to imagine new possibilities. Creative ideas and taking risks has been a foundation of VF since 1899. We encourage fresh ideas to improve products and processes and support employees through mentorship, inter-brand collaboration, and recognition for their ideas. By empowering our employees with greater responsibility, VF helps them to reach their true potential and enrich their lives.
VF’s International Headquarters in Stabio, Switzerland, opened in 2013. More than 750 VF associates representing 35 nationalities serve our customers and consumers worldwide from this eye-catching location.
For our Stabio HQ we did not only consider the functionality and leisurely activities but also the sustainability. The building was constructed with recovered renewable materials such as wood, stone etc and also harmonized with the surrounding area. The building design allows natural light coming across the entire space and at the same time it is respectful to our employees biorhythms and daily routines. This ranges from the quality of air that we breath up until the careful selection of the cleaning products that are eco-compatible. The building has few interior walls facilitating free communication and sharing.
The open, air facility has plenty of personality and represents the authentic character of our brands. Unique meeting spaces, including tents, trolleys and vintage vans, set the scene for discussions and collaborative projects.
- An employee canteen
- Innovative meeting rooms such as a ski cabin, Vans® camper van, a The North Face® expedition tent
- Coasy socializing/ recreational spaces
- Fully equipped gym located on the building’s rooftop terrace
- A fitness room where regular courses take place for our employee
Our Stabio HQ is LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified and if you want to find out more on the story of our building, how it operates and also the daily aspects of office life you can read the Sustainability Brochure “Making Sustainability part of our life” by clicking here.
Our office in Stabio, part of Ticino canton is easily accessible and strategically positioned so it can be reached via different routes. From Milano the drive takes roughly 50mins and we are located in between Como and Lugano which are in 30mins reach.
Ticino is located in the south part of Switzerland. It is almost entirely surrounded by Italy and the official language is Italian. The region is appealing for international tourism because of its mild climate, enhanced by the lakes, green nature and mountains and the high number of sunny days per year. Annually the area welcomes 21 million visitors to experience its beautiful and varied landscapes and enjoy costumes and traditions of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
No matter where you choose to live it is without a doupt that there will be plenty for you to do around the office. From sports, culture to social life you will not have a dull moment!!
This region offers outings ideal for nature observation: the view moves over tiled roofs, vineyards, olive groves and cypresses, over thick chestnut and beech woods.
During the summer, take a break in one of the welcoming lidos that line the lakes. These are perfect places to relax and unwind, encounter the locals and try the local food and drink.
And if the summer keeps you busy with gorgeous mountain walks in the winter you can enjoy fantastic trip to the many ski slopes not far away from the office in the winter time ... if skiing is not your thing .. there is plenty more for you to enjoy during all the months of the year ....
If you would like to have more information on what sports/ activities you could do in Ticino please click here.
VF's ability is to have an amazing impact on people, that comes from its belief in, respect for, and empowerment of our highly diverse employees all over the world. And you will feel it at any level, whether you’re looking an internship role or you are an experienced professional.
You would also notice that our retail business is growing steadily, therefore we have a lot of opportunities to join our store floors across Europe. Our expanding efforts to serve consumers directly are more than a key VF growth driver: through our owned stores and global e-commerce platforms, we reach consumers across multiple channels to create a seamless shopping experience.
Learn more about the main growth areas for our brands and find out where your career would best fit.
Digital / Marketing
We would like to share with you the joy of working for brands that are part of millions of customers’ daily life. Our marketing teams are the vision and strategy behind each of our brands. Moving from pure marketer roles of developing marketing plans and identifying specific marketing strategies, towards consumer insights, digitalization, you would be able to leave a mark on how our brands message reaches out to customers. In addition, E-commerce is our fastest growing direct-to-consumer channel. We actively harvest data across our e-commerce sites and transform the information into a “digital playbook” that evolves and guides us on what to do next.
Check more on VF Corporation Digital Development
Kenoma Agbamu, Digital Brand Manager
8 Years ago, Kenoma Joined VF. ”I met VF during a career day on campus. I had no knowledge of their brands but soon found out all about the company in a conversation with a HR representative,” he says. “I gave her my CV and it was not long before I was appointed to the position of Digital Content Coordinator for The North Face’s EMEA region”
Ever since then, it has been quite an epic journey. Kenoma’s role has been constantly evolving just like the digital landscape evolves, from digital content, Multi-Channel Activation, Digital Marketing and Digital Brand Management.
“It has been a great and challenging opportunity to work with super smart people from across the functions and across the brands, and this brings out the best in you. Being within Digital at VF is a perfect fit for me. VF believe in Innovation and the future of digital as a key growth driver; This is something I personally share too and this makes working at VF very enjoyable” he says.
Xia Feng - Vice President, Strategy - EMEA
In 2015, the company realised that the digital field was developing so rapidly that they needed to develop a centre of excellence to oversee the transformation of this side of the business. Xia was appointed Vice President, Digital Development and Strategy, VF EMEA, tasked with building and upgrading the internal capabilities necessary to enable VF’s brands to grow much faster in these digital channels.
“My job is very challenging yet rewarding because it evolves every day,” Xia says. “Introducing new practices into a 115-year-old company is not always easy. It’s like building a new apartment in an old mansion. It’s not about tearing down the old, but working out how to make the old and the new work together.”
Make no mistake, though. Xia loves her job. “It is very inspiring to have the task of helping our brands transform their business model faster,” she says. “It’s what keeps me very energised.”
Serving Consumers Directly is the area where we have set ambitious growth targets, for the direct-to-consumer platform through our retail, outlet and e-commerce stores as we aim to achieve $4.4 billion in revenue through this platform by 2017. Behind this goal we have aligned: sales roles, our retail operations network, streamlined supply chain and all the retail, partners and franchisees structures. We believe that building strong, direct-to-consumer connections is as much an art as a science. It requires focus, discipline and data-driven decision-making complemented with the kind of engaging brand storytelling that captures the essence of the inspirational lifestyles our brands represent.
Andreas Franz — Director Marketplace Dev & Retail Analytics
Asked what advice he would give anybody who wished to work at VF he says, “Be open-minded because you are working with a huge range of people, cultures and professions.”
He also points out that it is important to be the owner of your career. “Nobody will put you on the ladder and pull you up,” he warns. “You need to be entrepreneurial and a good networker to share your ideas”.
Product / Design / Innovation
At VF, it all starts with the consumer – understanding their needs and defining what we must do to win their loyalty. This means gaining a deep understanding of who they are, what they wear, what they think, what they value, etc., so that we can design products and experiences they really care about. We do not only draft products that are becoming part of the lifestyle of million people around the globe, but, we also set quality standards, we introduce new technologies, we innovate and ultimately we shape the future of apparel and footwear.
Nora Settari – Senior Manager Regional Product Creation VANS
“I stay on trend by researching the latest thinking and then travelling to some of our important fashion hubs to pick up tips, speak to experts to gain further insights,”
1. Online Application
Submit your online application for consideration. Use this quick guide for step-by- step information on successfully submitting your application.
2. Initial interview:
a phone conversation with one of our HR team members in which we will investigate your general interest for the role, your educational/ professional background and we would also ask you situational questions around your past accomplishments or difficult situations that you needed to handle. By doing this we are looking to get to know you more, encourage you to learn more about VF & ultimately see how we fit together.
3. Final interview:
this will be a face to face meeting with the stakeholders involved in the hiring decision, typically the hiring manager and an HR person. This is a great opportunity for you to get a glimpse of how our working environment feels & looks like and for us to get a more in-depth understanding of your profile and application motives.
*Please note that the recruitment process can vary depending on the position you’re applying for.
VF has the following opportunities to fill:
Our expanding efforts to serve consumers directly are more than key growth driver. It requires focus, discipline and data-driven decision-making complemented with an engaging brand storytelling. This captures the essence of the inspirational lifestyles and attitude our brands represent. The main goals of our retail business across the world are:
- Continuously driving the store performance and be benchmark in retail
- Opening new full price- and outlet stores in the right locations that match the brands vision
- Deliver a unique in-store experience for our customers and develop long-term relationships
In the retail stores, we want to provide a shopping environment that engages the customer. Our full price business incarnates a full line product visualization, interacts with consumers through different approaches and always stays on track in terms of innovation.
Our Retail Business is constantly expanding and the strategy of VF is to provide a retail excellence. We want to improve our engagement with customers to make them desire our brands and products and encourage them to purchase and build a relation ship.
We want to improve all direct channels to the consumer in terms of productivity with operational discipline and enhance the digital capabilities that provide customers a seamless commerce.
Retail is also branded by special events in Europe. VF always tries to deliver a unique experience and combine it with the brand philosophy. In London, VF has established the House of Vans which is a famous skate park for enthusiast and skating heads. It is the embodiment of Vans and the Skate culture.
In one the North Face stores in London, we integrated a cooling chamber. Thus people were able to test the jackets and other products in terms of protector for the frostiness.
Working in retail means be passionate about what you are doing and stay close to the needs and preferences of our customers. Our retail environment is driven by a fast changing business and a the digital development. There is no business that is such affected by the digital side as it is the retail.
At VF we don´t consider ecommerce as something which is negative for our business but as a chance to drive our performance and provide a seamless Omni channel experience to the customers. For this reason we developed our recruiting strategy into an digital candidate experience which means that we created certain tools that underline the digital environment of retail. After a successful recruiting we are going to build a workforce, which is:
- Capable of being channel agnostic
- Capable of understanding technology trends
- Able to see the potential of a career in retail
- Capable of feeling engaged
Across Europe we are working with “Sales Pads” that supports the employees and helping to combine different channels to match the customers expectations. Engagement is one of the most important topic in retail. Thus we are always trying to set new initiatives such as the “Conversion Olympics” which was the biggest project at VF. Its goal was to engage and motivate the employees and at the same time generating ideas out of the heads of our retail experts in store.
Be part of our unique store management culture. At VF our store manager have the chance to participate in European retail meetings and network with other store manager across Europe. For instance in 2016, the Lee retail meeting was held in Greece. In 2017 our Vans retail summit was hosted in Palma de Mallorca and was full of surprises. Nobody else than Steve van Doren visited the retail management during the summit in Palma. Steve, whose father had co-founded the company more than 50 years ago, works almost his whole life for Vans and is the spirit behind the skate culture.
One of VF´s key objectives is to create awareness of the opportunity to develop a career in retail. On account of this we have created a unique training and development culture for our employees in retail. To provide an compelling career does not mean to undergo your career through a “ladder” on which you can only take the next steps, if is not occupied. It means that we give you a stewardship for your entire journey. We help you to develop different skills within your job profile and support you to get mandatory skills for the next steps. There is no ladder but a Retail Gym where you can choose your way and set your pace whether it is a the next position or growing into a head office position. It does not depend on which position you start, whether it is a temporary worker or Supervisor, you will always have the opportunity to develop your career. Click here to find out more about our Retail Gym
Within our HR – Retail culture we are always working on new projects which help us to find the best fit for our stores as well as giving you the chance to start your career in retail.
Two of these programs are:Vfit (UK)
In these days, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed. For this reason VF and “Creative Learning” have partnered to create an innovative employment initiative to address this social challenge. The Vfit program supports young people into education, enterprise and employment. It offers coaching and mentoring and support to accelerate communication and critical thinking skills and to develop resilience. A great feature for the participants is that this program provides access to employment opportunities through VF Corporation which support ambitious career pathways and achievement.
Are you ready to take the ownership of your future?
School can give you first insights of the work life but now it’s time for you to join the game. In 2017, we pilot our apprenticeship program in Germany. An apprenticeship at VF offers the opportunity to work in one of the stores across the country for one of our fabulous brands like The North Face, Vans or Timberland. Within the program you will gain knowledge about how to sell a product but also the technology of the product, visual merchandising in the store or building a customer relationship. If you want to find yourself in a sustainable career path, VF offers you a lot of choices. Click here and have a look at current openings.