Lululemon seeks 'head boss person,' who speaks Sanskrit
Are you a yoga lover? Can you stand on your head for 10 minutes? Do you speak Sanskrit? Then maybe this is the job for you.
Apparel maker Lululemon Athletica, whose CEO is stepping down, is looking for a "head boss person" who is ready to break the rules and even bring the company's notoriously sheer Luon black pants to Mars.
That was the tongue-in-cheek job ad the Vancouver-based company posted on its web site on Friday.
Lululemon, which takes pride in its "motivational" culture and fiercely loyal employees and customers, said it expects qualified candidates to have company founder Chip Wilson, Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah on speed-dial.
"You report to no one, you are the CEO (duh)," the ad says. "You are passionate about doing chief executive officer-type stuff like making decisions, having a vision and being the head boss person."
Lululemon has also taken the more traditional route of hiring an executive search firm to find a replacement for Christine Day, who said on Monday she would step down as chief executive after the company finds a replacement.
Day has run Lululemon for the last five years taking it public but running into a firestorm recently when the company was forced to withdraw some of its luon pants because they were see-through. The resulting public relations nightmare sent the company's shares down 18 percent earlier this week.
In the CEO job description, which invited applicants to apply online, Lululemon outlined the characteristics it was looking for.
"You communicate powerfully, often through Sanskrit. You are disciplined, focused and can hold headstand for at least 10 minutes. You’re a long-term thinker. You already have a plan to bring yoga and luon to Mars by 2018.
"You break all the rules like getting your OM-on (loudly) whenever the urge arises." the ad said.
(Reuters contributed to this story)