Jan 25, 2019

HIRING: Innovation Programme Lead

HIRING: Innovation Programme Lead

ROLE PROFILE

Position: Innovation Programme Lead – Plastics

Company: Fashion for Good

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Start date: as soon as possible

Employment type: Full time

POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

We seek a Programme Lead who will run a dedicated programme to address the plastics challenge in the footwear and apparel value chain. Your challenge will be to drive the transition to a circular fashion industry and eliminate waste, which our partner brands have defined as a key priority. You will be responsible for project management, building an innovation overview, scouting and screening innovations, developing and performing design-thinking workshops and hackathons in a multi-stakeholder environment. The Innovation programme lead – Plastics will be part of the Fashion for Good innovation team.

Key responsibilities include:

Research and Landscaping

  • Assess and document the status quo in terms of plastics streams in the footwear and apparel supply chain
  • Assess and document existing solutions and best practices implemented
  • Develop a baseline across key geographies
  • Develop thought leadership deliverables on these topics to present to our partners

Scouting, screening and solution finding

  • Scout and screen innovators (start-ups) to further strengthen our scouting database in the defined focus areas.
  • Monitor and attend topic related events
  • Establish and manage relationships with key technology and research institutions around the world (e.g. academia, multi-stakeholder organisations, governments, incubators) to support innovation and best-practice scouting efforts
  • Develop solution roadmaps together with our Corporate partners

Implementation planning and knowledge dissemination

  • Define pilot and implementation plan for identified solutions and innovations
  • Facilitate roll out and dissemination across key stakeholders and geographies
  • Document findings and produce thought leadership in the form of reports, case studies and other assets and tools, and help disseminate to key stakeholders and audiences.

Project management and communications

  • Define project roadmap (objectives, timelines, key activities)
  • Define and organise stakeholder involvement
  • Develop and facilitate workshops (design thinking, hackathons) and other events
  • Work closely with Fashion for Good team members, partners, relevant ecosystem players

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate has a relevant track record and combines strong interpersonal skills with a self-starting, pro-active attitude. The following qualifications are essential:

  • Demonstrated project management, analytical and research skills
  • Capacity to adapt to different work environments, easily navigating different cultures and organisation settings
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinking with the ability for sound judgementand accountability
  • Pro-activeness, enthusiasm, can-do attitude, comfort in dealing with uncertainty

The following experience is a plus: relevant work experience (approx. 3 years), e.g. in management consulting, sustainability, the apparel or plastics industry, an entrepreneurial / start-up setting

EDUCATION

Academic degree preferably within business, economics, material science, textile engineering.

LANGUAGES

Proficiency in English is a requirement.

YOUR APPLICATION

Please submit your application, consisting of a short motivation letter and your CV, via e-mail with the position you are applying for in the subject title to applications@fashionforgood.com.

Applications will only be considered until February 14th.

 

COMPANY BACKGROUND & CULTURE

Launched in March 2017, Fashion for Good  aims to reimagine how fashion is designed, made, worn and reused. This open and inclusive initiative – with its first physical hub in Amsterdam and a global ambition brings together brands, retailers, producers, innovators and funders.

Fashion for Good is changing the apparel industry through innovation and collaboration. Its Innovation Platform scouts, nurtures and funds early-stage ideas and it scales proven technologies and business models for wider adoption by the industry. Its Good Fashion Fund catalyses access to finance and its open-source Good Fashion Guide shares knowledge to help the apparel industry transform. As a convenor for change, Fashion for Good enables conversation and collaboration, bringing together co-locators at its first hub in Amsterdam, as well as visitors to the Fashion for Good Experience to learn more about Good Fashion.

Fashion for Good was launched with C&A Foundation as a founding partner. Its programmes are supported by corporate partners adidas, C&A, Bestseller, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target, Otto Group, PVH, Stella McCartney and Zalando, with estimated combined retail sales of over €130 billion.

Additionally, Fashion for Good partners with organisations including the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Impact Hub Amsterdam, McDonough Innovation, Plug and Play, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, The Boston Consulting Group and the ZDHC Foundation.