Position: Manager Innovation Platform
Company: Fashion for Good
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Start date: as soon as possible
Employment type: Full time
POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Within a short timeframe of less than 2 years, Fashion for Good has established itself as the go-to platform for sustainable fashion innovation on a global level. As we are entering our next phase of growth, we seek a Manager who will be in charge of the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform offerings, focus Scaling programme, in areas of dyeing, processing, Cut-make trim, transparency and traceability, end of use and circular business models. You will manage scouting, assessing and supporting sustainable technological innovations that will have an impact at scale in the global footwear and apparel supply chain. You will also be responsible for building relationships with brands, retailers and manufacturers in order to drive pilots and implementation at scale. The Innovation manager will be part of the Fashion for Good innovation team.
As part of this, the innovation manger is responsible for the following areas:
Research and Landscaping
Scouting and screening
Pilot planning, roadmap to scale and relationship management
Thought-leadership and impact measurement
Team leadership and milestone management Innovation platform
The Innovation Manager plays a bridging function between innovators, Fashion for Good’s partners (brands, retailers and manufacturers), investors/financiers, and NGOs. S/He is also responsible for building and maintaining an active innovator alumni network.
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:
The following experience is a plus: relevant work experience (+5 years) in e.g. management consulting, sustainability, the apparel or footwear industry – preferably with a supply chain connection, an entrepreneurial / start-up setting.
Academic degree (MBA or Masters) preferably within business, economics, material science, chemistry or textile engineering.
Proficiency in English is a requirement.
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 email@example.com.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
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.