Oct 5, 2020

HIRING: Technical Expert

HIRING: Technical Expert

Position: Innovation Platform Technical Expert
Company: Fashion for Good B.V.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Start date: Immediately, now until 5th Jan 2021
Employment type: Full time

POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

We seek a Technical Expert who will be responsible for scouting, screening and conducting a technical/scientific “fit for purpose” evaluation of raw material, wet processing,manufacturing and end of use innovations. Deep industry and supply chain knowledge is required to assess the practical and commercial dimensions for piloting and scaling these innovations. The Technical Expert will also be responsible for supporting the innovation platform team from a technical and scientific perspective in their execution of innovation landscaping and projects. The Technical Expert will be part of the Fashion for Good innovation team and report to the Innovation Platform Director. 

Key responsibilities of the Technical Expert include:

Scouting and screening existing and new innovators

  • Scout and screen innovators (start-ups) according to Fashion for Good’s established screening framework. Execute in depth due diligence with a focus on the scientific and technical feasibility of the innovation. 
  • An assessment of the commercial viability as well as the steps required to scale the innovation, including the right partners required, equipment needed, price points, costs, risks and opportunities is a must. 
  • Provide robust guidance and support to the Innovation Platform team around scientific or technical questions relating to innovators within the raw materials, wet processing, manufacturing and then end of use space. 
  • Constantly map and update the landscape of innovators (start-ups), to further strengthen our scouting database in the different focus areas.
  • Establish and manage relationships with key textile technology institutions around the world (e.g. academia, governments, incubators) to support start-up scouting efforts

Managing innovator relationships and roadmap to scale

  • Support and at times lead the due diligence processes conducted prior to accepting innovators into the accelerator or scaling programmes including conducting technical and impact feasibility assessments.
  • Build roadmap to scale for select innovators – including pilot proposals, orchestration of different supply chain players, commercial considerations for scaling
  • Support the Innovation Platform team in their quarterly alumni engagement with a focus on understanding the innovators development/progress and TRL progression to date. 

Supporting Innovation team

  • Simplify complex scientific technologies so that a broad range of stakeholders both within and outside of Fashion for Good may understand the risks and opportunities of the innovation. 
  • Provide insight from within the fashion supply chain on how these innovations might be applied or piloted in order to inform Fashion for Good’s piloting route
  • Identify appropriate supply chain pilot partners, leveraging existing network and ecosystem where possible 
  • Assist Fashion for Good’s Innovation Platform Director in supporting innovators in their efforts to scale – in particular the Technical Expert should play a critical advisory role in assessing the technical and commercial feasibility of the innovator to participate in a project. 
  • Document all associated interactions in relevant tools (ex: airtable, landscape reports, etc)

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate has a relevant track record and combines strong interpersonal skills with a self-starting, proactive attitude. 

The following skills/knowledge is essential:

  • Strong analytical and research skills with attention to detail
  • Strong MS powerpoint and presentation skills
  • Capacity to adapt to different settings and to work in a demanding and multicultural environment
  • A good understanding of the supply chain & the fashion industry
  • Self-starter with strong organisational and time management skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinker with the ability for sound judgement and accountability
  • A pro-active, enthusiastic, can-do attitude and comfortable dealing with uncertainty

The following work experience is essential:

  • Strong knowledge of material science – at least 5 years of work experience as an Innovation Engineer, Garment Engineer, Materials/Textile Engineer or similar
  • Experience within a garment manufacturing company is a must

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in textile process engineering, textile technologies, apparel and textile manufacturing. Further qualifications, particularly a PhD is a plus. 

LANGUAGES 

Proficiency in English is a requirement. 

YOUR APPLICATION 

Please click on this link to apply: https://fashion-for-good.homerun.co/technical-expert/en  You will be required to submit a short motivation letter and your CV

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

To apply for this position, you must be eligible to work in the EU and living or willing to relocate to the Netherlands.

COMPANY BACKGROUND & CULTURE

Launched in March 2017, Fashion for Good is a global organisation that aims to reimagine how fashion is designed, made, worn and reused. This open and inclusive initiative brings together brands, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators, funders and individuals united in their shared ambition to make all fashion good.

Fashion for Good is changing the apparel industry through innovation and collaboration. Our Innovation Platform scouts, nurtures and funds early-stage ideas, scaling proven technologies and business models for wider adoption by the industry. Our Good Fashion

Fund catalyses access to finance and our open-source Good Fashion Guide shares knowledge to help the apparel industry transform. As a convenor for change, we enable conversation and collaboration, bringing together co-locators in our headquarters in Amsterdam, as well as visitors to the Fashion for Good Experience to learn more about Good Fashion.

Fashion for Good’s Programmes are supported by founding partner Laudes Foundation (formerly C&A Foundation), co-founder William McDonough and corporate partners adidas, C&A, CHANEL, BESTSELLER, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando and affiliate partners Arvind, Norrøna, vivobarefoot and Welspun. 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION 

At Fashion for Good we pride ourselves on community and collaboration with a focus on creating positive impact and building a force for good. We value all points of view and believe in the power of doing things differently to drive innovation and catalyse change. We’re an international team, currently with 11 nationalities, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is welcome to be their true selves and do their best work. There’s more work to be done and in building towards a better fashion industry, we consider all applicants on the merit of their academic qualifications and professional experience.

 

*Please note that enquiries from recruitment agencies are not appreciated at this time*