Sep 6, 2019

Innovation and Investment Analyst for South Asia

Innovation and Investment Analyst for South Asia

Position: Innovation and Investment Analyst for South Asia
Company: Fashion for Good B.V.
Location: Mumbai, India
Start date: as soon as possible
Employment type: Full time

POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

We seek an Analyst who will be responsible for scouting and screening innovations, performing due diligences and assessing and executing investment propositions from the South Asian region. The focus areas for scouting will be alternative raw materials, fabric and garment production (i.e. dyeing, finishing & cut-make-trim), end-of-use (recycling/upcycling), new business models as well as transparency and traceability. The Analyst will be part of the Fashion for Good innovation team and will predominantly be working from Fashion for Good’s Mumbai office while supporting the global team based in Amsterdam.

Key responsibilities of the Analyst include:

Scouting and screening

  • Constantly map and update the landscape of innovators (start-ups), to further strengthen our scouting database in the different focus areas.
  • Scout and screen innovators (start-ups) according to Fashion for Good’s established screening framework

Managing innovation relationships

  • Monitor and attend events where appropriate to maintain a healthy pipeline of innovations
  • Establish and manage relationships with key textile technology institutions around the world (e.g. academia, governments, incubators) to support start-up scouting efforts
  • Identify opportunities to expand our scope and establish relationships in different areas and geographies
  • Manage our alumni network of innovators

Evaluating investment opportunities

  • Identify and evaluate new investment opportunities
  • Perform financial and impact analysis and provide investment recommendation
  • Support portfolio management

Supporting Innovation team

  • Assist Fashion for Good’s Global Innovation Managers in supporting innovators in their efforts to scale
  • Support the due diligence processes conducted prior to accepting innovators in the Scaling Programme
  • Support the coordination of potential innovation events to be organised by Fashion for Good

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:

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

The following experience is a plus: relevant work experience (2-4 years), e.g. in venture capital, impact investing, management consulting, sustainability, the apparel industry, an entrepreneurial / start-up setting,

EDUCATION

Academic degree preferably within business, economics, finance, textile engineering, materials science, biotechnology.

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 be considered on a rolling basis.

COMPANY BACKGROUND & CULTURE

Launched in March 2017, Fashion for Good (FFG) 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.