Jul 5, 2019

Project Manager Acceleration: Dutch Circular Textiles Valley

Project Manager Acceleration: Dutch Circular Textiles Valley

Position: Project Manager Acceleration: Dutch Circular Textiles Valley
Company: Fashion for Good
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Start date:  as soon as possible
Employment type: Part-time (32 hours per week)

 

POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Within a short timeframe of 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 Project Manager with knowledge of the circular economy and the Dutch textile industry. In this role you will be in charge of the Fashion for Good Innovation support for the Netherlands national textiles project, the Dutch Circular Textiles Valley (DCTV). You will be responsible for scouting, assessing and scaling select circular innovations in the Netherlands across the areas of raw materials / feedstock and end of use (collection, sorting, recycling) and circular business models. You will also be responsible for building relationships with brands, retailers and manufacturers in order to drive pilots and implementation at scale. The Project manager will be part of the Fashion For Good Innovation Platform Team.

 

As part of this, the Project Manager is responsible for the following areas within the acceleration work package:

Scouting and screening

  • Scout, screen and perform in-depth due diligence on innovators (start-ups) and initiatives with relevance for the DCTV programme
  • Orchestrate call for applications and manage selection process from long list to short list
  • Set up decision making mechanism to welcome 6-8 innovators into the programme
  • Sequential on-boarding of selected innovators / initiatives

Pilot planning and roadmap to scale

  • Identify support needs for innovators in order to reach “investment readiness” level
  • Based on the identified gaps, develop roadmaps for support across topics such as business plan & financials; impact assessment; governance needs and team; partnership and investments.
  • Providing relevant expertise and linking to partners
  • Execute roadmaps to scale

Project and relationship management

  • Establish and manage relationships with the four regional textile hubs and engage a community of national collectors, recyclers, sorters, brands and retailers
  • Set up, manage and execute project plan for the work package, in close collaboration with DCTV project partners and deliver on project goals by coordinating internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate with project team to drive related marketing and communications efforts

 

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:

  • Experience in the textile industry, in particular across the areas of raw materials / feedstock and end of use (collection, sorting, recycling) and circular business models
  • In-depth understanding of the Dutch textiles context
  • Demonstrated project management, analytical and research skills
  • Capacity to adapt to different work environments
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as presentation skills
  • Creative thinking with the ability for sound judgement and accountability
  • Pro-activeness, enthusiasm, can-do attitude

The following experience is a plus: relevant work experience (3-5 years) in e.g. management consulting, sustainability, the apparel or footwear industry – preferably with a supply chain connection, an entrepreneurial / start-up setting.

 

EDUCATION

Academic degree (MBA or Masters) preferably within business, economics, material science, chemistry or textile engineering.

 

LANGUAGES

Proficiency in Dutch and 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  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.