Fashion For Good Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 17, 2020Experienced (8+ years)
Position: Innovation Manager Company: Fashion for Good Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Start date: as soon as possible Employment type: Full time POSITION SUMMARY & KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Since its launch in 2017, Fashion for Good has established itself as the global go-to platform for sustainable fashion innovation. As we are entering our next phase of growth, we seek a leader who will be in charge of the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform offerings in areas of raw materials, wet processing and circular business models. You will be responsible for scouting, assessing and supporting sustainable technological innovations that will have an impact at scale in the global apparel and footwear supply chain. You will also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with brands, retailers and manufacturers in order to drive pilots and implementation at scale. Furthermore, you will be Fashion for Good’s lead on impact measurement and reporting. The Innovation Manager will lead part of the Fashion for Good innovation team and report directly to the Managing Director. In particular, the Innovation Manager is responsible for the following areas: Team leadership and milestone management Innovation platform Lead a team of Innovation analysts and guide them in their research, scouting and screening activities Develop annual timeline and milestones, prepare partner decision-making meetings (e.g. Innovation Committee, Scaling workshop) and drive innovation-related elements of Fashion for Good gatherings and events Drive strategic planning and program evolution of the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform Research and landscaping Lead research and build networks with experts, as well as undertake activities that build and disseminate Fashion for Good knowledge of key innovation areas – such as convenings or roundtables. Act as Fashion for Good’s subject matter expert for selected innovation areas, and maintain the dialogue with the relevant experts in Fashion for Good’s brand, retailing and manufacturing partners Assess and document existing, more mature solutions, gaps and best practices implemented Scouting and screening Lead scouting, screening and perform in-depth due diligence (together with technical experts) on innovators (start-ups) for Fashion for Good’s Accelerator and Scaling programmes 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 Pilot planning, roadmap to scale Drive pilot implementation projects Develop and execute roadmaps to scale up innovations, including unlocking access to capital, providing relevant expertise and linking to market(s) through partnerships with Fashion for Good’s brand, retailing and manufacturing partners Thought-leadership and impact measurement Build Fashion for Good’s presence as a thought leader in the area of sustainable innovation in raw materials, wet processing and circular business models through events and publication contributions Further build and execute on Fashion for Good’s impact reporting strategy Conduct ongoing impact measurement and collation tasks relating to the sustainability and social impact of innovators in Fashion for Good’s programme The Innovation Manager plays a bridging function between innovators, Fashion for Good’s partners (brands, retailers and manufacturers), investors/financiers, and NGOs. QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate has a relevant track record and combines strong interpersonal skills with the self-starting, pro-active attitude required for our start-up environment. The following qualifications are essential: Demonstrated team leader sh ip, project management, analytical and research skills Capacity to adapt to different work environments, easily navigating different cultures and organisation settings Capacity to navigate, work together with and mobilise large, global corporate organisations 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 , comfort in dealing with uncertainty The following experience is a plus: relevant work experience (approx. 5 – 7 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 preferably within business, economics, material science, (textile) engineering. LANGUAGES Proficiency in English is a requirement. 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, Chanel, 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.