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Senior Sustainability Manager

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands
Sustainability
July 2, 2024
Senior Sustainability Manager

Senior Sustainability Manager

We Are Denim Heads.

We love denim. Live and breathe it. It’s in our DNA. At G-Star, we see no limit to what denim can do. We believe it can be force of progress and innovation for both people and planet. How? By hiring the most creative, curious and caring minds. People who think beyond fashion. Bringing big ideas to big challenges. Driven by possibility. Those who work hard, make mistakes, but always continue to grow.

Denim is in our DNA, our people are our stitching.

Join the denim heads making raw denim!

Here’s what we’ll do together:
 
As Senior Sustainability Manager, you will play a pivotal role in executing G-Star’s sustainability strategy. This role requires a deep understanding of sustainability in the fashion and apparel sector, as well as the ability to collaborate across departments and industry.
This position requires a seasoned professional with extensive experience in navigating external relationships, particularly in the context of risk mitigation.
The successful candidate will collaborate closely with internal teams and external partners to advance sustainability initiatives and ensure effective progress.
The Senior Sustainability Manager will report to Head of Sustainability and work at our HQ in Amsterdam.
 

Your tasks & responsibilities:
 
External Stakeholder Collaboration:
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external stakeholders; NGOs, regulatory bodies, industry associations, and community groups.
  • Represent the organization in sustainability-related forums and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with external partners to identify shared sustainability goals and drive collective action.
Regulatory Compliance:
  • Stay abreast of evolving sustainability regulations and ensure the organization's compliance.
  • Work with concerned departments to address regulatory sustainability requirements.
  • Monitor performance against key sustainability performance indicators. 
Risk Identification and Assessment:
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments to identify and evaluate sustainability-related risks affecting the organization.
  • Stay informed about emerging trends and risks that may impact the organization.
  • Develop and implement strategies to mitigate identified sustainability risks and work closely with internal stakeholders to ensure improvement.
Reporting and Communication:
  • Prepare clear and concise reports on sustainability risks, mitigation strategies, and progress for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Improve internal and external sustainability communications channels.  
Engagement with Supply Chain Partners:
  • Develop and implement initiatives to improve sustainability practices throughout the supply chain.
  • Collaborate with suppliers and partners to assess and manage sustainability risks within the supply chain.
Accountable for:
  • Stay updated on and addressing regulatory requirements
  • Managing memberships
  • Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) for sustainability initiatives.
  • Prepare regular reports detailing progress, impact, and areas for improvement.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement in sustainability practices.
  • Stay updated on industry best practices and emerging trends.
 

What you bring to the table:
 
  • Master's Degree in a relevant subject area (e.g. Sustainability, Social Science, Corporate Responsibility, Business or Economics).
  • 6+ years within an international Apparel, Fashion and/or Retail industry environment.
  • Proven experience in sustainability roles with a focus on external stakeholder engagement and risk management.
  • In-depth knowledge of sustainability standards, regulations, and best practices.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to engage/interact and develop partnerships with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to identify, assess, and prioritize risks.
  • Ability to look for opportunities to improve and drive change in your focus areas.
  • Positive, energetic and solution oriented.

What we bring to the table:

Beyond a competitive salary, working at G Star brings many other perks and exciting opportunities: an awesome and diverse team that collaborates to change the game; a work environment that offers room for fun, inspiration and innovation; a clothing budget; a healthy lunch, and last but not least, a discount on a new bicycle!

What will happen next:

  • We will thoroughly review your CV/your portfolio.
  • We have a large expat community at G-Star, so please apply with an English CV!
  • When we hopefully find what we are looking for, we will contact you for a chat and if it’s a good fit, we’ll plan our first interview.
  • Because we’re very curious how you’d survive a mission impossible, we ask you to prepare a real-life business case in a follow-up interview.
  • Having an agile mindset is very important at G-Star, therefore we ask you to participate in an (online) Learning Agility Assessment.
  • When we’re ready to commit to each other, we’ll finalize the terms we’ve discussed and we’ll explain to you how to order your first pair of jeans from the G-Star employee store.

 

Good luck!