Senior Manager, Higg Brand & Retail Tool

Full-time position in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Amsterdam, Netherlands, or Hong Kong.

 

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected sustainability professional to serve as its Senior Manager, Higg Brand & Retail tools, located in one of SAC’s global offices. The successful candidate will play an essential role in managing SAC’s Higg Index Brand and Retail Module, which enable hundreds of apparel, footwear, and textile brands and retailers worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of their workers.

 

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers and factories within our industry.

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.

SAC seeks a candidate who:

  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Is solutions-oriented when navigating change and uncertainty.
  • Is ambitious, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance on a team.
  • Is comfortable navigating complex relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders – from government leaders to CSR managers in organizations both large and small.
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions in order to workplan effectively.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation.

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index at http://www.apparelcoalition.org.

Position Description

The Senior Manager, Higg Brand & Retail Tool will be responsible for managing and updating the Higg Brand & Retail Module and its suite of resources. The goal of this position is to continue to integrate input of Coalition members, facilities, and stakeholders into the tools and resources through effective engagement and facilitation and to scale the implementation of these tools globally. This role requires an expert in project management who is experienced and confident with facilitation of diverse stakeholder perspectives. This role also will require familiarity and experience working with environmental and/or social/labor program implementation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project manage the Higg Brand & Retail environmental and social & labor tools and programs to successful launch and completion.
  • Build buy-in with SAC members and small/medium enterprise users by gathering feedback and developing solutions to meet their needs, while keeping the overall project on track.
  • Lead internal team of staff, engineers, and consultants to implement online tools and supporting materials for the programs.
    • Support the technical development and scoring of Higg Brand & Retail Module;
    • Support technology development and testing of the Higg Brand & Retail Module on the Higg.org platform.
    • Be the lead expert and representative on Higg Brand & Retail Module for SAC staff, members, and external stakeholders.
  • Cooperate with policy staff to engage government officials to align Higg Brand & Retail Module with prioritized external stakeholders and their respective tools.
  • Engage with verification staff to develop and pilot test the verification approach
  • Coach one direct report (analyst-level) in Higg Brand & Retail Module content and scoring implementation.
  • Use strong understanding of supply chain, product creation, and logistics to develop Higg Index content that demonstrably leads to impact improvement.
  • Track and analyze Higg Brand & Retail Module adoption and performance data, including the development and review of data exports, internal and member data reporting, QA testing in cooperation with the technical teams, and responding to external data requests.
  • Present complex messages in a simple way in both formal and informal settings including webinars, full-day workshops, and on-stage to 350+ individuals.

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

  • 10+ years of progressive experience within a Brand or Retailer in the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries and in sustainability programs;
  • Strong project management, analytic and leadership skills;
  • Experience in developing and implementing environmental and social sustainability programs;
  • Experience with multi-layered, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and a solution-oriented approach;
  • Experience in consensus building;
  • Public speaking expertise;
  • Technology and or large-scale survey development and/or implementation experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds; and
  • Passion for sustainability.
  • BA required, MA preferred.

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC’s members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This position is a full-time position.

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Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools

Full-time position in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Amsterdam, Netherlands, or Hong Kong.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected sustainability professional to serve as its Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools, located in one of SAC’s global offices. The successful candidate will play an essential role in managing SAC’s Higg Index Facility Modules, which enable thousands of apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing facilities worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of their workers. The Higg Index Facility Modules are the respected global standard for measuring and improving both environmental and social/labor impacts for one of the world’s most important industries.

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry.

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.

SAC seeks a candidate who:

  • Is ambitious, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance.
  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation.

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index at http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

Position Description

The Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools will be responsible for managing and improving the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), Higg Facility Social/Labor Module (Higg FSLM) and their suite of resources. The goal of this position is to continue to integrate input of Coalition members, facilities, and stakeholders into the tools and resources through effective engagement and facilitation and to scale the implementation of these tools globally. This role requires an expert in the field of supply chain engagement and factory-level sustainability management, who is experienced and confident with facilitation of diverse stakeholder perspectives. This role also will require familiarity and experience working with environmental and/or social/labor metrics and data analysis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage Higg Facility Tools development: Lead planning and involvement of SAC members and stakeholders to shape content and methodology of the Higg Index Facility Environmental and Social/Labor assessments.
    • Support the technical development and scoring of both Higg Facility Modules.
    • Support technology development and testing of the Higg Facility Modules on the Higg.org platform
    • Be the lead expert and representative on Higg Facility Modules for SAC staff, members, and external stakeholders.
  • Oversee our pilot of a Facility Social Labor scoring approach in 2019, which includes working with existing staff to evaluate pilot results; leading member team to refine and launch final scoring, results, and benchmarking.
  • Engage with the Social Labor Convergence Project (slconvergence.org) to become SAC’s expert on their content, program, workplan and tools.
  • Continue the development of adoption resources that support the global scaling of the Higg Facility Modules, including “How to Higg” guidance, training and implementation guides, resources, and translations.
  • Lead the continued engagement and development of Higg Facility trainer and verifier programs.
  • Track and analyze Higg Facility Module adoption and performance data, including the development and review of data exports, internal and member data reporting, QA testing in cooperation with the technical teams, and responding to external data requests.

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

  • 10+ years of progressive experience within the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries including facility engagement and sustainability programs
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC’s members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This position is a full time position.

Full-time position in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Amsterdam, Netherlands, or Hong Kong.

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Senior Manager of Verification

Full-time position in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Amsterdam, Netherlands, or Hong Kong.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected sustainability professional to serve as its Senior Manager of Verification located in one of SAC’s offices around the globe. The successful candidate will ensure that the Higg Index is the respected global standard for measuring and improving both environmental and social/labor impacts for one of the world’s most important industries.

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel, footwear, and textile industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement suite of tools, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within the industry.

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide members and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships through which team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.

SAC seeks a candidate who:

  • Is ambitious, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance.
  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation.

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index at http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

Position Description

The Senior Manager of Verification will be responsible for building, maintaining, and improving verification programs for the Higg Index suite of tools. The goal of this program is to ensure that the Higg Index and its related tools are trusted and credible measures for sustainability performance and benchmarking, with scores that can be leveraged for performance improvement and public-facing communications. This role requires an expert in supply chain management and a keen understanding of the dynamics related to “audit fatigue” with an interest to meet industry verification needs in a different way. The successful candidate is someone who is a subject-matter expert and is experienced and confident in managing program contractors and facilitating stakeholder engagement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate member and stakeholder processes on evolving verification protocols and programs for Higg tools;
  • Manage the implementation of verification programs, including the selection and management of contractors;
  • Identify innovative approaches to improving data accuracy beyond traditional auditing methods;
  • Pilot a brand verification program and product verification program in 2019, which includes vetting third-party verifiers and testing a verification methodology with ten or more companies;
  • Develop and maintain quality assurance for programs to ensure the credibility of verified scores;
  • Foster collaboration and convergence with other sustainability assessments that have been prioritized by SAC;
  • Measure program success and communicate the results;
  • Ensure Higg verification programs reduce redundancy in assessments while improving social and environmental results on the ground.

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

  • 10+ years of progressive experience within the apparel, footwear, or textiles industries, including supply chain management and verification programs;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC’s members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This is a full-time position.

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The SAC seeks an experienced, hands-on, and detail-oriented engineering manager to join our growing Higg Index technology team. In this position, working closely with our CTO, you will play a key role in managing a global and growing team of developers who are engaged in building the next generation of sustainability solutions for the SAC. You will be responsible for overseeing multiple development efforts, managing them to budget and timeline, and ensuring that these efforts are not only individually successful but that they also align with SAC’s overall product roadmap.

This role will engage with external stakeholders including product managers, end users, clients and large multi-national organizations. As such, it is important that you have experience in a user/client facing role and are able to communicate clearly and professionally to a multi-stakeholder audience.

You will be stepping into an existing high-growth organization and a new platform that just re-launched in November. As an experienced engineering manager, you understand the opportunities and challenges that come with a new platform and are not only excited to jump in, but also have experienced the entrepreneurial phase at a technology or services organization or company and can contribute your expertise and insight.

Location: Irvine, CA

Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of 6-10 front-end and back-end developers
  • Convert specification documents to concrete engineering timelines and deliverables
  • Generate and manage achievable schedules that can be communicated publicly
  • Help to create and manage a new software development process that transitions the org from “Move fast and break things” to “Stability and Predictability”
  • Work closely with our CTO on new initiatives and efforts
  • Communicate and collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop proof of concept (non-production) features on our software stack
  • Coordinate closely with QA, Design and DevOps to maintain system quality and uptime
  • Provide regular reporting and updates on development process and schedules
  • Mentor and grow the team on capacity, capabilities and size

Key Duties / Tasks

  • Develop and execute engineering plans and schedules
  • Manage individual team members through goal setting, day to day work and bi-annual review cycles
  • Evolve and manage a robust engineering process through the full SLDC
  • Develop and own the final draft of software specifications
  • Review and approve all commits and check-ins as required
  • Develop key proof of concept features in order to seed them into the product release process as required
  • Work with multiple technologies and assist with technology selection

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Ability:

  • 2+ years of experience as a Software Engineering Manager
  • 5+ years of experience as a Software Engineer
  • Significant JavaScript / NodeJS expertise
  • Expertise in at least 2 other languages / environments (ex: Java, Python, Go etc.)
  • NoSQL and RDMS database expertise
  • Experience with Docker/Containerization deployments
  • Deep understanding of AWS services and roll-outs
  • Experience building and maintaining Angular 5+ SPA architectures
  • Remote team management
  • Ability to get the job done in an environment with minimal supervision
  • A practical perspective that balances current needs with the desire for perfection
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, build, release and maintain web-scale systems
  • A flexible, integration focused, outlook that allows you to proceed in uncertain environments while at the same time mixing new, old and custom-built technologies in interesting and sometimes counter-intuitive ways.

Education or Formal Training:

  • BS in Computer Science (or related engineering field) or equivalent experience
  • Formal project management experience is a plus, but we have dedicated PM capacity so not a requirement.
  • Formal agile process training is a plus, but we currently run a pretty lean process so not a requirement

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The SAC is seeking a Project Manager to manage multiple, concurrent medium to small-sized technically-focused projects in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including our internal development team and product owners. S/he will manage and monitor the progress of work streams and major timelines to ensure coordinated execution and communication of all assigned projects that are driving the SAC towards its 2020 vision. This position will report to the Director, PMO, and will be located in Irvine, CA

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage comprehensive project documentation, including project plans, schedules, estimates, and specifications
  • Coordinate cross functional teams to execute against project schedules
  • Manage daily stand ups with development team
  • Facilitate collaboration through effective project communication
  • Proactively identify project challenges and work closely with the development team and product owners to form and drive mitigation plans
  • Continuously improve project delivery by driving adoption of project management methodologies, tools and best practices
  • Develop and implement consistent project start up, execution, close down, and ongoing management procedures through best in class software tools
  • Actively document decisions and progress as part of standard processes

Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills, & Ability:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as a Technical Project Manager in software/web development organizations
  • Ability to manage complex relationships with multiple senior stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience in managing projects with technology components
  • Demonstrable experience with project planning tools, processes, terminology and best practices required (Agile or other active learning and/or certifications a plus)
  • Proven organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail
  • A high degree of strength in both written and verbal communications skills as well as presentation skills
  • Track record for working in a team-based, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, with the ability to multitask and handle changing priorities
  • Scrum master experience
  • Experience with Jira, Smartsheets, Google Sheets

Education or Formal Training:

  • BA/BS in a technical subject is preferred
  • Formal Project Management training is preferred

Compensation and Location

The SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, including a competitive benefits package, which includes health (medical, dental, vision), paid time off, paid sick leave, and a matched retirement plan. The SAC’s members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This position is full time and will be located in Irvine, CA.


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