Location New Jersey
Job-type Permanent
Salary $Competitive
Reference 14485

Acre has partnered with The Children's Place, a US-based apparel retailer with stores across the country and a booming e-commerce business; to help find a new Sustainable Chemistry Manager.

This individual will help drive the development and evolution of The Children's Place chemical management strategy; establishing a baseline for the business and working closely with ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) to drive change through their global supply chains.

Through collaboration with sourcing counterparts, vendors, membership groups, and civil society organizations, you will ensure that The Children's Place sustainability goals and objectives are met, and a clear plan is in place for the future.


  • Partner with internal and external organizations globally to monitor and minimize the usage of restricted substances (finished goods and in manufacturing processes)

  • Work with Legal and Product Integrity teams to ensure and maintain compliance with all chemical regulatory requirements

  • Create and execute chemical management policies, tools and methodologies, including The Children's Place Restricted Substance List (RSL) and Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)

  • Facilitate communication of RSL and MRSL requirements throughout the supply chain

  • With Product Integrity and Legal teams, build an expanded risk matrix for product testing to ensure RSL compliance for high-risk vendors and products

  • Enhance database of test results for analysis and continuous improvement

  • Review and find resolution of chemical and wastewater testing failures

  • Manage 3rd party service providers for RSL and MRSL on-site audits, root cause analysis and follow-up on corrective action

  • Connect cross-functionally with other teams to share product testing results and updates

  • Identify areas of value-added opportunities around chemicals and wastewater for improvement in the global supply chain

  • Provide oversight and training to suppliers to support capacity building, technical knowledge and thought leadership in chemical and wastewater management performance

  • Lead and develop engagement strategy with vendors and mills around preferred chemical use in manufacturing

  • Collaborate and build relationships with external stakeholders (AFIRM Group and ZDHC) to identify opportunities for improvement and best practices

Reporting directly to the Director of Social Responsibility and Environment, you will have a say in strategy, planning, and execution of all chemical management activities with a clear vision and goals that align with The Children's Place overarching environmental strategy.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science or related disciplines

  • Strong chemistry background in the apparel and footwear industry

  • Experience in product safety audit, compliance, product testing, or inspection for product

  • Solid understanding of global chemical regulations and manufacturing practices

  • An unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity

  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development, project management, and program implementation

If you are qualified and want an opportunity to join this values driven team of top-tier professionals, please apply here or email Sarah Walde at sarah.walde@acre.com.