For our client, a French fashion house that focuses on high end fashion, luxury goods and accessories, we have been exclusively retained to search for a Sustainability & Biodiversity Expert that will join their Fashion Sustainability team in Paris. Reporting to the Sustainability Director for Fashion, you will be an integral part of the Fashion team, working closely with the rest of the sustainability team, the Fashion operational teams, and the global sustainability teams, to support ongoing sustainable transformation projects across the Fashion value chain, in relation to our products and everything around them, while also establishing a fashion-wide center of expertise on addressing biodiversity loss.
Through this critical role within the organisation's Fashion's sustainability department, the Sustainability & Biodiversity expert will share subject matter expertise, pilot specific projects, and act as the division's go-to resource for technical and policy advice/support on biodiversity issues.
Guidelines development and support in their implementation
Design, develop, support and help drive the implementation of guidelines for the conservation of biodiversity (soil health, wildlife friendly practices, ecosystem protection and restoration) across the fashion value chain (materials, direct/ indirect operations, products) in partnership with relevant functional leads
Impact measurement, reporting and verification
Test and guide the organisations's approach to biodiversity evaluation, measurement, management, and monitoring, working in close collaboration with other members of the sustainability team at division and corporate level
Sustainability content and knowledge management
Act as a key point of contact within the Fashion division on biodiversity, forests, and ecosystem change policy, providing mentoring and building internal capacity
External collaborations, partnerships and policy
Participate in, and contribute to, leading external fora and collaborative platforms covering biodiversity issues of relevance to the fashion business
Keep up with the latest developments in corporate action and leading practice on addressing biodiversity loss, with a view to applying said practices to the fashion business, and establishing a center of expertise within the business to analyse and address biodiversity loss
Masters in business, sustainability or environmental sciences and at least 7 years of relevant professional experience in corporate sustainability, either in-house or in applied consulting
Strong experience with and knowledge of biodiversity issues for business
Strong knowledge of environmental footprint approaches and methodologies - GHG protocol, Science Based Targets for carbon and nature
Knowledge of and experience with material, product and enterprise environmental footprinting eg. LCA approaches and product environmental footprint approaches
Strong knowledge of collaborative platforms in the Fashion and biodiversity space
Strong project management skills
Good relationship skills and trust building in a complex environment.
Collaborative approach transversally and globally
Strong communications skills
Critical thinking skills - ability to think analytically and problem solve
Information seeking capabilities - in order to fill data gaps, identify critical information needs, and develop workaround solutions as needed
High degree of fluency in French and English
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