The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is dedicated to powering innovation for the circular economy through products that have a positive impact on people and planet. As the standard-setting organization and certification body for the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, the Institute works closely with leading organizations worldwide to guide and validate their efforts to apply the principles of material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness to product design and manufacturing.
The Technical Director will lead and oversee day-to-day certification program technical operations and also be the Product Circularity technical leader for the Institute. The position will be responsible for the technical development and maintenance of the Cradle to Cradle Certified standards and ensuring that all products seeking certification have been assessed in accordance with program policies and are in compliance with Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard requirements. Working closely with the Institute’s Certification Team and global assessor network, the Director will deliver efficient, high quality certification services to companies in the Cradle to Cradle Certified community.
As the Product Circularity technical leader, the Director will also lead the planning and execution of all Product Circularity related activities for the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. The position will set strategic direction for the evolution of the standard’s Product Circularity requirements and carry out operational activities to support their successful implementation.
Conduct the Cradle to Cradle certification process in alignment with ISO 17065 and implement best practice quality assurance and third party verification procedures
Train and manage a team of auditors to perform in-depth technical reviews of product assessments conducted by independent assessor organizations to verify compliance with Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard requirements
Make certification decisions and perform technical reviews of product assessments as needed
Regularly analyze, create, and implement tools, resources, and procedures to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and scalability of the assessment, audit, and verification processes
Provide technical support, conduct on-site audits, and lead the resolution of assessment issues to ensure the Institute’s assessment bodies assess products consistently and in accordance with the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard
Develop and implement an effective training program for Cradle to Cradle Certified assessors in collaboration with the Institute’s technical team
Provide technical support to C2CPII staff, certification applicants, and program stakeholders regarding the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard requirements and certification process
Lead ongoing implementation and maintenance of the Product Circularity requirements in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard through the development of clarifications, interpretations, and modified compliance paths, as well as updates to the standard reference materials
Lead the process for the development of the next version of the Product Circularity requirements in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard through a periodic evaluation and revision process, including the development of change proposals in collaboration with the Institute’s Standards Steering Committee, Product Circularity Expert Advisors, and technical team
Develop and maintain guidance documents, forms/templates, and other tools to assist certification program applicants with implementation of the standard’s Product Circularity requirements and optimization of their products in circular systems
Recruit and manage Product Circularity Expert Advisors to support maintenance and revision of the standard’s Product Circularity requirements
Effectively communicate the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard requirement framework and Product Circularity objectives at stakeholder meetings and conferences and through the development of technical reports and publications
Serve on external technical committees and working groups to provide technical support and increase adoption of Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard
Master’s degree or higher in a relevant scientific/technical discipline
Minimum of eight years of related experience or equivalent combination of related education/training and experience
Experience working with environmental standards and/or certification, ideally for products
Technical experience and/or working knowledge in chemical hazard and exposure assessment; circularity concepts (biodegradation, composting, recycled content, recycling processes); energy accounting, renewable energy credits, and greenhouse gas emissions, accounting, and offsets; water stewardship concepts; social compliance
Knowledge of and practical experience with product circularity principles, standards/programs, tools, and trends
An understanding of product manufacturing practices preferred
Experience collecting, reconciling, and analyzing data and reports
Strong commitment and thorough attention to detail
Exceptional technical writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills in English, additional languages preferred
Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage projects and balance multiple priorities
Hands-on self-starter, able to initiate projects and work independently
Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high-quality work within a set timeline
Strong aptitude for proactive problem-solving and embracing change, and a genuine passion for advancing the Cradle to Cradle principles
Proficiency in standard office software
If you would like more information about this role, please apply or contact Nancy Schurig via email@example.com.