Senior Ethical Trade Manager – Turkey & Eastern Europe
Posted 3 weeks ago
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Acre is pleased to be working exclusively with a leading global fashion, apparel, beauty and homeware retailer with an exceptional commitment to Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability.
Our client has a strong presence in Turkey and due to growth in its team, is now looking to recruit a Senior Ethical Trade Manager to be based in Istanbul, covering Turkey and Eastern Europe as a Region. This follows significant investment in the growth of the team in Turkey over the past 2 years.
Reporting to the Global Ethical Trade Controller (Monitoring and Solutions), this newly created position focuses on managing and developing a diverse team of skilled professionals who; monitor social conditions, provide effective workplace remediation strategies and worker-welfare projects and drive the implementation of national and regional projects aimed at Environmental Sustainability. This role will lead these activities and support the strategic development of the programme and the team into the future.
Additional responsibilities include:
Contributing to the on-going development of the Regional Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability strategy, with a strong focus on social compliance
Managing and developing a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team
Maintaining the highest degree of integrity, confidence and gravitas in all operations at all times
Engaging in critical issues at all levels in order to protect the Brand as well as the rights of the workers in supply chains
Developing supplier relationships for security of supply and future fit to business strategy
Maintaining a network of relationships with service providers highlighting and leveraging opportunities for collaboration and engagement
Providing timely reporting including audit reports, ratings, critical issues and action plans
Maintaining strong relationships with Regional stakeholders, both internal and external
The successful candidate will have extensive experience in Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Trade with a strategic, global outlook on the key issues across Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability agenda in the Region, including its links into the corporate world and factory environments.
We are seeking:
Proven experience navigating complex supply chains; suppliers, factories and global departments
Extensive experience managing and developing large teams
Good understanding of cultural and social nuances and sensitivities needed to work effectively with multiple stakeholders across Turkey & Eastern Europe
Solid experience of factory auditing and remediation processes (e.g. SMETA, SA8000 advanced)
Proven track-record of creating and implementing workplace solutions, remediation and training
Good understanding of the trends in the Global & Regional environmental arena
Excellent organisation and communication skills
Confidence with IT including managing workflows, databases, spreadsheets & audit schedules
Fluent in English and able to travel extensively in the Region
This is a great opportunity to join a pioneering fashion brand with the backing of a highly committed parent company, providing the platform to influence and maintain real change and to have invaluable industry exposure at an international level.
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