Senior Ethical Trade Manager, Western Europe & the Americas


Competitive + Excellent Benefits


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.

Due to growth and investment in the team we are now seeking a Senior Ethical Trade Manager to lead Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability activity across its supply chains in Western Europe and the Americas.

Reporting to the Global Ethical Trade Controller (Monitoring and Solutions), this key 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, based in the UK HQ, gives the successful candidate the opportunity to influence strategy, supporting the 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 cross functional, diverse teams
  • Good understanding of cultural and social nuances and sensitivities needed to work effectively with multiple stakeholders across the Region in scope
  • 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.

Talk to an Acre consultant about this role:

Georgie Beach 0207 400 5570

Job Ref. BBBH8147