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Senior Manager of Verification

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Department: 2003

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is seeking a highly respected apparel professional to serve as its Senior Manager of Verification located in one of SAC’s offices around the globe. The successful candidate will ensure that the world’s leading sustainability index is the respected standard for measuring and improving environmental, social, and labor impacts for one of the world’s most important industries.

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers and factories within our industry.

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.

SAC seeks candidates who:

Are ambitious, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and aspire to achieve high levels of performance.

Are motivated by the mission of the organization and know that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members

Think ahead and proactively seek to understand the implications of their actions.

Contribute to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation.

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index at http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

Position Description

The Senior Manager of Verification will be responsible for overseeing and improving verification programs for the Higg Index suite of tools. The goal of this program is ensure that the Higg Index and its related tools are trusted measures for sustainability planning and benchmarking, with scores that can be leveraged for performance improvement and public facing communications.  This role requires an expert in supply chain management and a keen understanding of the dynamics related to “audit fatigue” with an interest to meet value chain verification needs in a different way. The successful candidate is someone who is a subject-matter expert and is experienced and confident in managing program contractors and facilitating stakeholder engagement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Facilitate member and stakeholder processes on evolving verification protocols and programs for Higg tools;

Manage the implementation of verification programs, including the selection and management of contractors;

Identify innovative approaches to improving data accuracy beyond traditional auditing methods; 

Pilot a brand verification program and product verification program in 2019, which includes vetting third-party verifiers and testing a verification methodology with ten or more companies;

Develop and maintain quality assurance for programs to ensure the credibility of verified scores;

Foster collaboration and convergence with other sustainability assessments that have been prioritized by SAC;

Measure program success and communicate the results;

Ensure Higg verification programs reduce redundancy in assessments while improving social and environmental results on the ground.

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

10+ years of progressive experience within the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries including supply chain management and verification programs;

Excellent written and verbal communications skills;

Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits;

Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Compensation and Location

SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. SAC's members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This is a full-time position.

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