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Product Sustainability Manager

Reformation

Reformation

Product
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Who We Are:

Founded in 2009, Reformation is a revolutionary lifestyle brand that proves fashion and sustainability can coexist. We combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices, releasing limited-edition collections for individuals who want to look beautiful and live sustainably. Setting an example for the industry, Reformation remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainable fashion—running the first sustainable factory in Los Angeles, using deadstock and eco fabrics, tracking and sharing the environmental impact of every product, and investing in the people who make this revolution possible. The brand has also established itself as a pioneer in retail innovation, developing an in-store tech concept that brings the best of its online experience to its physical doors.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.

Here at Ref, we put people first. We know that you can't innovate and do cool stuff without having everyone on board. So we work to create a culture where everyone feels like they belong and where their voices are truly valued. We build an inclusive culture together and make a real impact along the way.

Summary:

Reformation is looking for an all-star Environmental Responsibility Manager who will be a key part in driving our environmental supply chain and product sustainability programs. In your role, you will further embed environmentally responsible practices within our supply chain and our products, advancing our work in the areas of supply chain transparency, resource efficiency, better materials and chemical management. You will work closely with supply chain partners and multi stakeholder organizations to ensure progress on our environmental goals. You will continually help to evolve programs and processes for effective implementation to ensure best in class programs for Reformation’s partners globally. You will lead strategic engagement efforts to ensure that projects are on target, on time and communicated effectively to key stakeholders.

You are smart, highly collaborative and thrive in an ever-changing and fast paced environment. You are passionate about making a difference, have great attention to detail and like to tackle hard problems. You are eager to understand complex, global material supply chains and enhance supply chain transparency.

Responsibilities:

Chemical Management

  • Continue to develop and implement a robust chemical management program, including protocols, policy, reporting, and enforcement of our MRSL
  • Manage implementation of our smart RSL testing strategy
  • Stay up to date with new developments in chemical standards and testing and work with internal team to update standards accordingly and ensure successful program rollout

Raw Materials & Traceability

  • Engage with suppliers at various stages of the supply chain to map material flows, collect data, and validate information through document verification and on-site assessments
  • Maintain our fiber standards ensuring that we are classifying and ranking fibers according to updated impact data
  • Collaborate with Purchasing and Sourcing teams to vet raw materials, packaging and trim POs to ensure they meet our sustainability standards prior to bulk order and coordinate receipt and reconciliation of transaction certificates after PO is placed
  • Monitor origins of each material where Reformation has made a policy or product claim, and provide verification when needed
  • Support the management of various certifications, to ensure compliance with standards such as GOTS, RWS, GRS, etc; work with auditing organizations to determine requirements based on product claims
  • Build methodology and tracking tools for improved material approval, traceability, and record maintenance systems and procedures
  • Develop and refine internal procedures, training, and supplier communications to support compliance with evolving regulatory and customer requirements related to traceability and upstream supply chain visibility
  • Assist with reporting for multi stakeholder initiatives like The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) Brand Retailer Module (BRM) and Textile Exchanges Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark (CFMB)

Resource Efficiency

  • Manage vendor recruitment and programming related to resource efficiency initiatives
  • Engage with our suppliers to accurately measure and evaluate the environmental impact of our supply chain; develop reduction strategies and track and reduce environmental outcomes such as energy and water consumption
  • Work with facilities to help coordinate successful execution of the HIGG FEM (Facility Environmental Module) and on-site verification, and work with facilities on improvement plans
  • Manage the Environmental corrective action plan management process
  • Manage manufacturing waste network programming, analysis and engagement

Skill Requirements:

  • BA or Master’s ideally with focus in environmental studies or sustainability
  • 5+ years of work experience in environmental sustainability or chemical management, ideally in the fashion industry
  • A proven track record of building trust with geographically diverse colleagues and supply chain partners and strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Recent experience in projects that include analyzing GHG emissions, life-cycle assessments, energy use, water use (including waste water), water pollution, chemistry and/or animal welfare
  • Familiarity with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Facilities Environmental Module and Product tools, chemical testing, chain of custody documentation, and environmental certifications
  • Bilingual (Spanish/Mandarin/Turkish/Portuguese) is a plus
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field and commitment to learn new concepts and industry best practices within a fast-paced environment
  • Advanced Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Excel, PowerPoint), and willingness to learn new software and data management tools (e.g., Airtable, Quickbase, supply chain management and traceability platforms)

Who you are:

  • Have a clear understanding on global sustainability standards and frameworks
  • Strong project manager with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and reliability of reporting
  • Data-driven, but also careful to avoid analysis paralysis; realize that purpose of work is to help make better decisions that have an impact
  • Direct and solution-oriented attitude with a proactive approach to problem-solving and decision making
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders at the same time and deliver to completion in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound judgment, resourcefulness, and capacity to deal with ambiguity

Benefits & Perks:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation, sick, holidays & volunteer time-off for eligible employees
  • Mission based company + casual and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Clothing discount, dog-friendly office, company events + parties and much more
  • 401K with company match

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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