Fiber Crops Technical Program Manager

Who we are: Textile Exchange is a global non-profit working to help the fashion and textile industry transform fiber and material production by working with a robust membership of brands, retailers and suppliers to accelerate the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry.

What we do: In short, we build a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone. We develop, manage, and promote a suite of leading industry standards, as well as collect and publish critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. 

How we do it: With a robust membership representing leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry.

Climate+: With our new Climate+ strategy, Textile Exchange is the driving force for urgent climate action on textile fiber and materials with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030. By benchmarking the industry and providing actionable tools for improvement, Textile Exchange is driving a race to the top.

Working at Textile Exchange: We work remotely with a team located in 20+ countries. Diverse group of advocates and activists committed to harnessing the strengths of the global textile industry to accelerate change toward climate and other key environmental goals. We work collaboratively on important environmental issues around the world by working and interacting with farming groups, brands, retailers, and environmental experts in the textile and fashion industries around the world. We offer an opportunity to join a cutting-edge global environmental nonprofit and to help strengthen the impact of our organization. Each TEam member is offered a competitive compensation package with paid time off, yearly bonus, opportunities for continuing education, and more.

Intro

The Fiber Crops Technical Program Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day running of land-based fiber crop pilot, liaising with farm groups and seeking to capture impact and lessons learnt as well as managing internal relationships across Textile Exchange.

Reports to: Director of Standards

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Managing the Fiber Crop Pilots

  • Champion the Fiber Crop Program and pilots specifically, ensuring there are processes and systems in place to set expectations, capture data and draw out lessons learnt. More specifically,
    • Scoping:
      • Design overall pilot outcomes and impact (what information we are collecting and who we are targeting)
      • Design draft farm-level criteria and indicators for pilot in line with Climate+ goals and other industry recognized targets and indicators (e.g. Delta framework, SDGs, etc.)
      • Design model for linking producers to Impact Incentives and/or chain of custody.
    • Piloting: Identify potential pilots (e.g. producers part of an existing program interested in partnering or a producer that is not yet engaged with a program) and conduct pilots with producers in target commodities.
    • Reporting: Reporting the results of the pilots and draft practice requirements to share lessons learnt.
    • Partnering: Work with our Impact Incentives team to ensure lessons are shared and applied.
  • Manage the datasets of information that feed the Fiber Crop Program, working to align with Textile Exchange’s data strategy and in conjunction with the Data Center. Lead on data collection, in consultation with farmers and producer groups, and on normalizing other datasets to create a Fiber Crop Program suite of data.
  • Lead on the development of the Fiber Crop Program methodology, drafting additional criteria as needed, and liaising with farms, producer groups, and/or fiber programs to sense check improvements.
  • Design and draft benchmark and verification models by mapping out existing programs and initiatives according to scope and goals and identify levels along the pathway to intended good or best practices.
  • Work with the Director of Standards to inform the strategic direction of the Fiber Crop Program within the larger Textile Exchange Strategy and Textile Sector.

2) Ensuring alignment across Textile Exchange programs

  • Ensure continual alignment with and develop synergies between Textile Exchange corporate strategy, Climate +, the Data Center, Textile Exchange roundtables, Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB), etc.
  • Ensure strategic alignment between the Fiber Crop Program and Textile Exchange standards and Impact Incentives.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience working with cotton farm groups globally. Experience with broader land-based fiber crops is preferred.
  • Experience with or understanding of crop protection, water, soil, biodiversity, regenerative practices, GHG emission reduction, and economic factors.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and customer service skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and motivated.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple pilot projects and deadlines, while maintaining excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to think outside the box to creatively problem solve in a new space.

Employment Package

Full Time Position, 40 Hours a Week, 3-year Contract Term

Location: Virtual/Remote, Global

Annual Salary Range: $55,000-$75,000USD (Dependent upon experience)

Start Date: As Soon As Available

How to Apply

Please submit to recruitmentoffice@textileexchange.org with the subject “Fiber Crops Technical Program Manager”

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

Textile Exchange is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.