Traceability Associate

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About Leather Working Group:

Your motivations:

Do you have an interest in sustainability and traceability? Do you want to be part of a global not-for-profit that drives change in the leather sector? Leather Working Group is a small organization with a big agenda. LWG has a global footprint and an employee eco-system that thrives on input.

Working for us:

We need someone who can:

  • Become an integral part of our employee ecosystem, contributing thoughts, and ideas towards running a world-leading not-for-profit organization, collectively driving positive change in the leather industry on a global scale
  • Be passionate about LWG’s focus areas; deforestation, traceability, animal welfare, environmental impact, chemical management, environmental auditing, and social responsibility
  • Have the professionalism to work with major global players, including directors and CEOs, within LWG’s membership, comprising of leather manufacturers, traders, brands, NGOs, and retailers
  • Have the ability to understand complex landscapes such as the different elements and actors within the leather value chain
  • Flex to meet changing priorities within tight deadlines and support the team where required.
  • Understand the nature of a collaborative culture and the value it brings to drive the development ofimpactful initiatives for the leather industry

Role summary:

As the Traceability Associate, your role will be to provide support to the Traceability Project Manager and drive forward the approach to traceability within LWG’s work. Your role is essential to aid the development of traceability and innovative chain of custody requirements of LWG.

We need you to:

Provide traceability project support and coordination:

  • Day-to-day communications with members including responding to inquiries and managing responses and updates as appropriate on traceability-related topics
  • Maintain the LWG website ensuring traceability content is updated and relevant
  • Co-ordinate multi-stakeholder communications and consultation processes on key traceability projects – such as running surveys and stakeholder interviews
  • Manage the analysis of stakeholder feedback and preparation of reports for both internal and external use
  • Research traceability and relevant supply chain due diligence topics, through reading reports, meeting with relevant organizations and individuals, as well as other relevant channels, and co-ordinate sharing updates and briefings as required
  • Manage aspects of project management for international pilot projects related to developing a chain of custody and traceability initiatives across the leather value chain
  • Co-ordinate project plans and Gantt charts to ensure deadlines are achieved and projects delivered against identified milestones
  • Assist the writing of press releases on key topics related to traceability
  • Help co-ordinate the development of LWG’s Global Due Diligence Framework – a resource tosupport and inform members on key issues related to sourcing leather

Technical & training support

  • Assist the writing of press releases on key topics related to traceability
  • Develop policy documents as required.
  • Help coordinate the development of LWG’s Global Due Diligence Framework – a resource to support and inform members on key issues related to sourcing leather

Meetings and events support:

  • Co-ordinate multi-stakeholder groups across the LWG Traceability Working Group and specialist steering committees, together with the LWG Traceability Project Manager
  • Take minutes and action follow up as required from stakeholder meetings and working group sessions
  • Manage preparation of presentations, taking ownership of presenting key updates and topic areas as required
  • Work closely with the core team and support all additional tasks as and when required

Qualifications and experience:

  • Ideally, you will need to have a degree in sustainability, environmental sciences, or similar
  • Ideally, previous experience with a brand, non-profit or multistakeholder initiative, with transferableskills in this sector
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with members and stakeholders
  • Proven ability and feel confident to present both remotely and in-person •
  • Excellent technical research skills that draw practical conclusions in a fast-paced environment
  • You need to have strong organizational and analytical skills, rigorous attention to detail, the ability to work to deadlines with competing demands, and a positive attitude to challenges
  • Desirable to have knowledge of traceability systems and chain of custody models
  • Desirable to have knowledge of international regulations and initiatives related to sustainable materials and product claims
  • Desirable to have an understanding of leather manufacturing, the leather supply chain, and key issues of concern when sourcing leather
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and email
  • Ability to travel with the opportunity for occasional international travel
  • Be willing to work remotely within the UK

Are you passionate about sustainability and traceability? Do you want to be part of a global non-profit that drives change in the leather sector? Leather Working Group(LWG) is growing it’s team and we are looking for a motivated Traceability Associate. This role is essential to support and drive forward the development of traceability and innovative chain of custody requirements at LWG. To find out more and apply please click here: