Are you ready to work on a groundbreaking project that has the potential to move the needle in the social and labor landscape in the apparel and footwear sector? Send your application and CV to sandlinfo@apparelcoalition.org before November 15.

 

Senior Program Manager Stakeholder Engagement Social&Labor Convergence Project (SLCP)

Full-Time position

 

Position Description

The Senior Program Manager reports to the Project Director SLCP.

 

About the Project

This pioneering project seeks to develop a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework. This will result in a descriptive (standard-agnostic) tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data with the intent to measure social and labor conditions and replace current proprietary tools.

The converged tool and verification methodology will collect data on issues like child and forced labor, occupational health and safety, and wages. This would leave each brand or standard holder to make their own judgment on what is acceptable (compliant) or not.

We want to create a common framework for data collection that will promote the reduction of duplicated data and audits, and allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions. It will also enable business partners to measure continuous improvement and increase the opportunity for transparency.

A convergence of all efforts is the first step in the process moving the industry towards sustained improvements of working conditions. To promote adoption and create scale, the tool and verification methodology will be open-source and publicly available.

Find more information on: www.slconvergence.org

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The project will be implemented together with the current signatories of the project (180+ signatories, including some of the leading brands, manufacturers and organizations representing other stakeholders), who have been actively collaborating to build a Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) during the past 2,5 years. The SLCP is shifting now from development towards implementation. We have developed an ambitious 5 year strategic plan, in which wide scale adoption of the CAF is one of the goals. To achieve this, the senior program manager will work directly with the Project Director (and SLCP team members) on the following areas:

  • Further development of SLCP communication strategy and -materials
  • Outreach to (potential) SLCP signatories and -stakeholders
  • Formalization and onboarding of new signatories
  • Training of SLCP Users on the Converged Assessment Framework and SLCP Assessment Process

 

Qualifications

A successful candidate has:

  • Experience (hands-on and strategic) in corporate social management systems (>8 years) in this field);
  • Knowledge of social&labor compliance- and performance assessments, preferably in the apparel and/or footwear supply chains and relevant working experience
  • Demonstrated competencies on facilitating groups and navigating through complex political landscapes;
  • Diplomatic, convincing, energetic, flexible and enthusiastic personality;
  • Eager to learn and open minded;
  • Analytic skills and experience in program management;
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Effective (English) written and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
  • Enjoys a fast-paced, dynamic, challenging and team-oriented work environment;
  • Is willing to travel within and outside Europe;

 

Employment, compensation and location

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) facilitates the project and offers the support of the SLCP secretariat. For this job the SAC US will be the formal employer and will give administrative and logistical support to the Project and its staff.

The senior program manager will be part of the SLCP team, based out of Amsterdam, and will report to the Project Director.