Sustainability Specialist

Date posted:
Company: VF Corporation
Location: Stabio (TI), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

This role will support VF EMEA Sustainability Senior Manager in delivering VF’s environmental sustainability strategy, with a specific focus on circularity, direct operations and policy. The role will work horizontally across VF and its family of brands to share good practices and drive progress with regards to the focus areas named.

How You Will Make a Difference

Zero Waste Program

  • Engage actively with Global Corporate Sustainability team to ensure maintenance of 100% Zero Waste status of DCs in EMEA

  • Oversee the roll-out and verification process of the Sustainability Materials Management Guidelines across EMEA

Energy

  • Ensure monitoring and reporting of 100% RE goal in EMEA is done in a timely and accurate manner to relevant stakeholders in regional and global teams

  • Support the Global Sustainability Team with collecting necessary energy-related data

  • Facilitate the roll out and execution of Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) audits in EMEA

Green Buildings

  • Engage key stakeholders in EMEA in the adoption and implementation of new green building guidelines

  • In collaboration with Global Corporate Sustainability team, ensure new green building guidelines remain relevant to all key functions within the organisation, actively seeking for feedback from internal stakeholders and proposing relevant updates as needed

Circular Economy

  • Ensure Brands’ circularity learnings and initiatives are translated into playbooks and toolkits and shared within the organisation

  • Actively engage with regional and global teams to ensure relevant circularity related information is captured in blueprints and shared among key stakeholders

  • Continuously identify opportunities for linking 3rd quality products to circular initiatives (sorting, repairing, recycling), creating guidelines and policies as needed

  • Support regional and global teams in disseminating circularity-related knowledge across the organisation

Policy

  • Support in translating relevant emerging European policy as it relates to the industry into business scenarios and plans

Additional Accountabilities

Corporate Alignment: Participate and contribute to VF’s sustainability Working Groups and to Global meetings when required

Data gathering & analytics act as liaison between external and internal stakeholders to gather data needed for sustainability reporting, energy efficiency auditing, etc

Execute overall project management and work streams deliverables with regards to focus areas (e.g. project planning, milestones execution and monitoring).

Lead program, individual project activities and manage effective and timely communication on project progress and results to stakeholders

Skills for Success

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on environmental studies or related work-based experience

  • English language is essential both written and verbal

  • Additional language is an advantage

  • 2-3 years working experience at international level (private sector, civil society or related), environmental sustainability experience preferred

  • Previous experience in project management and strong facilitation and influencing skills

  • Analytical skills: ability to simplify complex matters, with a passion for translating data into clear graphics, processes and synthesize information into tangible insights

  • Communication & Networking skills: ability to listen actively and communicate clearly. Comfortable with proactively creating connections with relevant internal stakeholders, cross-functionally

  • Continuous improvement: ability to originate action to improve existing conditions and processes; actively identify improvement opportunities, generating ideas and implementing solutions

  • Managing work: ability to manage time and resources efficiently, within agreed timelines and milestones. Be comfortable to work in a highly complex and matrixed environment

  • Change Management: good understanding of change management processes and able to manage change effectively

  • Customer focus: able to understand and incorporate the customer perspective into decision making and choices; ability to craft and implement service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs

VF is a global apparel company connecting people to the lifestyles they cherish through our family of iconic brands. At the heart of our journey lies our purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package.

  • A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do

  • An inclusive international environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together

  • Be part of an iconic lifestyle brand in a multi brand, multi countries organization

  • On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives

  • A discount card with 50% on all VF brands

  • Break out areas offering complimentary hot drinks

Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity 

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, VF is committed to support disadvantaged groups whilst providing equal opportunities for both VF associates and applicants alike.

If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!

Please submit your application in English.