Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility Manager

Full time | Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility
Location:Ventura Headquarters

Job Title:         Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility Manager

Reports to:      Senior Manager, Environmental Responsibility, Metrics and Reporting

Location:         Ventura, CA

General Summary

The Manager, Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (SCER Manager) is a member of the Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) department and is responsible for reducing the environmental impacts of Patagonia’s global supply chain through the Chemical and Environmental Impacts Program (CEIP). They seek ways to uphold the Company’s commitment to “cause no unnecessary harm” lessening the Company’s impact on the natural environment while complementing the activities of Patagonia’s social responsibility program. The SCER Manager reports to the Senior Manager, Environmental Responsibility, Metrics and Reporting.

Specifically, the SCER Manager is responsible for:

Managing the Chemical and Environmental Impacts Program (CEIP) with the other SCER Manager. Ensuring that CEIP evolves to remain a best-in-class program that is effective at protecting the environment and workers from harm while minimizing brand risk. Being a “Subject Matter Expert” in environmental issues, CEIP and other environmental programs and certifications, as well as detecting and resolving non-compliances with the CEIP standards. Conducting environmental compliance assessments, root cause analyses and developing remediation strategies to reduce environmental impacts, providing guidance to suppliers on corrective actions and continuous improvement plans and conducting educational supplier seminars. Partner with SER Social Responsibility staff to align programs and cross-over activities with suppliers. Communicating about CEIP with suppliers and other stakeholders, and representing the Company at meetings with suppliers, at industry group conferences and at external speaking engagements.

Essential Job Functions

Supply Chain Due Diligence

  • Evaluate the environmental performance of both current suppliers and potential new suppliers via questionnaires, surveys, off-site and on-site assessments, third party reports and certifications.
  • Conduct chemical and environmental assessments at supplier facilities, and in other cases coordinate SER Field Managers and 3rd party auditors to conduct those assessments.
  • Perform root cause analyses and develop remediation strategies to reduce environmental impacts, provide guidance to suppliers on corrective actions and continuous improvement plans, and conduct educational trainings in coordination with SER Field Managers and 3rd parties as needed.
  • Analyze third party reports and certifications for CEIP equivalency and acceptance.
  • Regularly update the CEIP manual toolkit for monitoring and remediation, training materials and procedures.
  • Work closely with other SER staff to address emerging issues of environmental responsibility, for example related to new types of suppliers, chemical suppliers, intermediate material suppliers, and farms.
  • Support SER staff with Patagonia’s chemicals management strategy and tools, the Patagonia Restricted Substances List (RSL), and product compliance with global regulations related to “chemicals in products."

Environmental Metrics

  • Work with suppliers to collect and verify environmental data (water, waste, energy, GHG emissions, etc.) via questionnaires, surveys, off-site and on-site assessments, third party reports and certifications.
  • Manage the successful implementation of data management and analytics software for supply chain environmental data.
  • Set targets and strategies for reducing environmental impacts in the supply chain and track progress, utilizing GHG Protocol Scope 3 principles and applying similar protocols for water, waste, and energy.
  • Report environmental supply chain performance metrics to the VP of SER on a monthly basis.
  • Provide supply chain environmental data and statistics for Patagonia’s annual reports, the Patagonia website and blog, catalogs, and other official communications.
  • Integrate environmental supply chain performance metrics and other Key Performance Indicators from CEIP into an environmental score for suppliers, and partner with other SER staff and the 4-Fold Supply Chain Management Team on a balanced supplier scorecard.

Strategy and Budget

  • Develop annual and long-term strategic plans and budgets to improve, scale, and accelerate CEIP, in partnership with other SER staff and in line with the vision and goals of the Company and SER department.
  • Continuously seek out new leading practices in environmental responsibility to ensure Patagonia’s strategy and budget reflect the most progressive and best-in-class approach.
  • Conduct internal and external trainings on CEIP and Environmental Responsibility.
  • Represent the SER department on internal committees and at cross-functional meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with the other SER staff and other related departments to collaborate efforts and align programs and cross-functional activities with suppliers.
  • Meet with suppliers to foster partnerships and to educate them on CEIP and other initiatives and requirements.
  • Write responses to customers, write content for the Patagonia website and blog, and participate in interviews with the media and stakeholders interested in the Company’s SER efforts and programs.
  • Participate in external roles such as industry working groups, steering committees, boards of directors and advisory boards to gain knowledge and align Patagonia’s programs/tools with the industry and vice-versa.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit and/or stand and/or look at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor in a flexible and often noisy work environment.
  • Must be able to travel a minimum of 20% of work time in a rolling 12-month period, internationally and domestically, utilizing various transportation methods.
  • Must be able to walk around supplier manufacturing facilities and conduct on-site audits that may last one or two days at a time.

Minimum Job Qualifications  

  • Master’s degree in environmental sciences or a related field.
  • 5 years of environmental audit and impact reduction experience with apparel and textile factories in diverse geographical regions; alternatively, 100 factory environmental audits and experience designing environmental remediation strategies and conducting supplier trainings.
  • 5 years of full-time complex environmental project management experience coordinating multiple work streams.
  • Experience in developing sustainability indices and assessment tools.
  • Familiarity with apparel industry sustainability strategies, groups, and initiatives, as well as relevant environmental activist campaigns and media coverage.
  • Excellent understanding of environmental metrics and reporting standards (e.g. GHG Protocol) and sustainability writing and reporting experience.
  • Excellent data analysis skills, and familiarity with databases and analytics tools for supply chain management and environmental data analysis tools.
  • Good understanding of apparel supply chains, manufacturing processes, and the related potential for chemical and environmental impacts.
  • Strategic, business process oriented thinker and an excellent mind for risk management.
  • Positive outlook, diplomatic and adept at conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills and ability to work well with all levels of staff including executives.
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills. Proactive and clear communication via email, phone, and webinar with different stakeholders. Experience in training and public speaking.
  • Experience and capacity for communicating respectfully and effectively with non-native English speakers, and with people from a variety of countries, ethnicities, cultures, and native languages.
  • Self-starter/learner, able to work independently and in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment, able to meet deadlines and share progress regularly via key performance indicators.
  • High proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and internet applications.

Preferred Job Qualifications  

  • 10 or more years of environmental audit and impact reduction experience with apparel and textile factories in diverse geographical regions; as well as experience designing environmental remediation strategies and conducting supplier trainings.
  • 7 or more years of full-time complex environmental project management experience coordinating multiple work streams.
  • Experience implementing GHG Scope 1, 2 and 3 protocols, GRI or other sustainability reporting standards at an apparel brand.
  • Familiarity with Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s).
  • Familiarity with toxicology, chemical hazard assessments, risk assessments, and alternative assessments as well as experience with Green Chemistry innovation.
  • Good understanding of the chemistry used in apparel and textile supply chains, where to find environmental and human exposure, and how to mitigate chemical risks.
  • Past experience in conducting social responsibility audits or traceability audits in supply chains.
  • Familiarity with the bluesign® System and criteria, including input stream management, management systems, resource productivity, product stewardship, chemicals management, water emissions, air emissions, waste, hazardous chemicals, and emergency preparedness.
  • Experience conducting root cause analyses for environmental impacts from factories and developing remediation/action plans for environmental performance improvement.
  • Experience implementing resource efficiency improvements at manufacturing facilities.
  • Experience with emissions monitoring and reporting systems, as well as maintenance, troubleshooting, and training.
  • Familiarity with outdoor industry product suppliers and material suppliers.
  • Familiarity with the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module and the Verification Protocol.
  • Familiarity with global environmental and chemical legislation relevant for manufacturing facilities.
  • Fluent (verbal and written) in Spanish language.
  • Ability to read Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese characters.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit and/or stand and/or look at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor in a flexible and often noisy work environment.
  • Must be able to travel a minimum of 20% of work time in a rolling 12-month period, internationally and domestically, utilizing various transportation methods.
  • Must be able to walk around supplier manufacturing facilities and conduct on-site audits that may last one or two days at a time.

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and suppliers.

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