Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility

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

Job Title:              Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility

Location:              Ventura, California, USA

Reports to:           VP, Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER)

General Summary

The Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility is a key Department leader responsible for reducing and eliminating environmental impacts in Patagonia’s global supply chain under our comprehensive “Chemical Environmental Impact Program (CEIP).” Specifically, s/he seeks and implements innovative and pioneering ways to uphold the Company’s mission of “We are in business to save our home planet.” The position has a team of expert staff located in five countries managing environmental audit and capacity building programs around water, waste, CO2/energy and chemicals in our textile mills and finished goods factories. The position also represents the company in various industry groups and is an expert speaker at internal and external events. The position works closely with product staff and especially with our materials innovation, product responsibility, sourcing and social responsibility teams.

Essential Job Functions

(Percentages subject to fluctuation)

Supervisor Duties

Supervise Direct Reports

  • Hire, train, mentor, coach and evaluate direct reports’ performance (positions located in Ventura, California).
  • Ensure team delivers on job expectations including the successful completion of targets getting us to annual and long term (2025) goals and program requirements to reduce environmental impacts.
  • Work with cross functional heads to ensure direct reports have the support needed to align on environmental goals and activities.
  • Ensure staff engage in productive, continuous and timely interaction with other SER staff and any other relevant department or organization.
  • Ensure new staff receive all required orientation training. For existing staff, identify training needs for direct reports, arrange for external trainings or create training materials and execute trainings.
  • Manage and process all direct report employee requests and processes.

Oversee or Directly Manage Programs

Strategy and Budget 

  • Research and ideate on new, pioneering, scalable innovations in environmental responsibility in the supply chain. Present new ideas to the VP of SER, other VP’s and product Department heads.
  • Participant in the company’s long term environmental and social responsibility strategic planning (i.e. beyond 2025).
  • On an annual basis and in conjunction with his/her staff, develop, manage, communicate and implement a focused annual environmental strategy and budget to eliminate or reduce supply chain environmental impacts. He/she will continuously seek out new leading practices in supply chain and environmental metrics to ensure our strategy and budget reflect the most progressive and cutting-edge practices.
  • Provide regular updates to the SER team, VPs and Directors regarding adjustments and progress on short, medium and long term environmental goals.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility are managed within a business process that is clearly communicated to internal and, when necessary, external stakeholders. Where necessary, ensure program policies and procedures are in written form.
  • Develop and implement new or revise CEIP programmatic Department policies and procedures and supplier information and trainings as needed.
  • Read and keep abreast of current supply chain environmental issues, trends, hot topics.

Supply Chain:  Chemical Environmental Impact Program (CEIP)

The Director will spend the majority of his/her time leading our environmental responsibility program called Chemical Environmental Impact Program (CEIP).

  • Successfully oversee the Chemical Environmental Impact Program (CEIP).  Ensure all CEIP direct reports managing or supporting this program successfully measure and reduce or eliminate environmental impacts as outlined in our annual strategy, programmatic requirements and 2025 goals. CEIP tasks include but are not limited to:  timely execution of accurate supplier environmental assessments, remediation efforts, tracking and recording of engagements including audit findings and supplier scorecard, capacity building activities, 3rd party audit and consulting firm management and CR360 and other environmental data management.
  • Lead the environmental team in the weekly 4-fold meetings and ensures staff come to sound conclusions on pre-sourcing audits for new potential and approved suppliers. Reviews and approves all 4-fold environmental supplier decisions, including vetoes and ensures team is effectively communicating the risk profile of each supplier to internal product teams. Participates in responsible exit decisions with the sourcing and materials teams.
  • Liaise with both finished goods and raw materials suppliers to build relationships, communicate and support new and existing programs, train and share updates.
  • Ensures all audit staff maintain a respectful, partnership demeanor with all of our supply chain partners.
  • Visit suppliers in the US and overseas as required and conduct CEIP audits and other assessments as needed with or without a third party.
  • Develop and conduct internal and external factory Corporate Responsibility trainings when needed.
  • Lend advice and help develop farm level environmental programs, including the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC).

Data Management

  • Spearhead and lead the SER team to improve environmental metrics systems including our CR360 supply chain platforms and integration with the Higg Index and product IT systems.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Social Responsibility and Traceability, lead the SER team on CR360 improvements and add on modules. Participant in the CR360 brand collaboration group.
  • Lead in iterating on our environmental executive dashboard showing impact reduction targets and progress in energy/CO2, water, waste and supplier performance. Ensure dashboard is in step with environmental accounting systems we utilize and our 2025 companywide impact reduction goals.
  • Ensure environmental data tracking and recording is completed in a timely manner by designated staff.
  • Partner with, support and effectively communicate with the Materials Innovation and Product Responsibility teams on data sharing and ensure any impact calculation decisions are harmonized between product and facility level metrics in all impact categories. This position is the lead SER representative in the Impact Task Force meetings.

External Stakeholder Management

  • When necessary, plan and execute responses to activist group campaigns in conjunction with the VP of SER, PR and other affected Departments as needed.  When needed, the Director will convene a task force to determine next steps and works to track, resolve, and reply to external stakeholders.
  • Foster relationships with key environmental groups.
  • Alert the VP of SER and other executives of emerging trends and external brand scores (from web NGO’s), both positive and negative, in a timely manner.

Other Communication (Internal and External)

  • Lead direct reports to implement and maintain the SER department’s internal and external training calendar.
  • Speak at various conferences and other public events as necessary.
  • Lead and participate in internal task forces and external industry groups (this position is the lead contact for bluesign®, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, among others).
  • Write responses to customers and participate in interviews with outside stakeholders interested in the Company’s SER efforts and programs.

Other Job Functions

  • Back up to direct reports and the VP of SER when absent or as needed.
  • Work with executives on fulfilling special projects.
  • Other assignments as needed.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible and, at times, noisy work environment.
  • Must be able to travel a minimum of 10 to 15% of work time in a rolling 12 month period, internationally and domestically, utilizing various transportation methods.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A pioneering, leadership frame of mind. A propensity to think and act big. Idealistic.
  • Master’s degree in environmental science, management or closely related field.
  • Experience leading a global supply chain team implementing environmental programs
  • Minimum 10 years environmental supply chain sustainability experience. Work experience will include extensive environmental auditing and capacity building experience in factories and mills and complex supply chain environmental project management coordinating multiple work streams in key impact categories (carbon/energy, water, waste, chemicals).
  • Excellent understanding of environmental metrics (including the Higg Index), LCA’s, reporting standards and carbon accounting schemes.
  • Excellent mind for risk management.
  • Positive demeanor, bridge builder, diplomatic and adept at conflict resolution.
  • Good understanding of apparel supply chain entities and environmental impacts along the lifecycle of products.
  • Good understanding of bluesign® and other supply chain environmental certifications
  • Familiarity with the social responsibility side of sustainability.
  • Familiarity with apparel sustainability strategy, legislation, NGO’s and industry activities
  • Strategic, business process oriented thinker.
  • Excellent, demonstrated collaboration skills and ability to work well with all levels of staff including executives and people of all socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent training and development experience and public speaking skills.
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Self-starter/learner, able to work independently but also take and implement direction and advice.
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Internet applications.
  • Familiarity with outdoor sports, Patagonia products, our activism, books, films and our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • More than 10 years of complex supply chain sustainability project management experience with an apparel brand.
  • Experience in the apparel product making process and product responsibility.
  • Past experience implementing GHG Scope 3 protocols
  • Past experience working with or developing product LCA’s.
  • Familiarity with outdoor industry suppliers.
  • Supplier seminar training experience

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.