The Textile Institute

Sector Specialist – Textiles

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Posted: 13/06/2022
Deadline: 23/06/2022
Sector Specialist – Textiles - The Textile Institute

Do you have a passion to tackle our throwaway society and help create a more sustainable approach within the textile and fashion sectors? Have you had professional involvement in developing sustainability strategies in a textile related sector? If so, could this be of interest to you?

WRAP is one of the globe’s leading environmental charities. We’re experts in making the world a cleaner, longer lasting place – and we’re on a mission to ensure that we use our resources sustainably. Our award winning Voluntary Private – Public agreements now include well over half the businesses placing foodplastic packaging and textiles on the UK Market. We partner with governments, global brands and local initiatives, NGO’s and academic institutions to amplify our sustainability ambitions and have the biggest impacts.

We are looking to expand our team of thought leading sector specialists to work with us on our agreement for the fashion and textiles sector, Textiles 2030, to overcome the barriers to sustainability and drive change along the whole value chain, from production to disposal and recycling.

In this role, you’ll use your knowledge of the textile sector and insights about the textiles recycling system to support delivery of business and government focussed activities to reduce the textile industries environmental impacts and support the transition to a circular model.  This will include convening and leading sector working groups, and developing strong relevant contacts with industry, government, professional institutions and trade associations. You’ll identify, develop and deliver new initiatives that support WRAP’s programme of work, providing knowledge leadership across WRAP and to our stakeholders.

We would love to hear from you if you are able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the textile value chain and the challenges it needs to overcome to create a more circular system. Experience working within the fashion and textile industry will also be important, particularly experience of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility), policy and the textiles recycling system as whole.

When applying for the role, you’ll be asked to describe how you meet the following job essentials:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of textile recycling infrastructure and technologies, developed through a combination of education (i.e., degree) and relevant industry/sector work experience or significant experience in the sector developed through working at industry or/and consultancy perspective.
  • Significant understanding of the key environmental issues associated with the textiles sector, for example, designing for durability and recyclability, circular business models, or policy/regulation.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant senior stakeholders which could include industry, government, professional institutions, and trade associations in the UK and internationally.
  • Strong communication skills, be able to present complex information to a range of UK and international audiences and facilitate collaboration between multiple organisations from along the whole supply chain.

You might be pleased to know that we’ve moved to hybrid working here at WRAP. Although this role is contractually based at one of our offices (Banbury, Cardiff or Belfast), in reality you will be able to work from home, with the caveat of coming into the office to collaborate with your teams as and when you need to. You, your manager, and your teams will have the freedom to decide when this will need to happen, but when it is agreed it will be important that you do attend the office. If you are invited for an interview, this can be discussed in more detail.

About WRAP

WRAP is a climate action NGO working around the globe to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and give the planet a sustainable future. Our vision is a thriving world in which climate change is no longer a problem.

At WRAP we believe that our natural resources shouldn’t be wasted. And that everything we use should be re-used and recycled. Our mission is to make the world a more sustainable place. We bring people together, we act on the facts, and we drive change.

Our core purpose is to help tackle climate change and protect our planet by changing the way things are produced, consumed and disposed of.

If you join us at WRAP – and we think you should – you’ll help us by tackling sustainable product design, reducing waste, encouraging re-use or advocating recycling across the food and drink, plastic packaging, clothing and textiles and the collections and recycling sectors.

You can help us all to do better.

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