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KERING CORPORATE Sustainable Innovation Manager - Materials Innovation Lab

Kering - Regular
MILANO - Italy

About us A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods and Jewelry: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”. In 2021, Kering had over 42,000 employees and revenue of €17.6 billion. The Kering Material Innovation Lab (MIL) is a shared service center for Kering’s Houses and Sustainable Departments. The MIL team provides knowledge and technical support on materials (textiles, trims, non-woven) and alternative, innovative solutions to the brands. The scope of work of MIL includes sustainable raw material management, sustainable supply chain management, and responsible innovation management, creating an up to date collection of innovative and sustainable materials (the ‘library’). MIL provides strategic support to integrate sustainable raw materials into brands collections and technical support to identify innovative solutions, and to run due diligence and pilot projects. The team is working closely within existing supply chains to integrate innovation and sustainable sourcing starting from raw material and is working with new innovative technologies and materials. We are currently looking for a Sustainable Innovation Manager who will report to the Lab Director at our Materials Innovation Lab (MIL) in Milan, Italy.

Your opportunity

You will pioneer tangible change in sustainable material scouting and play a role in enabling modern Luxury through innovation. Working with a team of passionate practitioners at our innovative in-house research hub, you will lead projects and initiatives that support our Houses in sustainable sourcing choices and drive the strategic value of the lab.

How you will contribute

  • Investigate, identify, launch and manage innovative pilot projects with our Houses, suppliers, start-ups and other stakeholders in Kering eco-system through an open innovation approach addressed to implementation

  • Collaborate with quality control, product compliance teams and with Testing Innovation Lab, to ensure physical-chemical testing compliance and scientific consistency to innovative developments and researches

  • Coordinate meetings, workshops and initiatives about innovative solutions with Kering Houses to engage, nurture relationship and drive the value of MIL

  • Act as an ambassador of the MIL at conferences and start-up accelerator events related to innovation

  • Research and compare new materials, solutions, processing technologies and technologies to improve MIL knowledge and material library, ensuring the database is organised correctly and kept constantly updated

  • Manage desk research analysis, due diligence and writing content on innovative solutions to deepen understanding of the current and the future sustainable raw materials landscape

  • Curate and coordinate compelling visual display that ensure the work of MIL is showcased informatively and effectively

Who you are

  • You have a scientific background on bio-technology, or materials science or chemistry; extra knowledge on textile and textile processes, and/or wet processing (dyeing, finishing, pre-treatment, etc.) is a plus;

  • Experienced in understanding and performing quality testing, general knowledge about LCA and environmental impact measuring tool

  • A highly organised, committed project manager with  6 years’ experience at least in running innovative projects with multiple stakeholders and managing different competencies and knowledge bases

  • An open-minded opportunity spotter with a thirst for innovation and the insight to recognise the maturity stage of solutions, the ability to investigate and to carry out technical due diligence

  • A passionate advocate of sustainable development in the Luxury sector with a focus on environmental science

  • A multi-tasking team-player who thrives in a fast-moving, international environment and has a positive approach to problem setting and solving able to nurture team members

  • A fluent Italian and English speaker with excellent communication skills

Why work with us

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the social, environmental and security landscape of one of the world’s most influential luxury Groups. Talent development is a managerial principle at Kering and we are committed to fostering internal mobility. Our common vision promotes leadership skills and helps every employee to reach their potential in an open, diverse and stimulating work environment.

Kering is committed to building a diverse workforce. We believe diversity in all its forms – gender, age, nationality, culture, religious beliefs and sexual orientation – enriches the workplace. It opens up opportunities for people to express their talent, both individually and collectively and it helps foster our ability to adapt to a changing world. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their background. 

  • Full time
  • Europe
  • Italy

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