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KERING OPERATIONS Material Innovation Laboratory - Innovation Manager

Kering - Regular
Novara - Italy

About us A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Maisons in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry and Watches: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Maisons to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow's Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We are committed to ‘empowering imagination’ and encouraging our employees to flourish. Join our passionate journey and fulfil your potential and creativity. We are currently seeking an Innovation Project Manager who will report to the Lab Director at our Material Innovation Lab (MIL) in Novara, Italy.

Your Opportunity

You will pioneer tangible change in sustainable material sourcing and a play a role in enabling modern Luxury’s traceable supply chain. Working with a team of passionate curators 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

  • Identify, develop and manage pilot projects on sustainable raw material sourcing or new innovative processes with our Houses, suppliers, start-ups and other innovation partners
  • Due diligence, research and compare new materials, material processes and material technologies to develop the materials library. Ensure the library database is organized correctly and kept constantly updated
  • Coordinate with quality control and compliance teams to ensure chemical testing compliance as part of due diligence
  • Desk research, analysis, due diligence and writing content on new technologies to deepen understanding of the current and the future sustainable raw materials landscape
  • Act as an ambassador for the MIL in scouting new technologies and start ups
  • Coordinate with Kering Sustainability Department regarding innovation research
  • Coordinate meetings and workshops centered around innovation with Kering Houses to engage, nurture relationships and drive the value of MIL

Who you are

  • A highly organized, committed project manager with 8-10 years’ experience in running projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Experienced in supply chains, sustainable sourcing and material development
  • An open-minded opportunity spotter with a thirst for innovation, as well as the insight to recognize the stages of maturity of ideas
  • Technical knowledge of chemical textile engineering and processes: dyeing; finishing; wet processes and biotechnology helpful
  • A passionate advocate of sustainable raw material sourcing and development in the Luxury sector with a focus on environmental science
  • Experienced in compliance for performance testing of luxury materials and textiles
  • A multi-tasking team-player who thrives in a fast-moving, international environment and has a positive approach to problem-solving
  • Able to delegate tasks and nurture team members
  • A fluent Italian speaker with strong English skills

Why work with us?

This is a unique opportunity to play a role in Kering’s vision of a better, more sustainable future for modern luxury. 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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