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KERING Innovation Project Manager

Kering - Regular
MILANO - 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 capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination.” The Material Innovation Lab (MIL) is a shared service center for Kering Houses and Sustainable Department. 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 seeking an Innovation Project Manager who will report to the Director of Materials Innovation Lab (MIL) based in Milan, Italy.

Your opportunity

You will pioneer tangible change in sustainable material scouting and a play 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

  • Investigating, identifying, launching and managing innovative pilot projects with our Houses, suppliers, start-ups and other stakeholders in our eco-system
  • Collaborating with quality control, product compliance teams and with Testing Innovation Lab, to ensure chemical testing compliance
  • Coordinating meetings, workshops and initiatives about innovative solutions with Kering Houses to engage, nurture relationship and drive the value of MIL
  • Acting as ambassador of the MIL at conferences and start-up accelerator events related to innovation
  • Researching and comparing new materials, solutions, processing technologies and technologies to improve MIL knowledge and material library, ensuring the database is organised correctly and kept constantly updated
  • Running desk research analysis, due diligence and writing content on innovative technologies to deepen understanding of the current and the future sustainable raw materials landscape
  • Taking care and coordinating compelling visual tools that ensure the work of MIL is showcased informatively and effectively

Who you are

  • You are a highly organised, committed project manager with senior and trusted experience in running innovative projects with multiple stakeholders and managing different competencies and knowledge bases
  • You have technical knowledge of chemical textile engineering and processes, wet processing (dyeing, finishing, pre-treatment, etc.) or materials science related to textile industry
  • You are an open-minded opportunity spotter with thirst for innovation and insight to recognise the maturity stage of solutions, the ability to investigate and to carry out technical due diligence
  • You are experienced in compliance for performance testing
  • You are a passionate advocate of sustainable development with focus on environmental science
  • You are 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
  • You are fluent Italian and English speaker, with excellent communication skills

Why work with us?

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Kering adventure in a moment of extraordinary growth, and become part of a dynamic team in a global Luxury group that offers endless possibilities to learn and grow. 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 full potential in a stimulating and fulfilling workplace 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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