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KERING CORPORATE Head of Sustainable Operations

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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”. We are currently looking for the Head of Sustainable Operations who will report to Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Director as part of our dynamic team based in Scandicci, Italy.

Your opportunity 


Within the Kering Sustainability Department, the Head of Sustainable Operations with the team, has the mission to ensure that the Kering Sustainability Strategy and Commitment are deployed and fully implemented along all Brands’ supply chains and product categories.   


He/She has the accountability to organize and lead teams and develop effective programs in order to translate the strategy into concreate achievements, embedding the different needs and expectations of the Brands, the Corporate and external stakeholders.   


This function provides operational consultancy and support to the Brands and monitors strong and robust data collection processes from the Houses, the suppliers and sub-suppliers.  


The role is conceived to be the “trait d’union” between the Group and its suppliers on specific aspects that are managed at Group level, with the objective of coordinating and synergizing Brands’ activities towards their value chains with a production-lifecycle approach. To deliver properly, the head of sustainable operations is in his/her mission a knowledgeable and recognized partner with Brands and the Industries to propose efficient and innovative ways of overcoming “challenges”, to support Kering in keeping a leadership position in Sustainability.  


The role is in charge of ensuring that Kering WW owned operations and Kering sites in Italy are designed, built and operated according to the Kering Sustainability Principles, reflecting all aspects of the Group Sustainability Strategy from animal welfare to environmental performance, chemical management, GHG reduction, etc.   



How you will contribute 


Operationalizing Kering Standards in the supply chains: 

  • Drive the advancement of Kering’s sustainability strategy in the different supply chains, leading the implementation and promoting the use of the Kering Vendor Portal Sustainability layer with Brands and suppliers  

  • Supporting with the best methodology different data collection campaigns in the value chains. Deliver reporting, analysis and prioritized action plans in order to overcome blocking points to the implementation of the objectives of the Sustainability Strategy and to bring suppliers to align with Kering Standards on Raw Materials and Processes  

  • Develop with Brands a consistent methodology of rating suppliers on their sustainability achievements. Implement a robust Sustainability Vendor Rating System in the Vendor Portal, to support Brands and suppliers in reaching their sustainability objectives  

  • Consolidate Brands’ spent data twice a year to report on advancement of the different programs internally and externally, in URD and other ESG reporting. Develop and be responsible for the calculation methodology of different KPI’s (e.g., strategic suppliers)  

  • Identify, participate or create where necessary multi-stakeholders’ groups and projects with the broader industry and Kering peers to accelerate sustainability transition 

Metal free leather : 

  • Lead and contribute to the Brands’ teams to achieve the Group target of 100% Metal free by 2025  

Animal welfare: 

  •  Develop and run the Animal Welfare Monitoring Program, agreeing with Brands and Corporate contents and governance  

 Chemical Management Program: 

  •  Run a central program with the aim of eliminating all hazardous chemicals from production and manufacturing processes in Kering Brands supply chains, liaising with Brands, suppliers, industry associations, Kering peers within ZDHC and external stakeholders  

 Water Stewardship Program:  

  • Lead the K-Water Stewardship Program with Corporate and Brands in order to bring K-supply chains to excellence in terms of water usage and discharge, defining objectives and monitoring advancement through KPI’s 


Who you are 


  • Experienced in sustainable operations, ideally with an engineering or technical background 

  • Knowledgeable about the textile and leather goods value chain and its challenges 

  • Sensible to sustainability and environmental topics 

  • Able to work in a highly matrixed environment, adapting to cultural differences 

  • Capable of driving various initiatives and programs simultaneously 

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, combined with a logical and analytical mindset 

  • Strong management skills, and the ability to lead and motivate your team   

  • Fluent in Italian and English, both written and spoken 

  • Willing to be based in Florence, Italy 

  • If you belong to legally protected categories (L. 68/99) your application is more than welcome 



Why work with us? 


This is an excellent opportunity to join the Kering adventure in a moment of extraordinary transformation, 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
  • ヨーロッパ
  • Italy


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