London

Head of Sustainability - 12 month FTC

Job type
Full Time
Level
Mid-senior level
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Your Role

Over a decade ago, ASOS launched Fashion with Integrity. Since then, it has guided our approach to business and our drive to be a responsible company that delivers positive benefits for people and minimises its impact on the planet.

The Head of Sustainability plays a pivotal role in helping ASOS to meet these ambitions, working closely with the Commercial ESG & Sustainability Director to manage and develop the Environmental aspects of FWI, across Product Sustainability, Circularity and Supply Chain. This is a highly collaborative role, where you will engage cross-functional stakeholders, across a number of areas. You will set the strategic direction and have overall responsibility for sustainability programmes and workstreams, integrating sustainability into commercial and supply chain practices. They are the programme lead for the ASOS Net Zero strategy and have experience in setting and delivering ambitious carbon-reduction targets across complex organisations.

The Details

Strategy

  • Drive forward the Fashion with Integrity programme, working with Senior leadership to evolve the strategic direction and goals
  • Enable and empower the business to take a proactive approach to Environmental impacts
  • Work closely with Commercial ESG Director to engage Exec Board members to gain buy-in and support for the programme
  • Represent the Sustainability team within the FWI steering group, leading key strategic workstreams in support of achieving the goal of becoming the most sustainable online retailer
  • Set the framework, polices and manage performance of FWI workstreams
  • Work collaboratively with others, using an agile approach to drive and deliver an integrated approach to FWI, driving change at scale and managing risks in the supply chain to support our 'Be Transparent' goal
  • Ensure integration of KPIS across other functions such as Commercial, Sourcing, Technical & Fabric sourcing, to deliver against goals such as fibre switching and transparency
  • Delivering against a diverse number of workstreams including Net Zero programme management, Circular design strategy, ESG reporting and benchmarking, external Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and charitable partnerships and giving, including the ASOS Foundation

Commercial

  • Lead and oversee integration of sustainability into business practices, including engaging senior leadership and stakeholders across Commercial teams
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop, define and support delivery of KPIs and commercial strategy
  • Set the strategic direction of product sustainability roadmap; using data to develop short, medium and long-term targets
  • Oversee development and delivery of ASOS circular design strategy; including successful delivery of circular collections, publication of design guide and long term strategy with measurable KPIs
  • Oversee development and delivery of internal training programmes, tools, guides and communications to help upskill commercial teams
  • Act as the senior subject matter expert for product sustainability and topics such as circularity, climate change and scope 3 carbon reduction
  • Oversee implementation of a robust certification process short term ensure Labelon system is implemented, med to long term ensure integration into PLM and commercial/technical functions
  • Oversee collation and reporting of Product and Supply Chain sustainability data; including accurate reporting of Scope 3 Carbon footprint, Fibre and circular design data

Supply chain

  • Oversee the supply chain, including implementation of Higg, development and implementation of carbon and impact reduction programmes across supply base

Risk, policies & governance

  • Keeping abreast of changing global ESG sustainability legislation and understanding how it effects an online fashion retailer.
  • Ensure identification of incoming external risk is managed and mitigated eg CMA, EU policies & UK policy
  • Oversee development of robust sustainability polices and implementation to reduce risk and proactively engage supply base
  • Identify, manage and escalate supply chain issues to Ethical Trade and ESG Sustainability Director; ensuring appropriate action and remediation is taken
  • Respond to NGO campaigns in an appropriate manner, working closely with corporate comms team to deliver responses
  • Escalate and manage risks via the ASOS ESG risk register as appropriate
  • Oversee delivery of internal and external reporting; including Annual and Sustainability reports, Textiles 2030, Textile Exchange and various NGO reports
  • Monitor and evaluate outcomes of projects and programmes, reporting regularly to senior leadership committee and board
  • Collaborating with the Corporate Responsibility team on reporting, for example, ESG corporate reporting, SBTi reporting

Team leadership

  • Manage a team of technical and subject matter experts who collaborate across functions to progress sustainability initiatives
  • Taking a prominent role in the ASOS foundation management team, working with the senior CSR manager to deliver the foundations strategy and goals.
  • Manage department budgets
  • Support the development of team members coaching and helping foster an inspired and motivated working environment, championing high etc-performance and reflecting the company culture, values, and behaviours.

/01 Company Description

Were ASOS, the online retailer for fashion lovers all around the world.

We exist to give our customers the confidence to be whoever they want to be, and that goes for our people too. At ASOS, youre free to be your true self without judgement, and channel your creativity into a platform used by millions.

But how are we showing up? Were proud members of Inclusive Companies, are Disability Confident Committed and have signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and we placed 8th in the Inclusive Top 50 Companies Employer list.

Everyone needs some help showing up as their best self. Let our Talent team know if you need any adjustments throughout the process in whatever way works best for you.

/02 Job Qualifications

  • Extensive experience of working in a similar role across multiple sustainability topic areas
  • An in-depth knowledge of changing global sustainability legislation and how it effects an online fashion retailer.
  • Ability to define, communicate & set direction for the department strategy and motivate the team to deliver
  • An agile and dynamic working style, trading risks and opportunities
  • Appreciates cultural sensitivities across multiple supplier and stakeholder groups
  • Able to speak knowledgeably and accurately on current environmental and ethical matters to a range of audiences (expert/non-expert), engaging peoples hearts and minds and making a clear business case for new initiatives.
  • A good influencer with skills in advising and coaching others
  • Able to facilitate cross-business or multi stakeholder groups
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Proactive nature with the ability to work independently within a framework
  • Thrives in a fast paced, agile environment
  • Demonstrates ASOS' core values we are authentic, brave, creative and disciplined in everything we do
  • Flexible, able to change business plans as circumstances change

/03 Additional Info

Whats in it for you?

  • Employee discount (hello ASOS discount!)
  • ASOS Develops (personal development opportunities across the business)
  • Employee sample sales
  • Access to a huge range of LinkedIn learning materials
  • 25 days paid annual leave + an extra celebration day for a special moment
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Private medical care scheme
  • Flexible benefits allowance - which you can choose to take as extra cash, or use towards other benefits
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Meet The Team

Meet Geeta Gohil -
Commercial @ ASOS

Meet Ian Amer -
Commercial @ ASOS

Meet Mui Abdul -
Commercial @ ASOS

Working at ASOS has made me realise how much I feel like I belong here. It’s exciting and refreshing. The authenticity and inclusivity ASOS has makes it even better to work here. Everyday is a different day; I am learning new things, meeting new people and be involved in so many amazing buying projects.
I love ASOS for two main reasons – firstly because as a company it is never afraid to try something new or challenge the way we work; we really have the autonomy to push ourselves in new directions.
ASOS is incredibly inclusive which means so much to me as a queer Black woman. There are so many opportunities here beyond your role, so you can really boost and build your dream career here. And the people! I’m inspired everyday by my colleagues, the creativity here is unparalleled!
  • Geeta Gohil

    Commercial @ ASOS

    Working at ASOS has made me realise how much I feel like I belong here. It’s exciting and refreshing. The authenticity and inclusivity ASOS has makes it even better to work here. Everyday is a different day; I am learning new things, meeting new people and be involved in so many amazing buying projects.
  • Ian Amer

    Commercial @ ASOS

    I love ASOS for two main reasons – firstly because as a company it is never afraid to try something new or challenge the way we work; we really have the autonomy to push ourselves in new directions.
  • Mui Abdul

    Commercial @ ASOS

    ASOS is incredibly inclusive which means so much to me as a queer Black woman. There are so many opportunities here beyond your role, so you can really boost and build your dream career here. And the people! I’m inspired everyday by my colleagues, the creativity here is unparalleled!
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Authentic

We celebrate what makes us unique, and stay true to ourselves.

Our business is built on an inclusive culture which encourages passion, enthusiasm and development – so you can bring your best self to work. We recognise that our differences make us stand out from the crowd, giving our ASOSers and customers the confidence to be whoever they want to be. 

Brave

We’ve been bold and ambitious from the start – it’s in our DNA.

We’re empowered to try something different with the freedom to fail, turning left when others turn right. We use our voice to drive us forward, speaking up on the things our people and customers care about and challenging the status quo. 

Creative

We have a curious and adventurous spirit – it’s who we are and runs through everything we do.

We balance leadership with learning, by being comfortable as an innovator and when following in the footsteps of others. Our products and platform are fuelled by creative passion and a deep understanding of our customers, allowing us to empower millions of people around the world. 

Disciplined

Great work doesn’t happen by chance.

We need to take time in our pursuit of excellence – honing our skills, perfecting our craft, executing our plans, being comfortable with the uncomfortable and bridging the gap between goals and accomplishments. It’s a strategy that allows us to create an ASOS that’s built for future success.

Our Benefits

  • Employee Discount

    The most asked-about benefit! As an ASOSer, you’ll receive an exclusive employee discount. You can also nominate a family member or friend to share your discount with.

  • Pension

    Retirement might not be on your mind right now, but it’s important to prep for it. We offer matched contributions up to 5% to help you save.

  • Private Medical Care scheme

    If you join our Private Medical Care scheme, you’ll get fast and effective access to medical cover. 

  • Bonus

    What we achieve is always a team effort. That’s why we offer a discretionary bonus scheme which rewards you based on our group financial and strategic performance.

  • Your birthday off!

    Who wants to work on their birthday?! All ASOSers get a day off during their birthday week, in addition to 25 days of annual leave. 

  • Shuttlebus Service (if you're based in our Leavesden office)

    It’s more of a work perk, but we offer a free shuttlebus between Watford station and our office in Leavesden.

  • Sample Sales

    We’ve always got fun things happening in our offices, but the one ASOSers get most excited about is our sample sales. Plus, all proceeds from the sample sale get donated to the ASOS Foundation, which helps our charity partners abroad. 

  • Career Development

    Your career matters to us – we want to help you grow, gain new skills and learn from experiences. As an ASOSer, you’ll have access to a world-class development plan, giving you the courses (and time) to work on things that matter to you. 

  • Summer Hours

    We finish at 3pm on Fridays in June, July and August!! This perk doesn’t mean a dip in your salary – it just gives you extra freedom to enjoy those summer weekends however you want.

Location

Our HQ in London

Our HQ in Camden was once a cigarette factory – now, the iconic Art Deco building has been completely renovated with spacious office areas, ASOS Studios (where we shoot all our products), beauty rooms and a free gym. There’s also a subsidised canteen and café. 

Recruitment
Process

  1. Apply online

  2. Call back & Interview

  3. Decision & Onboarding