Textiles Researcher and Analyst (Maternity Cover)
At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy. We are a social enterprise with an international team that develops practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly both in the Netherlands and around the world through strategic partnerships with governments, cities, and businesses. We offer Circle Scans to businesses, cities and nations, drawing on deep expertise, including in the areas of textiles, the built environment, finance, circular design, and on jobs and skills in the circular economy.
We want to accelerate the transition toward a circular economy with actionable insights for nations, cities and businesses. We understand that as the circular economy gains global traction, it can be difficult to know where to begin, how to align sustainability commitments with commercial ones, how to know what social impacts circular strategies might have or how to track circular progress against set goals. We offer a range of Circle Scans grounded in scientific methodologies that translate complex data on energy and material flows into tangible decisions for your country, city or business. This involves developing insights, from identifying the sectors which require circular solutions to analysing how the circular transition may impact labour markets.
The Circle Textiles Programme has the mission to enable a zero waste textiles sector by;
Reducing the textiles waste mountain, by enabling the data, technology and infrastructure needed to valorise textile waste at end-of-life
Preventing the textiles waste mountain, by increasing apparel brands' capacity to assess and adopt circular strategies
The Circle Textiles Programme (CTP) was launched in 2014 as the first sector programme within Circle Economy. Since 2014, CTP has completed many projects with focus areas of textile-to-textile recycling, circular business models, design for cyclability, technology assessments and circular infrastructure developments and continues to expand every year due to the powerful projects it develops and executes.
We are looking for a highly motivated and effective researcher and analyst who can be a key player in a dedicated team of 4 textiles specialists. You will be reporting to the programme manager.
You are a natural communicator and can translate complex issues into clear and engaging insights, enjoy conducting new and innovative research, and can ensure projects are delivered on time to the highest standards.
On the content level, you have a deep understanding of the circular textiles industry and in particular, the end-of-use value chain. In addition, you have an affinity with the social impacts and implications of the circular economy, and topics such as employment, skills and quality of work. You have a track record of working in international environments in applied research and analysis.
You are practical, knowledgeable and skilful, and looking for a challenge to make an impact. You are passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice, and eager to be part of a team conducting cutting-edge research, advisory and advocacy work. You want to get your hands dirty to create practical interventions to ensure a positive transition to a circular textiles industry that keeps materials and people functioning at their highest potential.
We are a team of 45+ driven and ambitious professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds and from more than 20 different countries, sharing the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a culture of getting things done while having fun, with friendly, open and progressive team dynamics.
As a team we have guiding principles that define our mindsets and are inherent in the way we work each day, especially in the way we treat each other and others. Our values are a compass to guide our culture internally and shape our impact externally, they further our greater mission and don’t impose ideology but enable ideas.
What we offer you
For this role, we are offering a 7-month contract for 32-40 hours per week as a maternity leave cover, from August/September 2021. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn continuously and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a non-profit, startup organisation, based in Amsterdam.
To apply please respond with your CV and a motivation letter. Applications will be closed on Wednesday 7th July 2021.
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