Textiles Researcher and Analyst (Maternity Cover)

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Textiles Researcher and Analyst (Maternity Cover)

Job description

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.

Your role 

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.

Our Culture

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.

Our Values

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.

  • Focus on Impact - Time is short, boundaries set, efforts need to be focused, brave and relentless. We are actively at work to make a positive difference, bringing benefit to others, doing good and doing it well, each one of us in their own function
  • Resources Consciousness - The potential of our people is unlimited, but resources should be safeguarded. We make the most of others’ time, money, energy and spirit, with efficiency and effectiveness, without abusing these valuable resources
  • Diversity - We need it, to pursue a world of richness, where potential can be expressed to its fullest, and in complete fairness, by all. We embrace diversity, with openness, fairness, and the enthusiasm of knowing that diversity is where jewels hide
  • Safety - collaborating where vulnerability, mistakes, and even tough confrontation, are openly accepted and embraced, without compromising safe relationships, safe boundaries and a safe job
  • Collaboration - Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success: we want to be there for others, in good and bad times, working together, hand in hand, beyond role and bias, to get the work done
  • Recognition - Sometimes we have to recognise great successes, other times great efforts followed by great failures. Recognition helps us move up the line from good intentions to good results.
  • Support - Relationships, when created on the basis of respect and trust, allow us to thrive. When we are encouraged and our actions championed by another, this kind of support ensures choices and decisions are made without consequences as a condition. We foster an environment of encouragement and a trusting place to return to in more difficult moments.

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. 


Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead the research, data collection, aggregation, data analysis and writing of Circle Economy reports, articles, and other project deliverables, relating to topics such as ‘Textile waste mapping’, 'Recycling feedstocks', 'Circular business models and value chains', 'Policy recommendations', ‘Circular fashion & textile skills development’.
  • Support business development efforts by identifying and formulating new research topics, and supporting the acquiring of projects and opportunities internationally - including new markets, growth areas, trends, customers, partnerships - in line with the organisational and programmatic strategy and geographical focus.
  • Maintain an overview of reporting deadlines, tracking deliverables to ensure on time completion.
  • Lead interviews with industry and other relevant stakeholders (collectors, sorters, brands, recyclers, policymakers) to collect, confirm, and / or edit data toward reporting needs.
  • Collect, organise, and manage the storage of reports, articles, interview docs, and other data and insights for the textiles Programme as a whole, and support the standardisation and streamlining of data collection and analysis processes within the team.
  • Manage stakeholder groups, as per project or programme needs, and increase the number of stakeholders that are engaged.
  • Provide support to project managers, project partners, and team members in the execution of their work packages.
  • Attend and/or lead meetings and calls with project partners, to align and progress on project planning.
  • Execute communications/marketing deliverables as required for the Circle Textiles Programme or Business Unit projects, including sending project updates, organising events, writing press releases and blogs.
  • Represent the Circle Textiles Programme and Circle Economy at relevant industry events depending on specific project or Programme needs.

Essential Competences and Skills

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in textiles, supply chains, sustainability, business studies, or equivalent discipline.
  • You have at least 3 years experience as a researcher and analyst and have a proven track record delivering high quality content and written reports, to an academic and industry standard.
  • You have in-depth, specialised expertise and knowledge, or equivalent on-the-ground experience in the second hand trading industry and the fashion industry, including understanding and acquaintance with key players, supply chain insight, market dynamics (drivers/ challenges), current and future innovations.
  • You are able to engage with stakeholders from various backgrounds, and build professional and long-term relationships.
  • You are content driven and detail oriented, and can analyse large volumes of information and data to distil key insights.
  • You are fluent in English, and preferably Dutch, and have excellent communication skills, including experience in academic report writing.
Preferred Competences and Skills
  • Past experience with EU funded projects.
  • Interest and affinity with the social implications of the circular economy, for example the potential impact of applied circular strategies on jobs, skills and quality of work.
  • Deep expertise in the following areas: systems innovation, high-value textile recycling, circular business models, and circular economy policy instruments.
  • Marketing and communications experience.