START YOUR CAREER ON THE BLUE WAY

Since 2000, bluesign technologies ag has stood for innovation along with social and environmental responsibility. We provide sustainability services and information based on verified data for responsible textile production. This serves to eliminate harmful substances right from the very start of the manufacturing process. Do you share our passion for making this planet a safer place? 

Then join us.

EXPERTISE AROUND THE WORLD

We are a globally active company with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in several countries worldwide. Our international Bluesign team consists of high-performing and experienced professionals in chemistry and textile technology, as well as environmental science and other areas of expertise. The range of job areas includes chemical assessors, consultants, programmers, developers, project managers, as well as sales and marketing experts. How can you add value to Bluesign?

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Share our bluesign values

The Bluesign approach is to provide excellent service and quality to our customers worldwide. To us, service means demonstrating a supportive, helpful and professional attitude, understanding our customers’ needs, and interacting with comprehensive knowledge. We welcome those who share our enthusiasm for data-based solutions that increase environmental responsibility and create business value.

ATTRACTIVE BENEFITS

At Bluesign, we create a positive working environment and actively promote your personal development. To achieve this goal, we offer you a variety of training and continuing education opportunities, in addition to an attractive compensation package. Work-life balance is not an empty buzzword in our company, but a genuine value of our corporate culture. As part of the SGS Group, we combine the attitudes of a large multinational group and a medium-sized enterprise.

VISUALIZE YOUR FUTURE

Are you interested in seeing where your career can take you? We offer challenging opportunities for new graduates and experienced professionals to work in a customer-oriented environment. Our team at Bluesign provides innovative services for a responsible textile industry.

Meet us

Bluesign hosts interesting events throughout the year, and participates in several trade shows around the world. Join us at an event near you and get to know Bluesign.

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Ready to take the next step? Then join our team at Bluesign. We are always looking for talent to improve our services and create a better planet.

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BLUESIGN JOB OPENINGS

Would you like to be a part of our success and share our Bluesign values? We look forward to receiving your application for one of our current job openings. We are always happy to receive your resume for future job opportunities as well.

Be a part of the sustainable movement.

Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

bluesign technologies is a globally operating company with its headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer environmental solutions for the textile and apparel supply chains and our company is characterized by the unique combination of expertise in key segments of the textile production such as chemistry, textile technology, environmental technology and supply chain management.  Our employees include motivated professionals, focused specialists and industry experts. Our customers include global chemical suppliers, textile manufactures and international brands including both apparel and footwear.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, audit, and certification company, and bluesign technologies ag are cooperating to further develop the growth and acceptance of the independent bluesign system. This partnership simplifies the worldwide implementation of the bluesign system in the entire supply chain by allowing access to the extensive and globally established SGS network of approved specialists.

To strengthen our team in St. Gallen, Switzerland we are looking for a

Chemical Assessor 100%

Job Description

As Chemical Assessor, you assure the assessment of customers’ chemical products by using the bluesign® SYSTEM.
You support our system partners in the application of the bluesign® TOOL database and assess chemical products against the bluesign® CRITERIA.
This job offers the unique chance to make a difference in the move toward sustainability in the world of textiles.

 

Major Responsibilities

 

  • Assessment of chemical products used in the textile industry and related industries using the bluesign® CRITERIA with the assistance of IT tools.
    - Evaluation of the use of restricted chemical substances along the supply chain.
    - Customer-specific evaluation of chemical products regarding their impact on the environment, occupational health, and consumer safety.
  • Assist manufacturers in the textile industry and related industries with their chemicals management.
  • Assist chemical suppliers in improving their products with regard to safety and the impact on the environment.
  • Provide training/support for bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS in the use of the bluesign® TOOL, bluesign® FINDER, and bluesign® CUBE.
  • Cooperation with other Bluesign departments and assistance with chemical expertise.
  • Compilation of chemical assessment lists for chemical management of textile manufacturing companies.

 

Qualifications

  • A qualified degree in Chemistry/Textile Engineering or related sciences.
  • At least 3 to 5 years of professional experience in relevant chemical industries.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in the field of GHS classification and labeling of chemical products.
  • Knowledge in the field of product stewardship.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with textile dyestuffs, textile dyeing, and finishing or printing.
  • Knowledge of the chemical and/or textile supply chain and expertise in the processes and chemicals used is an advantage.

 

Personal Skills

  • Conscientious and organized
  • Open-minded
  • Good interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Team worker with proven ability to work independently
  • Quick perception and analytical mindset
  • Ability to train and transfer knowledge
  • Good command of written and verbal communication in English
  • Good MS Office skills

 

Additional Information

What's in it for you

We offer you a varied and responsible role with lots of freedom in an international and dynamic environment. Great benefits, a modern workplace, and flexible working hours are a matter of course for us in a growing company.

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations.

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Apply now

Be a part of the sustainable movement.

Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

bluesign technologies is a globally operating company with its headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer environmental solutions for the textile and apparel supply chains and our company is characterized by the unique combination of expertise in key segments of the textile production such as chemistry, textile technology, environmental technology and supply chain management.  Our employees include motivated professionals, focused specialists and industry experts. Our customers include global chemical suppliers, textile manufactures and international brands including both apparel and footwear.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, audit, and certification company, and bluesign technologies ag are cooperating to further develop the growth and acceptance of the independent bluesign system. This partnership simplifies the worldwide implementation of the bluesign system in the entire supply chain by allowing access to the extensive and globally established SGS network of approved specialists.

To strengthen our team in St. Gallen, Switzerland we are looking for a

Senior Finance Manager and Operations Support

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

The Senior Finance Manager & Operations Support will:

  • Support the Head of Finance, IT & Operations in all aspect of Business Controlling, Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).
  • Work closely with the SGS Group Finance Team (based in Geneva), for all financial reporting related to bluesign’s operations
  • Together with the accountant, prepare both the statutory accounts (Swiss GAP) as well as the monthly financial statements for Group reporting (IFRS) to SGS.
  • Be the pivot person for the relations with the SGS Geneva HQ (80% Finance, 20% Operations, such as HR, Legal and Taxes)

Specific Responsibilities

FINANCE 

  • Ensure timely, and accurate financial reporting of Bluesign AG
  • Report a consolidated global financial picture for all of our regions.
  • Supervise the accounting for Bluesign AG and supervision of accounting for Bluesign Augsburg branch Germany and consolidated statements for the global Bluesign Group.
  • Report a consolidated global financial picture for all of our regions.
  • Support the Head of Finance for reviewing and analyzing monthly performance of the business sector and assisting management in evaluating strengths and weaknesses in different activities of the business
  • Support the Head of Finance, It & Operations with annual budgeting process as well as long term planning and able to provide strategic recommendations based on financial analysis and projections, cost analysis, and operations plans.  
  • Partner proactively with the Business team to gain and maintain an awareness of business activities, key events, progress of projects and general trends in order the support the divisional management team with the financial assessment of performance and decision making
  • Responsible for all aspect of financial control, including budget monitoring, forecasting etc) over the Business Management costs or projects under the direct responsibility of the Division
  • Monitor, analyze and drive monthly financial reporting highlighting performance variances and working closely with affiliates to identify cause, and to propose correcting measures.
  • Coordinate with other Divisional controllers to ensure an efficient and standardized approach to Divisional Controlling
  • Give necessary support to the commercial staff to collect receivables and reduce DSO.
  • Prepare monthly revenue and sales statistics and reports, as well as ad hoc analysis.
  • Filling tax return in cooperation with SGS Group Taxation.
  • Handling of withholding tax issues with foreign customer.
  • Ensure that internal controls are in place and that internal control matrices are kept up to date at all times.

HR  

  • Act as a liaison between Bluesign AG and SGS Human Resources management for Swiss subsidiaries based in Geneva, concerning administrative tasks, or supporting the recruitment approval process.

Qualifications

Profile

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of financial experience in an international environment
  • Business analysis and project management skills and experience (at least 5 years)
  • Experience of management and financial reporting within a Group as well as internal controls
  • Experience of multi-cultural and matrix driven environments 
  • Experience working with EPM Solutions mandatory (Essbase, HFM, Hyperions Planning, etc) 
  • Familiar with international accounting standards (IAS/IFRS) 
  • Fluent in English and Swiss German

Required Skills

  • At all times, comply with SGS Code of Integrity and Professional Conduct
  • Leadership qualities 
  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Mature, enthusiastic team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to operate independently and to be flexible 
  • Self-starter and resourceful 
  • Ability to cope with pressure
  • Develop Self and Others.
  • Collaborates Effectively 
  • Delivers Superior Results 
  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to details
  • At ease with SAP B1, Oracle, Hyperion or other similar financial systems
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word)

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations.

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Apply now

Be a part of the sustainable movement.
Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with its headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To further develop our business in Taiwan, we are looking for a:

Supply Chain Assurance Assessor (Taiwan)

Job Description

If motivating and collaborating with textile supply chain to make systemic progress in the journey of supply chain chemical integrity and sustainability sounds intriguing, then this role may be for you.
This position is for individual who are dedicated to ensure the system integrity of the world most integrated chemical management system, through quantitative verification along the textile value chain, the production volume vs material purchased/ finished goods sold.
Using the forensic accounting techniques, onsite assessment is conducted on chemical rebrander, manufacturers and the converters/traders.
The refinement of analysis and statistic collection tool is part of the job, as it serves as a continuous and vital effort of bluesign® SYSTEM to support textile industry achieving their traceability and transparency target.

The work area of coverage primarily is in Taiwan and other Asia countries.

Major Responsibilities

Converter Assessment

  • Perform traceability assessment on quantity produced in assigned system partner production site
  • Verify documentation in correlation to online registration
  • Continuous improvement on analysis and assessment tool

Chemical Change Management Verification

  • Verify onsite chemical consumption volume to ensure agreed change and usage
  • Evaluate and report statistics
  • Continuous improvement on verification methodology

Rebrander Assessment

  • Perform rebrander traceability assessment
     

    Qualifications

    What’s in it for you

    • Proficient in forensic accounting
    • Good knowledge of textile industry
    • Good command of Excel and statistic tools
    • Able to do autonomous planning and systematic solution planning
    • Willingness to travel
    • Team player with good communication skills
    • Fluent in both Chinese and English, both written and spoken
    • Experience and respect working across different countries, cultures and languages
    • Opportunity to work in the field of sustainability and acquire contacts with a wide variety of organizations
    • Role with key responsibilities in a dynamic and global workplace environment
    • Great benefits and flexible working hours
    • Be a part of an internationally driven organization with a purpose that will broaden your horizon

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations via e-mail to Ms. Irma Del Vecchio, HR: recruitment@bluesign.com

recruitment@bluesign.com

We look forward to getting to know you.

Be a part of the sustainable movement.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with its headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To further develop our business in Hong Kong, we are looking for a:

Customer Relation Management – CRM Manager (Hong Kong)

Job Description

If motivating and collaborating with textile supply chain to make systemic progress in the journey of supply chain chemical integrity and sustainability sounds intriguing, then this role may be for you.
This position is for individual who are excited to present sustainability solution to decision makers of companies, support customer along the phase of implementing bluesign system, motivating customer to improve further regardless of their achievement level in the sustainability journey.
The task also includes support activities of promoting value of bluesign system and services to bigger audience through public speeches, media and events.
If you are a confident, yet humble, professional with a passion for enabling customer excellence, a desire for life-long learning, and a principled lifestyle seeking to make the world a better place, then we encourage you to apply to join our team.
This job is extremely challenging yet infinitely rewarding when progress is made. It demands both a high degree of independence as well as collaboration and cooperation.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Customer relationship management
    - Service and support for existing customers
    - Customer training
    - Coordinating customer related activities
  • Supporting the regional CRM Director in development of the local market in line with the company strategy and individual budget tasks
  • Acquiring new customers and follow-up on inquiries and quotations
  • Provide training/support for bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS in the use of the bluesign® TOOL, bluesign® FINDER, and bluesign® CUBE
  • Promoting Bluesign and the bluesign® SYSTEM at trade shows, conferences, presentations, etc.
  • Supporting communications in the local market
  • Supporting the Technical Service team during screening/audit preparation, on-site visits, and implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM

Qualifications

  • Education background in textile or chemical engineering
  • >10 years professional experience in the textile value chain
  • Sales or customer relation management experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively
  • Affinity to sustainability
  • Willingness to learn
  • High communication and negotiating skills
  • Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English language, both written and spoken
  • Experience and respect working across different countries, cultures and languages

What’s in it for you

  • Opportunity to work in the field of sustainability and acquire contacts with a wide variety of organizations
  • Role with key responsibilities in a dynamic and global workplace environment
  • Great benefits and flexible working hours
  • Be a part of an internationally driven organization with a purpose that will broaden your horizon

Additional Information

What's in it for you

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations via e-mail to Ms. Irma Del Vecchio, HR:

recruitment@bluesign.com

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Apply now

Be part of the sustainability movement.
Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To meet the increasing demand of the industry and to strengthen our team in Augsburg, Germany or St. Gallen, Switzerland, we are looking for a:

Textile Company Assessor 100% (Augsburg or St.Gallen)

Job Description

As a Bluesign Textile Process Expert, you have a unique opportunity to improve sustainability in the world of textiles, fashion and apparel. You evaluate and assist textile/accessories manufacturers in Greater China and Asia countries along their sustainability journey.

The journey for an organization begins with a company assessment regarding environmental and occupational health and the organization’s input stream management. Detail orientation and analytical skills play a key for a comprehensive evaluation and gap analysis following the bluesign® CRITERIA requirements. Through the findings of the gap analysis, you will work together with the organization’s management teams in the development of a roadmap. The focus is in reducing negative environmental impacts and increasing resource productivity through the implementation of Best Available Techniques to ensure the organization closes its gaps and reaches its sustainability goals.

You will be a key player in nurturing customer relationships throughout a system partner’s experience.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Conduct environmental/OH&S and input stream management assessments in textile/accessories manufacturers
  • Identify risk areas or regulatory compliance issues
  • Prepare detailed evaluation and assessment reports in English
  • Draft and present findings, including company ratings, to management teams
  • Create roadmaps and action plans with management teams with the goal of improving efficiency and reducing the organization’s negative environmental impacts
  • Consult on roadmap implementation and provide formal performance and feedback evaluations

Qualifications

  • Educational background in Textile Engineering or a related field
  • Professional experience in textile industries
  • Technical experience in the field of environment, occupational health and consumer safety
  • Technical experience in textile/accessory manufacturing processes
  • In-depth knowledge of the textile supply chain
  • Good command of written and verbal communication in English
  • Auditing experience (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OSHAS 18001) is an advantage
  • Willingness to travel (30-40%)

Personal Skills

  • Good communication skills, including customer communications
  • Conscientious and open minded
  • Enjoys working in an international and intercultural environment
  • Team player with proven ability to work independently
  • Well organized with finely tuned analytical skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgement
  • Ability to offer knowledgeable advice to management teams

What's in it for you

  • Regional travel and contact with a vast variety of organizations
  • Role with key responsibilities in a dynamic and global workplace environment
  • Great benefits and flexible working hours
  • Be a part of an internationally driven and purposeful organization that broadens your horizon

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations to Ms. Irma Del Vecchio, HR.

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Apply now

Be part of the sustainability movement.
Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To meet the increasing demand of the industry and to strengthen our team in Asia, we are looking for:

Company Assessor (Textile or Chemical) in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan and Vietnam

Job Description

As a Bluesign Chemical or Textile Manufacturing Process Expert, you will have the unique opportunity to improve sustainability in the world of textiles, fashion, and apparel. You evaluate and assist chemical companies around the world along their sustainability journey. The journey for an organization begins with a company assessment regarding environmental and occupational health and the organization’s product stewardship management. Detail orientation and analytical skills play a key for a comprehensive evaluation and gap analysis following the bluesign® CRITERIA requirements. Through the findings of the gap analysis, you will work together with the organization’s management teams in the development of a roadmap. The focus is in reducing negative environmental impacts and increasing resource productivity through the implementation of Best Available Techniques to ensure the organization closes its gaps and reaches its sustainability goals. You will be a key player in nurturing customer relationships throughout a system partner’s experience.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Conduct environmental/OH&S and product stewardship assessments in chemical or textile companies according to the bluesign® criteria
  • Identify risk areas or regulatory compliance issues
  • Prepare detailed evaluation and assessment reports in English
  • Prepare detailed evaluation and assessment reports in English
  • Draft and present findings, including company ratings, to management teams
  • Create roadmaps and action plans with management teams with the goal of improving efficiency and reducing the organization’s negative environmental impacts
  • Follow-up of roadmap implementation and provide formal performance and feedback evaluations
  • Actualization and maintenance of the business process leading IT tool
  • Project work as needed and agreed

 

Qualification

  • Educational background: engineering/ natural science/ technical degree, ideally textile related (e.g. textile engineer, chemical engineer, environmental scientist or similar)
  • Knowledge of textile manufacturing processes and/or chemical processes
  • Professional experience within the textile, accessory, or chemical manufacturing sector
  • Knowledge in the field of product stewardship, classification and labelling as well as regulatory affairs
  • Knowledge in the field of chemistry and/ or plastic industry
  • Knowledge in the fields of environment, health and safety and prior experience with auditing
  • Professional experience requested
  • Good English skills (especially written)
  • Willingness to travel (30-40%)
     

Personal Skills

  • Conscientious and open minded
  • Enjoys working in an international and intercultural environment
  • Team player with proven ability to work independently
  • Well organized with finely tuned analytical skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgement
  • Ability to offer knowledgeable advice

 

What's in it for you

  • Regional travel and contact with a vast variety of organizations
  • Role with key responsibilities in a dynamic and global workplace environment
  • Great benefits and flexible working hours
  • Be a part of an internationally driven and purposeful organization that broadens your horizon

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations to Ms. Irma Del Vecchio, HR.

recruitment@bluesign.com

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Be part of the sustainability movement.
Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To strengthen our team in St. Gallen, Switzerland we are looking for a:

Data Management Specialist (Chemistry) 100%

Job Description

As Data Management Specialist, you assure the content and quality of chemical substance-related data in our IT tools.
Based on your toxicological background, you perform hazard and risk-based assessments and support the development of new services regarding the impact of chemicals in the textile supply chain.


Being part of the bluesign® ACADEMY, this job offers the unique chance to make a difference in the move toward sustainability in the world of textiles.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible for data maintenance in the bluesign® SUBSTANCE NAVIGATOR database
  • Perform IT-supported hazard assessments of substances and chemical products, internally and for customers
  • Support the development of new IT-based services to monitor and reduce the negative impact of chemical substances in the textile supply chains
  • Calculations to define consumer safety limits for our BSSL (bluesign® SYSTEM SUBSTANCES LIST)
  • Cooperation with other Bluesign departments and assistance with chemical expertise

 

Ideal Profile

  • A qualified degree in chemistry with advanced experience in toxicology
  • At least 3 to 5 years of professional experience in relevant chemical industries
  • Experience in chemical hazard assessment and modeling
  • Very good skills in data management via Microsoft Excel/Access
  • Experience with GHS classification
  • Knowledge of the chemical and/or textile supply chain is an advantage

 

Qualification

  • Conscientious and organized
  • Open-minded
  • Good interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Team worker with proven ability to work independently
  • Quick perception and analytical mindset
  • Ability to work with high accuracy
  • Good command of written and verbal communication in English
  • Good MS Office skills

 

What's in it for you

We offer you a varied and responsible role with lots of freedom in an international and dynamic environment. Great benefits, a modern workplace, and flexible working hours are a matter of course for us in a growing company.

Interested? Send us your application and corresponding documents, your earliest possible start date, and your salary expectations by applying through the following link to Ms. Irma Del Vecchio, HR:

We look forward to getting to know you.

 

Apply now

Be part of the sustainability movement.
Get involved in environmentally friendly and safe textile production.

Bluesign is a globally operating company with headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland. We offer solutions for textile and related industries to produce safe and environmentally friendly products. Our customers include major international brands, chemical suppliers, and textile manufacturers. Our employees are motivated professionals, focused specialists – and you!

To further develop our business in US, we are looking for a:

Sales Manager US West Coast

Job Description

If collaborating with some of the most influential and progressive brands in the world about product and supply chain integrity and sustainability sounds intriguing, then this role may be for you.
This position is for the individual excited to present, sell and help building sustainability solution and strategies towards a responsible and transparent apparel industry.
It is grounded in becoming a trusted partner with clients and listening to the challenges in their challenge to integrate sustainability into their company and supply chain partners.

If you are a confident, yet humble, professional with a passion for enabling customer excellence, a desire for life-long learning, and a principled lifestyle seeking to make the world a better place, then we encourage you to apply to join our team.
This job is extremely challenging yet infinitely rewarding when progress is made. It demands both a high degree of independence as well as collaboration and cooperation.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Manage and promote the bluesign system, services and experience in the US market
  • Acquire new customers and promote the bluesign system
  • Develop and build respectful relationship with leading brands and retailers
  • Guide, coach and actively assist brand organizations their sustainability performance with our team of experts

 

Qualification

  • 5-10 years of product brand experience in design, development, sourcing and/or merchandising
  • Preferred experience across multiple disciplines within a brand.
  • Firsthand knowledge and experience with brand supply chain/brand sourcing procedures and strong understanding of global supply chain issues
  • Deep understanding of sustainability in product, supply chains preferable with a specific focus on fashion industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and multiple clients
  • Extreme customer centric, customer success perspective
  • Experience and respect working across different countries, cultures and language

 

What's in it for you

  • Be part of a team developing a sustainability success story in the US fashion market
  • Role with key responsibilities in a dynamic and global workplace environment