Research & Development Social Expert, Strategy & Innovation

Location: Brussels
Contract type: Permanent


Strategic context

A world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone


We enable organizations to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally
Our vision is of a world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. A world where organizations are able to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. We call this Trade with Purpose.


  1. Build our organization to be future fit

We will continue to be strong, flexible and relevant, ensuring our members’ voices shape our strategic approach and all our activities. We will build our membership and our geographic presence to drive change at scale.


  1. Support our members through insight, expertise and influence

We will increase our capacity to monitor and predict trends and developments that impact our members. We will continue to provide world-class tools that enable our members to anticipate trends and effectively manage their supply chains. We will create mutually beneficial partnerships that support our members on their issues.

  1. Inspire action around the world

We will continue to show how individuals and corporations can promote open and responsible trade, acting as a beacon of good practice, pioneering meaningful trade policies and developing a network of ambassadors.


  1. Grow high-performing people to become the leaders of a sustainable tomorrow

We will continue to embed sustainability in our members’ organizational DNA; build capability and capacity, and develop best practice business models that enable organizations to achieve their goals.


  1. Prosper by contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and increasing human prosperity for all

Through our combined membership we will reach a tipping point where business behavior can positively change society, drive significant impact towards the SDGs and create profitable business.


Culture & Values

•       Leadership: Be a leading force for positive change

•       Collaboration: Foster collaborative networks that empower stakeholders worldwide to achieve a common vision

Excellence: Deliver the best we can in everything we do






•       Research or review social and environmental sustainability regulations and market trends, compliance standards, analytics and reports to provide insights for the development of the innovation portfolio

•       Based on market and user needs assessment, propose and design innovative sustainability projects, considering factors such as demand, resources, cost-benefit, technical feasibility and impact


•       Develop project objectives, execution strategy and action plans in collaboration with other sustainability experts

•       Provide subject matter expertise and lead the conceptual development, piloting and evaluation of innovation projects

•       Develop guidelines, policies and procedures for amfori members, supply chains businesses and service providers (auditors, sustainability consultants)

•       Liaise with internal and external stakeholders (members, businesses, academia, NGOs, international organizations) in public consultations, awareness raising initiatives and working groups

•       Develop “go to market” strategies for innovation projects and facilitate the hand over to the operational teams of amfori and their service providers.


•       Assist the development of business requirements to integrate innovation project in the IT platforms of amfori, including definition of business rules, sustainability and performance KPIs and identification of relevant data points.


•       Ensure deep expertise in the field of improving social performance in supply chain, compliance and human rights, reflecting key trends, research and analytics  

•       Develop and implement market relevant and reflect robust sustainability practices, product and service that are offering strategy to achieve “Trade with Purpose”

•       Manage time-bound sustainability projects ensuring result-oriented and efficient execution










•       Master’s degree in science, business,  political science, international relations, labour or human rights law or related fields

•       At least 5 year of working experience in supply chain sustainability consultancies, sustainability schemes or certification (e.g. SMETA, SA8000, UTZ), or corporate social responsibility departments with focus on human rights due diligence, risk assessment and reporting

•       Working knowledge of international sustainability regulations and business initiative (amongst other UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work), and international organizations active in social and environmental sustainability

•       Sector specific expertise or experience with specific product categories is an asset  (e.g. garment, food, DIY, pastics)

•       Project management Prince2 Practitioner certification is  desirable

•       Proven project management skills and experience

•       Excellent written and verbal communication skills (internal and external customer facing)

•       Demonstrable analytical, interpretative and problem-solving skills

•       Collaboration and existing network with academia / think tanks highly preferred

•       Experience in an international environment is a strong asset

•       Thorough working proficiency in English, any other language is an asset

Customer focus

Decision Quality

Manages complexity



Thought leadership



Action oriented

Result orientated

Directs Work











Problem solver







•       Awareness

o    Self-awareness

o    Situational awareness

•       Learning Agility

o    Mental Agility

o    People agility

o    Change agility

o    Results agility

•       Leadership traits

o    Focus

o    Assertiveness

o    Persistence

o    Tolerance of ambiguity

o    Optimism

•       Capacity

o    Problem solving


•       Advancement drive

•       Role Preference

•       Career planning



•       Volatile

•       Micromanagement

•       Closed


How to apply

To apply send your CV and cover letter to mentioning 'Research & Development Social Expert, Strategy & Innovation' in the subject line.