Sustainability Solution Expert, Research & Development Expert

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About amfori

At amfori we believe in a world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. We call this Trade with Purpose.

As the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, we bring together over 2,300 retailers, importers, brands and national associations representing a combined turnover of more than one trillion euros.  

amfori is headquartered in Brussels with a strong network of representatives based across 14 countries. We offer members a practical framework and world-class tools to manage the social and environmental performance of their supply chains and anticipate future trends. We advocate for progressive policy and collaborate with national, European and international partners to achieve social, environmental and economic progress.  

We offer our members a practical framework and world-class tools that enable them to manage the social and environmental performance of their supply chains and anticipate trends. We also advocate for progressive policy and collaborate with high-level stakeholders to achieve common aims. 

Our work enables organisations to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. These are major challenges across the world which require a collaborative effort to tackle. So, while our members can’t solve them on their own, together we can influence and drive positive change at scale. 

About the role

As Sustainability Solution Expert, Research & Development Expert at amfori you will be:



  • 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


  • Contribute to 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.


  • 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


  • 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


About you:

  • 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, plastics)
  • 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

amfori offer:

  • Permanent contract
  • Remuneration package, which includes lunch vouchers, group insurance, DKV hospital and dental insurance and contribution to public transportation for commute to work
  • Possible travel within Europe; and
  • An exciting international environment located in Brussels


To work from amfori’s main office in Brussels. After 3 months, 3 days working from home is possible.

How to apply

To apply send your CV and cover letter to: mentioning “Sustainability Solution Expert” in the subject libe.