A world leader in innovative, casual footwear, Crocs, Inc., is dedicated to the future of comfort. Our original and most famous style, the Classic Clog, is instantly recognized around the world — and for good reason: since 2002, we’ve sold more than 600 million pairs in over 90 countries! We achieved our status as a global leader in the casual footwear category by taking an inherently simple approach to uniting style, modern comfort and value.
Every day, we make a choice to have an open mind and look on the bright and colorful side of life. We embrace and celebrate the uniqueness in everyone, inviting the world to Come As You Are.
The Innovation Manager-Sustainability will lead and implement sustainability focused innovation projects supporting our overall Sustainability Strategy within the Product Creation and Supply Chain teams. This role is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the future of Crocs’ products and processes and support our overall efforts in becoming a more sustainable brand.
Primary Job Duties
Sustainability Solutions Development:
•Implement sophisticated and innovative sustainability projects spanning different functions and Business Units within four major areas of focus: Sustainable Ingredients, Responsible Resource Use, Sustainable Packaging, and Product End of Life
•Take ownership for the entire development process of managed projects, including identifying innovative and brand right sustainable solutions, seeking and acquiring agreement of leadership teams, diligence in scaling and implementing identified solutions, and timely completion of all tasks to bring projects from idea to fruition
•Proactively research innovative approaches, technologies, processes, materials, and partnerships to drive innovation within sustainability
•Maintain a pulse on trends and regulations within the sustainability space
Higg Program Management:
•Lead Crocs’ Higg program, including Brand/Retailer Module (BRM), Facilities Environmental Module (FEM) and Facilities Social and Labor Modules (FSLM)
•Assist on scaling product impact labeling using Higg Product Module and MSI
Support Sustainability Strategy:
•Integrate with key cross-functional teams as needed to support ESG marketing, communications, and reporting
•Assist in strategy development and execution of key activities supporting Crocs’ Net Zero by 2030 target
•Establish strong collaborative relationships across the company to drive impact, awareness, and adoption of sustainability initiatives
•Assist in development and roll out of internal Design for Sustainability education program
•Promote a culture of sustainability within the organization
•Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
•5+ years of progressive work experience within sustainability, innovation, product development, product management, or business solutions with experience in corporate sustainability and consumer products strongly preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•Ability to work independently under minimal mentorship on several projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines
•Ambitious approach - ability to cope with change, make decisions, act comfortably with risk and uncertainty, and take ownership of their role
•Solution oriented-able to anticipate problems and develop timely solutions
•Sophisticated skill at problem solving and critical thinking
•Strong cross-functional communication skills and able to effectively navigate corporate relationships
•Strong IT skills
•Domestic and international as required by business needs (<10% of the time)
Crocs is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Title: Innovation Manager
Job Level: Manager level Professional Individual Contributor
Career Level: CL6
Salary Range: $112,600 - $132,600
Workplace Persona: Collaborator
This position is eligible to participate in a company incentive program.
This position is eligible for company benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, life and AD&D, short and long term disability coverage, paid time off, employee assistance, participation in a 401k program that includes company match, and many other additional voluntary benefits.