Director, Sustainability (Brand Responsibility)

Florida - Tampa /
Fanatics Brands – FB Corporate /
Salaried
/ Hybrid
Company Overview
 
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.
 
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles and trading cards hobby with top leagues and players association partners; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.
 
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
 
At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.
 

Responsible for designing and planning strategies related to various internal and external sustainability initiatives across Fanatics Holdings.  Accountable for the operationalization of said strategies to measure the impact of Responsible Planning & Purchasing (RPP) and Sustainability strategic initiatives.  Liaise with the other Sustainability leaders to cascade labor and environment impact insights to the organization to drive data informed updates to policies and goals.  Designs and implements global Sustainability oversight for disparate business & licensee structures across Holdings.  Manages external communication and reporting on Sustainability program progress. The Director will report to the Sustainability VP.  The position will be based in Tampa, Florida (USA remote negotiable).

Responsibilities

    • Oversee Sustainability Sr. Manager, Brand Responsibility; indirectly manage Sustainability Sr. Specialist, Brand Responsibility
    • Recruit, hire and onboard additional direct and indirect hires to accommodate for the Sustainability program’s business scope expansion.
    • Spearhead the discovery, program build, launch, and steady state sustainability engagement for disparate business & licensee structures across Fanatics Holdings
    • Direct the development and execution of training for Sustainability related topics (intro to sustainability, responsible planning & purchasing, forced labor, among others) policy development, and adoption
    • Oversee curriculum development and monthly execution of RPP (Responsible Planning & Purchasing) Task Force
    • Manage sustainability related policy monitoring for relevant market countries
    • Drive data collection, brand benchmarking and recommendation development for requests for public facing commitments and/or responses requiring executive approval
    • Leverage data, analytics and reporting to provide guidance to support business decisions and inform purchasing practices
    • Drive brand-focused Projects & Relationships (Fair Labor Association, Better Buying, among others) in conjunction with Labor and Field Operations leadership
    • In conjunction with Sustainability colleagues, collaborate with Sourcing leads on supplier performance evaluation, supplier incentive program, and conditioning future business on Sustainability performance
    • Oversee development of Global Sub-Licensing program in alignment with industry benchmarking and best practices 

Requirements

    • A passion and commitment to sustainable business practices
    • 8+ years-experience in the social compliance/sustainability field, ideally including experience within a brand and/or experience consulting for brands and developing and managing deliverables related to sustainability, social compliance, and/or responsible sourcing programs
    • Strong command of the key institutions, frameworks and global organizations that work in the sustainability space
    • Master’s degree a plus
    • Extensive experience designing and operationalizing brand-level sustainability/human rights/responsible sourcing programs, based on industry benchmarking and best practice identification
    • Successful track record of collaborating with business counterparts to integrate sustainability policies, goals, targets, KPIs and/or accountability mechanisms across the business value chain
    • Strong understanding of how to engage disparate teams and business divisions in a company with a global supply chain and various business models
    • A proven competence for developing and deploying sustainability/human rights/responsible sourcing training to cross functional teams on a variety of topics 
    • Strong leadership, performance and change management skills
    • Respects, appreciates and is curious about differences related to working with others; committed to fostering an inclusive team
    • Excellent organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability and willingness to undertake diverse projects
    • Capacity to deal with ambiguity 
Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

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Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

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