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Cotton Manager - Remote

Textile Exchange
New York City, New York, US
Closing date
Dec 10, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Cotton Manager - Remote


Who we are: Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit working to help the fashion and textile industry transform fiber and material production by working with a robust membership of brands, retailers, and suppliers to accelerate the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry?

What we do: In short, we build a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone. We develop, manage, and promote a suite of leading industry standards, as well as collect and publish critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. 

How we do it: With a robust membership representing leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate by accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry.

Climate+: With our new Climate+ strategy, Textile Exchange is the driving force for urgent climate action on textile fiber and materials with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030. By benchmarking the industry and providing actionable tools for improvement, Textile Exchange is driving a race to the top.

Working at Textile Exchange: We work remotely with a team located in 20+ countries. We are a diverse group of advocates and activists committed to harnessing the strengths of the global textile industry to accelerate change toward climate and other critical environmental goals. We work collaboratively on important environmental issues worldwide by working and interacting with farming groups, brands, retailers, and environmental experts in the textile and fashion industries worldwide. We offer an opportunity to join a cutting-edge global environmental nonprofit and help strengthen our organization's impact.


We are looking for a Cotton Manager to support Textile Exchange's preferred cotton programs and direction of travel.

The Cotton Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing a cotton strategy that accelerates the uptake of preferred cotton globally and aligns cotton projects and initiatives with Textile Exchange's Climate+ goals and expected outcomes. This new team member will also be responsible for the governance of the Cotton Round Tables, Cotton Challenges (e.g., the 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge), and the management of strategic cotton stakeholders and initiatives.

Our new team member will be ready to take on a program management role, connecting with multi-stakeholders globally and overseeing event planning and coordination.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a mission-driven organization. You will be a positive person interested in sustainability and passionate about scaling solutions to address the climate crisis. You will have a proven ability to remain flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient, with a high level of professionalism. You will also have strong written and verbal communication skills, organization skills, and the ability to make timely decisions.

Like all roles at Textile Exchange, this role will be primarily home-based; Textile Exchange is a US-based but remote-working organization with a global team. Your key colleagues will be based in the UK and United States, while key stakeholders are based in time zones between PST and CST.

Reports to: Fiber and Materials Lead: Cotton and Fiber Crops


Managing the Cotton Program
  • Lead global cotton activities and work plan in partnership with the Cotton Specialist
  • Governance of Textile Exchange Cotton Round Table Advisory Boards
  • Co-lead partnerships within the sustainable cotton climate+ strategy
  • Lead the development and implementation of Cotton Challenges and deliver on the 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenges
  • Manage the Sustainable Cotton Challenge signatories and activities
  • Responsible for the 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge annual report
  • Represent Textile Exchange's interests at events and meetings 
  • Co-develop reports and position papers on issues, risks, best practices, and expected outcomes related to cotton growing and sourcing
  • Work with the Data department, supporting data collection accuracy and in line with work plans
  • Partner with the Cotton and Fiber Crops Lead to inform the strategic direction for the Cotton & Fiber Crops Programs within the larger Textile Exchange Strategy and Textile Industry

Ensuring alignment across Textile Exchange programs
  • Ensure continual alignment with and develop synergies between Textile Exchange corporate strategy, Climate +, the Data Center, Textile Exchange roundtables, Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB), etc.
  • Ensure strategic alignment across all Fiber & Materials platforms.

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Experience in lieu of a degree may be considered
  • Previous experience in the textile industry and supply chain management and strong knowledge of cotton growing and production
  • Confident and highly capable of developing projects, managing deadlines, and delivering on work plans
  • Interested and passionate about addressing climate change in the textile and fashion industry
  • Team player, resourceful, eager to learn, and able to work independently in a virtual workplace
  • Highly attentive to detail with strong organizational and planning skills.
  • A driven individual with a high degree of autonomy
  • Motivated, energetic, determined, and have strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly literate, with excellent written and grammatical skills
  • Honest, professional, responsible, discreet, and able to always act with the utmost confidence
  • Excellent communication, written, and grammatical skills in English (Native or bilingual proficiency). Good command of French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Swahili is appreciated.
  • Equipped with excellent computer skills, including advanced proficiency in Microsoft. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word and the ability to quickly learn new systems

  • The position is 40 hours a week.
  • Location: Virtual/remote.
  • Annual Salary Range: $55,000-$75,000 USD
  • To be filled as soon as possible (start date to be agreed between both parties).
  • Each Team member is offered a competitive compensation package with paid time off, a yearly bonus, opportunities for continuing education, and more!


Please submit
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We regret that we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates.

    Textile Exchange is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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