ABOUT THE JOB
The Sustainable Fashion Forum is looking for a passionate and hardworking Strategic Partnerships Manager to join our partnerships team. As the Strategic Partnerships Manager, you'll work in a fast-paced environment, collaborating closely with the partnerships team to cultivate and strengthen meaningful relationships with both existing and prospective partners.
As a small and growing team, this position is a commission-based contract with the opportunity for extension as SFF continues to expand and the partnerships manager demonstrates significant contributions to our mission and objectives.
- Cultivate, maintain, and strengthen relationships with existing and prospective partners.
- Serve as the primary point of contact and liaison between SFF and its partners.
- Facilitate regular communications and updates with partners to ensure alignment and satisfaction.
- Develop and implement partnership strategies that align with SFF’s mission and contribute to mutual growth.
- Assess potential partners for strategic fit, aligning with SFF’s mission, values, and objectives.
- Evaluate the effectiveness and ROI of partnership initiatives, making recommendations for optimization.
- Monitor and report on partnership performance metrics, identifying areas for improvement and growth.
- Collaborate closely with other teams within SFF to ensure partnership strategies are integrated and mutually beneficial.
- Work with the marketing, sales, and product teams to leverage partnerships for broader organizational objectives.
- Work towards achieving or exceeding set commission-based sales and partnership goals.
- Demonstrate significant contributions to SFF’s mission and objectives, with a view towards job extension as the organization expands.
- Provide insights and feedback from partners to SFF’s leadership, aiding in strategic decision-making.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Fashion Management, or a related field.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in partnership development, business development, or a similar role, preferably within the fashion industry or a related sector.
- Proven track record of cultivating and managing strategic partnerships that have driven tangible growth.
- Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills.
- Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills to identify synergies and evaluate partnership opportunities.
- Exceptional negotiation and contract management skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a small, growing team.
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present ideas and proposals effectively.
- Ability to meet or exceed sales and partnership goals on a commission-based structure.
- Experience in developing and delivering effective sales pitches and presentations.
- Willingness to engage in continuous learning and professional development to stay updated on industry trends and best practices in partnership management.
- Proficiency in using CRM software, Microsoft Office Suite, and other relevant business tools and platforms.
- Self-motivated, results-driven, and adaptable to the evolving needs of a growing organization.
- Experience working in a commission-based role could be beneficial.
- Strong understanding of the fashion industry, including its challenges, opportunities, and key players.
- Familiarity with sustainable practices and trends impacting the fashion industry would be a plus, given the mission of SFF.
INDICATORS OF SUCESS:
- Growth in the number and quality of strategic partnerships, evidenced by enhanced community engagement, event attendance, and collaborative project outcomes.
- Positive feedback from partners and internal stakeholders regarding the value and effectiveness of partnership engagements.
- Increased visibility and influence of The Sustainable Fashion Forum within the sustainable fashion ecosystem.
- Achievement of mutually beneficial goals with partners, contributing to the advancement of sustainability within the fashion industry.
The Sustainable Fashion Forum is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION FORUM
The Sustainable Fashion Forum is a modern media company and global community of conscious fashion enthusiasts and sustainability professionals of all industry levels. Renowned for delving into the complex and nuanced aspects of sustainability in fashion, we promote innovative thinking and bold, creative approaches to tackle fashion's most pressing issues.
Serving as a knowledge hub and a melting pot of ideas, our content, events, and experiences unite a diverse community of stakeholders, bridging the gap between traditional industry silos to foster unexpected collaborations and thought-provoking exchanges of ideas. SFF is more than just a media company—it's a catalyst for change, championing a collaborative approach towards a more sustainable and equitable fashion industry.
By encouraging grey-area thinking and fostering dynamic discussions, we delve into the nuanced challenges at the intersection of fashion, sustainability, business, and ethics to propel the industry toward a more sustainable and inclusive future where unexpected collaborations and unconventional conversations ignite bold solutions and forward-thinking innovation.