Job Description Summary
This position leads Product Stewardship throughout Asia, while leading numerous global priority projects. The position is accountable for ensuring product compliance for all products sourced from VF Asia sourcing offices and placed on the market in Asia while also ensuring products exported to global markets meet required regulatory laws and VF standards.
This role is also accountable for overseeing the operations of the internal testing laboratory located in Thailand. This role, while reporting to Director of Product Stewardship, Asia leads a team of testing specialists to ensure products sourced from APAC sourcing hub and placed in 170+ global markets are safe for consumers and meet all applicable internal and external product quality and safety standards.
Additionally, this role, in partnership with Director of Product Stewardship, will be responsible for establishing control-
related standards and procedures and regularly evaluating, updating, and training both internal and external stakeholders on them as needed.
Responsibilities will also include supporting the Director of Global Product Stewardship-APAC, and engaging with stakeholders to ensure all VF requirements are met and product compliance reports are filed on time and accurately.
The position must also operate proactively to ensure VF policies and practices are positioned for future legislative, regulatory and customer demands.
This role leads VF’s Product Stewardship function throughout VF Asia. Included in this role’s accountability is proficiency on manufacturing standards and global product regulatory requirements.
Moreover, the position provides strategic and operational leadership to the global product testing teams. The individual in this role shall act as the central focus point in VF for all Asia product stewardship and testing activities.
The individual in this role shall maintain strong connections to each VF brand, using the individual’s expertise to ensure strong customer service by the lab to meet the daily demands of each brand while building collective brand product stewardship strategies.
PRODUCT COMPLIANCE, SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP
The individual in this role shall maintain current knowledge of global product safety requirements, with unparalleled proficiency on Asia requirements.
Clear, proactive internal processes shall be designed, implemented and approved by this individual to assure product compliance.
In addition to internal processes, this position is responsible for leading efforts to build and audit factory compliance processes within Asia.
As part of the internal standards development, this person is not only responsible for converting legal requirements into product standards, but also for addressing concerns from brand product safety leaders and translating those into brand manual (Product Safety Manual, Restricted Substance List, etc) updates.
Updates should be added to the manuals, discussed with the larger group, and finalized into policies applicable to all brands.
Using these updated brand standards, internal and external stakeholders will receive regular training on VF Product Safety expectations.
Lead the internal and external product testing function throughout VF. There is a strong emphasis on building consistency throughout VF, ensuring value-
added service, finding cost saving opportunities and developing a purposeful balance between internal and external testing.
Provide strong leadership to laboratory teams using competencies of leading through vision and values and business acumen .
As the preeminent expert on VF’s product requirements in Asia, the individual will act proactively to integrate future product requirements into VF’s design, development and manufacturing processes.
Ensuring comprehensive understanding of future changes to product requirements to prevent VF from reacting in the last moment to new product requirements.
Provide diligent legal support to VF’s internal and external legal team should product conformance be questioned by a government authority.
This may include collecting product testing documentation, reviewing regulatory standards for application to VF products, in-
person meetings and negotiations. All will be at the direction of VF’s Chief Legal Counsel for Asia.
DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTING
This role leads the work to document product stewardship processes and to create standard operating procedures for safety reviews, testing processes, manuals, etc.
This role will lead product stewards from brands to develop and own a cadence for monthly and quarterly reporting / KPIs, tell clear, concise, and insightful stories from analysis to various internal and external audiences.