Role : Ethical Trade Executive
Purpose of role : Assesses and seeks ways to improve the performance of Primark’s supply chains and supply chain relationships in Pakistan with reference to the Primark Ethical Trade Code of Conduct for Suppliers.
Reports to : Ethical Trade Manager - Pakistan Key Responsibilities :
Contributes to the implementation of Primark’s Ethical Strategy for its suppliers and factories in Pakistan.
Ensures the company’s ethical trading requirements are clearly communicated throughout the supply base
Raises awareness about the importance of ethical trading and how to approach it.
Contributes to the on-going development of the company’s Ethical Trading Strategy, providing insight, advice and solutions direct from the supply base
Contributes to new factory approval process in Pakistan as required by the ETM, including managing first contact communication with factories and suppliers, liaising with the BD team on scheduling audits, processing documentation, and ensuring that factory audits are carried out in a timely manner.
Remediation of Code non-compliances with factories and suppliers. Advising ETM on suitability for re-audits and next steps.
Provides support to suppliers, factories and workers to support them through the approval process and thereafter
Engages with suppliers and factories to build relationships that enable sharing best practices and improvements.
Manages stakeholder relationships as required.
Develops and maintain relationships with local and regional stakeholders including industry associations, trade unions, NGOs and relevant government bodies and liaise with them to identify emerging issues
Proactively reports on risks to the business.
Represents the business in meetings and forums as required.
Contributes as instructed by ETM to projects aimed at improving worker welfare as required
Provides the business with information regarding ethical trading in the region, including case studies and information relating to NGO, media campaigns and other ad-hoc requests
Engages in Primark ET Projects as required
Knowledge & Experience
Experience in CR and ET and the factory environment
Factory audit and remediation processes (e.g. SMETA, SA8000 advanced)
Excellent organisation / communication skills
A self-starter who is results driven in a fast-paced environment
The ability to build excellent relationships with key stakeholders & across the business
IT literate (database, spreadsheets)
Complexity & Creativity
Able to cope with the complexity of Primark’s suppliers, factories.
Able to cope with the diversity of cultures across the Primark ET Field Team
Appreciates the bigger picture of the audit programme and its link into Primark as a business
Seeks opportunities for improvement / change
Finds ways to drive worker welfare while maintaining operational continuity
Judgements & Decisions
Manages the trade-offs involved in the ethical trade programme of a global retailer
Acts as the interface between supplier, factory, worker, buyer and other stakeholders to support the business.
Acts with integrity and honesty, and aligned with ABF’s ABC policy.
Able to make decisions where situations are not black-and-white, deals with ambiguity.
Ensures integrity of audit management system and database as relevant to countries in scope
Ensures availability of ethically approved factories to Primark as relevant to countries in scope
Contacts & Communication
Ethical Trade Teams in China, India, SEA, Turkey & the UK
As required, buying and sourcing departments in UK and Ireland
Database team in Peterborough
ET Controllers (Projects, Comms, Environment, CS)
Ambassador for the Brand
Conducts training sessions for suppliers, workers and factories as required
Empathetic style that connects with vulnerable workers
Comfortable to maintain point of view in potentially contentious discussions with supply chain actors
Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability
Ethical Trade Executive