Posted 11 March 2021




Head of Textile Information & Innovation, ICAC

The ICAC team is inviting applications for a Full-Time employee to serve as Head of Textile Information & Innovation, leading the ICAC’s advice to governments on the latest trends and innovations in the textile supply chain.  This is a senior position requiring not only an in-depth knowledge of textiles, textile processes and associated machinery, but also the ability to write reports and articles and liaise with governments at the Ministry level.  The post requires close cooperation with members of the ICAC’s Research and Analysis Team, the ICAC Chief Scientist and the Executive Director. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will already be working at a major university, in a government department or within a major textiles company. The position is based at the ICAC’s office in Washington DC, USA, and is only open to candidates from ICAC Member countries (see list of Members here).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical advice to cotton consuming countries.
  • Identify existing — and develop new — sustainability standards and conduct LCAs in Textile and Apparel production for all fibres.
  • Develop ways to improve the production efficiency and quality of Textiles.
  • Identify main problems on production and quality standards amongst cotton consuming countries and provide solutions.
  • Understand and provide support on cost analysis for the following areas/sectors: ginning, fibre quality assessment, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing, printing and cutting, amongst others.
  • Identify and keep up to date with the latest trends, developments and innovations in Textiles and Apparel production.
  • Organise and design courses associated with fibres, yarns, and fabrics - their production properties and areas of application.
  • Develop and establish a network of brands and retailers to understand market demand for fibres.
  • Identify and evaluate new products and ways to use cotton.
  • Develop a virtual repository of all available processes of ginning, spinning, weaving, dyeing and textiles of the world.
  • Identify and highlight the strengths and economic benefits in each of these processes for the benefit of Member countries.
  • Conduct market research to identify new technologies associated to the textile value chain and stay up-to-date on the competitive landscape
  • Attend textile related shows and events, interact with mills and national associations and present on ICAC related work and projects

Must Be Able to: 

  • Author the ICAC’s guide to textile information, which covers information related to the Textile Industry in various textile producing countries/cotton consuming countries (equivalent to ICAC’s Cotton Data Book but covering textiles rather than production).
  • Create a value proposition package for cotton consuming countries with an established Textile Industry (ways in which ICAC can assist them).
  • Prepare project proposals/reports on textile parks/clusters.
  • Spearhead ICAC’s CSITC committee (Commercial Standardisation of Instrument Testing of Cotton).
  • Represent ICAC on committees and forums discussing textiles and textile technology.
  • Submit regular articles of interest on the science behind textiles for the ICAC Recorder upon request.
  • Work with the ICAC market analysis team to analyse trade policies and agreements involving textiles.


Selection Criteria


  • Evidence of research/report writing on issues affecting the textile value chain.
  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in textiles or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in R&D in the textile sector.
  • Strong written and verbal skills in English with the ability to grasp complex issues and explain them in simple, concise language.
  • Possess knowledge about global best practices for textile and apparel production.
  • Knowledge of Textile supply chain, including issues such as sustainability and traceability.
  • Experience interacting with the Private Sector and International Organisations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to think strategically and rapidly analyse, interpret, integrate and present data from various sources into clear conclusions and recommendations.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and managerial skills.
  • High level of attention to detail and capacity to deliver high quality work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Internationally recognised for his/her work in textiles.


  • Experience working in a government department or at an International Organisation associated with cotton or regional/international organisations in textiles.
  • Knowledge of textile machinery, biochemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
  • Knowledge of the fashion industry.
  • A good working knowledge of either French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic.

To Apply

Interested applicants should, in the first instance, contact the ICAC Executive Director via email to for an initial conversation.