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Sustainability Manager

Posted: 27 Oct 2020 Closes: 26 Nov 2020
Richmond, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -2046891268

EU Greenskeeping Manager/Business Partner

Location: Richmond

Contract type: Permanent

People Leader: Head of Product Experience

Function: Product Experience (aka R&D)

When we built our Malle factory in 1992, it was celebrated for its ecological design. Made using over 90% recycled or renewable materials. With reclaimed wooden beams and strengthened European pine instead of steel and concrete. And special low energy ‘eco’ bricks for the walls. Our living green roof helps with insulation and blends in naturally with the local environment. Our flowering small succulents now attracts plenty of wildlife, including magnificent ospreys.

We are seeking an EU Greenskeeping Manager to join our People Against Dirty team. Greenskeeping is the science of sustainability plus business strategy. Greenskeepers are our sustainability experts who create the strategy, provide guidance and lead every part of the business towards our people + planet goals. We are a hopeful bunch who start by painting a picture of the better future we know is possible and then work hard to prove that business can indeed be done differently.

The EU Greenskeeping Manager – based in our Richmond, UK office – will partner across our brand, product development, supply chain, and sales teams to implement our people and planet goals. The Head of Product Experience will be your people leader, and the EU Greenskeeping Associate will report to you.

Responsibilities :
  • Greenskeeping European functional leadership
    • Coach Greenskeeping Associate and build EU Greenskeeping team capabilities and responsibilities.
    • Deliver timely quarterly reporting on our progress towards our people and planet goals for the EU business.
    • Partner with a global sustainability team and European senior leadership to develop our people and planet goals and aspirations.
    • Lead cross-functional project teams across European offices to operationalize global sustainability strategy.
    • Assert a clear point of view to senior leadership and in technical forums.
    • Translate complex information to a broad audience including internal teams, retail partners and external organisations.
    • Partner externally with NGOs and experts to inform our Greenskeeping approach and speak externally on behalf of our brands.
    • Maintain Greenskeeping budget and create annual functional plan

  • Lead Greenskeeping across product value chain
    • Use a lifecycle approach to advise product and business managers on ingredient and packaging decisions to achieve European product improvement targets.
    • Work with our supply chain partners to ensure our factory continues to be a beacon for sustainability – projects include LEED certification, zero waste, solar installation and energy efficiency.
    • Inform procurement priorities on ingredients, packaging and supplier sustainability strategies.
    • Identify improvement areas for carbon, water and waste minimization and integrate into product pipeline and value chain.
    • Oversee all certifications including Ecocert, Leaping Bunny, RSPO.

  • Internal & external engagement
    • Create connectivity between our Hubs (Germany and Belgium) and our people and planet goals.
    • Lead sustainability education across Europe.
    • Partner with Sales team to engage our European customers on sustainability.
    • Implement EU specific social impact initiatives with focus on our local communities.

Experience you’ll bring :
  • Substantial experience working on sustainability (product sustainability preferred)
  • Expertise should include sustainability aspects relevant to our business (- product sustainability – claims development, packaging, lifecycle analysis, green chemistry - responsible sourcing – supplier engagement, traceability and transparency
  • Scientific background preferred (chemistry, environmental or material sciences)
  • People leadership experience

Super powers you’ll bring:
  • Collaborative + team oriented
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking
  • Attention to detail + strong analytical skills
  • Ability to travel across EU offices (Belgium, Germany) (desirable)

What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive pay & benefits
  • Summer working hours
  • ‘Build your own’ learning programme
  • Free breakfast & snacks
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Pension, Life cover & Health Insurance
  • Volunteering days
  • Season ticket loan
  • Wellness days

It’s a big, beautiful, colourful world out there and we should celebrate that. That’s why we’re working hard to be a fully diverse and inclusive place to work. Every day we strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels valued, listened to, supported and where we can do our best work. Sure, there’s always more that can be done. But together with our team, partners, customers and community, we can make everyone welcome.

If you have a disability that prevents you from following our online application process, please contact us on the email address below so we can provide an alternative way for you to apply.We are happy to make adjustments to our hiring process to ensure we are accessible to everyone – please let us know what we can do to support you.

If you would like more information about this role, please email us at and ask for the full job description.

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