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Head of Sustainability / ESG (f/m/d)

Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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The main responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and executing the group sustainability strategy and programme through collaboration with senior leadership and departmental managers
  • Drafting and implementing suitable organisational policies and procedures relating to sustainability
  • Drafting and preparing reports, presentations and proposals for the Chief Executive Officer, board of directors and other key internal stakeholders and attending senior leadership meetings
  • Reporting and communicating on sustainability performance for external stakeholders where required
  • Maintaining working knowledge of, and ensuring compliance with all applicable sustainability related laws and regulations
  • Owning various projects under the sustainability programme
  • Achieving and maintaining appropriate sustainability certifications
  • Representing the company externally at events and industry bodies where relevant
  • Acting as the responsible person for all sustainability matters
  • Performing other related duties as required
  • The business is made up of 3 business units, each with strong leadership teams who are motivated to lead the next phase of growth in their geographies (Europe, Mexiko, Canada). Each major geography is led by a proven General Manager. The Head of ESG will report to the CEO of NovaTaste and will work closely with the Head of Procurement, Head of Operations and Head of Innovation.

Candidate Profile

Required Skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Uses problem solving skills to assist in determining priorities, finding timely solutions to departmental or system-wide issues.
  • Collaboration - Successfully collaborates on projects and programs with leadership and other team members.
  • Accountability - Takes responsibility for consistent completion and follow-up on departmental jobs and providing excellent service delivery.
  • Flexibility - Responsive to change and demonstrates adaptability.
  • Positive Approach & Can-do Attitude - Maintains a positive approach while completing daily tasks and when faced with adversity. Encourages and recognizes the contribution of others.
  • Strong Interpersonal skills - Excellent relationship building skills and the ability to partner with various levels of management including c-suite.

Previous experience required for the role (10 to 15 years):

  • The ideal candidate should bring a track record in leading ESG in a dynamic and global organization.
  • Experience in defining, developing, and implementing a forward looking ESG strategy.
  • Experience working across multiple countries and regional levels. Skilled in leading ESG teams not yet fully integrated into a global structure and an pragmatic approach to integrate local ESG activities in a global ESG agenda.
  • Significant experience as an ESG business leader with a proven ability to act as an advisor to senior leaders on the full spectrum of ESG issues.
  • Experience in developing ESG processes and policies.
  • Experience in ESG transformation.
  • Proven track record in acting as a facilitator of change, bringing a change mindset with a focus on processes and cultural change.
  • Previous experience within ingredients, FMCG or NovaTaste's adjacent industries would be preferred, open to industry background.
  • Inexpensive lunch in our excellent company restaurant, operated by our award-winning chef
  • Attractive employee conditions for the purchase of spices, vinegars, oils, etc. in our store as well as local discounts at various companies
  • Physiotherapy with a low deductible, company doctor, company pension scheme, company bicycle
  • Flexible working hours through an attractive flexitime model as well as home office option
  • Flat hierarchies and short decision-making processes
  • Varied field of activity as well as a constructive, productive and very innovative working environment in a successful international company
  • Promotion of permanent personal and professional development
  • Sufficient, free parking facilities as well as excellent public transport connections and modern office premises
  • Remuneration in line with the market with the willingness to overpay, depending on qualifications and experience, gross about EUR 100,000.00 per year on a full-time basis

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