Environmental Sustainability Manager

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Sainsbury’s is seeking an Environmental Sustainability Manager.

What You Need To Do

Your role is focused on developing and supporting Sainsbury’s approach to environmental sustainability. You will conduct ‘horizon scanning’ on regulation, trends and approaches, to identify issues that impact the business, and work with colleagues across the business and in CR&S to ensure issues are incorporated into relevant business processes. Key areas of the role will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct horizon scanning on trend and approaches and collect insights from other relevant companies, SMEs & government.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate materiality assessments along with the Social Sustainability & Communities Manager to develop impact area prioritisation, and development of connected business cases working with Finance and ADA teams.
  • Review, map and report areas of sustainability risk on a regular basis, escalating key risks to the Director of Sainsbury’s Brand and linking to the Corporate Risk Frameworks.
  • Provide expert input to ’Value Management Groups’, and the ‘Net Zero Working Groups’ with clear evidence based recommendations, to support effective strategy implementation.
  • Determine our ‘position’ on key issues, working across the brands and channels to coordinate the company position and to determine ways to embed, train, manage and coordinate within the company.
  • Compile and draft approaches, policies and standards for internal sign-off and update as and when required to maintain Sainsbury’s agreed position for given impact areas.
  • Ensure effective internal and external communications, providing content for communications teams.
  • Develop appropriate, relevant training content for suppliers and colleagues.
  • Provide ad-hoc expertise to teams delivering positions, policies approaches & standards when needed.
  • Identifying, developing and managing engagement with relevant external stakeholders (incl. through multi-stakeholder forums) to stay up to date with latest developments, and participate in varying sustainability activities and partnerships.
  • Identify areas for strategic programmes and partnerships, piloting and evaluating the success of approaches, and developing co-ordinated rollout plans for review.
  • Initiate, develop and deliver in collaboration with other business divisions and disciplines, a cohesive plan that addresses those priorities that don’t have a natural home within the Sainsbury’s business. These will be multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Work cross divisionally and functionally to truly establish a group function and communicate relentlessly to ensure we are “joined up” and “aligned” going forward.
  • Provide support and up to date/appropriate management information in order to guide the broader teams to the right conclusion. Working with our Sainsbury’s Technology, ADA and finance teams to provide the relevant reporting.
  • Where necessary develop the “connected business case” with finance for action these actions may include “the investment plans” and resource requirements for “new” activity, the repurposing of resources and/or budgets, new policy recommendations, systems and forecasting/performance reporting etc.
  • Facilitate the briefing of other colleagues for engagement/action

What You Need To Know

  • Degree or significant experience in environmental sustainability both in the UK and globally.
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of environmental risks across complex supply chains.
  • Familiar with the complexities of a large customer-focused business, delivering results at a rapid pace
  • Proven experience of developing and delivering a strategic approach within a wider business agenda
  • Senior stakeholder management and effectively influencing around an agenda
  • Ability to build and prove effective business cases for sustainability programmes
  • Knowledge of relevant networks and stakeholders in the field of sustainability, and used to representing an organisation at high-level meetings
  • Experienced at managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Capable of training, coaching, and providing on-going support to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work flexibly around an evolving agenda
  • Line management and budget management

What You Need To Show

  • Anticipating risks and opportunities, responding to escalations at pace and coaching others to find solutions based on your expertise
  • Skilled influencing across the business, identifying and managing key stakeholders across the group and externally
  • Adapting your decision making to different levels of ambiguity and urgency
  • Ensuring focus on objectives that have the biggest impact and effectively dealing with change
  • Accountability and proactivity for supporting and driving results outside your team or division
  • Facing into difficult conversations and giving others licence to challenge your perspective
  • Developing an authentic and consistent leadership style based on a robust knowledge of yourself
  • Creating a positive and consistent impact with internal and external audiences
  • Consistently engaging and motivating people with a variety of perspectives around an agenda

What Decisions I Can Make

  • Strategic and day-to-day decisions based on team activities, projects and programmes
  • Advising Director of Sainsbury’s Brand and the wider business through the governance channels
  • Budgetary, according to team plans
  • Guidance to team members

Resources available to me
The resources the job-holder is responsible for or has access to. For example:

  • Headcount of team and/or direct reports (include where the colleague sits in terms of reporting line)
  • Budget TBC

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Environmental Sustainability Manager


Friday 28th February 2020


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