Head of Sustainability & Strategy

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Imperfect Foods is recruiting for Head of Sustainability & Strategy.

About the Role

Sustainability is central to Imperfect’s mission, business model, and culture. Through our grocery service, Imperfect Foods aspires to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone – aspirations rooted in the reality that wasteful/unsustainable food production is dangerous for the planet. To achieve these aspirations, Imperfect has developed a robust business model with complex systems for sourcing, production, and delivery. As we mature, we continue to widen our physical footprint and broaden our product offering.

As the company continues to grow, so too will Imperfect’s role and responsibility as a leader in sustainability. Imperfect is looking for a Director of Sustainability to take the company into this next phase by managing initiatives that deepen and embed sustainability across all areas of our business model – from sourcing to delivery. The Director of Sustainability will build and champion the strategic vision and priorities related to sustainability, and will be responsible for working cross-functionally to execute and report on these priorities.


  • Work with C-Suite to set the vision for Imperfect Foods’ sustainability agenda, including metrics, targets and key priorities
  • Coordinate and sustainability-related initiatives at Imperfect
  • Source, prioritize, and gain approval for sustainability-related initiatives and/or policies, focused on driving material and mission-aligned improvements that improve sourcing practices, reduce waste, and enable us to use energy more responsibly
  • Work cross-functionally to with stakeholders across all areas of the business, most notably operations (supply, production, distribution) and brand/PR
  • Build and manage measurable, data-driven externally-facing goals and internal KPIs for all key sustainability commitment
  • Manage ongoing data-collection to track progress towards targets, with a specific focus on maintaining and deepening Imperfect’s carbon footprint data and metrics; Develop and maintain procedures to evaluate the sustainability impact of core business activities
  • Champion sustainability at Imperfect, both with external partners and internal stakeholders
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of critical environmental sustainability issues and opportunities in the food retail industry, leveraging internal and external subject-matter experts where necessary
  • Create and maintain sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals • Lead efforts to engage with and educate employees and customers on relevant sustainability topics
  • Create and maintain Imperfect’s sustainability knowledge base
  • Partner with Marketing and External Communications in our efforts to share Imperfect’s work on sustainability with the broader community

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience leading a sustainability agenda for for-profit and/or non-profit organizations
  • Exceptional communication skills. You’re able to set and communicate clear priorities. There is a lot we can do related to sustainability, but we can’t do it all. You feel comfortable saying “no” to make room for the most impactful projects if necessary
  • Data-driven. You’re comfortable measuring the financial and environmental (i.e. carbon) impact of projects. You’re willing and able to ensure proper data-collection and progress tracking

About You

  • You’re passionate about and committed to sustainability and Imperfect’s mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all
  • You’re a team player, and able to influence and/or lead without “explicit” authority; inclusivity is key – everyone at Imperfect should feel ownership of the company’s sustainability strategy
  • You’re organized and proactive. You’re able to balance and manage both short- and long-term initiatives • Facilitate and celebrate “quick wins” – every little bit counts
  • Drive forward innovative, “moonshot” initiatives – in order to have a truly meaningful impact, we need to think and act big

Details of the Position

  • Full-time, exempt position reporting to the CEO
  • Based out of our San Francisco Bay Area Headquarters
  • Domestic travel to new and existing local facilities required as needed
  • Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!

Physical Requirements

  • Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time
  • Occasional movement around the office may be necessary
  • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens
  • Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request
  • Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets
  • Domestic travel as necessary

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Imperfect Foods


Head of Sustainability & Strategy


Wednesday 10th June 2020


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