Sustainability & Ethics Lead – Planning & Performance

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John Lewis & Partners is seeking a new Sustainability & Ethics Lead – Planning & Performance.

As the Sustainability & Ethics Lead for Planning and Performance you will be responsible for producing a cohesive picture of the S&E strategy, priorities and programmes that is accessible and appropriate for various internal and external stakeholders. You will have responsibility for leading a team of experts working on areas, including risk, performance management, planning and reporting, all of which are of significant strategic importance to the Partnership. You will also be responsible for directly leading and defining the strategy and direction for Sustainability & Ethics (S&E) in these areas, in line with the wider Partnership strategy, which will influence Customers, Partners, and suppliers. Setting the Partnership’s S&E standards and processes for your area, you will ensure the relevant teams are equipped to implement and measure these. You will prioritise and drive activities which will protect, enhance and differentiate the Partnership’s position as a market leader in Corporate Responsibility with maximum positive impact for all our key stakeholders.

The Ethics & Sustainability team works pan-Partnership, which means you’ll be working across our key brands Waitrose and John Lewis, as well as other areas of the Partnership too.

What will you be doing?

  • Identifying how and where the S&E strategy should be embedded in business processes
  • Ensuring the business has an understanding of financial and operational impact of S&E action plans
  • Ensuring you have an oversight of S&E risks across the team and liaise with the Audit and Risk team
  • Leading the performance, reporting, communications, risk and people processes for the S&E team
  • Ensuring the S&E team’s reporting is underpinned by robust systems management and data; programme management of data and systems projects
  • Delivering pieces of priority work that support the Partnership’s S&E ambitions but are not issue-specific
  • Evaluating priorities and allocate flexible resource within the team to ensure delivery against plans
  • Synthesising inputs from across the S&E team to produce briefing papers for key governance forums, including but not limited to the Ethics and Sustainability Committee, Portfolio Group, and Brand Groups
  • Working closely and collaboratively with other S&E teams to enable better ways of working, knowledge share, efficiency and avoidance of duplication.
  • You will be a people manager, leading a team of eight
  • Engaging with key internal stakeholders and governance forums to ensure relevant stakeholders understand what is needed to implement targets and plans in your area. Ensure relevant systems are in place to report on this.

What You’ll Have

  • Experience of leading successful strategic projects, programmes and multi-stakeholder groups, including influencing at a senior level
  • Significant experience in risk management or business performance management
  • Significant experience in corporate communications or reporting in a complex environment, including disclosure of both quantitative and qualitative information
  • Experience of best practice in data management trends and analysis
  • Working knowledge of any relevant law, governance or policy.
  • Experience in understanding relevant ethics & sustainability legislation, certification standards and assurance schemes and applying these in a business context
  • Degree level qualification or relevant experience in relevant subject area
  • Experience of leading teams

What else can you bring?

  • Direct experience leading sustainability risk or reporting processes such as GRI, TCFD, UN Global Compact, CDP, integrated reporting, UNSDGs
  • Experience working in retail, FMCG or food and beverage, and/or clear understanding of relevant processes in production, manufacturing, supply chain and consumer use.
  • Expertise or knowledge in relevant E&S areas such as Social Impact, Health, Circular Economy, Climate, Environment, Human Rights, Raw Materials Sourcing, or Agriculture/Aquaculture & Fisheries

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John Lewis & Partners


Sustainability & Ethics Lead – Planning & Performance


Monday 26th April 2021


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