Program Manager Sustainability - Scope 3 Emissions

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Do you have in-depth knowledge of sustainable chains? Do you have work experience as a sustainability professional in the agro-industrial or other industrial sector? Do you want to make an impact in Cosun, where the Plant Positive Way is our central vision? Can you guide Cosun in scope 3 CO2 reduction and make crucial steps in the field of sustainability, one of our core pillars in the strategy? And do you get energy from leading a program working with a very diverse group of internal and external stakeholders, together with your colleagues in the business groups? Then this is an attractive position for you!
Core responsibilities
Our ambition is to be a leading company with purposeful impact and significance for all stakeholders. One of the core strategic pillars of Cosun is the sustainable agrofood chain. We have challenging climate action ambitions. We cover the whole chain, including our stakeholders, from the farmers community to our customers and consumers. The Plant Positive Way is the vision of Cosun. We are committed to take up a strong and responsible role in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A Cosun wide program on scope-1 and scope-2 CO2 reduction is already in place. This scope-3 program will be part of that.
The role of Program Manager Sustainability Scope 3 Emissions leads our Cosun program of scope 3 emissions, to contribute to our sustainability goals. In close cooperation with our business group colleagues and sustainability managers you:
  • Identify our scope-3 reduction opportunities and develop an ambitious Scope-3 CO2 reduction program and working community within Cosun. 
  • Translate this program into concrete and successful roadmap of projects and set reduction targets for Cosun and its business groups.
  • Ensure monitoring and delivering the results of projects, studies and assignments, where the project execution responsibility is at our business groups.
  • Developing the expertise within Cosun in this field.
In this role as Program Manager you will inspire, lead, contribute to the program and underlying business group projects. You are our figurehead in this working field and will ensure the knowledge with internal and external resources. On a daily basis you will cooperate within the network of sustainability and business managers in Corporate and the business groups and with experts in the working field.

Job requirements
We are looking for someone with:
  • Track record in a similar role, both in program management and expertise (5-10 years).
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and working standards like ETS, GHG, LCA etc.
  • Strong belief in environmental, economic, commercial and social benefits of sustainable development
  • Goal and results driven.
  • Strong action bias, moves quickly from analysis to action with a track record of having good business sense and combines judgement skills with decisiveness.
  • Tough mind-set, is resilient when appropriate, and secures internal and external resources.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to simplify complexity.
  • Strong (external) network, seeking to learn from others.
  • Energy, drive and excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact at all levels across our organization.
  • Ability to work on many management levels, stimulating cooperation between departments where energy is developed and channeled, leading to the desired results.
  • Fluent in English,  speaking and writing.
Working at Cosun
Cosun is a modern, forward looking cooperative, born and bred in the Netherlands but active across the globe. Cosun works with thousands of growers, both members of the cooperative and suppliers. Cosun recognises the enormous potential of plants and knows how to turn them into practical solutions to everyday problems. Cosun produces not only plant-based ingredients and foodstuffs for people and animals, but also green, biobased applications and energy. Cosun has a turnover of approximately 2 bn and consists of 5 business groups, formed by the companies Aviko, Cosun Beet Company, Sensus, SVZ and Duynie, each having their own business, markets and sales funnels. About 4.000 people work daily on the success for Cosun. In Cosun’s state of the art Innovation Center, about 100 R&D professionals boost innovations and make sure the company is on track and ahead with plant-based developments and opportunities. More information about the company can be found on www.cosun.com.
What can you expect
  • A varied and challenging position within our Cosun and its Cosun innovation center, in close              collaboration with our Cosun business groups.
  • Inspiring work environments, where you will meet colleagues with different kinds of knowledge competences and experiences, to make projects and collaboration succesfull!
  • Opportunities and facilities for personal development and growth.
Information and application
For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Johan Dijkstra (sr. innovation manager / 0165-528850). You can send your application to Richard Bakx (Cosun HR) richard.bakx@cosun.com.

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