Sustainability Manager

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Do you have in-depth knowledge and experience in sustainability? Do you want to make an impact in Cosun, where the plant positive way is our central purpose? Do you have work experience as a professional in FMCG or agro-industrial sector? Do you want to guide Cosun in the further professionalization of its steps in the field of sustainability, one of our core pillars in the strategy? And do you get energy from developing and actively promoting our sustainability policy to a very diverse group of internal and external stakeholders, together with your colleagues at the head office and in the business groups? Then this is an attractive position for you!
Core responsibilities
One of the core strategic pillars of Royal Cosun is the sustainable chain. Together with our 5 Business Groups we have defined clear sustainability goals. We cover the whole chain, including our stakeholders, from the farmers community to our consumers. The Plant Positive Way is the vision of Royal Cosun. Our ambition is to be a leading company with purposeful impact and significance for stakeholders. We are committed to take up a strong and responsible role in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The role leads CSR and sustainability for Cosun, develops expertise and builds capabilities within Cosun and cooperated closely with the Business Groups via functional lines. As a subject matter expert the role engages, educates and influences internal and external where required. You will also bring expertise and developments from the outside world into the organization, connect and partner with a variety of stakeholders.
In this role you will further develop and implement Cosun’s sustainability strategy, initiate required actions, embed sustainability into the broader business scope, drive the agenda and work closely together with colleagues in f.e. communication, public affairs, agro development, innovation, nutrition  and environmental teams. This includes translating our sustainability goals into concrete action plans and monitor, support and/or lead the execution thereof. You will jointly develop periodic and annual sustainability reporting as part of integrated reporting, plans and budgets and serve as a subject matter expert. The role is based at our HQ at Breda (The Netherlands). You will report to the Director Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability.

Job requirements
We are looking for someone with:
  • Extensive experience in a similar role (over 10 yrs)
  • In-depth experience in the food business or supply chain relating to CSR and sustainability
  • Strong belief in environmental, economic, commercial and social benefits of sustainable development
  • 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, can push back 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
  • Positive energy, drive, strong will to cooperate and excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact at all levels
  • Ability to work on many levels, stimulating cooperation between departments where energy is developed and channeled, leading to the desired results
Job Context; about Cosun
Royal 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 billion and consists of 5 Business Units, formed by the companies Aviko, Cosun Beet Company, Sensus, SVZ and Duynie Group, each having their own business, markets and sales funnels. About 4.000 people work daily on the success for Royal 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

For more information about this position, please contact Frank van Ooijen, Director Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability on 076-5303344. You can send your written application and motivation letter to Cosun, for the attention of Richard Bakx (Cosun HR). Apply through the button!