Location Aachen
Job-type Permanent
Salary €Competitive
Reference 19019


Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management. Headquartered in Aachen, Germany, with over 4,500 employees, affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US, and a product presence in more than 100 countries worldwide, Grünenthal have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to seek effective, life-changing medicines and solutions for patients with severe diseases and high unmet medical needs.

As a global company, Grünenthal is committed to conducting its business responsibly and creating a positive impact on society and the Environment is a core part of the company's strategy and culture. A recently launched global sustainability strategy, Planet, sets to minimise Grünenthal's impact on the Environment with a roadmap to use resources sustainably and a significant reduction in waste production.

Global Sustainability Lead

To lead the development and execution of its sustainability strategy, Grünenthal is looking for a Global Sustainability Lead for the head office in Aachen. You'll be working in a team of sustainability and EHS professionals, reporting directly to the global head of EHS & Engineering. You'll be responsible for the E pillar of ESG - this is a role with direct and global impact on the individual production sites, as well as the broader Grunenthal organisation.

Your most important responsibilities will be:

  • Drive and execute a comprehensive multi-year strategy to continue the company's drive towards minimum environmental footprint.

  • Lead annual GHG inventory and E pillar of ESG, corporate responsible reporting, Environment related internal & external communication

  • Develop and/or review quantification approaches that account for GHG emissions reductions or removals in projects. Create synergy and support the Environmental Safety & Health culture.

  • Develop and monitor effective Environmental and Sustainability management strategies, provide recommendations and technical expertise on regulatory compliance

  • Coordinate EHS inspections and assessments to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Define Key Performance Measures (KPIs)/targets, identify opportunities for improvement and provide recommendations based on findings.

  • Engage with internal stakeholders and present regular sustainability reports and conduct sustainability assessments.

The ideal candidate has

  • Experience in strategic sustainability management - both in developing and executing a sustainability strategy.

  • Thorough understanding of sustainability within a manufacturing environment. Knowledge of GHG accounting and experience in conducting GHG assessments in an international organisation.

  • Fluency in English, German and Spanish conversational skills are a plus

  • Willingness to travel internationally.


Acre is supporting Grunenthal in the hiring process for this role. If you're interested, please reach out to Peter Vos (peter.vos@acre.com), the consultant responsible for this position.