Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive + Benefits
Reference BBBH13960_1629715567

Are you a leader in environmental sustainability, with the organisation and drive to re-imagine global agriculture and food systems at the heart of the world's most ambitious food and ingredients business?

Olam is a leading agri-business operating in over 60 countries, supplying food, food ingredients and packaged foods, and industrial raw materials such as cotton and timber to more than 20,000 customers worldwide.

Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) is an operating group of Olam businesses including cocoa, coffee, cashew and other edible nuts, spices, and dairy, on a pathway to listing as an autonomous, leading Food and Food Ingredients business in 2022. OFI is a pioneer and recognized leader in climate-smart and environmentally sustainable food production. At a Group level, Olam has set ambitious Science Based Targets to drive a reversal in GHG emissions growth through climate smart, biodiversity friendly agriculture and supply chains.

Acre are supporting Olam International UK Ltd to appoint a Head of Climate and Natural Capital to OFI, based out of their London office.

As OFI's Head of Climate and Natural Capital, you will be at the forefront of setting OFI's environment strategy and agenda, as well as devising and driving projects that simultaneously provide climate, environmental and business value, fulfilling Olam's purpose to re-imagine global agriculture and food systems.

Through this crucial role in OFI's global CR&S function, you will shape and lead OFI's Climate and Natural Capital team to transform the way that they create positive impact on climate, biodiversity, soils, water and waste; and helping set the standard for the wider industry.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Guide and develop OFI's environmental strategy, action, and engagement with stakeholders to deliver OFI's Purpose and the ambition of Regenerating the Living World.

  • Lead and manage OFI's central CR&S Climate and Natural Capital team to drive improvements, efficiencies, and positive change in OFI's performance on environmental Material Areas.

  • Work with the Product Business Units to coordinate, manage and grow OFI's portfolio of Climate Action projects and regenerative agriculture programmes

  • Act as the OFI spokesperson and anchor for key partnerships and relationships with third parties, including multi-stakeholder alliances leading action and setting standards on climate, biodiversity, water, soil and waste.

  • Lead on emerging Climate Action and regenerative agriculture technologies and practice, tracking regulatory changes and promoting innovative approaches that help deliver our ambition.

  • Guide OFI's response to emerging risks in climate, biodiversity and water, and collaborate with other OFI functions, including Risk and Finance, to integrate climate change and environmental performance into ongoing work.

You will be:

  • An experienced leader, having driven environmental impact through complex programme/workstream management and business engagement.

  • Accustomed to working on behalf of, or with, large and complex commercial organisations in agriculture or FMCG.

  • A technical expert with experience in climate smart agriculture, natural climate solutions; having worked with internationally recognized carbon standards, verification and reporting.

  • Visible in business environment and sectoral collaborations within which Olam operates.

  • Emotionally intelligent and an alliance builder at all levels of business internally and externally

If you want to deliver measurable positive environmental change at one of the largest and most ambitious organisations in sustainability, please get in touch with Liam Goldsworthy at liam.goldsworthy@acre.com.