Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive + Benefits
Reference BBBH12091_1607961878

The world is facing a global climate crisis and a global biodiversity crisis, to which unsustainable agriculture and associated habitat loss and degradation are huge contributors. Feeding 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, within the planetary boundaries, is the greatest challenge of our lifetime.

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?

With reach in over 60 countries as well as employing 62,500 globally, Olam's scope for impact on our global challenge is huge. Olam is a leading supplier of verified, sustainable and certified products, sourcing directly from around 740,000 farmers and suppliers in sustainability programmes. Olam's digital information systems collect a huge volume of granular environmental data, ranging from smallholders in tropical cotton and cashew landscapes to extensive, high-tech estate crops from Australia (Almonds) to Zambia (Coffee).

Olam's landmark achievements include the world's first large scale Climate Smart Cocoa smallholder programme, the first coffee estates certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, the largest RSPO-certified palm estates in Africa, and the creation of AtSource: the breakthrough agri-sustainability insights platform.

Through this crucial role in Olam's global CR&S function, you will be shaping and leading an expanded Environment team to transform the way that Olam creates positive impact on landscapes, biodiversity, climate, water and waste; and setting the standard for the wider industry.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Shape Olam's environmental policy, strategy, action and engagement with stakeholders to deliver their purpose and the ambition of Regenerating the Living World

  • Drive and inspire the work of Olam's Climate Action team, Footprinting team and subject matter experts within the business' wider CR&S function, connecting these to AtSource,Olam Engine 2 businesses and Product Business Units on relevant projects, metrics, process, and tools

  • Guide Olam's response to emerging risks in climate, biodiversity and water, and set and track Olam's progress against environmental performance indicators

  • Engage and support the business unit's commercial and operational leads on transforming environmental performance

  • Act as the Olam spokesperson and anchor for key partnerships and build relationships with third parties on environmental progress

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

  • Highly externally visible, having represented at speaking engagements and maintaining an excellent network

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

  • Able to bring relevant, well-aligned sector expertise to the opportunity

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, the search and account lead for Acre's partnership with Olam.