Location Chicago
Job-type Permanent
Salary $Competitive
Reference BBBH12247_1610140784

Ardagh Group is a leading supplier of infinitely recyclable, metal and glass packaging solutions for the world's leading brands; with operations in over 20 countries and with more than 100 glass and metal manufacturing facilities.

Ardagh is looking to hire a Director of Sustainability to develop and help embed a broad sustainability strategy for the business, with a focus on achieving goals such as reducing their carbon footprint, material reduction, water stewardship and optimal sourcing.

Working closely with the manufacturing and procurement departments, the successful candidate will serve as a sustainability expert for division, representing the company with key internal stakeholders, at relevant association events, with customers and community stakeholders alike.

Responsibilities include:

  • Balance and align strategies with short- and long-term Group sustainability targets, assuring division support and alignment with Group objectives

  • Ensure strategy aligns with global sustainability best practice and that implementation and progress in division locations is facilitated and supported by key members of the wider team

  • Create partnerships with key industry and community stakeholders including non-governmental agencies and thought leaders, to communicate beverage can value and develop recycling strategies that protect and strengthen the beverage can's position with customers and consumers.

  • Direct lobbying to protect beverage can volumes as proposals are created, including arming Ardagh leadership and plant management with messaging to legislators regarding ramifications of policy on jobs, tax revenues, etc.

  • Monitor and support customer's evolving sustainable sourcing requirements, working closely with Sales and Procurement to ensure alignment with customer requirements.

  • Consistently benchmark competitor and customer sustainability efforts to inform and evolve Ardagh Group and division sustainability strategies.

The successful candidate will have experience in a high-speed packaging and manufacturing environment and be able to effectively communicate Ardagh's sustainability agenda both within the organization and to a wide range of external stakeholders.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Understand the general working processes of legislation (federal, state, local levels)

  • Strong project management, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement expertise, to successfully develop and execute strategies and initiatives

  • Team-oriented, able to build coalitions, working closely with all levels of the organization to translate strategic objectives to actionable plans at local levels

  • Highly effective writing, presentation, public speaking and oral communication skills

  • Experience in the packaging industry ideal is a plus

  • Must be comfortable to travel (25%)

If this sounds like it could be the next step in your career, please apply directly below. For any questions, please contact Sarah Walde at Sarah.Walde@acre.com.