Location New Jersey
Job-type Permanent
Salary $Competitive + Benefits
Reference 15479

At Modern Meadow (MM) we are harnessing the power of design, biology, and material science to produce high performing, sustainable, and scalable bio-based products. As we continue to grow, we are seeking a Director of Sustainable Innovation to spearhead our initiatives to design for sustainability from the start by creating technology, products and processes that promote the health and well-being of people and the planet.


  • Provide science-based perspective to help MM set realistic but challenging company and product goals that are aligned with company philosophy and technical competencies

  • Define and build a team of skilled scientists and engineers to partner with the technical and product functions to define and support near term and long term projects

  • Liaison with R&D teams to drive innovation to meet science, technology, and commercial goals

  • Employ eco-design principles and anticipatory LCAs to design and develop MM products

  • Educate MM team on LCA and life-cycle thinking to design for sustainability

  • SME for third party interactions and communications (scientific community, science-focused customers + investors)

  • Present scientific results through journal publication, conferences, and other events


This multidisciplinary role requires knowledge and expertise in science and engineering as well as green chemistry, eco-design principles and life-cycle assessment (LCA). The successful candidate will have:

  • PhD in Life-cycle Assessment, Chemical/Biochemical/Materials Engineering or related discipline

  • 10+ years experience in an industrial research laboratory

  • Track record of leading high functioning teams and bringing sustainable solutions to market with a demonstrated ability to work through others and is skilled in influence management

  • Collaborative team spirit and drive to build consensus across multiple stakeholders

  • LCA practitioner or process engineer with experience building new processes and plans in life-cycle assessment software (i.e., GaBi, Simapro) and/or experience developing engineering process models in Aspen Plus, Hysys, or similar

  • Self-motivation and strong communication skills are vital

  • Experience developing integrated process models and lifecycle inventories for lifecycle assessments of materials or other products preferred

  • Experience in assessing environmental impacts and trade-offs associated with bio-based materials. Experience in designing circular systems with the responsible ultimate end of life stage preferred

If this is the role you are looking for, then please get in touch with Kitty at kitty.grubb@acre.com. We look forward to hearing from you!