Sustainability Manager - Pacific Foods

Sustainability Manager

Position Summary:

Responsible for developing and leading Pacific Foods’ sustainability strategy, programs and initiatives. Lead efforts to incorporate sustainability principles and practices into all aspects of the company’s business.  Act as the representative of Pacific’s sustainability and community initiatives with internal and external partners and organizations.

Essential Functions:

  • Direct company-wide sustainability efforts – in collaboration with relevant departments – in the following areas:  solid waste reduction and material recovery; energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction; water conservation; sustainable packaging; green chemistry; green building; sustainable supply chain (ingredients, transportation and distribution); and community involvement.

  • Establish and lead cross-functional teams and/or task forces to help guide, manage and implement sustainability initiatives.

  • Establish and manage long-term sustainability strategies and goals, including setting annual targets to track progress towards goals, and comprehensive metrics to measure performance.

  • Lead campus-wide energy conservation efforts including coordination of the following teams:  energy reduction, waste water reduction, water usage.

  • Communicate corporate sustainability messaging to all relevant stakeholders including, but not limited to: corporate leadership, employees, suppliers, customers, consumers and the community. 

  • Represent Pacific Foods with internal groups and external associations and at relevant sustainability/environmental-related events.

  • Update and maintain sustainability-related Pacific Foods policies.

  • Serve as a reference point of contact for corporate sustainability and community initiatives.

  • Execute corporate sustainability reporting including data collection, analysis and submission of e.g. greenhouse gas reporting, Sustainable Food Trade Association member reporting, and internal Pacific Foods documents.

  • Organize and coordinate internal community programs and events, including but not limited to: food box building, commuter program, and Earth Day celebration activities. 

Secondary Functions:

  • As an employee of a food manufacturing facility you are responsible for ensuring food safety and quality by reporting any concerns to the quality assurance department. 

  • Manage select community partnerships, including with the Wetlands Conservancy and the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Oversee government and utility relationships.

  • Direct outside contractors/vendors as necessary.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position is not supervisory in nature.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Broad and deep knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues related to a manufacturing environment.

  • Working knowledge of related regulations and their application to Pacific Foods’ environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate, identify, understand, prioritize and track emerging and current sustainability and environmental issues and how they impact the business.

  • Proven ability to develop strong collaborative relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders (internal and external) to drive strategies and results.

  • Previous experience leading organization-wide initiatives and facilitating groups with varying perspectives and levels of understanding.

  • Familiarity with green building design concepts.

  • Strong organizational, prioritization, project management, decision making, data collection and problem analysis skills.

  • Outstanding written, verbal and presentation skills.

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office and a demonstrated ability to learn new software and systems quickly.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, business administration, engineering or another relevant field.

  • Five (5) years’ experience leading and managing sustainability initiatives and programs, preferably in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience interfacing with regulatory agencies.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed during the day in an office environment and involves the extensive use of the computer and other office equipment. The position requires frequent reaching and handling.  Mental activities involve the continuous reading, writing, speaking and understanding of the English language, interpersonal skills, teamwork, the use of discretion and independent judgment, problem analysis, and the use of negotiation skills. The position involves frequent decision making. 

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