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  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      September 07,2022
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    Manager Biodiversity & Product Sustainability

    Jouw nieuwe baan en werkplek

    Using your knowledge on topics like biodiversity and deforestation, you will play a key role in achieving the Ahold Delhaize ambitions to have products that are free from land conversion and produced in a responsible way. Together with the team, you will be key in achieving Ahold Delhaize’s net zero commitments as part of the Healthier Planet strategy.

    Hi, we are Ahold Delhaize, a global family of caring brands

    Helping people eat well, save time, and live better. That is what Ahold Delhaize (55m weekly customers, 413k colleagues) stands for. As one of the world’s largest and most forward-thinking food retail groups, our global family of local brands creates inspiring shopping experiences. Whether people shop at brick-and-mortars, prefer quick pick-ups, or opt for the convenience of ordering online, Ahold Delhaize delivers.

    We are growing our business quickly and responsibly. We advocate and accelerate sustainable retailing, responsible sourcing, supporting local communities, and helping customers make healthier choices in a world in transition. That requires the courage and wholeheartedness to have conviction and stand up for what we believe in. It also takes a growth-hacking mindset: tomorrow’s opportunities call for tomorrow’s skills. But most of all, it requires us to be there for the people and communities we serve. #daretocare

    What you will focus on

    As Manager Biodiversity & Product Sustainability you will be part of the team that takes the lead in Ahold Delhaize’s ambitions to drive the decarbonization of our own operations, our brand’s supply chains and the transition to an inclusive and regenerative food system supporting biodiversity and reducing waste. To do this, transparency in the supply chain is prerequisite. Besides biodiversity and animal welfare, specific critical commodities are in scope for this role, which currently include tea, coffee, cocoa, seafood, palm oil, wood fiber and soy. You will act as a source of expertise on product sustainability on these topics, educate associates, provide our 21 retail brands with advice and monitor compliance.

    The position of Manager Biodiversity & Product Sustainability is highly impactful because you will advise on and contribute to multifunctional, group-wide projects related to a sustainable value chain, grasping opportunities to scale and share best practices across the group. Boundless pioneering is often the name of the game because nothing is set in stone, so you have to think strategically and adopt a hypothesis-driven mindset. How can we reach our commercial targets, whilst playing a role in the transition to a sustainable food system?

    You will contribute to the development of our global approach to biodiversity and regenerative agriculture, global targets and policies and opportunities to scale and share best practice across the group. You’ll develop and implement an annual product risk analysis with brands, together with product sustainability peers and key business leaders. You will advise leadership teams and key business stakeholders on product sustainability by keeping up with relevant developments. Furthermore, you develop and deliver strong relationships with strategic external experts and networks which support, accelerate, and amplify Ahold Delhaize’s climate and environment strategy.

    Dive wholeheartedly into these key responsibilities

    • Develop and communicate Ahold Delhaize’s Sustainable Product policies related to critical commodities and animal welfare across all retail brands.
    • Plan and execute assigned product sustainability projects, leading (improvement) projects to implement new systems, procedures, and processes.
    • Advise key business leaders and management on product sustainability, developing and maintaining a strong network of Ahold Delhaize’s OpCo’s product sustainability peers and key business leaders.
    • Support the Director of Climate Value Chain to build and maintain good relationships with NGOs, working on issues relevant to key commodities and animal welfare and represent Ahold Delhaize on relevant industry working groups.
    • Consider recommendations from external stakeholders (NGO partners, benchmarking groups and other experts) to be translated into strategy and practical plans

    This position is located at our office in Zaandam, we offer the flexibility to work partly from home and from the office.

    Dit bieden we jou

    This is how you keep growing
    Ahold Delhaize is growing enthusiastically, but sustainably. If we can grow while having a more positive impact on people or our planet, we re going for it. We encourage all of our 413,000 colleagues to share this attitude on a personal level, so opportunities to master new skills and expand your capabilities are a given. And because we re a global family of brands, finding your next challenge comes (almost) as naturally as calling an actual relative. We #daretocare for our people at all levels. What that translates to in this role?

    • A gross annual salary of 70.000 - 85.000, attractive bonuses, plus a first-rate pension plan with a personal contribution of just 6.2%
    • The development and career prospects you associate with a global player: best-in-class coaching, well-constructed growth paths and international, cross-brand career options
    • 20 vacation days, supplemented by a personal budget: take an additional 12.5 days off, opt for discounts, or simply take the cash
    • Flexible working hours, the option to choose a hybrid mix to work from home and the office (yes, post-pandemic as well)
    • A powerful laptop and a smartphone
    • Travel allowance, discounts on health insurance and groceries
    • The chance to drive meaningful change healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food matters on a truly global scale
    • Membership in a lively and diverse community that wholeheartedly embraces courage, inspires growth, and dares to care.

    Dit breng je mee

    We welcome caring colleagues who

    • Combine a Masters degree in a related subject with preferably at least 5 years of relevant work experience in compliance or sustainability, ideally within international business
    • Have strong project management skills and a passion for sustainability.
    • Have strong communication skills (in English, written and verbal) and the ability to create clear, and concise, communications.
    • Are ambitious with a positive attitude towards continuous improvement and able to put things into perspective.
    • Are confident to question and challenge the status quo, listen to other perspective and process feedback.
    • Builds relationships easily across cultures and cross-functional teams to bring concepts into action.

    At Ahold Delhaize and our local brands we define diversity broadly, seeing it as inclusive of thoughts and skills, generational differences, LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disabilities, nationalities and more, and we accept all people for who they are.

    Dare to care and grow with us? We look forward to teaming up! Want to know more before you hit the Apply button? Karen de Geus, Talent Acquisition Partner, will gladly talk you through the position at

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