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Director of Sustainability

Company: The Scoular Company
Location: Omaha
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

An employee-owned company with more than $4 billion in sales, Scoular employs more than 1,000 people in over 100 offices and facilities in North America, Asia, and other locations world-wide. For over 128 years, feed and food customers have been counting on Scoular's experts to create safe and reliable supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe. Every day at Scoular, our employees define what is possible and make decisions that carry great responsibility. Our influence spans the global agriculture supply chain, and the sustainable solutions we provide become the links that connect our world. In recognition of our role as a global citizen and imaginative supply chain solutions provider, Scoular has launched a long-term sustainability strategy that reflects our high integrity business practices and that serve as a foundation for innovative ways we can to partner with our customers on their sustainability strategies.-- With the launch and evolution of Scoular's sustainability strategy, Scoular is seeking its first Director of Sustainability, a role that will be instrumental in creating and managing the core components of that sustainability strategy, internally and externally. This role will lead sustainability initiatives for Scoular, including the key responsibilities of managing Scoular's sustainability program, developing external facing sustainability strategies, supporting operations leaders on customer engagement, and leading other stakeholder engagement and reporting. This role will be a close partner for each of Scoular's operations divisions in leading the improvement of the identification, offering, and marketing of sustainable supply chain solutions, enabling ideation and co-creation with Scoular customers in partnership with Scoular's business unit leaders. Job Duties

  • As a general matter, this role will be responsible for the continuing development and implementation of Scoular's sustainability program, as well as collaborating with and supporting business-driven and customer-backed sustainability opportunities. This role will serve as subject matter expert in sustainability for the enterprise. More detailed job duties include those highlighted below.
  • Serve as an internal consultant who enables cross functional execution of Scoular's internally and externally facing sustainability strategies by ensuring proper resources, processes, and tools are in place.
  • In partnership with division and business unit leadership, enable and support external stakeholder partnership by supporting customer engagement, responding to customer inquiries, and engaging in customer focused initiatives to create market opportunities for Scoular.
  • Engage in new sustainability focused growth opportunities to develop new and retain existing customers/partners.
  • Assist relevant cross-functional partners in maintaining brand awareness and identity of Scoular and its marketing initiatives focused on its sustainability platform, or the sustainability platforms or needs of Scoular's customers and/or potential customers.
  • Lead initiatives to help answer priority questions, solve problems, and drive critical business actions and decisions around sustainability.
  • Map the sustainable agriculture and adjacent industry trends and inform internal partners on the same.
  • Cultivate actionable insights by managing the scorecard/progress reports and analyzing performance trends.
  • Mobilize business leaders and other employees through education and training on sustainability topics to create opportunities for engagement.
  • Design and manage a scalable sustainability reporting program that allows for enterprise-level tracking of current state and progress on milestones, goals, and targets for all of Scoular.
  • Act as leader and co-creator with cross-functional partners and subject matter experts (e.g., diversity and inclusion, safety, and community engagement) in establishing data-driven sustainability goals, milestones and metrics year-over-year.--
  • Serve as project manager for the development of the annual corporate responsibility report, including design and management of the effort and working closely with subject matter experts across the enterprise, allowing for annual and ongoing reporting of sustainability and broader impact goals and targets for all of Scoular.
  • Accountable for managing a sustainability cost center and the associated budget
  • Leverage a design thinking and strategic mindset to work collaboratively across Scoular to define division-level sustainability priorities. Qualifications:
    • Education in Environmental Management, Sustainability, or related field, with additional marketing, branding, and/or business development experience preferred.
    • Advanced degree in Environment, Business or Strategy preferred.
    • Agriculture, food/feed, CPG or adjacent industry experience strongly preferred.
    • 5+ years of professional experience in sustainability and/or ESG - environmental, social, governance -- including customer facing innovation and value creation.
    • Experience in external customer connectivity, with corporate communications and/or marketing experience.
    • Confident in communicating with executives, various internal teams and third-party stakeholders
    • Ability to collaborate with others across Scoular for the achievement of business goals.
    • Experience creating and operationalizing cross-divisional initiatives.
    • Experience crafting the business case and plan for enterprise-level sustainability goals, including strategic and financial analysis.
    • Experience linking sustainability initiatives to digital tools and tracking for operational benefit.--
    • Operates with a high degree of independence and accountability.
    • Produces deliverables promptly and proactively anticipates future needs.
    • Proven ability to identify, analyze and objectively problem solve with prompt and meticulous follow-through.
    • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions to support the direction taken by others at Scoular.
    • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
    • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
    • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers.
    • Works effectively by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well to produce quality work.
    • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
    • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations.
    • Builds rapport with various stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
    • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals.
    • Challenges the status quo, champions change, and influences others to change. The Scoular Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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