MPB Career: Marks & Spencer – Head of Sustainability – M&S Food

Job ID 3795M
Location Paddington
Category Food Technology
Salary Competitive + Benefits
HoursClosing date March 4th 2021, 11:55 PM

Job Description:

M&S Food is changing, and fast! We are undergoing one of the biggest transformations in retailing today to build a bigger, better, fresher food business.

Plan A is our way to help build a sustainable future by being a business that enables our customers to have a positive impact on wellbeing, communities, and the planet through all that we do. 2021 sees us embarking on a major relaunch of our sustainability program and as our Head of Sustainability, your role will be to develop and lead the sustainability agenda for Foods, driving transformational change at a time when Sustainability is front of mind.

In this exciting, high-profile position, you will demonstrate a high level of competence in business acumen, strategic agility, and managerial courage. We have high ambitions and are looking for someone with the energy and drive to drive a step-change in our sustainability agenda.

Key accountabilities and measures

  • Lead, develop, influence, and deliver the Food Groups sustainability strategy
  • Support heads of business functions and leaders within the Food Group to deliver an integrated sustainability strategy
  • Demonstrate progress against Food strategic objectives and performance indicators
  • Be a sustainability advocate that drives positive innovation and change across the Food Group, championing sustainability and leveraging internal support structures to drive change cross-functionally
  • Be responsible for all corporate sustainability aspects of the Food Group
  • Ensure compliance with all UK environmental statutory reporting obligations
  • Creating operational metrics, tracking and managing delivery timelines, and communicating progress to internal stakeholders by establishing appropriate internal controls and measurement systems to support sustainability efforts
  • Owning and fortifying relationships with NGOs, think tanks, trade associations
  • Review and evolve the current sustainability framework as needed (across all social, environmental, and economic topics)
  • Assess compliance with core aspects of the existing sustainability program to understand gaps and priorities
  • Ensure effective governance of all aspects of the Food sustainability agenda
  • Lead on Foods external sustainability reporting (Annual Report, website, and other)

Key skills/preferred experience

  • An experienced and acknowledged leader in sustainability, Experience in implementing sustainability programs for large scale organizations inhouse or in consultancy
  • Ability to influence and make recommendations at a senior/Board level on areas ranging from strategy to policy, governance, process, reporting, and business planning
  • Act as a role model for demonstrating subject matter excellence coupled with great leadership
  • Solid project and budget management skills combined with high energy to set a dynamic pace of delivery
  • Technical knowledge on topics such as packaging, waste, energy, and natural resources, as well as responsible sourcing
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Gravitas and a strategic thinker, with the ability to engage and influence senior leaders
  • A self-starter who over-indexes on ownership and accountability, willing to be hands-on and operational
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience of leading, often without direct reporting lines, to deliver against targets
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Commercial outlook and analytical mind