Sustainability Programme Manager

Location: Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 12 August 2022

Salary: Competitive salary + benefits

Sustainability Programme Manager

Are you an ambassador for Sustainability with technical know-how?

We are looking for a project manager to deliver our environmental labelling programme and maximise our social impact.

About the role

You’ll be delivering technical support in projects within IGD’s environmental labelling programme, a key part of our sustainability pillar.

The role includes input into the delivery of wider IGD Sustainability programmes; for example, our thought-leading activities around sustainable packaging systems, climate change, food waste reduction and food surplus redistribution.

And you’ll be helping to manage our network of external stakeholders to inform our approach and maximise our impact, acting as an ambassador for our Sustainability agenda both externally and within the organisation.

The responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Sustainability, these include:

Programme management

The project managing, owning and delivering of key elements including specific projects within IGD’s environmental labelling programme, ensuring annual targets are met within agreed budgets.

The ownership of specific tasks within our wider Sustainability pillar, as required, and monthly reporting on progress against KPIs for areas of responsibility - identifying risks, opportunities and recommending contingencies.

You’ll be working with colleagues, industry, delivery partners and external consultants to develop and deliver content for your projects (including reports, briefing notes, toolkits, online content etc.).

And you will be developing your expertise, including analysing trends and monitoring customer feedback across your areas of responsibility to recommend opportunities for future development and continuous improvement.

Through your input to our annual business planning process for the Sustainability pillar, you’ll help inform long-term strategic planning.

Stakeholder management and communication

Supporting the management of project relevant industry working groups, you’ll ensure high levels of engagement with IGD and also that they help to deliver impact.

Working with colleagues across the Social Impact team and wider IGD, you’ll develop and maintain a network of external stakeholders to support your projects, representing IGD at external meetings, as required.

Working with the Marketing team, you’ll help us to develop effective communications plans for your areas of responsibility, to raise awareness and drive engagement with our Sustainability programmes.

And you’ll raise awareness of Sustainability activities right across IGD, ensuring internal understanding, supporting colleagues wherever appropriate.

What you bring

  • The experience of working in or with the UK food and consumer goods industry, within a Sustainability role
  • Experience with life-cycle assessment, environmental labelling or behaviour change science (desirable)
  • Strong project management skills – being well organised and capable of working under pressure, adopting a flexible approach to changing priorities
  • Highly motivated with the ability to drive programmes and the flexibility to work across a broad range of Sustainability issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with experience managing a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • A team player with the ability to collaborate across the organisation
  • Educated to degree level in Sustainability (desirable) with excellent written & verbal communication skills


The rewards

We offer a range of benefits, including a market leading pension, a bonus scheme, the ability to buy and sell annual leave plus a generous medical insurance package. At IGD, we have a great work-life balance, where you are empowered and trusted to manage your time.

The location

We are operating a hybrid approach to working with a mix of home and office-based working. We are based in a very accessible location within the M25, just 20 miles from central London. 

More about our people

We’re looking for inspiring professionals; talented people who seek personal and career growth and are ambitious to develop their potential and unlock opportunities for society, for our customers and themselves.

We seek and attract the very best people and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. We therefore welcome applications from diverse candidates. This includes people with disabilities, so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process.

More about IGD

IGD is a truly unique place, we connect and inspire, provoking and leading constructive debate that creates impact. Together we are working to make a tangible difference for Society, Business, and the Individual.

We use in-depth commercial understanding to uncover rich insights and data, leading to action that powers success. 

We reinvest profit from our Trading company into delivering Social Impact, through the Charity, aimed at uniting and mobilising our industry around the most crucial issues affecting society and business today.

#InspireGrowChange: Join our team to help us make a positive impact and drive change.

Get in touch – we’re looking forward to working with you.


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