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Sustainability Lead

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Date: 19-Nov-2020

Location: Naas, KE, IE

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 19026 
Position Type FT Permanent 
Recruiter #LI-AM1 
Posting Type LI 

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 25,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry
A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.
About the role


This position will have accountability for responsible sourcing of €4.0 Billion + of ingredient, commodity, packaging, capex and indirect materials and services spend.  Reporting directly to the Global CPO, the successful candidate will lead responsible sourcing for the purchasing function globally, with the objective of leading a best in class program capable of delivering Kerry’s sustainability objectives in an efficient and effective manner through a high performing team. 


Key responsibilities


  • Performs talent management
  • Develops responsible sourcing strategies
  • Identifies and develops strategy to close key / core sustainability element gaps
  • Collaborates on responsible sourcing elements of category / supplier relationship management
  • Establishes Key Performance Indicator (KPI) measurement objectives in line with regional and global business and function objectives
  • Monitors, tracks and analyzes KPI’s and operating costs to determine and set actions required to meet the objectives
  • Leads stakeholder meetings to ensure all resources have measurement transparency and to set strategy and actions to meet objectives
  • Communicates performance, strategy and actions to stakeholders as appropriate
  • Leads the team in continuous improvement initiatives
  • Manages processes / systems
  • Contract management


Qualifications and skills


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Extensive track record of leadership
  • Proven experience in hiring, managing and leading a high performance team
  • Solid knowledge of responsible sourcing / sustainability processes and management
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to interact with internal and external executive stakeholders
  • Self-motivated and passionate  
  • Ability to adapt and operate in a changing environment



  • Successful, multi-year (+15 years) track record within the Manufacturing (preferred) Industry in sustainability or a related field
  • An impressive track record of accomplishments and continuous improvements in sustainability / responsible sourcing, preferably in the food & beverage industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, an MBA preferred
  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time