Sustainability Manager

Conagra Brands

Job Description

We are looking for a Sustainability Manager to join our R&D team in Chicago, Illinois! Located in the heart of downtown Chicago along the Chicago River. Candidates located in Omaha, Nebraska will also be considered.

As the Sustainability Manager, you will lead the development and implementation of sustainability programs related to product portfolio, including climate change, packaging, agriculture, water use, waste reduction, and other areas that may improve the companys environmental impacts. You will consult with and influence cross-functional peers both within and external to R&D. You will proactively seek out methods, techniques and resources to progress company sustainability agenda. You will contribute, as needed, to corporate and product level transparency initiatives (e.g. measurement and reporting).

What else you'll do in this role:

  • Manage adoption of internal sustainability plans, policies, standards and metrics.Contribute to periodic materiality assessments of sustainability opportunity areas within the business needs.

  • Monitor emerging issues and opportunities related to sustainability and initiate conversations with business leaders to determine materiality of same.

  • Engage with business peers to assess opportunities and risks related to sustainability issues.

  • Collaborate with Brand teams, Operations, Procurement and other functions on sustainable product strategies and actions, advising on key areas of focus, providing subject matter expertise and engaging with external stakeholders as necessary.

  • Provide subject matter expertise on sustainability matters to business and cross-functional peers.

  • Develop internal network to promote sustainability objectives across the organization.Manage programs to make progress towards these objectives.Continuously evolve and report metrics that define success.

  • Develop supplier and other external networks progress sustainability efforts.May also include involvement with trade associations, customers, academics, NGOs and other external collaboration forums.Participate in committees and/or working groups as appropriate with these external networks.

  • Collaborate with Corporate Communications to promote company sustainability achievements, including contributing content to ESG and sustainability disclosures for investor, customers and other business stakeholders.

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain sustainability teams to manage sustainability strategies with sustainable product strategies related to manufacturing.

  • May lead a small team depending on business needs.

  • Support Marketing and the brands in providing scientific substantiation for environmental claims.

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Bachelors degree in business, scientific or technical field with sustainability coursework or experience.MBA or equivalent education or work experience preferred.

  • 6+ years related experience, preferably with CPG or food production, including at least indirect people leadership.

  • Broad knowledge of environmental pressures related to climate change, packaging, agriculture (including animal welfare), water, waste issues.

  • Broad knowledge of food, food processing, packaging and environmental issues preferred

  • Presentation skills, both oral and written

  • Mentoring/coaching skills

  • Ability to influence external and internal stakeholders on sustainability matters

  • Ability to work across groups and influence action without direct authority

  • Ability to evaluate talents, growth capabilities of staff members

  • Negotiating, conflict resolution skills

  • Able to demand performance standards from group members

  • Understanding of sustainability metrics, issues, trends and technical terms

  • Ability to learn and operate in data systems related to product development

  • Budgeting, financial analysis skills relevant to developing business cases

  • Energy, enthusiasm, professional demeanor and engaging personality to develop meaningful, productive relationships with key individuals in all areas of government, academia and the food industry who can assist and support the Company sustainability strategy, policies and programs

  • Ability to travel up to 35% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible representative.

Our Modern Workplace:

Conagras culture of collaboration enhances our ability to meet critical business goals, deliver value to customers and consumers and provide you with the flexibility you need to achieve a better work-life balance. We carefully consider each role and how often each team member needs to collaborate in-person. This position is usually in the office Monday - Thursday (with some remote flexibility those days). Fridays are remote.

Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, 15 vacation days, 6 additional days off and 10 paid holidays. Check out our 401k plan too! Conagra will match 100% up to the first 6% of pay you save. The company will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)!

We require applicants for this role to be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring employer sponsorship either now or in the future.



Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)

Our Company:

Conagra Brands is one ofNorth America'sleading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team thats passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye,Marie Callender's, Banquet, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, and Vlasic, and emerging brands, including Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, Duke's, Earth Balance, Gardein, and Frontera.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information,

Conagra Brandsis an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.