Sustainability Manager Posted Apr 30
World Centric , Petaluma, CA
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The Sustainability Manager will oversee the development of research, resources and consulting services for World Centric to effectively communicate to current and potential customers end of life options for compostable products in use in their businesses. The primary goal is to uphold and expand our commitment to environmental sustainability, with a focus on enabling our customers to make better sustainability decisions.

This role will also help World Centric and its customers advocate for improved end-of-life options in strategic geographical regions in the US, and ensure the most accurate sustainability information is integrated throughout World Centric’s stakeholder engagement on environmental and social issues.

Key Role Objectives

Coordinate custom report offerings to trade customers covering composting, carbon footprint and waste diversion assessments

Monitor state, federal and international foodservice packaging regulations and trends as related to sustainability that could impact collection and hauling of World Centric products from customer sites

Participate in conferences, trade shows, industry groups, and other relevant events related to composting/waste diversion, including attending as a representative of World Centric and participating through proprietary content, panels and speaking engagements

Support the World Centric sales team when challenging sustainability inquiries come in from the marketplace

Legislation advocacy/research - Maintain database of local and national packaging regulations that could impact distribution and composting of products; represent World Centric interests through feedback letters and in-person attendance of public hearings

Research (with and other resources) to compile an accurate, comprehensive list of current commercial composters and their systems for processing and accepting compostables in the defined strategic markets

Work with composters to facilitate acceptance of World Centric products for composting and including World Centric in any preferred compostable products lists

Research local/regional/national rules and regulations which may impact collection and hauling of World Centric products from customer sites

Define haulers and costs for hauling products to composting facilities on an as-needed basis

Assess customer needs for front and back of the house communications to support proper disposal, separation and awareness of compostables (e.g. signage, videos, educational collateral, etc.)

Create cost benefit analysis of composting vs. landfill based on local hauling, landfill and composting costs

Interaction with key operators, distributors, sales reps, and other decision makers in the value chain to provide information - research, reports, recommendations - as needed


Education Level: BS/BA degree in business administration, communication, public policy, environmental sciences or an advanced degree in a field related to sustainability

Minimum 5 years of experience with a company focused on sustainably-produced products that help solve social and environmental problems
Background in environmental services, waste management, CSR, community/government relations, issues management or a related discipline is preferred

Experience in the food service and/or disposable tableware market preferred

Experience communicating technical and complex topics in an easy to understand, compelling manner

A self starter with a proven ability to assemble action plans independently and execute them within a cross functional environment

Experience with products sold into food service wholesale and multi-channel retail a plus

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent teamwork skills with strong project management capabilities
Proven ability to train teams, work with customers, and deliver public presentations

Analytical skills with the ability to pull important patterns and messages out of complex information

Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite

Understanding of and experience with customer / consumer insight data

Attention to detail and accuracy with a commitment to excellence

Ability to multitask, take risks, propose change, and solve problems creatively

Other Requirements
Full time position in Petaluma office
Must be able to travel 10-20% of the time

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