Sustainability Specialist Posted Mar 05
Conagra Brands , Chicago, IL
Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.

A Sustainability Specialist supports execution of corporate environmental initiatives impacting the Conagra Brands product portfolio and helps build the business case for sustainability across company functions. Collaborates with Conagra Brands’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Steering Committee members and other stakeholders on projects addressing climate change, water use, sustainable sourcing, food waste, and other material topics. Works as a member of the Sustainable Development group and is expected to understand Conagra Brands’ sustainability strategies, goals and objectives, as well as have subject matter expertise in material environmental topics outlined in the company’s annual CSR report.

Position Responsibilities:
Support corporate sustainability objectives under the direction of supervisor, including project management, research and analysis, communications materials development, and internal and external presentation.
Facilitate collaboration between R&D, supply chain, brand and other functions to promote the business case for sustainability and advance initiatives.
Manage sustainable product attribute analysis and prioritization efforts across the portfolio.
Stay current on global sustainability reporting standards and stakeholder expectations, and contribute to reporting and product labelling efforts.
Support sustainable supply chain efforts, including goal development, climate change and water scarcity risk mapping.
Evaluate stakeholder perception, environmental impacts and sourcing risks related to ingredients and packaging materials.
Stay current on ingredient and packaging certification opportunities and provide counsel to sustainability, R&D, procurement and brand teams.
Serve as an information resource for customers and internal teams on surveys and other communications opportunities.
Conduct baseline research and coordinate with external experts to evaluate scientific information related to sustainability claims and trends.
Represent Conagra Brands at relevant events and in NGO, industry and other external stakeholder engagements.

Position Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, policy, business management or related field, Master’s Degree preferred.
Minimum of 3 years Corporate sustainability experience, expertise in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and/or food industry preferred, will consider other related public sector experience.
Experience working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), government and industry organizations preferred.
Knowledge of relevant corporate social and environmental responsibility topics, including climate change, sourcing, production, consumer and investor sustainability trends.
Experience in agriculture and/or animal welfare issues & opportunities desired, but not required for this position.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage multiple diverse work streams.
Excellent project management, research, written and oral communication skills.
Meeting organization and facilitation skills.
Advanced skills in Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and Power Point.
Travel as necessary to carry out project objectives under direction of supervisor.

Physical Requirements:
Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:
- Ability to travel up to 30% of the time
- Driving a company or rental vehicle as needed

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