Business Operations Sustainability Manager – Water Stewardship

  • Dienstverband
  • Rotterdam


The Business Operation Sustainability Manager for Water Stewardship works with a network of professionals to deliver the Water Stewardship program, to meet Unilever external Compass commitment of Implementing water stewardship programmes in 100 locations in water-stressed areas by 2030” across the 5 Business Groups. 20 sites have done a water-feasibility assessment, 7 projects (in India) are in implementation phase and 4-8 additional sites are expected to start feasibility studies. Unilever has robust external and internal commitments for protecting people and the planet and the Business Operation Sustainability team is responsible for the Business Groups to progress against the external Compass commitments.

Key Accountabilities

  • Program responsibility to meet Compass Commitment
    • Responsible for delivering the 100 Water Stewardship sites by 2030 including shaping the year-on-year roadmap, glidepath and milestones On-time-in-full.
    • Leads the feasibility studies and action plans in partnership with experienced consultant(s) and required internal and external stakeholder engagement.
    • Works with the SHE Capability Manager – Water to prioritize feasibility studies for Water Stewardship program through strategic risk-based analysis of catchment, site and market priority
    • Drives the outcomes of the feasibility study externally outside of our operations through external advocacy building impactful partnerships, and organizes and mobilizes internal resources as required (External Affairs, Sustainability, SHE, site leadership, Procurement, etc)
    • Establishing governance and accountabilities, to keep track of program implementation progress and providing updates toward key stakeholders in the 5 Business Groups and across the business, enables unlocks where required to progress
    • Responsible to ensure year-on-year financials required to deliver the program, providing the rationale and business case at the appropriate forums (Climate & Nature fund, Business Group Capex, external funds)
    • Proactively engages other parts of the business to seek out co-benefits associated with other compass commitments e.g. Regenerative Agriculture, Net Zero, Nature.
    • Strengthens governance & control of materials i.e. Basis of Preparations where necessary on behalf of the Senior Metric owner
    • Prepares data and verbiage as input for internal and external company reports on Water Stewardship including examples, ensuring accuracy and brand protection, Risk Management Documentation, Quarterly Leadership Reports and others.
    • Continuous improvement / disruptive mindset, seeking innovative approaches for financing, partnering and developing systems for measurement of impact and reporting.
    • Point of contact and support for Unilever ULE Water Sponsor (senior metric owner) Unilever Subject Matter Expert in Water Stewardship, keeps track of external trends and direction of travel, brings key insights back into the business
    • Key technical vocal point for external alliances with peers and in peer groups on Water Stewardship includes attendance in external forums
    • Supports ongoing strategy around Climate Adaptation

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