Country Sustainability Manager

  • Dienstverband
  • Haarlem


For IKEA Netherlands we are looking for a Country Sustainability Manager based in our Service Office in Haarlem.

The Country Sustainability Manager secures the integration and implementation of the Ingka sustainability strategy – People & Planet Positive, by both putting demands on the business and being a competent sustainability business partner, while securing local relevance. You are the voice and influencer of sustainability both internally and externally, sitting close to the business where decisions are made. The People Planet Positive topics you are responsible for are: Healthy & Sustainable living, Circular, Climate, Fair & Equal.

A day in your life with us

In this role you’ll be responsible for:

  • the integration and implementation of the sustainability People & Planet Positive strategy, through clearly defined accountabilities and responsibilities in the business and supporting as a competent business partner, while securing local relevance.
  • being the spokesperson of sustainability, by understanding consumers in the market, and working across the business where decisions are made to set the People & Planet Positive requirements on the total country organisation, empowering others to deliver.
  • Integrating the sustainability agenda across all markets, customer meeting points, stores and units.
  • Applying approved methods and tools from Group Sustainability to connect with relevant SO functions

What else you will do:

  • Working with others to help solve the challenges of the business with both a growth and purpose driven mind-set.
  • Secure country adaption of the global direction and ambitions. Develop and continually maintain an outside-in perspective, following and listening for trends, (future) legislation, topics and future thinking.
  • Conception, exploration and business case development projects in partnership with Group Sustainability, or when needed, drive country specific development projects.
  • Create and maintain a performance culture across the whole organisation.
  • Be an effective external and internal spokesperson, participate in advocacy activities, events, networking and empower others (e.g. country and store managers) to become sustainability spokespersons.
  • Secure positive impact on local communities where IKEA operates through deep understanding of the local communities and co-creating with identified key local stakeholders.
  • Empowering and engaging all co-workers in creating a new IKEA with sustainability at the core by working together with the sustainability matrix, contributing and sharing key learnings.
  • You lead a team of Sustainability Business Partners and based on relevant business cases time limited Project Leader(s).
  • You are part of the Country Commercial Team and you proactively contribute with sustainability perspective in Country Business Plan processes to ensure sustainability is integrated in commercial agenda and an active contributor to the country Growth and Positioning goals.

Our team within Ikea

It’s hard to imagine, but IKEA started out as a small mail-order business in Älmhult, a village in the Swedish countryside. It can now be found in 63 countries offering a unique range of products. Working at IKEA means working in a world of ideas. A world that is described by our own colleagues as a workplace where everyone is welcome, and you can be yourself. Where together we make a difference for the many people and the planet. But also, a workplace where you determine your own career steps and where there is plenty of room for your practical creativity and ideas. And all this while working in a nice team with colleagues who are always there for you and support you when needed.

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