Circularity Manager

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Circularity Manager

  • Zaandam
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  • Global Support Office
  • The Netherlands
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  • (Inter)national growth opportunities

How you can
make a difference

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The main objective of the Circularity Manager role is to stimulate and inspire circularity across material aspects for Ahold Delhaize and its family of local brands. Circularity is a ‘farm to fork’ opportunity, and as such requires a value chain perspective as we look to drive circular impact upstream of, downstream of, and within our business operations. This role will focus on a variety of circularity topics. For example (not exclusive): 

 

  • Packaging: Reducing plastic packaging, inclusion of recycled content, designing for recyclability, communicating recycling steps, and re-use/-fill models 

  • Unsold food: Reducing on farm food loss, reducing food shrink, increase donations of unsold food, high valorization of food waste, and eliminating incineration and landfill of food waste 

  • Not for resale: Recyclability of hardware and building materials instore and in offices 

 

About Ahold Delhaize  
We’re Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retail groups and a leader in both supermarkets and e-commerce. Together with our 18 strong local retail brands in the United States, Europe and Indonesia, we make a meaningful difference in the lives of our brands’ customers, our people and the world around us. We offer a highly dynamic, international working environment in which our associates thrive.   

 

At Ahold Delhaize, we have a clear mission: to ensure people – our brands’ customers, associates, and communities – make healthier and more sustainable choices, and live on the planet in a healthier, more sustainable way. Our Global Support Office (GSO) Health & Sustainability Team is passionate about driving systemic change and maximizing impact, and aims to achieve this by connecting brands, leveraging knowledge and embracing innovation. The teams across our family of brands innovate continuously to make products more nutritious and sustainable. We constantly ask ourselves which goals we want to achieve, and how best – and quickly – we can achieve them. Our diverse, passionate team is a strong combination of strategic professionals and sustainability experts – who can tell you anything and everything about carbon emissions, healthy and sustainable diets, plastic product packaging, how we can reduce food waste, and pretty much every topic in this field.   

 

Your new work environment 

The Climate & Environment sub-team consists of 6 FTE’s (inc. lead) and are responsible for three key areas of our Healthier Planet strategy including 1) our ambitions to drive the decarbonization of our own operations and our supply chain, 2) the transition to an inclusive and regenerative food system supporting nature & biodiversity, and 3) to rethink how we package the goods that we sell promoting circular methodologies and reduction of food waste. This team will be key in achieving Ahold Delhaize’s net zero, health, deforestation-free, plastics reduction, and food waste reduction commitments. Your role will be to support our brands to deliver on our circularity ambitions in the context of packaging and food waste, working in collaboration with our cross-functional Global Support Office (GSO) and regional/brand level colleagues. You will report into the GSO VP Climate and Environment.  

 

Key responsibilities of your role 

  • Develop an approach to accelerate Ahold Delhaize’s contributions towards a circular economy across the value chain, including potentially our own supporting operations (not for resale) 

  • Develop and maintain strong expertise in food waste reduction and its relation to food retail and ecommerce, including building relationships with relevant NGOs in this field (e.g. World Resources Institute 10x20x30 Initiative, Champions 12.3) 

  • Develop and maintain strong expertise in packaging reduction and its relation to food retail and ecommerce, including building relationships with relevant NGOs in this field (e.g. Ellen MacArther Foundation and New Plastics Economy Global Commitment) 

  • Manage the Ahold Delhaize global ambition to drive food and plastic/packaging waste out of the food system - circularity 

  • Respond to the increasing requirements on food waste and plastic packaging from multiple internal and external stakeholders, translating implications for a wide range of business stakeholders within the global function, regions and brands 

  • Lead multifunctional, group-wide projects, particularly where a degree of co-ordination between and across multiple group businesses is required such as in respect to efficiency, effectiveness, or economies of scale  

  • Advise GSO and/or regional functions to ensure that internal levers for change are recognized and prioritized and reporting of data is efficient, effective, and proactively drives progress against our targets 

 

What’s in it for you?  

Aside from what we ask of you in this role, we also have a great deal to offer you: plenty of growth opportunities and various cross-brand career options; flexible working hours; a hybrid working model (we ask you to spend at least 50% of your working time at the office on a weekly basis); and the chance to drive meaningful change on a global scale. You can look forward to a good work-life balance, and the chance to work in an inclusive environment that wholeheartedly encourages growth and welcomes you just the way you are.   

Plus:  

  • A gross annual salary (including holiday allowance) of €75.000,- to €80.000,- based on full-time employment
  • Attractive bonuses  
  • A first-rate pension plan   

  • 20 vacation days and the option to buy an additional 12,5 days from your personal ‘flex budget’ 

  • Travel expenses or an NS travel card  

  • A laptop and smartphone   

 

Requirements 

We think you’ll be best geared for success if you meet the following requirements;  

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working in sustainability, ideally internationally, and a masters degree in related field.  

  • Knowledge and demonstrated interest in waste reduction and business approaches, ability to translate complex technical topics to general audiences 

  • Coordination across cross-functional, multi-cultural teams to deliver a project 

  • Strategic thinking, ability to synthesize complex sustainability topics and actions into clear and comprehensive action plan 

  • Confidence to question and challenge the status quo, listen to other perspectives, and process feedback 

 

The role is based in Zaandam, Netherlands. Expected travel up to 10% of time. 

 

 

Apply now!   
Are you keen to join the Ahold Delhaize Health and Sustainability team? Even if you don’t tick all the boxes, but you still believe you have the personality and skills that make you a suitable candidate, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us. Apply now via the button on this page, or feel free to contact Milou van Regteren, Talent Acquisition Partner Finance & Sustainability via LinkedIn if you have any questions.  

At Ahold Delhaize and our local brands, we broadly define diversity as being inclusive of thoughts and skills, generational differences, LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disabilities, nationalities and more, and we accept all people for who they are. 
 

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What
matters to us?

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups and a leader in both supermarkets and e-commerce. Together, we help people eat well, save time and live better – it’s how we make a difference. And we do it because we care: for our customers, our people and the world around us.

Be courageous

"I realized how much impact you can truly have as an individual, working for such a huge international company.”

Live wholeheartedly 

“The support this company has always offered means the world to me."

Keep growing

“I feel the freedom to show initiative, propose changes and try new things. Having that freedom gave me wings to fly.”

What our selection
process looks like?

1

Application

Share your enthusiasm for Ahold Delhaize or of our great local brands — explain why do you want to work for us and how you can add value. Your goal is to engage the hiring manager and to get them thinking about you as a potential new hire. Give it your all!

2

Job interview(s)

After you have been selected and depending on the role, you will be invited for one or more job interviews. The job interview, which is a two way conversation, will take place online (via Teams) or at the office. You will be informed by the recruiter. This is your moment to shine (but you always do ofcourse)

3

Online Assessment

When both parties would like to continue the conversation you will be invited for an online assessement, also known as pre-employment tests. The purpose of the test is helping hiring manager determine whether a candidate has the skills, work style, knowlegde of personality to succeed in a the role. 

4

Job Offer

We are thrilled to get you onboard and would like to offer you the job. In this phase we start the conversation about the details which comes with the job, such as compensation, benefits and other contract details. 

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Welcome the Ahold Delhaize family

We do our utmost for you to feel at home, heard and valued and encourage you to be courageous, live wholehearted and keep growing. Therefore, we start the (pre)onboarding process as soon as you accepted the job offer. This process includes a technical and functional onboarding within Ahold Delhaize or our great familiy of local brands. 

Need help with application or orientation?

Hello, send me a message and I'll be happy to help you

Milou van Regteren

Talent Acquisition Partner

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