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Sustainability Manager - Regenerative Agriculture - Temporary Contract (12/18 months)



People & HR
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023


Location: Weena, Rotterdam – the Netherlands


Local conditions apply

For the recruitment of this position, we would like to emphasize that local conditions apply to the position and for this vacancy in principle we will first consider candidates based in the Netherlands. If you are based outside of the Netherlands and you are interested to apply, please feel free to do so but we can only take your application on if a decision is made to also recruit outside of the Netherlands.


With 3.4 billion people in over 190 countries using our products every day, Unilever is a business that makes a real impact on the world. Work on brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace, and it is our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance. At the heart of what we do is our people – we believe that when our people work with purpose, we will create a better business and a better world.

At Unilever, your career will be a unique journey, grounded in our inclusive, collaborative, and flexible working environment. We don’t believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach and instead we will equip you with the tools you need to shape your own future.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.


The role will lead our overall approach to regenerating agriculture and will work to deliver in line with the Bases of Preparation as well as on broader division agenda’s and programs. Regenerative Agriculture champion and development/design of impact programs across divisions and in portfolios. Regenerative Agriculture development and landscape approaches to regenerate 1.5 million hectares. Landing group wide contracts in support of our protect and restore nature commitments. Working within and on the governance of the climate and nature fund. Frameworks, systems, and process set up for programs. Consistent methodology for baseline and impact metrics and applying best practice or standards as may be required for claims. Capability building for metrics reporting. Identifying and managing partnerships for regenerating nature and agriculture, including partner capability assessment and development. Participating and representing Unilever in industry forums on regenerative and landscape approaches. Supporting portfolio sustainability teams and procurement teams in driving the impact programs.


  • Suso Portfolio Teams : To co-design and deliver impact programs at scale.

  • Suppliers and Implementation Partners : Design and implement programs covering sustainability, supply integration, protection and restoration, regenerative agriculture and livelihoods improvement.

  • Procurement Teams: Leverage the relationship design and contracts with the suppliers via procurement teams in pursuit of sustainability metrics and impact.

  • NGOs & Technical Organisations to implement consistent approaches, technology and data standards to enable impact & assurance

  • Brand and Divisions Teams: To drive stories and claims to consumers.

  • Suso Digital peers & UniOps : Identify and integrate new systems and technologies

  • SEAC: Develop and align on evidence and impact measurement methods;

  • Funds to: Ensure our investments enable brand & corporate claims


  • Demonstrated ability to motivate/influence colleagues and in the process holding oneself as well as others accountable for reaching ambitiously set targets Proven and recognized achievements in sustainable sourcing, supplier development and relationship management.

  • Strong stakeholder management & communication

  • Agriculture Program design experience

  • Project & change management

  • Experience in dealing with environmental and social non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Experience in commodity standards, certification, and roundtables.


  • 5-10 + years professional experience related to the fields of sustainability, agriculture, agroecology and agronomics implementation and or research, environmental and social / rural community development work.

  • Experience in dealing with environmental and social non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Experience in commodity standards, certification, and roundtables.

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme.
  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever.
  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.
  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy.
  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate. For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.
  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products.
  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).
  • Home work allowance
  • Company laptop and mobile phone
  • Green Mobility Policy.


Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, parenthood, pregnancy or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.


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