Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Senior Sustainability Analyst - General Mills

Sr. Sustainability Analyst
Job Number: 5434
Location(s): Berkeley, CA

We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$16.6 billion during fiscal 2016.

We seek out the best talent, provide them with rich development resources, support, and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who are leaders, innovators, and want to be part of a company that serves the world by making food people love.

Located in Berkeley, CA, Annie’s Inc. (a Division of General Mills) is a rapidly growing natural and organic food company with a widely recognized brand, offering consumers great-tasting products in large packaged food categories. We sell premium products made from high-quality ingredients at affordable prices. Our products appeal to health-conscious consumers who seek to avoid artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives that are used in many conventional packaged foods. Our loyal and growing consumer following has enabled us to migrate from our natural and organic roots to a brand sold across the mainstream grocery, mass merchandiser and natural retailer channels. Today, we offer over 145 products and are present in over 35,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada.

Position Summary:

Annie’s is seeking a Sustainability Senior Analyst who will play a key role in supporting and expanding our supply chain sustainability programs and reporting activities, and supporting the team with internal and external engagement. At Annie’s, the sustainability team plays a critical role by guiding and collaborating with cross-functional teams to provide substantiated and meaningful data about the brand’s sustainability efforts and then collaborates with the marketing team to communicate these details in a credible and approachable manner. The Sustainability Senior Analyst reports to Annie’s head of Sustainability and will collaborate internally across Annie’s and General Mills, as well as with external stakeholders such as suppliers, consultants, and vendors.

Key Responsibilities:

Refresh and lead sustainable packaging strategy by collaborating with Packaging Engineer, Operations and Brand teams to identify opportunities for more sustainable materials, better recoverability and optimized design. Identify opportunities within General Mills and through external engagement to improve sustainable packaging position.
Support manufacturing programs focused on environmental and social impacts.
Support research and initiatives captured through our ingredient action plans, including refining and improving our programs to have a more positive impact on the agricultural origins of our products.
Collect and analyze data to identify opportunities for environmental and social impact improvements in ingredients, packaging and manufacturing, leveraging existing systems and also creating new processes to manually track data.
Lead reporting and benchmarking of sustainability metrics and data collection, as currently defined and aligned with best practices (e.g. Sustainable Food Trade Association), involving cross-functional departments as necessary. Work with sustainability team to maintain baseline measurements and key sustainability metrics to monitor progress.
Support development of public facing report, continually reviewing the reporting process to ensure it’s aligned with industry best practices and reflective of Annie’s brand mission and values.
Contribute evidence-based research and analysis and convert to consumer-friendly sustainability messaging; engage with internal teams to share messages through appropriate channels.
Provide content expertise and thought leadership to internal community on sustainability issues. Support sustainability team to consult to General Mills’ family of organic/natural brands and the Organic Center of Excellence on sustainability issues and strategies.
Develop presentations and speak at conferences and seminars on sustainability topics.


Master’s Degree in a related field required.
5+ years of experience in working on corporate responsibility/sustainability issues within a consumer products company or as an advisor/consultant.
Demonstrated industry experience, ideally within the organic/natural industry for consumer goods and/or manufacturing. Familiarity with industry research and trends, and ability to distill substantial and complex data into key insights and relevant takeaways.
Ability to work cross-functionally and effectively to create awareness on sustainability issues.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and outstanding relationship building skills at all levels inside and outside the organization, including senior executives, vendors, and suppliers.
Strong quantitative analytical skills, problem-solving, and ability to assess the quality of others’ work, particularly quantitative work.
Results oriented with an ability to operate multiple projects. A self-starter with superior organizational skills.
Demonstrated business and financial analysis skills, and proficiency with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and effectively manage and meet multiple, simultaneous deadlines with minimum assistance while maintaining a sense of humor.
Ability to travel up to 20%

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