Head of Environmental Sustainability (w/m/d)

18 May 2022
22 Jun 2022
As the Head of Environmental Sustainability (m/f/d) at Zalando you are responsible for leading Zalando's environmental sustainability strategy with a special focus on our climate and packaging goals. You lead a team of environmental experts and own the company's position on climate action, sustainable packaging and other relevant environmental sustainability topics. You are a recognized expert guiding internal stakeholders and representing Zalando's work externally.
At Zalando, our vision is to be the starting point for fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses.

We only want to know why you're great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Please feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support and assist you throughout the hiring process.

do.BETTER - our diversity & inclusion strategy: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion
Our employee resource groups: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion/our-employee-resource-groups
  • You define and implement Zalando's overarching environmental strategy with a special focus on our climate and packaging efforts, but also related topics such as chemicals and biodiversity.
  • You lead the team that owns Zalando's sustainable packaging expertise and corporate carbon footprint, define and prioritise reduction areas and initiatives in line with our science-based targets.
  • You provide expert guidance to internal stakeholders including our Management Board on successfully reducing our environmental footprint and achieving our sustainability strategy.
  • You provide and enable thought leadership for Zalando's environmental sustainability work, e.g. via collaboration with and participation in industry initiatives and bringing the industry knowledge into our environmental strategy.
  • You monitor emerging global environmental trends, innovation and regulation directions with a special focus on carbon, single-use plastic and circularity.
  • You have 10+ years experience in environmental management, sustainability or a related field.
  • You have strong knowledge of climate and/or packaging sustainability with a clear track record of successfully implementing climate strategies across large businesses.
  • You have a strategic mindset, comfortable in fast-paced environments and the ability to provide well thought through solutions based on data analysis while considering the 'bigger picture'.
  • You have excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to work across multiple teams in a large organisation, align goals and drive overall success independent of organisational boundaries.
  • You have excellent communication skills with the ability to translate complexity into clarity and experience of updating C-level stakeholders.
  • You have a strong track record of at least 5 years in leading and developing people.
  • You have a pronounced focus on talent and leadership development.
Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance for internationals
  • If you work from an office in your role, a choice of office equipment to be delivered to you, to support you working from home due to COVID-19 safety

  • Access to the employee shares program
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents' forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counselling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the F├╝rstenberg Institute

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