The Coca-Cola Company – Sustainability Manager

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Position Overview:

As a Sustainability Manager with Coca-Cola Africa, you will play a fundamental role in steering the organization towards our ambitious sustainability commitments. This position serves as an integral part of our strategy to create a more sustainable future, with responsibilities encompassing the implementation and monitoring of initiatives focusing on water security, waste management, climate change, and economic empowerment. In collaboration with various stakeholders, you will ensure our operations align with global sustainability standards while making a significant difference for local communities. This role necessitates field visits, active engagement with conservation NGOs, and the effective orchestration of initiatives designed to foster a circular economy. Your efforts will directly contribute to our goal of making a lasting, positive impact on the planet and its people.

What You will Do

  • Custodian of reporting: Own the templates and routines, stewarding the reporting for both NGO and bottler-led projects and programs.
  • Data Administration: Collect, verify, and collate sustainability outputs and results deployed by internal and external implementing partners.
  • Report Generation: Furnish timely periodic summarized reports, dashboards, or other updates.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Regularly update key internal and external stakeholders ensuring enhancement of sustainability reporting processes.
  • Knowledge Repository: Maintain comprehensive data repositories of sustainability programs to enable effective knowledge management.

Education Requirements:

  • Degree in Environmental Science, Sustainability Management, Business management or related field.
  • Certification in Sustainability (e.g., ISSP, IEMA, Certified Sustainability Professional) will be a plus
  • Certified in Project Management (e.g., PMP, Prince2) will be a plus
  • Extended courses or diplomas in Climate Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Law, or Carbon Management will be a plus
  • Specialized training in data analysis, report writing, environmental impact assessment, corporate social responsibility or similar will be a plus

Related Work Experience:

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Previous roles in corporate social responsibility, climate change, or community development.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing or coordinating sustainability initiatives or projects.
  • Prior work with NGOs, government agencies, or private sector entities on environmental or social projects.
  • Experience in data analysis, synthesis of complex information into concise documents, and coordinating activities among multiple parties.
  • Track record of implementing and leading sustainability reporting processes.
  • Familiarity with international sustainability standards and guidelines.
  • Proven track record in stakeholder engagement and partnership building.
  • Experience in implementing circular economy practices.

Functional Skills:

  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Word Press.
  • Prioritization and effective planning to meet deadlines despite competing demands.
  • Aptitude for tracking industry sustainability trends and opportunities.
  • Proven ability in strategic thinking and problem-solving in the realm of sustainability.
  • Advanced skills in statistical and sustainability software tools
  • Knowledge of sustainability regulations and industry standards.
  • Demonstrated skills in sustainability audits and assessments.
  • Exceptional project management skills: organizing, planning, and executing large-scale projects from conception through implementation.
  • Ability to drive change and innovation in sustainability practices.
  • Strong negotiation skills: capable of dealing with contractors, partners, and suppliers towards sustainable operations.
  • Familiarity with budget management to ensure projects stay aligned to the financial targets.
  • Exposure to sustainability management, waste management, water stewardship, and economic empowerment.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.