Product Stewardship Manager

Coles Group

Location: Hawthorn East

Job Type: Full time


We’ve been trusted to serve Aussie communities since 1914 and grown to become a top 30-listed on the ASX with 120,000 team members and a portfolio of iconic brands. At Coles Group, you’ll not only get to make a difference to millions of Aussie lives—you’ll also get to see your impact.

About the team

Our ambition is to become Australia's most sustainable supermarket. Our strategy to realise that has two pillars: 1. Together to Zero: 100% renewable electricity by 2025 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 2. Better Together: harnessing the power of collaboration to positively impact our team, suppliers, customers and communities. We know that by acting together now, we can create a better Australia for future generations, and that’s what you’ll be a part of in the Sustainability team.
Our circular economy team has the important task of delivering on our sustainability strategy. In a newly created role we are looking for a Product Stewardship Manager, with the specific focus of looking at ways we can reduce product waste across our business.

About the role

Working closely with the Head of Circular Economy you will develop programs and initiatives to help deliver our sustainability, whether that’s reducing packing or working with our partners to help reduce food waste. You will be the key driver of product stewardship strategy . You will also:

  • Develop and advise on a Group-wide Circular Economy Action Plan, enabling Coles to meet stakeholder expectations and disclosure requirements related to circular economic activities.
  • Design and deliver strategic programs and initiatives to support Coles’ Circular Economy Action Plan, with specific focus on product stewardship programs and practices.
  • Engage with external subject matter experts, NGOs, industry bodies, product stewardship agencies and government to inform and implement product stewardship initiatives at Coles.
  • Support business units to engage with suppliers in order to understand and measure Coles’ product stewardship risks and opportunities, in line with global best practice guidance.
  • Support with any documentation review and preparation for Board papers, Sustainability Steering Committee, and other cross functional working groups.
  • Support Coles’ communication team with the development of product stewardship content for distribution through internal and external communication channels.

About you and your skills

You will be passionate about sustainability with a wide knowledge of the current sustainability global landscape. Ideally with a background in packaging, you will be experienced in consulting on waste reduction and be a subject matter expert within the business. You will also have:

  • Bachelor degree in either Commerce/Science/Engineering
  • Project management experience of complex programs of work
  • Demonstrated strong organisation and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to operate and adapt within a fast-paced culture of change.
  • Technical understanding of circular economy issues and related impacts in Australia

Take your next step into something bigger, apply now

With us it’s not about the discounts (although you do get those), it’s about joining a team where your wellbeing and professional development is invested in and celebrating your contributions is the norm. And because everyone leads unique lives, we offer flexible work including work from home, additional leave and parental leave entitlements.

We’re continuing to build a gender equitable team, and a culture that’s just as diverse, inclusive and welcoming as the communities we serve. We encourage applications from people of all ages, cultures (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), abilities, sexual orientation and gender identities.

We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support candidates with disability. Find out more in the ‘Our Recruitment Process’ section of our careers site.

Safer together

We’re committed to providing a safe environment for our team members and our customers. As part of that commitment, you will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining the team at Coles, unless you’re medically exempt. You’ll also need to disclose your COVID-19 vaccination status as part of your application (and possibly provide further evidence of your vaccination status). Thanks for applying, and for your understanding.

Job ID: 75009

Employment Type: Full time


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