Sustainable & Responsible Sourcing Specialist

Woolworths New Zealand

Location: New Zealand

Job Type: Full time


  • Opportunity to make a real difference at Countdown, Aotearoa’s largest supermarket brand

  • Implement our human rights, responsible and sustainable sourcing strategies

  • Rewarding and meaningful work protecting our People & Planet

Ready to make an impact?

We’re looking for a Sustainable and Responsible Sourcing Specialist to join our wonderful Corporate Affairs team reporting to our Sustainability Manager, Human Rights and Supply Chain.

Countdown cares deeply about doing the right thing for our team, our customers, our communities and our environment. We are incredibly proud of our work to help make Kiwis' lives a little better every day. We are committed to acting responsibly and ensuring the food and groceries we sell in our stores are sourced in a sustainable way, and meet high social and environmental standards.

Joining our Corporate Affairs team you’ll take accountability for implementing Countdown’s human rights, responsible and sustainable sourcing strategies and work programmes. You’ll help ensure these policies, and our values, are upheld when deciding which suppliers to use or which products to source, and will partner with our suppliers to protect people and planet and drive the achievement of our 2025 sustainability plan.

About the Role | Mō te Tūranga

  • Communicating, managing and monitoring supplier compliance as it relates to human rights, responsible and sustainable sourcing,

  • Suppporting our Own Brand product development processes to ensure integration of responsible and sustainable sourcing requirements and considerations,

  • Maintaining our databases and supplier data as it relates to responsible and sustainable sourcing across different platforms,

  • Reviewing and interpreting information provided by suppliers including audits, remediation plans and progress reports, and work with suppliers on their correction of non-conformances,

  • Providing technical advice and resolving responsible and sustainable sourcing questions with suppliers, customers, buying teams, operations, and other functional team members within Countdown, and

  • Supporting the development of new responsible and sustainable sourcing commitments and requirements for Countdown as required.

About You | Mōu

To succeed in this role you’ll have a degree or equivalent experience specialising in corporate social responsibility, human rights, law, sustainable agriculture or social or environmental sciences. You’ll bring an analytical and curious mindset, able to interpret trends and work with an abundance of data to influence key decisions.

Collaborating with many stakeholders, you’ll be a strong communicator able to engage, build and bring stakeholders along our sustainability journey. It will be your passion that sets you apart, conviction to do things right for our people and planet and the drive to really make a difference!

If you’re the sort of individual who strives to always do the right thing for customers, team, our communities, and our business then we ought to connect.

Working with Woolworths NZ | Me mahi tahi tatou ki Woolworths NZ

Our purpose is to make Kiwis' lives a little better every day.

We’re friendly, down-to-earth, and energetic - we work hard but we have a great time doing it, and we love what we do. There is plenty of scope for new ideas, lots of room for you to add value, and importantly, you’ll be working with a business that touches the lives of three million New Zealanders a week. We offer a diverse range of career opportunities across our ecosystem.


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