Sustainability Manager (12 Month Maternity Cover)


Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: sustainability, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 30th June 2022   1 day left

Sustainability Manager (12month mat cover) 

The Higgidy story began back in 2003 when our Co-Founder, Camilla, spotted a gap in the market to add a splash of colour and flavour to the savoury pastry aisle, delivering delicious, wholesome, home-baked pies to our plates. Over the years, as we’ve grown, so has our range of food. Predominantly veggie-led, we now make a whole host of pies, rolls, quiches, slices and other savoury snacks too. Everything we do at Higgidy links back to our core mission of “Baking a Difference”. We’re all about baking glorious veggie-led food that makes a difference to people, community and the planet. At Higgidy we’re all passionate foodies. We celebrate the glorious imperfections in our food which is crafted and from the heart. All our food lives our brand truth, that it’s been “Baked Generously”.

Why is this role important? 

We have bold ambitions to become an even bigger Force for Good. Our Sustainability manager will play a huge part in this! We created the role only last year, and this is an exciting opportunity for a 12-month maternity cover that will be critical in continuing the fast progress we have already made. In 2021 we became a B corp and in 2022 we are setting out our Recipe for Responsible Business, that has ambitious targets across three areas; Food, People, Planet.

With your passion for responsible business and sustainability, you will create innovative ways for us to become a business for good. You will be responsible for continuing to develop, and importantly the implementation and monitoring, of Higgidy’s Recipe for Responsible Business. You will engage our team at all levels, using your knowledge and experience to influence our key stakeholders and ensure buy in to sustainability centred initiatives, policies and procedures.

The day-to-day role of the Sustainability Manager will include: 

  • You will be responsible for the delivery of strategic and tactical programmes and initiatives to deliver against the Responsible Business Plan, including collaborating across teams on their own strategies 
  • You will help us understand where we are as a business, undertaking internal audits and helping us to develop solutions focused plans to help us improve our environmental stance
  • You will influence internally to deliver Higgidy’s Environmental and Sustainability targets 
  • You will work to set up an Environmental Management System for Higgidy 
  • You will create policies and tools to encourage our team to be more sustainable, collaborating across teams and leveraging external partnerships
  • You will create engaging, exciting learning solutions for our teams, helping us to drive our Sustainability focus and get our team engaged in supporting these projects
  • Serve as a specialist voice in supporting our Marketing Team to define when/how/where we talk about sustainability
  • You will build strong relationships with the key stakeholders such as the Leadership Team to gain buy in to sustainability centred initiatives, policies and procedures
  • You will use your expertise to support the Leadership Team on our journey to becoming a Force For Good and engaging with B Corp. You will be a key player in our B Corp accreditation process and our SMETA audits

The right person will have: 

  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • You are passionate about making a positive difference and the circular economy 
  • You have at least 4-5 years’ experience in fields relating to sustainability – experience of working in a B Corp is a plus 
  • You have experience of implementing plans to deliver science-based targets linked to carbon strategy
  • You have experience setting up an EMS 
  • You are a people-person, able to get people excited about your vision and engage those around you and are comfortable delivering presentations and learning activities 
  • You are highly organised, have extensive project management experience and have executed programmes involving a number of stakeholders from ideation to delivery 
  • You are creative, unafraid to present new ideas and shake current thinking 
  • You communicate in a way that allows you to build trust and engagement at every level, internally and externally 
  • A degree or post graduate qualification in Environmental Science or Policy is preferred
  • A background in food/waste is preferred 

To apply

To apply please email a copy of your CV to [email protected]