Environment and Sustainability Lead

  • Anonymous Company
  • New Zealand
  • Jul 02, 2024
Full-Time Environment-Conservation

Job Description

Our Story

Open Country Dairy is a fantastic New Zealand story of growing from small origins to a serious player in the global dairy trade. Today we are New Zealand’s largest independent dairy processor, producing a range of premium dairy ingredients, which are exported globally.

We have 1000 farms supplying four factories in the Waikato, Whanganui, and Southland regions. Our farms cross eight regional councils and we are committed to helping our farmer suppliers meet their environmental obligations. We’re committed to providing choice to our farmer suppliers and our goal is to ensure we are delivering on point advice.

As we are growing our environmental team, there is some flexibility in the location for our next team member. We want you to be a part of it. So, what are you waiting for? Apply today and you will not regret it. 

About the opportunity

Our journey to a sustainable future begins on the farm. To reach that future we have a unique new opportunity for an Environment and Sustainability Lead to join the Environmental and Sustainability team! That’s where your work will deliver opportunities on-farm to help our suppliers access and act on sustainability opportunities for the future benefit of their farm businesses.

The Environmental and Sustainability team's mission is to give our farmers choices to navigate change through sustainability solutions that work for their businesses and the environment. In this role, you will lead interaction and delivery of projects aligned to our customer requirements. These projects will  start with greenhouse gases, and may cross different environmental areas over time, and will go from project conception and design, to implementation and ongoing management. 

Some of the key responsibilities include: 

•  Lead the identification, design and implementation of projects, systems and services to ensure that our suppliers have the support they require to meet the aspirations of our customers on their greenhouse gas reduction road-maps.

• Provide thought leadership for the delivery of Open Country’s environmental sustainability goals, ensuring that development of tools and systems aligns with local, national and international commitments and expectations both from within Open Country and our farmer suppliers.

• Lead the management and delivery of data for greenhouse gas emissions calculations of our supplying farms, linking closely with other team members to continuously improve the process. 

• Leading external and internal stakeholder relationships to ensure that our tools and services align with expected performance and future aspirations and drive the uptake of our systems and processes.


About You

The perfect candidate will possess strong knowledge of dairy farming, greenhouse gases on dairy farms, and environmental best practices. Qualifications in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Sustainability or similar is ideal with experience in this area and project management. Enthusiasm for making positive change in the world that works for our farmer suppliers is a must. Alongside your technical expertise, the ability to communicate and build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders is needed. If you enjoy working as part of an adaptive team and be able to effectively influence positive change, then this is the job for you.

Other beneficial attributes include:

  • Strong knowledge of on farm systems
  • Strong organisational abilities and the ability to work independently
  • A good working knowledge of key environmental regulations and their implications on the dairy industry


Open Country Dairy

Job Summary

The perfect candidate will possess strong knowledge of dairy farming, greenhouse gases on dairy farms, and environmental best practices.

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply and send through your CV and cover letter.

Applications close 15th July 2024

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?


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