Head of Sustainable Impact

  • Anonymous Company
  • Christchurch Central, Canterbury
  • Jul 02, 2024
Full-Time Environment-Conservation

Job Description

Formed in 2001, The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) is much more than a wool company – we’re about weaving together a sustainable future and making a real impact on the world. We are an ambitious team of purpose-driven trailblazers, dedicated to delivering premium wool globally while championing innovation and ethical practices every step of the way.

With our sights set on the future, we’re looking for an experienced Head of Sustainable Impact to join our team and help us deliver our strategy and be the world’s number one supplier of premium wool.

The Role

Do you have an agri-science background, a talent for science communication and system design and a customer mindset? Then look no further - as the Head of Sustainable Impact you will play a critical role in NZM’s aspiration to be the world’s #1 preferred supplier of wool.

As the Head of Sustainable Impact you will;

  • Lead the design and delivery of the Integrity Systems that add value to our wool, leveraging the power of scientific data to differentiate and substantiate wool claims in market.
  • Maximise customers’ trust in NZM wool by identifying and adopting effective measurement systems, data integrity procedures and alignment to internationally accepted principles relating to sustainability and textile supply chains.
  • Identify and establish strategic partnerships to improve the validity, transparency and recognition of the data used to differentiate our wool and enable claims.
  • Provide thought leadership and science expertise on sustainability and regenerative agriculture to support commercial opportunities and add to NZM’s value proposition.
  • Maintain a view of the global regulatory landscape that impacts on textile supply chains
  • Develop a network of professional relationships in the textile sustainability and regenerative agriculture spheres to stay at the forefront of thinking and innovation.

The Person 

  • Degree in Environmental science or an equivalent field, including papers on Life cycle assessment and/or carbon accounting, sustainable agriculture, textile sustainability, supply chain and circular economy.
  • High level of understanding and affinity for agriculture, including land management and/or animal welfare.
  • 7 years’ experience in science programme management, working on R&D and sustainability
  • Strong understanding of on-farm application of sustainability and regenerative methodologies e.g. life cycle assessment, circular economy, carbon accounting, soil health principles, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, relationship building and influencing skills
  • Commercial and business acumen


The New Zealand Merino Company

Job Summary

Do you have an agri-science background, a talent for science communication and system design and a customer mindset?

How to apply

Ready to join the team? Apply now - we’d love to hear from you.

The New Zealand Merino Company is an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to bring their whole selves to work.

For a copy of the position description please click the below link


Applications will close on 19 July, unless an appointment is made earlier. 

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Do you have the legal right to work in NZ (e.g. citizenship, residency or permit)?


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