| May 23, 2024

Sustainable Value Chain Specialist | Netherlands

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  • Full Time
  • Ede

Website Midocean

Are you ambitious when it comes to our impact on the planet? Are you a Sustainability expert willing to make a meaningful difference? If the answer is yes, Acre is partnering with Midocean to hire a Sustainability Specialist to help them integrate ESG into the core of business operations and make it the most sustainable promotional products and services company in the market.​

The role: Sustainable Value Chain Specialist

Midocean’s purpose is to enable companies to create brand awareness, by delivering the perfect personalized gift. Midocean is growing fast: for the past five years, it has realized triple-digit growth and aims to be the best promotional products firm worldwide. As Sustainability Specialist, you will be at the heart of integrating sustainable practices across all levels of the organization, aligning business objectives with the broader goals of sustainable development. In this role, you will report to the Sustainability Manager and be part of a team of four. To read more about Midocean’s sustainability journey click here.

What will you be doing in this role?

  • Ensure the sustainable procurement of all goods, reduce mid-ocean supply chain environmental footprint, empower customers with transparent product information, and align the business with sustainability regulatory frameworks such as CSRD, ERP, and DPP.
  • Manage the path to value chain transparency and traceability in line with the applicable requirements of the Digital Product Passports (DPP).
  • Set up and perform Life Cycle Assessments for mid-ocean assortments to enable transparency for customers (part of DPP) and to obtain a more accurate GHG report at the company level.
  • Establish value chain product certification for recycled or organic materials, such as GRS, FSC, GOTS, and OEKOTEX.
  • Lead the collection and sharing of product data illustrating sustainability, environmental, and recyclability attributes (DPP).
  • Assess, monitor, and guide the social and environmental compliance auditing of factories.
  • Conduct regular supply chain risk assessments, surveying suppliers on their environmental and social practices (amfori BSCI/Bepi, SEDEX Smeta 4Pillar).
  • Rate suppliers based on their social and sustainability practices and monitor improvement areas with relevant responsible teams.
  • Monitor progress of tasks and actively contribute to reports for CSRD.

Who are you, and what do you bring?

We know skills and competencies show up in many ways and can be based on your life experience. If you do not meet all the requirements listed, we still encourage you to speak to us about this opportunity.

  • Experience leading and implementing sustainability strategies within the supply chain and procurement functions of an international B2B corporate environment.
  • Subject matter expertise in different sustainability standards, certifications, and knowledge of current and upcoming regulations (E.g., GRI, BCorp, SBTI, CSRD, DPP, ERP).
  • Track record in performing Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for products and services, identifying key areas for environmental impact reduction.
  • A keen interest in the promotional items space and its value chain, coupled with the ambition to drive ESG transformation.
  • Proficiency in English is crucial for success in this role.
  • Based in Ede (Netherlands) or open to commute.

Acre is supporting Midocean in the hiring process for this position. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please get in touch with Jacopo Cesari at [email protected]. When contacting us, please mention the job title of the ad you applied for and attach an English CV or a link to your LinkedIn profile page. Please note that only applications directly through our website/LinkedIn will be considered.

Diversity Statement

Diversity drives innovation and accelerates businesses and enterprises towards their missions. As such, we are wholly committed to partnering with clients and candidates alike to foster a more inclusive, sustainable future for generations to come.

Acre is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace, both for ourselves and for the organisations we support. It is important to us that we offer equal opportunities in the recruitment processes that we run. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

If you require additional equipment, resources or support in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know by contacting the named consultant managing this search and we will work with you to ensure that your accessibility needs are met.

About Acre

At Acre, we work with the most aspirational businesses with potential to make real change; from those who are just starting out to those who are well on the journey to crafting a legacy.

Our 20 years’ experience in sustainability recruitment, combined with our extensive global network, enables us to provide talent solutions that are designed to deliver this change. Through our unique behavioural assessment technology, we understand the types of people, skills and behaviours required to create impact. We can develop these qualities within your existing teams too.

We find talented people and develop their skills to make a true impact in ambitious, progressive organisations. The result? Businesses equipped to build resilience, adapt and manage the risks involved in tackling climate change.​


To apply for this job please visit www.acre.com.