Share this Job

Sustainability Manager

Date: Jul 20, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia plc

Sustainability Manager


Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey.


Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition in improving their overall health and wellbeing. They are searching for better, healthier and smarter nutritional solutions that fit their lifestyles.


Glanbia takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains, and using our expert knowledge and capabilities we produce high-quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for our customers and consumers worldwide.


We employ over 7,400 people across 34 countries and our products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries with total Group revenue of €3.6bn. Our major production facilities are located in Ireland, the US, the UK, Germany and China. We have three segments; Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritionals and Joint Ventures & Associates. Our shares are listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges (symbol: GLB). http://www.glanbia.com


Glanbia – Our Business

Glanbia Performance Nutrition

Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is the global leader in the performance nutrition industry. The brand portfolio is comprised of Optimum Nutrition, Slimfast, Isopure, think!, Nutramino,  Body & Fit and Amazing Grass and each with its own brand essence. Our mission is to inspire consumers everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals. We produce the full range of performance nutrition products with broad consumer appeal, and we are the market leader in innovation and new product development.


Glanbia Nutritionals

Glanbia Nutritionals has a portfolio focused on both dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We deliver nutritional and functional ingredient solutions, and precision premixes for use in the nutrition enhanced mainstream food and beverage markets, infant and clinical nutrition and functional nutrition markets. We are also a large scale manufacturer and marketer of American-style cheddar cheese.


Joint Ventures & Associates

We have four strategic Joint Ventures and Associates focusing on large scale dairy processing: Southwest Cheese and MWC Michigan in the US, Glanbia Cheese in Europe and Glanbia Ireland. These are strategically important partnerships; not only in their own right, but also in terms of the synergies and growth opportunities they bring to the wholly owned Group.


Ambitions for Growth

We are the global leader in the performance nutrition industry with a portfolio of performance and lifestyle nutrition brands. As a nutritional solutions provider in the B2B arena, we commercialise specialty nutritional and functional ingredients and precision premixes to meet our customer needs. Glanbia’s growth has been achieved both organically and via selected M&A to scale positions and build into adjacencies in attractive segments aligned with our purpose.

  • B2C: each of our own brands has its own consumer appeal. We are the #1 global sports nutrition brand with a growing presence in lifestyle nutrition.
  • B2B: our portfolio of both nutritional ingredients and cheese products gives us strong market reach and customer relevance. We work closely with our customers to develop products that exceed their expectations.
  • D2C: our digital platforms enhance engagement with our consumers at multiple touch points throughout their purchasing decision journey. We will continue to connect with consumers through creative excellence and new digital layers of services.


Glanbia is recruiting for the position of Sustainability Manager. Based in Ireland or the United States, this role will be responsible for supporting the development of Glanbia’s sustainability strategy, analysing and reporting on key developments in sustainability, coordinating reporting, and working with the Environment Leadership Team (ELT) to evolve our programmes. The Sustainability Manager will report to the Head of Sustainability and work as a member of the Corporate Affairs division.


The Sustainability Manager will:

  • Manage the strategic projects and relationships with key external advisors including the Carbon Trust and Harbor as cornerstones of Glanbia’s evolving sustainability strategy to 2030.
  • Work as part of the Group wide Environmental Leadership Team (ELT) on development and delivery of core environmental KPIs to support Group wide priority programmes.
  • Coordinate and map stakeholder questionnaires (including investor and customers) across the business units and for Group, mining the data to identify gaps and future state needs.
  • Compile international reports (including CDP) and work with BUs to progress Glanbia’s scoring through insight and best practice gathering.
  • Review of quarterly and annual environmental data and operation and refinement of Intelex functionality to deliver cost benefit insights.
  • Analyse and report on global sustainability developments at commercial, consumer and policy level.  Including analysis of sustainability programs and progress in peer companies to inform our strategy.
  • Represent Glanbia and support the work of the Director and BU sustainability leads with international, national and industry organizations including the Center for US Dairy Innovation, Global Dairy Platform, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Bord Bia and Dairy Sustainability Framework.
  • Work as part of the Glanbia corporate affairs division to deliver sustainability communications internally and externally, including the Group Annual Report and Sustainability Report.
  • Develop and evolve key messages for executive leadership on sustainability.


Experience / Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a technical background suited to the complexities of the food sector supply chain and sustainability needs from a University level science discipline.
  • Miniumum of 3+ year's experience in a similar sustainability role within a global organisation with knowledge of reporting principles and obligations preferred.
  • Competence in reporting systems (e.g. Intelex), project management and regulatory compliance is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong people engagement skills given so many dependencies across BUs and Group.
  • Self-starter with an appetite to embrace new challenges as they arise.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to analyse complex sustainabilty topics relevent to our business and provide situational analysis drafting.
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail in their daily work, and a high level of accomplishment and motivation.
  • Dedication to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers. 
  • Possesses motivational skills oriented towards encouraging people’s best performance possible




At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago