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Internship Sustainability Project Manager - Waste Valorization & Carbon Dioxide Removals

Date:  16 Nov 2023
Country:  Netherlands
Function:  Operations
Sub-Function:  Environmental and Sustainability

ofi is a global leader at the forefront of food & beverage consumer trends. Through its complementary portfolio of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices ofi delivers sustainable, natural, and plant-based ingredients & solutions to its global and diversified customer base.  ofi has 20,000+ employees, is in 51 countries and supplies food and raw materials to over 8,000 customers. 


One in five chocolate bars produced anywhere in the world use our cocoa beans and products. We supply enough coffee beans to brew over 90 billion cups of coffee and our nuts, spices and dairy products are used in millions of products around the world. But we don’t just source or grow the raw materials for these products: our team of chefs and food scientists are working closely with our customers, sharing our fresh ideas to inspire new concepts. Making it real at every step, from plant to palate.


We’re also driven by our Purpose – ‘Be the change for good food and a healthy future’. By working with ofi, you’ll be helping to create real impact on the ground. Sustainability is built into our business model - from our offices to our farming operations and supply chains, we’re acting across issues as diverse as farmer poverty, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Background of the Internship

At ofi, we are committed to driving positive change for a sustainable food future. We are constantly exploring innovative avenues to enhance our business while contributing to a healthier planet. In this specific project, we're focusing on creating a circular economy by efficiently utilizing our by-products.  
The objective is to map waste streams across our global sites and develop a roadmap to maximize their climate and economic impact. We need to identify our resources, optimize their utilization, and understand the potential benefits. A key focus of this project is exploring cutting-edge carbon dioxide removal technologies, including bio-char and direct air capture. Throughout this assignment, you will lead the way in identifying, initiating, and managing pilot projects related to Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR).

The Internship

This initiative encompasses the entire portfolio, covering cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices, with a global reach. Expect to collaborate with internal stakeholders and external service providers and industry experts.

  1. Secure sponsor and stakeholder alignment and define the project scope.
  2. Create heatmap highlighting areas of concern and opportunity.
  3. Develop an internal communication to educate our colleagues on CDR technologies and opportunities.
  4. Craft a roadmap for project implementation and initiate individual project scopes.
  5. Consolidate the roadmap into a comprehensive business case, including benefit and risk assessment, recommended approaches, and estimated budget requirements.
  6. Manage two biochar projects in Zambia and Australia from the Netherlands

A minimum of 5 months, with a preference for full-time commitment. You will have the flexibility to work both from home and our Amsterdam-Duivendrecht office.

The Candidate

  • A dedicated and ambitious Bachelor/ Master student.
  • Proficient in collecting, analyzing and processing data.
  • A passion for sustainability and circular economy, with a deep understanding of key drivers.
  • Familiarity with carbon dioxide removal technologies.
  • Proven experience in project management.
  • A proactive, problem-solving mindset. 
  • Self-Starter wo can work autonomously.
  • Committed to meeting deadlines with a sense of urgency.
  • Good English communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Collaborative approach to work, driving results despite competing priorities.
  • Flexible and adaptive, ready to pivot when necessary to achieve project success.

Join us in this transformative journey to make a positive impact on our planet. If you have the passion and skills to drive sustainable change, we want to hear from you!

What we offer

Discover a World of Opportunity in Our Internship Program!
Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey? Join our internship program at ofi and explore the following benefits:

  • Competitive Internship Allowance
    • We believe in rewarding talent. You’ll receive a competitive internship allowance, ensuring your hard work and dedication don’t go unnoticed
  • Hybrid Working Environment
    • Experience the best of both worlds with the flexibility of working from home and our state-of-the-art new office in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht. Embrace the future work.
  • Full Project Ownership
    • We trust in your abilities. As an intern, you’ll have a full ownership of projects that significantly impact our business. Your contribution will make a real difference.
  • Internal Exposure
    • Immerse yourself in a professional and international work environment. This is your chance to collaborate with a diverse and dynamic team, gaining valuable experience and building a global network.

ofi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationality, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants are requested to complete all required steps in the application process including providing a resume/CV in order to be considered for open roles

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