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Sustainability Data Lead

Date:  08-Jan-2023
Country:  Netherlands
Function:  Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Sub-Function:  Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability


ofi is a global leader at the forefront of food & beverage consumer trends. Through its complementary portfolio of cocoacoffeedairynuts 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.


Any ofi location in Europe; preference for Amsterdam, Netherlands or London, UK (only if in possession of valid work permit)

Your new role

Do you want to be the vital ingredient in helping achieve ofi’s aims for climate-positive, nature-positive and livelihoods-positive supply chains and operations and do you want to quickly see your thinking come to life in ofi supply chains and within ofi technologies?

As the ofi Sustainability Data Lead you will establish best practices in sustainability data modelling, methodology, metric/target setting, data collection, analysis, and reporting for environmental & social sustainability programs. You will play a lead role in a wide program of activities around simplification, unification and control of sustainability data currently being collected and going into technology platforms in ofi and ultimately being displayed to customers.

As the key decision maker on what data is collected moving forward and how it is analysed and displayed to ofi customers you will work closely with the product/tech lead and others who will help bring those data decisions to life across ofi technologies.

You will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of environmental and social sustainability metrics/targets, methodologies (including within calculation engines) and analysis for display.

  • Commission and guide research, data analysis, tech solutions, and mathematical/statistical modelling that makes use of ofi supply chain data.

  • Guide updating of complex data models.

  • Collaborate with ofi sustainability and tech/product colleagues to both coordinate and stage-gate the development of digital solutions and applications from a data, metrics and engines point-of-view.  Identifying opportunities to avoid duplication of data collection.

  • Be the key sustainability metrics stakeholder and decision maker across tools relating to risk, GIS maps, farmer and field-levels surveys and processes, and publicly available tools. Ensure that opportunities and costs of going with any one sustainability model, system or methodology are systematically flagged to the relevant teams.

  • Stay ahead of trends/best practices in data collection, sampling and analytics, impact metrics and GIS, Theory of Change regarding sustainable agriculture, carbon footprinting, monitoring land use change, water use and assessing social impact.

About you

You are pragmatic, conscientious but with the ability to be decisive and you love to go deep into the data. You also have the following qualifications:

  • Master's or Ph.D. in a data science or sustainability specialism

  • A personal interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems

  • Minimum of 7 -10 years of experience in managing data science and quantitative analysis within a data-intensive environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with large volumes of complex data

  • Excellent understanding and ongoing learning of Data Science and Calculation Engines (e.g. Carbon, Living Income etc)

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with a proactive, pragmatic, solution-oriented and innovative mindset

  • Critical thinking skills, organisational skills, and the ability to design and manage programmes.

  • On-the-ground experience and a good understanding of agri-business models and success factors are highly desirable

What we offer

At ofi, you will get a position in one of the fastest growing and most sustainable companies in the food and agri-industry. You will have high responsibility and will start in a very entrepreneurial, open and informal organization with regular social events.

ofi offers the following company benefits:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Discretionary incentive scheme;
  • Opportunities to work from home ;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 25 Vacation days per annum and opportunity to buy 10 extra;
  • Home/work travel allowance;
  • Company pension scheme;
  • Collective medical insurance with company contribution;
  • Company fitness;
  • Company sponsored bike scheme;
  • Collective insurances.

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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