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  • Full Time
  • Kenya


With over 200 brands sold in more than 180 countries, we’re the world’s leading premium drinks company. Every day, over 30,000 talented people come together at Diageo to create the magic behind our much-loved brands. From iconic names to innovative newcomers – the brands we’re building are rooted in culture and local communities. Our ambition is to be one of the best performing, most trusted and most respected consumer products companies in the world.


This role is positioned within the Global Sustainability Team; the post holder will provide direction and leadership on the Grain to Glass (G2G) agenda across the seven Africa markets and drive the agenda in line with our strategic goals.

The role will provide G2G leadership to the Africa Governance and Utilities teams driving improvements and best practice sharing across Africa.  The successful candidate will be expected to build excellent working relationships with representatives from each of the sites, the Supply Chain Directors, the Beer Category Director and key contacts in the Global teams.

The Africa Markets Sustainability Manager will be accountable for environment performance, regional compliance, and alignment with Global Sustainability 2030 strategy across the Africa markets.

This includes, but is not limited to –

  • Managing the creation and implementation of Africa Markets G2G roadmaps to deliver the 2030 targets across carbon, energy, water and circularity.   Working closely with the Market leads and the GST Pillar Leads.
  • Providing technical direction and strategic leadership for technical, engineering & sustainability teams to deliver Africa Markets innovation opportunities, research programmes and pilot studies to deliver the sustainability strategy.
  • Agreeing KPI targets through engagement with the Africa Markets Supply Chain Directors, operations sites and global teams to drive required improvements.
  • Communicating successes throughout the Africa Markets, plus proactive and responsive escalations for any issues.
  • Reporting on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis on progress towards agreed targets, pilots and projects progress both locally and up to the Africa region and globally.
  • Africa Markets Sustainability programs, forward looking Advocacy. Establish a work plan with key stakeholders in the different market organization structures (Environmental Manager, Procurement, Supply, Engineering, etc.)  that drives the transformation priorities and embeds the improvement programs at a market and site level.
  • Managing G2G sustainability engagement & communication through tiered meetings, steering groups and subject matter expert groups across the Africa Markets.
  • Taking a lead role in driving the required G2G culture, including employee education and engagement.
  • Active member of the Global Supply Sustainability & Governance communities.
  • Ensuring new projects meet market level legislative compliance across the Africa Markets through proactive compliance leadership.
  • Leading key initiatives and strategic improvement projects in partnership with sites and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure implementation of market/regional sustainability programs to achieve impact reductions at set milestones (targets) across the different G2G  focus areas (Scope 1 & 2 carbon, water, circularity etc.). Manage key sustainability strategic projects implementations and project management activities where required.
  • Support the market on securing the required funding and in developing the required business cases.
  • Support Regional Sustainability leads on the market Sustainability Capital Business Planning. Lead the development of a high-level efficiency and CAPEX sustainability 2030 roadmaps for each market. Align the road maps and CAPEX plans for each site and maintain continuous updates.
  • Share best practices. Identify and share global & market Environmental and Sustainability best practices on Brewing and Packaging sites.
  • Customer and consumer insights, benchmark market for all sustainability focus areas (GHG, energy, water, waste etc.).

Leadership Responsibilities

As part of the Africa Markets & Beer Sustainability team, the role will work as part of this small team or alone and engage with local site management to influence, guide and support on sustainability issues.

The role will lead the Africa Markets environmental sustainability tiered reporting, providing clear direction and support across the region.

The Africa Markets Sustainability Manager will be accountable for the Africa markets delivery of the required G2G Sustainability performance improvement and any strategic interventions required as the lead subject matter expert for these Markets.

Purpose of Role

The purpose of this role is to develop and drive a sustainable business for the Africa Markets with emphasis on energy, carbon, water, waste & wider sustainability initiatives. Embedding the correct culture is key to the delivery of the above.

Main Accountabilities

  • Develop and agree environmental KPIs at a site and market level aligned with the overall Africa strategy to deliver the 2030 strategic goals & future ambition.
  • Responsible for market sustainability targets, development of plans to meet those targets, and oversee their delivery. Report the Africa Markets G2G KPIs and provide insight on performance at a regional and global level. Coordinate Annual Environmental Survey rollout to sites and support external data assurance process.
  • Manage a program of G2G Sustainability initiatives across the Africa Markets to ensure delivery of targets. Support the Beer category and Global Sustainability teams with the development of costed environmental roadmaps
  • Engage directly with Technical & Engineering teams to deliver innovation, R&D and pilot trials across the Africa Markets aligned to 2030 strategy. Analyse technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects in relation to site G2G targets and compliance.
  • Implement Climate change risk management across the seven Africa markets and the required flow of information to the GST Climate Risk Program Manager.
  • Lead the Integration of climate change risk mitigation & management into the overall risk management systems in each Africa Market Risk Management Committee.
  • Drive engagement for the implementation of best practices in the areas of G2G Sustainability performance, standards, and capabilities. Promote and raise environmental awareness, at all levels of the impact of emerging environmental issues.
  • Provide support and expertise to sites on current and upcoming environmental legislation and regulatory changes.
  • Ensure engineering budgets, bids, and contracts include full environmental impact assessments.
  • Ensure policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work, and the purchase of materials or services includes environmental aspects/impacts.
  • Communicate the Africa Markets G2G performance internally to staff and externally to stakeholders as appropriate. Lead awareness and engagement activities to progress the Africa environmental agenda.
  • Lead the Africa G2G Working Group managing the provision of a full G2G service, engaging the Sustainable Procurement and Packaging Brand Change functions for provision of input and resources as required.
  • Lead the Africa G2G workstream reviews ensuring the required momentum is maintained for the delivery of the 2030 G2G targets.
  • Manage G2G reporting for Africa delivering the required input at the Africa T5 Run & Improve and the Africa Regional Sustainability calls.
  • Contributing to the creation and implementation of a Regenerative Agriculture and Biodiversity Roadmap across the seven Africa markets and environments.
  • Provide leadership to the I&BC functions across the Africa markets, supporting the delivery of the Packaging sustainability delivery programs.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Graduate with 5 -10 years environmental experience in food or brewing/spirits industry preferred. In-depth knowledge of manufacturing operations, supply chains, engineering. At least 5 years’ experience in a process environment. Has delivered change programs in a production lead environment.
  • Must have good understanding of scale & complexity of the business across the Africa Markets
  • Excellent project management, program management, communication, and interpretation of complex environmental data and trends.
  • Great engagement and communication skills and experience of coaching and influencing a range of stakeholders for success.
  • Must be approachable and able to provide clear and concise information.
  • Strong facilitation, training and presentation skills.
  • Good at networking to establish excellent relationships at all levels.
  • A proven track record in managing people and or small teams, projects, and cross-functional team working.
  • Environmental professional – or equivalent professional qualifications preferred.
  • Overall, good knowledge of Environmental legislation and standards.  Competency in Diageo environmental capability framework for environmental sustainability, Carbon & Energy, Water and Wastewater, Solid waste and resource use, Specific aspects to air, land, and water, and site biodiversity.
  • Competency in environmental capability framework for Sustainable agriculture, Packaging, Logistics, and consumer brand sustainability.
  • Fluid in written and verbal English language.

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