Program Director Sustainable Packaging

The Coca-Cola Company - Atlanta, GA3.9

Full-time
Why Join Coca-Cola North America?

It's an exciting time to work in The Coca-Cola Company's flagship market. We're accelerating our momentum as the fastest-growing large consumer goods company in North America by putting people at the heart of our business and everything we do - whether we're innovating to give consumers the drinks and packaging sizes they want, or building our eCommerce capabilities. People are our focus when we're collaborating with our diverse network of locally-connected bottling partners, and when we're returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. And people - with the different backgrounds, skills and perspectives they bring to our workplace - are helping transform our business, one big idea at a time. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better.

Position Summary:
This position provides leadership and direction for the Coca-Cola North America organization, with respect to the development and execution of a North American platform focused on meeting the packaging needs of consumers while maximizing environmental and social sustainability. The position creates value by working across functions to assess our impact, establish improvement strategies and enable effective business system execution. The position also helps to represent and promote the company packaging sustainability efforts with key internal and external stakeholders. Key initiatives include integration with driving value from North America recovery industry investments, new technology and product deployment, assessment of packaging LCA impacts, packaging-related regulatory and policy developments, problem solving on packaging recycling issues, working with brand and customer teams to leverage packaging attributes with consumers and customers, coordination of training efforts and interaction with internal and external stakeholders. The system focus on post-consumer recovery requires partnership with cross-functional groups in PAC and Deposit Compliance to help drive the company position with respect to legislated deposit programs.

Function Specific Activities:
Primary Responsibilities

Develop and manage a strategic, long-term, results-oriented program that minimizes the environmental impact of packaging over the NA Group's entire package/product value chain.
The execution of this program will drive performance of Coca-Cola North America and its system partners to address issues and future trends (legislation or policy development) expected to affect the business.
This may include working with Corporate and field leaders to define and deploy the strategy/program.
Support the identification and compilation of sustainable packaging metrics needed to report the packaging sustainability performance of the NA Coca-Cola System internally and externally.
Serve as the primary data manager for the Pack.net/Picasso conversion and future Picasso packaging.
Partner with cross functional areas including: Research and Innovation, Customer Marketing, Brand teams, Procurement, Global Environment & Water Resources, Manufacturing, Engineering, Finance, Operational Excellence, Public Affairs and Communications, Customers, and Franchise Bottlers to ensure sustainable Packaging strategies and tactics are embedded in all aspects of the CCNA system operating framework
Act as a conduit to senior management on strategy and project progress and major threats to the agreed plan, reporting through the CCNA Steering team and/or Stage Gate process.
Continuously identify and make recommendations about emerging business opportunities, technology capabilities or scientific breakthroughs that offer solutions to technical problems and/or affect the Company's strategic direction in the area of packaging sustainability.
Develop and apply LCA methodologies to determine the environmental impact of packaging processes and materials as an input to the Common Innovation Framework.
Act as scientific, regulatory, technical or quality expert as it relates to sustainable packaging by responding to targeted questions from the field or other departments/business units and providing support to branches, bottlers and customers.
This includes acting as a resource for general information and acting as a consultant for other technical personnel in the Company.
Represent the company position at environmental sustainability- related forums and interact with external organizations such as governmental regulators, NGO partners, trade, scientific and industry groups, or in internal company forums to share best practices and promote the CCNA sustainable packaging vision.
Travel Requirements: 25-35%

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Minimum Required:
BS in technical discipline - Environmental Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance/Economics, Public Affairs,

Preferred Level:
Bachelors in Environmental Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance/Economics, Public Affairs with Strong professional experience managing sustainable packaging related projects or processes.
Experience

Minimum Required:
At least 7 years, in professional positions that touch packaging design, minimization of primary or secondary packaging, recycling and product recovery, preferably in the manufacturing sector, has represented a packaging position with trade groups, NGOs and government bodies, understanding of environmental policies and regulations pertaining to waste.

Preferred Level:
At least 10 years of relevant environmental experience including managing field professionals.
Ability to represent the company in contentious interactions, as well as in situations supporting company business partners including (suppliers, customers and bottling partners) working toward building a strong positive relationship long term.
Skills

Minimum Required:
Strong Communications skills and ability to work with disparate functions to reach a common goal.

Preferred Level:
Ability to lead and drive results with a cross-functional team to create a clear sustainable packaging program for the company.

Job Requirements:
Years of Experience:
Growth Behaviors:
GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.