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Responsible Sourcing Specialist, China

China (China)

  • Organization: Preferred by Nature
  • Location: China (China)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Environment
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-31

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15 November 12:00 (UTC)

Preferred by Nature is a non-profit organisation that works for sustainable land use and climate-friendly solutions. With 270+ staff around the world, our activities build capacity, raise awareness, conserve nature, and streamline sustainability through innovation. 

Preferred by Nature Project and Solutions (PAS) provide services to commercial clients and donors to support them in their goals to meet: 

  • Global initiatives and sustainability standards (includes FSC, RA SAS, SBP, RSPO, CanopyStyle, AFi, etc);
  • UN Sustainabile Development Goals;
  • Corporate Sustainablity policies, commitments, and strategic targets;
  • Legal requirements for sourcing natural resources (EUTR, Lacey Act, Australia ILPA). 

The Responsible Sourcing Specialist main responsibilities will include:

  • Timber Legality: Working closely with clients and suppliers around the world to effectively schedule and conduct desk-based risk assessment, onsite auditing and mitigation activities, aimed at meeting the sustainability requirement and /or the timber regulations (e.g., UK/EUTR, Lacey Act, Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act) and other applicable timber regulations. The main focus of the role will be to support the Project and Solutions team to conduct risk assessments and audit manufacturing facilities in China to assess the risk of illegal timber in supply chains. The role will also involve working closely with companies to implement solutions to problems, through gap analysis, action plan development, training, providing support to help them implement segregation and chain of custody systems, implementing new procedures for collecting documentation and improving communication with their buyers in regulated markets. 
  • Responsible Sourcing: Development and provision of tailored services aimed at supporting companies’ to maintstream sustainability into their business practices. The service will help companies create and implement sustainability policies; providing training and support for implementation; map and assess risk in supply chains; conduct onsite auditing; develop innovative tools; develop and implement solutions to problems the clients face in their sustainability journey. As well as timber, the commodities also include pulp/paper, viscose, rubber, tea, coffee, palm oil, biomass, etc. 
  • Mission-driven projects: manage and/or implement the projects which are funded by donors (including governments, NGOs or other institutions). 
  • Sales and Marketing: Providing technical sales support to Country Managers and the Marketing Development Unit for specific leads as well as for long-term business planning. Conduct sales and marketing activities to raise the profile of Preferred by Nature. You will also facilitate Preferred by Nature’s global team of staff to understand our services and effectively sell these services in the market.

Professional requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, agriculture, environmental management, energy major or other natural science major.
  • International organisation working experiences, professional background in forestry and/or agriculture sector, knowledge, and experiences on sustainability on land use/nature resource of minimum 5 years.
  • Strong computer knowledge (Microsoft word, excel, power point, and Salesforce).
  • Communication skills - Chinese mother tongue, excellent oral and written communication skills in English is essential.
  • Experience in working on corporate social responsiblity or ESG policy development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of timber legality legislation and renewable energy directives, a plus.

Personal qualities

  • You are a service minded, open and friendly person, who likes – and is good at – communicating with people on all levels. 
  • You are well organised and able to maintain structure in your work.
  • You have good planning and time management skills and an analytical approach.
  • You are proactive and can think one step ahead. 
  • Paying attention to details comes naturally to you – and you excel at it!
  • You are an agile and flexible person, who have demonstrated that you can juggle multiple tasks.
  • You are a constructive team-player and have an open attitude towards other cultures, as we collaborate across borders in our organisation.
  • You believe in Preferred by Nature’s vision and mission and want to contribute to fulfilling it.

Position details

  • Work time: full time employment   
  • The position reports to our PAS Senior Responsible Sourcing Specialist, based in China
  • Working location: Preferred by Nature Beijing office or work from home in mainland China.
  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Expected starting date: as soon as possible

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging position within a dynamic and innovative international organisation with a mission-driven work atmosphere
  •  A friendly, international team of colleagues, with a pleasant work environment
  • Excellent opportunities for growth and professional development 
  • All employees are members of the organisation and have the opportunity to contribute to the overall development of Preferred by Nature through the annual General Assembly 
  • International training in certification services provided by Preferred by Nature
  • Potential international travel opportunities.

How to apply?

Please submit your CV and letter of application (in English), including salary expectations, by 15 November 2021 via the webform below. 

Note: Only applicants legally eligible to work in China would be considered.

We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis until we have identified the right candidate, so send us your application as soon as possible.

Preferred by Nature wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For questions, please contact: 
Fahmi Wahab, Senior HR Asia Pacific
E-mail: [email protected]


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