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Responsible Sourcing Specialist, United Kingdom

United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

  • Organization: Preferred by Nature
  • Location: United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Environment
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date:

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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 include building capacity, raising awareness, conserving nature and streamlining sustainability through best practices and innovations. 

Preferred by Nature’s Project and Solutions (PAS) division provides tailored services to commercial clients and donors to support their goals to meet: 

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

The Responsible Sourcing Specialist’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible Sourcing:  Provide advisory services to a portfolio of clients in the timber, palm oil, textiles, soy, beef and other natural resource sectors to support them in their goals to meet legal requirements and sustainability commitments. Support clients in the development and implementation of systems for responsible sourcing and associated activities, including policy development, supply chain engagement, risk assessment and risk mitigation activities (supplier audits, capacity building, stakeholder consultation, etc.). 
  • Service Delivery:  Support Preferred by Nature team activities including quality, timeliness and financial oversight in relation to client service delivery. Related activiites may include oversight of reporting staff, and management of capacity, as well as providing techncial guidance and quality control for the work conducted by the regional team. 
  • Sales and Mark development:  Support/conduct direct sales for sustainability services, including: conducting sales meetings with clients, identifying service needs, creating/reviewing budgets and proposals, according to internal sales procedures. Conduct activities to raise the profile of Preferred by Nature and PAS services in the region with the purpose of acheiving our mission goals, as well as reaching regional revenue targets.

Professional requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry or other natural science discipline, agriculture etc.
  • Proven experience in the forestry or agricultural sector of minimum 3 years. 
  • Experience in working on corporate social responsiblity or ESG policy development and implementation.
  • Communication skills: fluency (and excellent oral and written communication skills) in English is essential, as well as the candidate’s native language, if different. 
  • Strong computer knowledge (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point..).

Preferred requirements – any of the below are an asset

  • Understanding of, or experience with, risk-based approaches to timber-legality and/or sustainability sourcing.
  • Knowledge of forestry legislation as well as associated laws around transport and trade of timber products.
  • Experience implementing/ auditing EU Timber Regulation due diligence or other timber-legality verification systems, SBP Certification and/or FSC CW certification. 
  • Field or related experience working in high-risk countries for timber-legality and/or other forest-risk commodities.
  • Fluency in one or more of the following languages: French, Russian, German or Spanish.

Personal qualities

  • You are a service minded, open and friendly person. You enjoy, and are confident, communicating with people on all levels. 
  • You are well organised, can juggle multiple tasks, and are able to maintain structure in your work. The nature of the position requires you to be able to work autonomously and remotely from your colleagues.
  • 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 a constructive team-player and have an open attitude towards other cultures, as we collaborate across borders in our organisation.
  • You are comfortable with a remote-working environment, where most communication with colleagues around the world occurs via skype, zoom, emails and telephone.
  • 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 a PAS Senior Manager
  • Working location: Home office/shared office space in UK.
  • 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 via the webform below.

We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis until we have identified the right candidate, so send us your application as soon as possible. Only applicants legally eligible to work in UK will be considered.

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: 
Tereza Bezecna, Senior HR Specialist Europe and Russia. 
E-mail: [email protected] 

David Hadley Garcia, Senior Manager, Tailored Services. 
E-mail: [email protected]



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