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Director – Responsible Sourcing

Proforest is seeking a highly-motivated senior professional with practical consultancy experience to quickly take on a leadership role in our responsible sourcing activities. This is an exciting opportunity to join Proforest’s growing team and play a significant part in Proforest’s on-going development, focusing on delivery of Proforest’s consultancy services in responsible sourcing, working with major international brands and consumer goods clients.

The position offers a rare and exciting opportunity to join Proforest’s growing consultancy team at a senior level and take an important leadership role in the development and delivery of Proforest’s services and activities in responsible sourcing.

This individual will be appointed to play a leadership role in three main areas:

  1. Management and further development of responsible sourcing activities across the Proforest group
  2. Coordination of the responsible sourcing team based within Proforest UK
  3. Contributing to overall institutional effectiveness and development within Proforest

Main responsibilities

The main responsibilities include:

  • Provide oversight and management for Proforest’s responsible sourcing activities and projects across all regions, including involvement in activities such as planning, business development and monitoring of progress
  • Contribute to the on-going development of relevant Proforest’s responsible sourcing consultancy services, in order to continually improve consistency and positive impacts
  • Manage and actively deliver significant projects and services for clients, including a significant role in client management and liaison
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the current policy framework relating to the responsible production and sourcing of forest products and agricultural commodities
  • Contribute to the broader functioning of the Proforest’s team, including support for strategy and planning,  mentoring and supporting junior staff, and using internal systems effectively and supporting further development.
  • Represent Proforest in relevant international meetings and forums on natural resource management and responsible sourcing

Qualifications, experience and skills

Key requirements for this position include the following:

  • Tertiary level (masters or equivalent) qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • At least 10 years’ practical experience working at a senior level in the field of sustainability, working with industry and/or civil society organisations, including some consultancy experience and exposure to natural resource management.
  • A demonstrable and thorough understanding of sustainability issues affecting the forestry and agricultural commodity sectors.
  • Ability to think strategically, and to combine this with project management skills (including excellent problem-solving and organisational abilities)
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, including proven leadership abilities, as well as track record of operating successfully in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English including presentation skills; fluency or working knowledge in a second language – especially Portuguese, Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia – would be an advantage


Salary and practical details

  • Salary range: £55 - £70,000.
  • Location: Oxford, UK. Partial remote/home working can be discussed.
  • Full time position.
  • International travel will be required.
  • Benefits: Proforest has a company pension scheme; details on request.

To apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK to or by post to:

Human Resources
South Suite, Frewin Chambers, Frewin Court
Oxford, OX1 3HZ, UK

Application Deadline: 17 May 2018

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 28 May

Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply for this post, please  a CV and cover letter along with confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK by 17 May 2018

Download the job description for full details.