Enterprise sustainability, water stewardship senior manager


Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸


(Job Number: 230017312)

Job Posting: Mar 2, 2023   

Job Posting End Date:  Mar 16, 2023

Location:  US-WA-Seattle-Starbucks Support Center 

Is this role eligible for remote or hybrid work? Yes-Remote

Starbucks – Public Relations and Communications

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Range: $118,100 – $208,700/annually

Bonus Eligible: Yes

Now Brewing – enterprise sustainability, water stewardship senior manager! #tobeapartner 

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. We are known for developing extraordinary leaders who share this passion and are guided by their service to others. 

Driven by our mission, we work together to create a positive impact in the world. Sustainability is at the core of what we do for people, the planet, and our business. We are pursuing a multi-decade commitment to become a resource positive company by storing more carbon than the company emits, eliminating waste, and replenishing more freshwater than we use. 

Starbucks is committed to addressing the global water crisis working to achieve water security for our business and contribute to provide clean, safe water to high-risk communities and beyond. Our initial commitment is that by 2030, 50% of water withdrawal will be conserved or replenished across our direct operations, stores, packaging and agricultural supply chain from FY19, prioritizing action in high-risk water basins while supporting watershed health, ecosystem resilience and water equity.

We are looking for an expert, strategic, and collaborative partner to help us support a matrixed, passionate, global sustainability team to deliver against our 2030 water targets, evolve beyond 2030 to help lead the company’s efforts future efforts, and our overall ambition to grow our business through the lens of sustainability. 

As an enterprise sustainability, water stewardship senior manager, you will…

  • Serve as the company’s lead water advisor, working across the enterprise and the industry to deliver thought leadership, overarching strategy and standards, deep subject matter expertise and actionable guidance on topics including water, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, nature-based solutions, and equity. This will require significant cross-functional leadership, influence, and strategic support across all levels of the organization as responsibility is embedded in functional roles and in business units.
  • Steward the enterprise water stewardship target (inclusive of WASH), including evaluating progress and maintaining a road map to target, through deep engagement across functions and business units. Ensure the target is aligned to align evolving scientific understanding, industry best practices and the competitive landscape, and future trends, innovations and technologies. Road maps should include understanding of the business case and financial implications and prioritization methodology.
  • Support changes to water measurement methodology to demonstrate progress against the corporate water target, such as water quality enhancements for agriculture and adjusting WASH volumetric benefit accounting to include sanitation, and support functional and strategy specific methodologies. Support the impact measurement team to build, manage, and constantly improve the tracking, reporting, and impact measurement processes, systems, and tools.
  • Develop and implement innovative solutions and projects to address the global water crisis and its impacts on people and the planet, including catalyzing holistic watershed health improvements in high-risk basins, through collective impact and industry level solutions, strategic partnerships, direct investments, and more.
  • Enjoy working in an interconnected social and environmental team. Anticipate needs and adapt to changing demands of a dynamic field, team and enterprise. Enthusiastically support special projects and new initiatives that support our overall road map to our 2030 targets and broader ambitions including achieving co-benefits for climate, nature and biodiversity, and communities.
  • Represent Starbucks at key global forums including the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the UN Water Resilience Coalition to drive collective action with peer companies, NGOs, and the public sector.

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required, additional relevant advanced degrees highly valued, including MBA with a strategy or sustainability focus
  • 10+ years leading and detailed knowledge of corporate water stewardship and environmental impact programs and projects and/or leading strategy programs, projects, and cross-functional teams in water stewardship, regenerative agriculture, and green supply chains.
  • Demonstrated results working on wide ranging external partnerships with NGOs, government, other companies, and more
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate across functions and/or geographies to solve complex problems 
  • Viewed as the trusted partner to executive stakeholders (both internal and external) with proven effectiveness in influencing and building alignment and coalitions
  • Experience in developing and implementing sophisticated impact measurement frameworks
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization; handle competing priorities; influence others to deliver performance 
  • Strong analytical and program management skills; ability to research and synthesize various sources of information to develop a cohesive point of view
  • Superb communications skills, both orally and in writing for various audiences
  • Inclination to be flexible and agile on a daily basis and also with the future evolution of this role as team, business, and field evolves 

From free coffee to competitive pay, Starbucks is proud to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to our eligible part-time and full-time partners. Benefits include 100% tuition coverage through our Starbucks College Achievement Plan, health coverage with a variety of plans to choose from, and stock & savings programs like our equity reward program, Bean Stock. What’s more, Starbucks offers flexible scheduling and opportunities for paid time off. Visit starbucksbenefits.com for details. 

If you live in the greater Seattle area, we offer a flexible workplace that allows for hybrid work. Partners can work remotely up to two days per week.

The pay range for this position may be narrower than that displayed, depending on where the work is performed.

Join us and inspire with every cup. Apply today!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 206-318-0660 or via email at applicantaccommodation@starbucks.com.





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