Director (Sustainability, Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability)

Estée Lauder Companies

New York, NY, US


The Director, Sustainability is responsible for developing, executing, managing and measuring key sustainability programs at the Company. The ideal candidate will have worked in a multi-branded retail company and/or another industry with a high profile consumer brand. The individual will be able to demonstrate experience with reputation building, creativity and innovation in the sustainability area.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct the research, planning and development of corporate and brand environmental programs, with a particular emphasis on energy and emissions, waste, water and packaging

  • Collaborate with internal business leads, including senior leadership, and external stakeholder groups to achieve key sustainability goals; develop strong relationships and partnerships

  • Maintain understanding of leading trends and changes in corporate social responsibility, brand purpose and overall sustainability landscape, including regulatory issues

  • Serve as a contact and information source for sustainability initiatives

  • Work closely with internal and external resources to develop creative and integrated sustainability programs

  • Establish and ensure adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans and performance requirements

  • Write and edit materials promoting our sustainability program and activities via the company intranet, corporate website and our digital channels

  • Manage metrics and reporting on performance

Candidate Profile

  • At least eight years of demonstrated success in sustainability program execution, and partnership development

  • Deep knowledge of the social and environmental issues and NGO landscape

  • Experience with stakeholder engagement with key groups including but not limited to: employees, consumers, communities, government officials and other individuals/entities of influence

  • Outstanding writing and presentation development skills

  • Confidence to counsel company leaders on sustainability strategy

  • Exceptional organizational skills; ability to manage several projects at once, even while away from the office

  • Experience communicating and marketing sustainability efforts

  • Experience with GRI reporting on sustainability efforts, including an understanding of CDP, carbon and water reporting

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, science or business administration; advanced degree in environmental sciences/policy/management a plus

Personal Competencies

Global Business Acumen: Understands the complexity of business on a global scale. Embraces cultural and individual differences with empathy. Works with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.

Strategic and Analytical Capability: Ability to think globally, strategically and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.

Drive for Results: Delivers results and demonstrates commitment to excellence. Provides leadership in a project-oriented environment and takes initiative to resolve problems.

Effective Communication: Communicates clearly and effectively with colleagues at all levels and external stakeholders. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.

Collaboration: Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the Company. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire Company.


  • B.A.; advanced degree in environmental sciences, management, policy a plus

  • Minimum Years of Experience: 8

  • % Travel Time: 25%

  • Required Language Proficiency:English; Additional Languages a plus

Job: Environmental Health & Safety

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-New York

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Number: 171182