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Topco Associates Senior Manager Sustainability (Hybrid) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Topco Associates is currently seeking a Senior Manager, Sustainability to join our Transparency team in Elk Grove Village, IL. We are currently operating in a primarily remote-work setting as we continue to prioritize the wellbeing and safety of our associates. In the future, this position will convert to a hybrid role, with the successful candidate conducting work in our Elk Grove Village office and virtually. Our offices remain open now for associates to use on a voluntary basis.

The Senior Manager, Sustainability, will establish and manage Topco’s sustainability initiatives. The Senior Manager will provide input to strategic decisions and collaborate with others both within and outside the organization to prioritize activities, implement processes, and set targets that support sustainability strategies. The role involves leading research and analysis efforts, making sound recommendations, and launching important sustainability initiatives. The role will also be responsible for educating Associates, Members, and Suppliers on sustainability topics. The successful candidate must have strong business acumen and possess sustainability credentials and experience.

  • Work closely with leaders of key functional areas as well as other stakeholders to develop strategies and drive the execution of efforts that achieve our 3-year strategic sustainability goals and objectives.

  • Through industry research, monitoring best practices, and by following market trends, understand the sustainability landscape and identify opportunities.

  • Provide oversight and manage the execution of sustainability program initiatives.

  • Develop measurement systems and maintain tools to benchmark and track progress against sustainability goals.

  • Engage with third party associations and/or industry partners and develop/manage those relationships.

  • Collaborate with Brand, Marketing and Communications to highlight sustainability initiatives, results achieved, and to promote broad awareness internally and externally.

  • Identify educational training opportunities and create/administer sustainability training sessions for Associates, Members and Suppliers.

  • Some travel may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Science, or other Life Sciences.

Technical Skills:

  • The role requires a strong understanding of current sustainability challenges and initiatives.

  • Experience and proficiency using Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.

Previous Experience:

  • Five to seven years of progressive experience in a sustainability role within a consumer-packaged goods (CPG), retail, or wholesale organization.

  • Responsible sourcing experience a plus

Other Qualifications:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Passion for leading transformative changes

  • Ability to work cross-functionally in driving solutions

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize workload

  • Ability to persuade and influence without having direct authority

Job ID: 2022-3285

Street: 150 Northwest Point Blvd