Ethics and Sustainability Specialist - Fresh Produce

Job Type Corporate and Professional Services
Location London - Victoria
Additional Locations Bracknell Campus
Partnership Level 7
Closing Date 08/06/2023
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £42,200.00 - £60,600.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance

  • Flexible working - This role can be based at our Bracknell or London offices. However please note that if based in London, this role will require self funded travel to Bracknell at least once a week (usually Wednesdays). We know flexible working is important to you, and it is important to us too. The Partnership has adopted a hybrid working approach meaning you'll be able to work a mixture between the office and home based upon your personal needs whilst balancing the needs of the business

  • Salary range - The salary range for this role is set at £42,200 -£60,600 


About the role 

Sustainability is deeply rooted in our DNA here at the John Lewis Partnership and it is central to our pursuit of a happier world. We are excited to be recruiting for an Ethics & Sustainability Specialist within our Agriculture team. The successful candidate will play a key part in the acceleration and integration of our sustainability plans in JLP, in particular the delivery of our Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Strategy in Waitrose. Your work will have a direct influence on the fresh produce we sell, helping to deliver positive impacts on the farmed environment and communities we source from, alongside commercial results.

Day to day you will: 

  • Work with your fellow Partners and our suppliers to deliver the objectives of the Agriculture plan,including but not limited to, the promotion of regenerative agriculture practices in our supply chains, peat reduction and alternatives, integrated water management and supply chain resilience.

  • Continue to build on the collaborative relationships with our supply partners, and producer groups, to enable the delivery of our commercial, sustainability and technical objectives, and collect and analyse data to track this

  • Work with the wider Ethics and Sustainability team to enable the practical implementation of their objectives within our supply base.

  • Keep abreast of the latest developments within the industry and communicate as appropriate across the business.  

  • Seek out and develop communicable messages, together with our communications team, to help demonstrate to our customers how we are delivering our values across our supply chains

  Essential skills you’ll need 

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent relevant experience in specialism (e.g. agriculture, fresh produce or sustainable supply chains).

  • Good IT and data management skills                                                           

  • Good written and verbal communicator 

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Ability to interpret and communicate agriculture data

  • Strong interest in and passion for sustainability and regenerative agriculture

  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Experience in leading the delivery of successful strategic projects

  • Professional experience in work relating to fresh produce supply chains 

Benefits of the Partnership and the role

  • You will enjoy 25% discount at John Lewis and 20% in Waitrose 

  • The Partnership has a competitive pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay)

  • Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our market leading equal parenthood leave Policy

For internal candidates only - If you would like to view the job outline for this role please click here.



At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -

Attachment: Sustainability & Ethics Specialist (Sustainability and Ethics).pdf 


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