Head of Research

Head of Research

About Us

Greener Beans was founded to accelerate a shift toward sustainable production and consumption.  To fulfil this purpose, we are focussing on making shopping sustainably easy and rewarding, beginning with grocery shopping in the UK.  

We recognise that the majority of our food production is unsustainable, and although an increasing number of us wish to shop more sustainably, doing so is complex, inconvenient, and perceived to be costly.   We are building a service to offer online grocery shoppers more sustainable swaps, in an easy and rewarding way.  By changing the system incentives, we will drive increased transparency and traceability in food supply chains and more sustainable production.

We’re seeking a talented, knowledgeable and pragmatic sustainability leader to establish and run our research department.   You’ll be engaging with leading experts in the sustainability research and NGO community to maintain and continually develop our product level sustainability model.  

This will require reviewing, assessing, and summarizing the latest research on sustainable food systems as published by civil society and academia.  Your research will feed into the Greener Beans Sustainability Measurement System to improve our recommendations and ensure the model is consistently up-to-date.  

We believe getting the sustainability measurement broadly right (but not perfect), making it transparent and improving it over time is key to gaining the trust of the sustainability community and consumers.  We already have an existing model to measure sustainability at a product level and are looking to you to take it to the next level!   

Job Responsibilities - As Head of Research, you will:

● Own the Sustainability Measurement System as well as execute the development roadmap 
● Manage and recruit team to expand and improve the measurement system
● Design and establish organizational research protocols and procedures 
● review published research (academic and civil society) and relevant producer information
● Coordinate with technology colleagues to automate processes  
● Commission and compile research and blogs on sustainability for publication
● Represent GB at conferences and workshops on the latest research and advancements in the field
● Coordinate regular engagement with the sustainability community, earning and maintaining their trust through your leadership 

Job Requirements - To qualify for this Head of Research role, you will require:

● A solid background in sustainability (5 years+), in a leading research role at a relevant NGO, food organisation, Academic or Research institution, with an emphasis on food systems. 
● Proven research and analytical skills, including experience of using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques.
● Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple and engaging ways.
● Excellent administrative and organisational skills and a willingness to get stuck into all aspects of the business as needed.
● Experience managing others and confidence in leading a team 
● Graduate degree in a relevant field, ideally PhD 

Who you are - We want to hear from you if:

● You seek a role with impact, and possess a commitment to deliver
● You can make progress and deliver a result when facing ambiguity and conflicting source material 
● You don’t wait to be told what to do and you’re always looking at ways to improve things.
● You’re not afraid to raise concerns or challenge for the best outcome
● You’re friendly and kind and want to help the rest of the team out

What you can expect from us?

● A supportive and open working environment where we challenge each other to improve 
● The opportunity to build a mission driven business from its early stages.
● Make a meaningful difference addressing one of the biggest challenges of our time
● we seek those who will contribute something new to the team, and know the best ideas are borne of diversity. 

Other benefits include:

Competitive Salary: £35,000 - 45,000 dependant on experience
Equity Options. 
Remote and flexible working. 
Generous holiday allowance - 25 days plus bank holidays. 
Monthly socials
Endless tips on how to eat and live more sustainably!  

Greener Beans is committed to creating and promoting a diverse environment and focused on making our workplace an inclusive community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

How To Apply

Please write to Peter Wortsman at - Peter@greenerbeans.earth - referencing the open role advertised, providing your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would like to apply, and how you would benefit the growth of Greener Beans

Closing date is 30 September, 2020. 

Closing Date:
30/09/2020

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