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Watford, Hertfordshire IGD

Do you share our ambition to be the leading convener of industry leaders, driving action and influencing change?

Do you have the skills and experience to inspire and develop a passionate team?

Do you have an ambition to work with senior stakeholders to address some of our biggest challenges in the health and sustainability landscape to really make a difference?

About the role

  • Own and deliver the strategic plan for IGD's Health and Sustainability pillars, maximising our impact

  • Lead and develop a passionate team of programme heads, managers and technical experts

  • Act as an ambassador for IGD's Health and Sustainability agenda, developing and nurturing a strong network of external stakeholders across industry, academia, government and NGOs in order to drive the scale and impact of our programmes

  • Play an important role in the Social Impact Leadership team and IGD's broader leadership team to support the organisation's long-term strategic objectives


Reporting directly into the Social Impact Director, you will have the following direct reports:

  • Head of Sustainability Programmes x 2

  • Head of Health and Sustainable Diets x 1


  • Lead the long-term strategic development of our Health and Sustainability pillars in collaboration with our industry advisory groups and networks to ultimately deliver public benefit

  • Review and evaluate the effectiveness of our programmes on an ongoing basis, and make continuous improvements to maximise scale and impact

  • Identify and develop new workstreams to respond to the changing landscape of and in line with IGD's long-term strategy and ambition


  • Accountable for delivery of KPIs for the Health and Sustainability pillars, and support the delivery of the wider Social Impact KPIs

  • Provide direction to Heads of Programmes to ensure implementation and delivery of an annual operational plan, with clear and ambitious targets

  • Manage resources and budget appropriately to achieve the plan

  • Work with the broader IGD leadership team to prioritise and manage resources across the organisation effectively


  • Lead and develop the team across the Health and Sustainability pillars to help them realise their full potential, taking a coaching and mentoring approach

  • Own the performance management, development, culture and succession planning across the Health and Sustainability pillars

  • Manage issues arising within the team sensitively, effectively and in a timely way

  • Build strong working relationships across the organisation to encourage collaboration and sharing of knowledge

  • Champion effective ways of working and role model IGD behaviours at all times

External Engagement

  • Lead the development and execution of an engagement strategy for the Health and Sustainability pillars, working collaboratively with colleagues across IGD

  • Build strong network of senior contacts across the industry to increase engagement with our programmes and ensure they are highly relevant to the industry

  • Lead our relevant industry groups (Technical Leaders Forum, Industry Nutrition Strategy Group, and adhoc project/steering groups) to agree common priorities and potential actions, identifying how IGD can support

  • Develop positive working relationships with external influencers and policy makers in the public health and sustainability arena

What you bring

Leadership skills:

  • Ability to create a strong strategy that delivers measurable impact

  • Proven track record in managing and developing high performing teams - ability to identify and support reward and performance management approaches that motivate and inspire for great performance

  • Impactful communicator with the ability to adapt communication style to a wide range of audiences, internally and externally

  • Good networker at all levels of seniority

  • Commercial acumen and customer focus

Functional skills:

  • Experience of operating at a senior level within a commercial or not for profit organisation

  • Technical knowledge of the sustainability agenda, with a focus on environmental sustainability and practical experience of managing related projects and stakeholders

  • Sound knowledge of the food and grocery industry in the UK

  • Proven track record of leading cross-functional teams to deliver large programmes and managing complex stakeholder networks

  • An understanding of the public health landscape would be beneficial but not essential

The rewards

We offer a range of benefits, including a market-leading pension, a bonus scheme, the ability to buy and sell annual leave plus a generous medical insurance package. At IGD, we have a great work-life balance, where you are empowered & trusted to manage your time.

The location

We are operating a hybrid approach to working with a mix of home and office-based working. We are based in a very accessible location within the M25, just 20 miles from central London.

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