Sustainability Director (Coffee)

Location: Winterthur, Switzerland


ED&F Man has an opportunity for an experienced and high calibre Sustainability Director to join a world leading trader of agricultural commodities within a wholly owned subsidiary of our Coffee Trading Division - VOLCAFE.  This senior position offers a broad spectrum of opportunity, scope, commercial activity and authority. Reporting to the Volcafe Senior Leadership Team, this role will also represent Volcafe in the ED&F Man CSR Steering Committee and Organic Development Committee. 

Volcafe has built and operated certified, sustainable supply chains across all our origins, addressing key economic, social and environmental issues in coffee farming communities. Since 2014 Volcafe has been providing direct technical assistance to farmers, helping them to improve their coffee quality, farm productivity and yields via our Volcafe Way Farmer Support Organizations (FSOs). 

The Sustainability Director will lead the expansion of a company-wide strategic global sustainability initiative, integrating sustainability throughout the company. This role is responsible for ensuring that the company’s sustainability effort also enhances business performance and supports the long-term interests of the company.

The Sustainability Director would ideally be located in our office in Switzerland, but could be located in any of our global offices.



  • Create a strategic business plan for sustainability at Volcafe that will support delivery of the Group mission statement: to be the world’s best sustainability coffee partner;
  • Deliver on sustainability at Volcafe to encompass people, profit and planet and codify the business rationale for sustainability for integration in the overall Volcafe business strategy;
  • Assess the organization’s current sustainability performance and identify and prioritize the organization’s key sustainability issues; formulate action plans with defined objectives, targets and responsibilities to support agreed upon sustainability actions ensuring adequate financial and people resources are in place to deliver;
  • Ensure appropriate internal controls and measurements are in place to support sustainability efforts; build a culture of data use within sustainability to measure and monitor progress against sustainability strategies, objectives and targets;
  • Establish and execute a plan for accessing external donor funding; write project proposals, grant applications, or other documents, steer and lead necessary due diligence processeses;
  • Create and implement communication strategies to publicize the company’s sustainability effort and promote broad awareness of sustainability initiatives, to facilitate high quality internal and external communications and visibility as the company spokesperson on sustainability issues;
  • Use technology to drive efficiency through the value chain, working with farmers to create more value at the production level, towards the roaster/consumer
  • Strengthen and maintain strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders from both the private just as the public sector (certifications, International Coffee Organization, Global Coffee Platform, European Coffee Federation).




  • Proven experience of fulfilling a senior leadership position within sustainability, ideally for a global physical commodity trading organisation;
  • Proven experience overseeing a large globally-disparate team, ability to unify a team and motivate and drive innovation/ creative thinking;
  • A good understanding of the world coffee market is desirable;
  • Knowledge of donor contracts and donor funding experience is preferable;
  • Experience with traceability, and preferably using new technology to deliver the same;
  • Proficient with handling large sets of data and conducting meaningful analysis;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal English and presentation skills, any other languages including Spanish, French and Portugese would be advantageous;
  • Strong organizational, planning and project management skills are essential;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assess priorities effectively;
  • Ability to operate within a diverse team of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Available to travel to origin countries and clients 



Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 7,000 people in 60 countries and annual revenue in excess of $10bn.  We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. 

ED&F Man’s coffee business, Volcafe, is one of the world’s largest traders of arabica and robusta coffees and provides beans for 80 billion cups of coffee each year. Our expertise spans green coffee procurement and preparation, quality control, risk management and logistics.

We work in countries that collectively account for over 90% of world production. From single origin micro-lots to mainstream commercial grades and customised blends, we have what it takes to get the right product to our roaster and retail customers – on time, every time. We are also big on sustainability and traceability: our unique farmer outreach programme, known as The Volcafe Way, works directly with coffee growers to train them in best agronomy practice and sound business management.


ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.  ED&F Man also takes reasonable steps to accommodate applicants with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.


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