Company Description

PCC began as a food-buying club of 15 Seattle families in 1953. Since then, our priorities haven’t changed. In everything, we strive to be an advocate for our community. We’re dedicated to preserving local farmland and partnering with Northwest producers and ranchers. Our passion is for great food and cooking, from our fresher-than-fresh local produce to our in-store kitchens where original recipes are made from scratch daily using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Because when you love a community, you feed it well.

Job Description

For decades, PCC has led the grocery industry in developing standards that ensure a healthy, sustainable and organic supply chain. We are looking for a senior leader to build on that legacy and commitment to the triple bottom line. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of sustainable, organic and equitable food standards, strong relationships in the natural and organic food industry, a proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders and a servant leadership style that inspires and empowers others.

The Director of Product Sustainability is responsible for driving PCC’s product sustainability standards and efforts in influencing regional and national food policy.  They will work collaboratively across the co-op to support PCC’s triple bottom line.

Main Job Responsibilities

  • Leads the development, compliance and continuous improvement of PCC’s product sustainability standards, which includes produce, animal welfare, seafood, dairy, fair labor and identifying acceptable and unacceptable ingredients in grocery and health and body care
  • Spearheads PCC’s efforts to influence regional and national food policy, such as improvements to organic certification, product transparency, regenerative agriculture, animal welfare, sustainable fisheries and other agricultural policy
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with local leaders, subject matter experts, vendors and governmental and elected officials that are key stakeholders in building an equitable, sustainable and organic food system
  • Works effectively with internal stakeholders to develop co-op policy platforms on consumer issues that impact shoppers, members and the co-op’s business 
  • Manages the co-op’s standards committee, including providing strategic direction, technical support and process documentation
  • Provides technical expertise to internal stakeholders, shoppers and interested external parties to effectively communicate the co-op’s product sustainability standards and policy positions
  • Provides technical oversight of product sustainability standards, policy positions and the Sound Consumer (the co-op’s newspaper focused on consumer issues)

Qualifications

  • A four-year degree in a relevant subject, with a preference for a master’s degree
  • 7+ years with directly relevant and progressive management experience in grocery and/or product sustainability standards, including dealing with natural and organic food quality, product ingredients, food policy, fair labor, GMO transparency and animal welfare issues
  • Exceptional technical ability relating to issues, standards and regulations that apply to grocery supply chain sustainability, and the ability to translate that knowledge to non-technical staff and community members
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical and cross-functional teams using a collaborative, supportive and servant leadership style
  • Strong ability to work with a diverse set of both internal and external stakeholders, including community members, co-op leaders, subject matter experts and governmental and elected officials
  • Experience influencing food systems public policy – particularly organics standards
  • Proven experience in creating and executing values-based initiatives and advocacy campaigns aligned with the co-op’s triple bottom line mission
  • Deep understanding of natural food and supplement retail products including ingredients, labeling and regulations
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing and social media designed to appeal to a broad-base of consumers
  • Proficient in MS Office and experience with database use

Behaviors and Competencies

PCC is a company where culture and values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Everyone at PCC is expected to:

  • Collaborate
  • Demonstrate Kindness
  • Focus on the customer
  • Instill trust
  • Value diversity

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