Head of Sustainability at Imperfect Foods
San Francisco, CA, US
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality meat and dairy. We deliver them conveniently to our customers’ doorsteps and pride ourselves on offering up to a 30% discount compared to grocery store prices. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.
We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country. Check our website to see if there is an Imperfect near you!
We're looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!
How we are protecting employees from COVID-19
At Imperfect Foods, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. We provide gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering our warehouse, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care to ensure frequently touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and all warehouses are fully sanitized weekly.
We have also implemented an Emergency Sick Leave policy providing full-time and part-time employees 2 additional weeks of paid time off and up to 26 weeks paid leave if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
About the Role:
Sustainability is central to Imperfect’s mission, business model, and culture.  Through our grocery service, Imperfect Foods aspires to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone - aspirations rooted in the reality that wasteful/unsustainable food production is dangerous for the planet.  To achieve these aspirations, Imperfect has developed a robust business model with complex systems for sourcing, production, and delivery. As we mature, we continue to widen our physical footprint and broaden our product offering. 
As the company continues to grow, so too will Imperfect’s role and responsibility as a leader in sustainability.  Imperfect is looking for a Director of Sustainability to take the company into this next phase by managing initiatives that deepen and embed sustainability across all areas of our business model - from sourcing to delivery.  The Director of Sustainability will build and champion the strategic vision and priorities related to sustainability, and will be responsible for working cross-functionally to execute and report on these priorities. 


    • Work with C-Suite to set the vision for Imperfect Foods’ sustainability agenda, including metrics, targets and key priorities
    • Coordinate and lead sustainability-related initiatives at Imperfect
    • Source, prioritize, and gain approval for sustainability-related initiatives and/or policies, focused on driving material and mission-aligned improvements that improve sourcing practices, reduce waste, and enable us to use energy more responsibly   
    • Work cross-functionally to with stakeholders across all areas of the business, most notably operations (supply, production, distribution) and brand/PR 
    • Build and manage measurable, data-driven externally-facing goals and internal KPIs for all key sustainability commitment
    • Manage ongoing data-collection to track progress towards targets, with a specific focus on maintaining and deepening Imperfect’s carbon footprint data and metrics; Develop and maintain procedures to evaluate the sustainability impact of core business activities
    • Champion sustainability at Imperfect, both with external partners and internal stakeholders
    • Develop in-depth knowledge of critical environmental sustainability issues and opportunities in the food retail industry, leveraging internal and external subject-matter experts where necessary 
    • Create and maintain sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals
    • Lead efforts to engage with and educate employees and customers on relevant sustainability topics
    • Create and maintain Imperfect’s sustainability knowledge base
    • Partner with Marketing and External Communications in our efforts to share Imperfect’s work on sustainability with the broader community

Skills and Qualifications:

    • 3+ years of experience leading a sustainability agenda for for-profit and/or non-profit organizations
    • Exceptional communication skills. You’re able to set and communicate clear priorities. There is a lot we can do related to sustainability, but we can’t do it all. You feel comfortable saying “no” to make room for the most impactful projects if necessary
    • Data-driven. You’re comfortable measuring the financial and environmental (i.e. carbon) impact of projects. You’re willing and able to ensure proper data-collection and progress tracking

About You:

    • You’re passionate about and committed to sustainability and Imperfect’s mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all
    • You’re a team player, and able to influence and/or lead without “explicit” authority; inclusivity is key - everyone at Imperfect should feel ownership of the company’s sustainability strategy 
    • You’re organized and proactive. You’re able to balance and manage both short- and long-term initiatives 
    • Facilitate and celebrate “quick wins” - every little bit counts 
    • Drive forward innovative, “moonshot” initiatives - in order to have a truly meaningful impact, we need to think and act big

Details of the Position:

    • Full-time, exempt position reporting to the CEO
    • Based out of our San Francisco Bay Area Headquarters
    • Domestic travel to new and existing local facilities required as needed
    • Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience
    • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!

Physical Requirements:

    • Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time
    • Occasional movement around the office may be necessary
    • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens
    • Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request
    • Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tabletsDomestic travel as necessary
Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Foods are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.