Group Manager Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)


Do you love the outdoors and want to make a difference?  

Join Australia’s leading grower of healthy and nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables and help to drive ESG action across our global footprint

Costa, an ASX listed company, is Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables. Our produce is supplied to all the major Australian supermarket chains, as well as independent grocers and a range of food industry stakeholders. We also export to Asia, North America and Europe and have operations within China and Morocco.


On the land, in distribution centres, and out on the roads – Costa people work hard to bring the freshest produce to tables across our nations. But joining our team is about more than just hard work. It’s about picking a meaningful, sustainable job that’s good for you, and our customers. Costa is committed to sustainable agriculture. Not only is it a key strategy for maximising our profitability, it’s also crucial to ensuring that our country’s natural resources are utilised in both an environmentally responsible and efficient manner. By taking this approach, Costa grows products which are healthy, safe and of the highest quality, while at the same time protecting and improving the natural environment. With over 60 farms across Australia, our produce categories include:

  • Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries)
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Mandarins, Tangelos, Limes, Grapefruit)

About the role:

This newly created senior role reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced ESG professional to make a genuine impact across Costa – a leading fresh fruit and vegetable producer.  The role involves working collaboratively with Costa leaders and specialists in Agronomy and Horticulture from our produce farms to design the ESG strategy and the key initiatives and actions required to deliver our ESG goals. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the delivery of the ESG roadmap and projects and to put systems, processes and ways of working in place to improve accountability of individuals (e.g. employees, contractors, visitors) within their area of responsibility in relation to the organisation's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies, procedures and mandatory requirements.
  • Work with business leaders to improve compliance of business activities and individuals (e.g. employees, contractors and visitors).
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to meet the organisation’s needs with a focus on: the sustainable management of our environment and natural resources for future generations; social equity and economic development; and achieving a sustainable advantage with consumers through ESG as well as minimising our business risk.
  • Provide specialist advice on the interpretation and application of external ESG standards, frameworks and rating methodologies; resolving complex or contentious queries and issues; and enabling others to take appropriate actions.
  • Review all elements and considerations in development of sustainability plans to gain buy-in for recommendations e.g. operational, consumer, customer and other stakeholders.
  • Work with internal marketing and communications to develop engagement plans and work collaboratively with other divisions to build a broader organisational understanding of regulatory and compliance requirements.
  • Develop and/or deliver a plan for significant aspects of external communications with guidance from senior colleagues e.g. be a key contributor to the Sustainability Report.
  • Identify leading edge practices of leading companies/ peers and identify emerging trends and likely regulatory requirements, both in Australia and globally.
  • Develop and/or deliver budget plans with respect to capex and expenditure guidance from senior colleagues.
  • Identify appropriate objectives, targets, KPIs, and metrics to measure performance.

About you:

  • Bachelor degree in environmental science, sustainability, agriculture, horticulture or other related field with subjects taken in Sustainability e.g. Commerce.
  • 6 – 10 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Exposure to multiple industries.
  • Experience with the environmental factors of ESG, ideally in Agriculture or Horticulture, including biodiversity, climate risk, decarbonisation, reporting standards and frameworks e.g. TCFD, SASB, GRI, CDP.
  • Demonstrated emissions, energy and sustainability experience.
  • Experience in water and waste management strategies.
  • Ability to think strategically and identify and create links between the business strategy and ESG frameworks.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in terms of dealing with evolving outcomes, timelines, dependencies and stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders at an enterprise-wide level.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills, with a proactive approach to developing a network in the organisation and industry.
  • Understanding of broad ESG topics such as business ethics, ethical supply chain and human rights.
  • Exposure to or understanding of the unique rights of First Nations people to access, maintain and protect their land.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake occasional travel to Costa sites across Australia.

Costa Benefits:

  • Our Values under pin everything we do.   They are:- Passion, Determination, Accountability, Sincerity, Respect
  • We are committed to diversity, equality and inclusion.
  • We are committed to respecting human rights across our operations.
  • We invest in our people through graduate programs, scholarships, traineeships, study assistance, career pathways and ongoing learning.
  • We reward our people with competitive salaries, reward and recognition programs, salary packaging and workplace benefit partnerships.
  • We offer 12 weeks paid parental leave, employee assistance, flexible and remote work, free vaccinations, wellness programs, one day per year volunteer leave and the ability to purchase an additional four weeks of leave.

Costa's Culture of Care:

Costa Care is a culture initiative that sits at the heart of everything we do at Costa. It is built on our existing Costa values and culture — passion and care for our outstanding people, safe and nutritious food production, and thriving partnerships with our local communities and environments. Our leaders are accountable for developing a caring environment that encourages our people to thrive, grow and connect.


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Full time

Job no: 2022-1769

Location: Ravenhall

Category: Costa

Closing Date: Immediate start available