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Sr. Manager, Sustainability

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Calabasas, CA
Position Overview:

You may know us as a company with great food…You may also know us from the ‘Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For’ list…What you may not know is our deep commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices across our entire supply chain and throughout 200+ restaurants. 


The Sustainability Manager is responsible for assisting the Director of Sustainability with the tracking, reporting, and managing of The Cheesecake Factory’s current and future sustainability initiatives. This includes developing strategies to implement current sustainability policies across restaurants, staff, and suppliers, as well as monitoring the performance and success of these strategies. Furthermore, you will play a pivotal role in helping to identify new sustainability strategies and programs for the company pursue in the future. 



Here’s more of what you’ll get to do:  

  • Help define and track company-wide sustainability metrics and drive use of data for improved performance and reporting of impacts for key areas. 
  • Lead the implementation of existing plans and commitments, such as our sustainable sourcing policy, all while collaborating with suppliers and partners. 
  • Contribute to the continuing development of our Code of Conduct ensuring social justice and human rights in our supply chain.  
  • Help establish and lead corporate sustainability reporting, working with communications and marketing teams to develop messaging and communication materials. 
  • Perform cost/benefit analyses of sustainability initiatives using quantitative and qualitative data to ensure the viability of sustainability investments. 
  • Lead problem solving, researching, and troubleshooting sustainability opportunities and challenges.  
  • Act as an expert on current sustainability issues and upcoming trends


You’ll thrive in this position if you:  

  • Are a sustainability guru: You possess a solid understanding of sustainability regarding food, restaurants, and agriculture. You are curious by nature and never hesitate to research and probe for answers. 
  • Have an inner JK Rowling: You’re a strong communicator and are able to captivate audiences while telling our sustainability story via PowerPoint and other digital mediums. Whether it’s verbal or written, you present information in a clear, insightful, and professional manner. You’re able to take a rough set of data and turn it into something meaningful. You can also tailor your message to key audiences and stakeholders. 
  • Are double-jointed: You’re at ease in a fast-paced environment and you’re able to change direction rapidly when priorities and deadlines shift and know how to extend the application of your resources to get the job done. 
  • Are a Jedi Master of Excel: Formulas and graphs are second nature and you make vlookup and pivot tables look easy.  
  • Own Doc Brown’s DeLorean: Competing demands and projects are a frequent part of sustainability, especially with a program as robust as ours. Since we can’t travel back in time, you must be able to confidently prioritize your time, take the initiative, pro-actively look for solutions, work within tight deadlines, and communicate any challenges or issues in a clear and timely fashion. 
  • Can channel Doctor Who: you don’t have to travel through time, but you can work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds while speaking different operational languages; you’re a capable self-manager; you thrive when you’re a part of a team; you enjoy collaborating and building relationships inside and outside the department and inspire trust via open, candid relationships.


What we Require: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability (or related field). 
  • 4+ years of sustainability experience.  
  • Able to travel 25% of the time. 
  • Strong experience and technical knowledge with at least three of the following key areas: 
    • Environmental and social impacts of agriculture
    • Food waste prevention and diversion
    • Energy and water conservation
    • Animal welfare practices and certifications
    • Packaging source reduction and design
    • Best practices in social justice and human rights,
    • Integrated reporting
  • Proven success in collaborating internally across departments to implement sustainability, as well as externally in a pre-competitive manner with peers and partners.  
  • Experience tailoring and communicating sustainability messages to specific audiences (staff, investors, suppliers, NGO’s, etc.)  
  • Must have a great sense of humor, strong ethical compass, and plenty of spunk. 

What we Prefer:

  • Master’s degree in Sustainability (or related field) 
  • Sustainability experience with restaurants, food service, and/or food manufacturing.



This position offers industry-leading benefits including; medical, dental, vision, 401K with match, tuition reimbursement and a sabbatical after five years of employment for qualifying staff members.


About Us

Recognized as one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2017, for the fourth consecutive year,The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated operates more than 200 full-service, casual dining restaurants throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Internationally, eleven The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants operate under licensing agreements. Continuing on our path to becoming a Global Iconic Brand, we employ more than 35,000 staff members, 320 of whom work at the corporate support center in Calabasas Hills, CA.  #SoCheesecake  #GreatPlaceToWork2017 



The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is an Equal Opportunity and E-Verify Employer and provides reasonable accommodations consistent with its legal obligations; we do not provide work visa sponsorship.


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