Food System Program Manager, North America

United States /
Sustainability – Sustainability /
Hello potential future Oatly employee. It’s us, the original oatmilk company that started in Sweden back 25 or so years ago and has since expanded to the U.S. where we’ve continued growing at a rate such that we need more brilliant minds to come to work with us to keep the momentum going and the oatmilk flowing.
Sustainability, health, and transparency are the core values that guide everything we do. Basically, we exist to make it easy for people to eat better and live healthier lives without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources in the process. If any of this resonates with you, then maybe you’d like to work for Oatly, too. Now onto the formal stuff.
We are looking for a Food System Program Manager for our North American business to join our team. The Program Manager will focus on implementing the first pillar of Oatly’s Global Sustainability Plan, “Drive a Food System Shift, which seeks to give back to nature and communities where we source by restoring carbon, improving biodiversity, and boosting farmers’ incomes.” Specifically, the person in this role will help design and manage projects and initiatives with external partners (e.g., farmer networks, agronomy support providers, non-profits, pre-competitive collaborations) that support Oatly’s commitment to regenerative agriculture and sustainable sourcing. The Program Manager will also utilize knowledge and expertise to conduct risk and tradeoff analyses, provide recommendations and offer decision support concerning ingredients and raw materials for Oatly products. This role will report to the Director of Sustainability of Oatly North America, will work collaboratively with communications, public affairs, procurement, quality, product development, and product strategy functions, and liaise with Oatly’s Global Sustainability team where relevant. This position will be 100% remote.

Here are the things we want to hire you to do:

    • BUILD AND SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS: Together with Oatly’s Director of Sustainability, develop and manage farming partnerships that support the Company’s new regenerative agriculture framework and advance regenerative practices and associated measurable outcomes
    • SHARE TECHNICAL EXPERTISE: Maintain strong technical expertise in the area of regenerative agriculture by staying current on research, following advances in the field, cultivating a robust network of knowledgeable experts, and deploying this expertise to support the refinement of Oatly’s regenerative agriculture framework and achievement of the Company’s global sustainability ambitions in this area
    • TRACK AND MEASURE: Be fully abreast of emerging technologies and systems to measure regenerative practices and outcomes, focusing on efficiency, implementation, reliability and verification of measurement
    • COLLABORATE: Represent the company in pre-competitive collaborations and similar peer interest groups working to advance regenerative agriculture and participate in shared initiatives. Manage expert consultancies when required
    • INFORM: Conduct research, assess sustainability risks and tradeoffs, and present findings on ingredients and raw materials as needed, such as during new product development or proposed supply chain changes
    • EDUCATE: Serve as a leader and advocate within the US organization for sustainability goals and build capacity in the organization to better authentically embody Oatly sustainability values 

Here are the things we think you need:

    • Demonstrated technical expertise in regenerative agriculture, temperate row crops, and sustainability in North American agriculture 
    • Intrinsic and authentic resonance with Oatly’s sustainability values and demonstrated commitment to drive meaningful change in the food and beverage industry 
    • 3- 5 years of specialized experience in sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on one or more of the following: agronomy, farmer support incentives, precision agriculture/agtech, and KPI measurement frameworks and tools
    • Master’s degree in agronomy, sustainable agriculture, or a related field preferred
    • Experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders, working across cultures and functions, and managing for impact
    • Experience managing sustainability projects with a demonstrated attention to detail and commitment to quality programming

And here’s another list of qualities we think make a good Oatly team member:

    • You feel connected to our mission of encouraging health, sustainability, and transparency
    • You are a self-starter who doesn’t need direct supervision to motivate you for success – we believe strongly in building a culture of individual accountability and ownership and need partners that can embrace that mentality
    • You are ready to make your mark in a smaller, growing brand leveraging your experience to deliver amazing results and build an outstanding company
    • You have entrepreneurial spirit in that you’re comfortable with ambiguity and are energized by the process of building something lasting from the ground up
    • You enjoy sharing your quirkiness and talents with your coworkers
Another bulleted list felt redundant, so we wrote this long sentence with all the ways we sweeten the deal to work with us, like providing flexible vacation for starters, really great benefits with 100% medical coverage, genuinely great coworkers who want to see the company and each other succeed, a start-up vibe with an established company history, and an employee discount to stock your fridge full of the best non-dairy alternative in the world.
The salary for this role will be based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to geographic location, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. Compensation may also include bonus, commission, or equity as applicable. For the state of Colorado only, our good faith estimate of the starting pay for this role is $103,000.
Oatly is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.