Diversity Hiring: Senior Program Manager

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The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.


Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:

The Supply Chain Excellence department provides guidance, services and digital tools to producers and companies, enabling them to join our programs, achieve certification, monitor progress, trade and make sustainability claims, and generally manage their supply chains and responsible sourcing relationships

The team is structured across five pillars, accountable for the consolidation and alignment of strategic programmatic direction; the design process and overall architecture; change project program management; development; and customer success / support. These teams work closely together, and with key internal and external stakeholders, to deliver our concept strategies.

We are looking for a strategic leader with outstanding program management and coordination skills who can guide and manage the team of Product Managers to ensure our projects are aligned, thrive, make progress, get results and are implemented successfully.

The responsibility of the Program Manager is to manage the funnel of large, change projects & roadmaps, and to coordinate across the organisation to ensure that project managers have clear requirements and priorities and that projects are progressed through to delivery and implementation.

The Program Manager is expected to be competent in key areas of management and leadership expertise, including communication, staff direction and motivation, financial planning and control, quality management risk analysis and the achievement of targets. In this position it is crucial to understand, explain and present complex technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences particularly at the higher management levels and to continuously assess and communicate risks to business or organizational objectives. Knowledge of the specific content of the project areas (e.g. product certification, food supply chains, and/or traceability), and experience working with development teams across a range of applications will increase the chance of success.

The individual will work closely with the Supply Chain Excellence leadership to ensure accomplishment of team goals.


  • Lead a team of project managers and implementation experts covering a wide variety of technical areas towards the delivery of our concept strategies;
  • Work to agreed objectives and effectively manage the scope of a program;
  • Maintain focus on customer interest and business case;
  • Define complex program governance and structures (including the supporting offices such as PMO, finance management, risk management etc);
  • Keep track of program progress and financials, proactively highlighting to stakeholders if timelines or budget are at risk;
  • Regularly provide updates at the program level to leadership and stakeholder groups using the appropriate tools and techniques;
  • Measure, and ensure delivery against agreed targets (scope, cost, time, customer satisfaction).

Skills & Qualifications:

  • BA Degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, or related field;
  • Minimum 7 years experience as manager of Project Managers, and experience managing at least 2 programs independently;
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant experience; demonstrating independent decision-making and consistent delivery of cross-functional projects;
  • Specialized certification / accreditation is preferred (e.g. PMP or Prince / MSP);
  • Team builder, who independently and proactively brings together individuals from a broad range of departments to build a shared vision of success;
  • Experience in managing business intelligence, data driven decision making / analytics, and/or sustainability related data projects ;
  • Proficient in business intelligence and visualisation tools;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Experience with project management tools such as MS Project, Primavera, SAP PM etc
  • Has high social intelligence and can take the lead;
  • Ability to think ‘out of the box’ to meet customer demands;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English. Dutch proficiency an advantage;
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 20% per year, nationally and internationally.


Commensurate with experience.

Deadline: September 24, 2021


Only candidates authorized to work in the countries in which we are registered will be considered.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

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