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Core Markets Lead, Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH)

At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.

To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

The Rainforest Alliance has a unique position for a proactive leader in charge of market development and stakeholder outreach with the opportunity to drive and scale sustainability impact in the dynamic DACH market.

Position summary:

You create and implement the market strategy in the DACH region as part of the global core market development goals. Your principal aim is to facilitate and enhance the demand for Rainforest Alliance certified products by managing key markets and stakeholder relations. You identify business potential for new and existing accounts and lead the DACH region markets transformation team. You have an eye for business development opportunities and you implement cross departmental initiatives collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders. You have a passion for sustainability and can assess and monitor advocacy opportunities and developments in the core markets. This position entails an attractive range of challenging tasks in a dynamic international work environment for the important DACH market, with the potential to achieve both significant sustainable development at scale and commercial success.


  • Strategic leadership in market and business development
  • Achieve volume goals in the DACH region
  • Day-to-day team lead of 2 account managers
  • Identify opportunities and translate complex market dynamics into concrete strategy
  • Represent the Rainforest Alliance and engage a variety of stakeholders (corporate, NGO, governmental)
  • Adapt dynamically and provide hands-on initiative to market developments and strategic needs
  • Cross-departmental collaboration developing market initiatives


  • At least 7 years of strategy and commercial leadership relevant to the food industry and the DACH markets, especially Germany
  • A minimum of 3 years people management and leadership experience
  • Excellent partnerships and stakeholder effectiveness
  • Knowledge of sustainability in the food supply chain
  • (Near-)native German and fluency in (business) English
  • Master’s degree in business administration; supply chain management; or related
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of time


Commensurate with experience.


Our passion for sustainability connects us as a global team and together with stakeholders we drive positive change towards more sustainable practices in both local and global agricultural markets. Deep expertise, a clear vision plus intensive cooperation with businesses, governments and NGO’s, make the Rainforest Alliance a globally effective and impactful organization. This is your opportunity to contribute to sustainability in major global markets!


In this procedure we work with Sustainability Works. Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max. 2 page resume) before 14 May 2019 23:00 CET to, mentioning ‘DACH Lead’ in the subject line. First round interviews will take place 23 and 24 May.

Please feel free to contact Sustainability Works, Annelies Pijnenburg, for more information: +31646680191 or