Market Transformation Manager Retail, DACH

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Rainforest Alliance

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Berlin, Germany

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30+ days ago

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.

Position summary:

We are looking for a collaborative and results oriented Markets Transformation Manager in Germany, Austria or the Netherlands to work with our key stakeholders in the retail sector in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The Market Transformation Manager focuses on positioning the Rainforest Alliance as a thought leader and sustainability partner with key stakeholders in the industry, include companies, NGOs, consumer or industry platforms.

At Rainforest Alliance, we see market transformation as a strategic process with multiple actors that leads to lasting change by removing barriers and creating solutions around the adoption of sustainable sourcing practices.

Working with the European as well as the Global Key Markets team, the Market Transformation Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for the retail sector in DACH, with the aim to promote as well as facilitate sustainable sourcing practices. Growing collaboration with companies around certification and other Rainforest Alliance service offers and growing revenue for the organization is a key part of this.

They will use their knowledge of supply chains and sustainability trends in the retail sector as well as their network of sustainability professionals i to strengthen the public recognition of the Rainforest Alliance as a trusted source of expertise and a solution provider.


  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;

  • Leads, in alignment with the Country Manager for DACH and the Senior Markets Transformation Manager Europe the development and implementation of the DACH sector strategy for retail;

  • Creates and monitors key account plans for leading retailers, complementing the country strategy

  • Actively works with retail companies in the sectors in DACH to promote their sustainable sourcing commitments and to grow collaboration and revenue across Rainforest Alliance’s suite of offerings, including the certification program;

  • Develops a network of key partners for Rainforest Alliance in the sectors, including companies, industry platforms, NGOs, consumer organizations, and other key stakeholders that are relevant for the retail sector.

  • Gathers and analyses market intelligence on sustainability trends and insights specifically in the retail sector in DACH that are relevant to advancing Rainforest Alliance’s mission;

  • Works closely with colleagues in the Certification Led Sectors department and the Global Key Markets Retail department to understand Rainforest Alliance’s sector strategies and priorities and translates these into opportunities in the market and;


  • Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Environmental or Food Science, Business Administration or other relevant field; or equivalent working experience;

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience within the context of sustainability or within the coffee or retail sector;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrable experience of engaging with key stakeholders in DACH in the coffee and/or retail sector

  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;

  • Knowledge of, and commitment to sustainability practices, environmental issues and challenges in the agricultural and forestry sectors;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to align stakeholders around a common agenda and to interact with diverse internal and external individuals; A team-player and self-starter that is comfortable with a broad role;

  • Written and verbal proficiency in German and English required. Proficiency in other languages is a plus.

  • Ability to travel in within the DACH region 20% of their time; occasional international travel may be required.



Commensurate with experience.

January 8th 2023


Only candidates authorized to work in the European Union 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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