What’s in it for you

Being a part of M&S is exactly that – becoming a part and playing your part. We’re an inclusive, dynamic, exciting, and always evolving business built on core values.

Here are some of the benefits we offer that make working for M&S just that little bit more special…

  • 20% colleague discount across all M&S products and many of our third party branded products for you and one member of your household.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days.
  • We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on your role and our business performance.
  • Get cover for twice your salary up to age 70 (double with our Pension Plan).
  • We’ll help you save through our Pension Savings Plan, Share Buy and Sharesave schemes.
  • Save on everyday costs through discounts and offers and get access to great health benefits.
  • Bike/accessory hire with Cycle to Work and save on tax and national insurance.
  • Buy the latest technology with interest-free financing directly from your salary.
  • Get access to resources to support your wellbeing, including a free virtual GP service.
  • Support your favourite charities by donating through your pay or volunteering for them.
  • Industry-leading maternity, paternity, adoption and neo-natal policies, providing support and flexibility for you and your family.

To stay close to customers, we expect our support teams to come into the office three days a week. We think that learning comes from working alongside each other, and that spending time with our teams makes us more creative and connected. It also means we can solve problems as soon as they arise, build trust, and get closer to our colleagues.

What you’ll do…

As the Bands Sustainability & Safety Manager you will implement Sustainability & Safety initiatives and programmes that deliver the M&S Group ESG strategies. And to ensure continuous improvement in our supply chain against the monitoring and ranking programme.

Your key accountabilities will include

  • To support the Business Development Lead to deliver the Third Party Brands Sustainability strategy and Plan A commitments by implementing sustainability and safety initiatives and programmes that resolve brand partner issues. And to ensure continuous improvement in our third party Brand partner against the monitoring and ranking auditing programme
  • Leading, along with the Brands Onboarding Manager, the Brands Centre of Excellence, working with external brands and internal stakeholders to onboard Brands across Clothing, Home & Beauty.
  • To manage the Third Party Brand Onboarding programme with the business development team; monitoring ESG and Safety Compliance audit findings, facilitating due diligence, assessing Brands ranking (Bronze/Silver/Gold), monitoring the Critical Escalation process and working with internal stakeholders to develop programmes to resolve issues found.
  • Accountable for identifying critical/high risk ethical issues in the supply base and escalating these to the Business Development Lead and Head of Category and be responsible for informing Buying teams. Communicate progress of the Critical escalation Policy to necessary stakeholders.
  • Liaising with different areas of the business to manage Brands ranking and resolve issues, implement relevant ESG & Safety programmes and projects and ensure that the branded policies are upheld.
  • Work with Brand Partners to help them drive improvement and hold meetings with relevant compliance personnel to help improve Brands understanding of Marks and Spencer requirements in Ethical Trade and Human Rights, factory compliance, Plan A, and Safety requirements beyond monitoring. Develop agendas and presentations to communicate key messages to the supply base.
  • Managing the Brands ESG programmes that deliver Plan A commitments. Ensure projects and programmes are tracked, monitored, measured and reported on. Accountable for attending external workshops and collaborative groups to promote M&S’s brand ESG & Safety reputation and visibility. Build relationships with external organisations and academics to help deliver ESG & Safety projects and create new options through stakeholder engagement
  • Regularly review and revise existing policies and procedures, and collaborate with the Ethical, Sustainability and Safety managers across the CH&B and Foods Group to ensure consistency across business areas

Who you are

Your skills and experience will include

  • Ability to manage and motivate Brands Sustainability & Safety teams to support implementation of strategy and drive success
  • Line manage Brands Sustainability Admin Assistance, developing a high performing team culture.
  • Ability to ensure Plan A & Safety standards are upheld while achieving the commercial needs of the business.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the interpretation of EU & UK Sustainability and Safety laws for assessment
  • Knowledge of and experience in the implementation of corrective actions for the resolution of non-compliancesfound during the Onboarding process and beyond.
  • Experience of working with NGOs, External Brands and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Ability to liaise and communicate across all internal M&S stakeholders and BU’s on Brands Sustainability & Safety issues
  • Able to manage innovative programmes to resolve Sustainability & Safety issues working with Brands, internal stakeholders and external organisations. Building trust with customers and external stakeholders to maintain leading Sustainable retailer position

Everyone’s welcome

M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the retail industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That’s why we’re revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There’s never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact.

We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.

If you consider yourself to require reasonable adjustments to any part of our recruitment process, we invite you to share those requirements with us when completing your application. We will make every effort to ensure your needs are met to provide a fair and transparent process of assessment.