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Specialist - Sustainable Procurement

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

Lisbon, Portugal
Posted on Friday, January 5, 2024
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Specialist – Sustainable Procurement

Who You'll Work With

You will be based in Lisbon, Portugal and be part of McKinsey Optimize. Optimize is the procurement capability of the firm creating leading solutions and experiences across our supplier ecosystem, enabling colleagues and the firm to live our purpose confidently.
You will work closely with the Director of Optimize Social Responsibility and report to the Manager of Sustainable Procurement. You will also work closely with internal functions such as Global Social Responsibility, Compliance and Legal to assist with the execution of compliance-based environment, social and governance policies and processes with a focus on those in the European Union.

What You'll Do

In this role, you will work with leaders and colleagues across Optimize, and stakeholders across the firm, as you support, shape, and deliver on McKinsey’s sustainable procurement strategy to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into our supply chain. You will be a leader and supply chain ESG expert with a special focus on emerging EU supply chain due diligence and corporate sustainability disclosure regulations. You will be a vital contributor to help Optimize update its policies and processes to ensure compliance with these new regulations and, in collaboration with other McKinsey functions, you will help develop a system of Optimize ESG data controls and standards to support external regulatory disclosure such as to the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. You will be a primary contact for EU-based sustainable procurement efforts and, as such, will help set, achieve and be accountable for individual goals and for developing a network of stakeholder relationships within and outside the firm to advance those goals.
You will collaborate with Global Social Responsibility, Compliance and Legal, subject matter experts and regional stakeholders on: executing and delivering on ESG supply chain due diligence policies and processes; evaluating processes, and identifying and implementing improvements in Optimize ESG data management and controls to achieve efficiency and ensure assurance readiness; establishing strong relationships with internal EU colleagues and select external EU ESG stakeholders (e.g., on voluntary commitments); and leading tactical and strategic projects such as launching a formal supplier ESG on-site audit program.
You will bring subject matter expertise in the fields of environmental responsibility / climate action, human rights, business ethics, and anti-corruption in supply chains, including familiarity with relevant standards, benchmarks, convening organizations, stakeholders, reporting channels (GRI, Ecovadis, CDP), frameworks (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark), and regulations (EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains).
Overall, you will provide expertise, guidance and leadership to stakeholders on all aspects of the Optimize Social Responsibility Program as well as being a thought partner to problem solving topics involving a rapidly evolving ESG regulatory landscape.


  • Bachelor’s/university degree
  • 5+ years of relevant business experience, in procurement and / or ESG / corporate sustainability; 8+ preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of multi-national ESG supplier due diligence frameworks (e.g., UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) and EU supply chain due diligence regulations (e.g., German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act)
  • Preferred experience conducting supplier “voice of worker” or other ESG audits and familiarity with supplier ESG assessment platforms (e.g., EcoVadis)
  • Strong analytical and data management with a demonstrated ability to standardize processes and controls to improve efficiency
  • Multi-lingual with English required, and French or German preferred
  • Maturity, confidence, and relationship skills – experience managing stakeholders, collaborating, building alignment and influencing others to move work and initiatives forward successfully
  • Superior communication & excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain highly effective and collaborative relationships
  • Exceptional problem solving & analytical skills, ability to quickly identify challenges and clearly articulate creative, practical solutions even when dealing with a high degree of ambiguity
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
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Job Skill Code - SPSP - Specialist, Supplier Portfolio Management
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Posted to LinkedIn Date - Thu Jan 04 00:00:00 GMT 2024
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