innocent makes ‘Europe’s favorite healthy little drinks.’ The company is transitioning since moving production and the majority of their supply chain to their carbon-neutral factory in Rotterdam in 2021. The People & Culture (P&C) Lead will head and expand the P&C Team, optimize organizational design, and drive employee engagement.
innocent was founded in 1999 with a simple mission: to create tasty drinks that are good for people and our planet. They began by mixing up smoothies and handing them out at a music festival. Today, they offer a wide variety of healthy fruit and veggie-based drinks and sell more than three million bottles per week across Europe.
The company is owned by Coca-Cola and until recently relied on a network of third-party partners and co-packers to fulfil their supply chain needs. In 2021, innocent built their own juice and smoothie factory called ‘the blender’ in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The carbon neutral facility enables the brand to produce and pack the majority of their products in-house and supports their mission to work more efficiently and sustainably. innocent is proud to be a B Corporation, which proves their compliance with many standards and commitment to environmental protection. They donate ten percent of annual profits to charity, including to their innocent Foundation, which helps battle world hunger.
Since 2021, innocent has grown significantly and continues to expand as they increase their production capacities at ‘the blender.’ They are on a journey to stabilize their in-house operations and expand their supply chain teams, enable the blender to run smoothly, and maintain their market position as Europe’s favorite healthy little drinks company.
Vacancy: People & Culture Lead
innocent is in the middle of a vital scale-up phase. They are transforming their production as well as their way of working to become a results-driven and value-led organization. The People and Culture Lead will facilitate this transformation as the leader of the People and Culture team and member of the Supply Chain Leadership Team. They will implement leadership strategies aligned with innocent’s mission and company culture, enhance internal capabilities, optimize organizational design, and drive their team’s high performance.
This role will lead innocent’s People and Culture team of nine indirect reports. It is divided into four key pillars, including People Partnering and People Operations; Talent Partnering; Learning and Development; and Office and Culture. Guiding and motivating the team, they will enhance employee engagement and drive the establishment of streamlining processes across innocent’s supply chain organization of 300 FTEs, located in Rotterdam and London.
The People and Culture Lead will further grow the people agenda across the entire Supply Chain Team. They will build an organization ready for the future and support the delivery of innocent’s ambitious supply strategy for the short and long term. Focused on driving sustainable growth, they will implement plans to improve employee experience, proactively manage talent, define clear roles and responsibilities, and offer interesting career journeys. Utilizing people performance data and insights, they will identify challenges and implement strategies that support the improving talent engagement, retention, development, and attraction.
Reporting to the Director of People Partnering, who is based in the UK, the People and Culture Lead will also join innocent’s global People Partnering Lead Team and act as an important business partner to the Supply Chain Director and the Supply Chain Leadership Team. As a confident and energetic leader, the People and Culture Lead connects, motivates, and inspires. They have a vision for the future of innocent’s people agenda and strategy to effectively manage and create the necessary changes.
“We have taken huge steps to improve our production. Now we need the right people strategy to enable high performance and happy employees. The People and Culture Lead will link our business with our people, their ideas, and the processes they put in place will be the foundation of our future success.” – Naomi Wallace, Director of People Partnering of innocent
innocent employees live by the company’s five main values: commercial; responsible; natural; open-minded; and unified. They share a passion for the company’s mission to keep people healthy and make sure our planet becomes healthier, too. This role is perfect for an entrepreneurial and results-driven individual with a can-do attitude. It is an exciting challenge for someone with a background in people processes and operations looking for a leadership position where they can make a significant impact.
innocent is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, please contact Vivian Linker at firstname.lastname@example.org