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The Estee Lauder Companies Executive Director, Environmental Sustainability & Green Chemistry in Melville, New York

Executive Director, Environmental Sustainability & Green Chemistry

Brand: Estée Lauder Companies


Environmental Sustainability, Green Chemistry, and Transparency have been embraced as key strategic pivots for ELC requiring establishment of an R&D enterprise-wide organization to lead the transformation. We are seeking a mission-critical leader to coordinate and drive various pillars and foundational initiatives within the R&D Innovation Enterprise (e.g., Enterprise Integration, Green Design Tools, Internal Engagement/Training, and External Engagement. This position within R&D will report to the VP of Global Product safety.

  • Lead the Sustainability/Green Chemistry team and will be the reporting manager for the newly promoted Associate manager and newly filled position of Sustainability Analytics & Green Chemistry.

  • Assume responsibility to ensure the integrity of the master data used to calculate the Green Chemistry score tool.

  • Manage the relationship with Yale University / Sustainability A to Z; this is a critical external relationship at the core of credentialing ELC’s Green Chemistry program and the Green Score Tool.

  • Lead the management of other key Sustainability consulting interfaces.

  • Be a key partner and the primary point person with the VP of Global Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability (GCCS), representing R&D’s Green Chemistry program to GCCS.

  • Develop plans, priorities and systems to efficiently and effectively coordinate resources in functional areas within R&D and inform and influence innovation design standards and initiatives.

  • Communicate to management the KPIs for all Green Chemistry pillars to ensure that all initiatives are on a glidepath to meet company goals.

  • Collaborate with the Sr VP of the Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) to create and lead a PMO office that would coordinate all projects and initiatives, globally.

  • Collaborate with the PSRA VPs to ensure that the budget is on track and are adhering to all Finance requirements

  • Coordinate with Finance and various Departments/regions to ensure timely flow of information and proper budget analysis.

  • In conjunction with GCCS and appropriated R&D leaders, plan and implement process improvement activities to improve ELC’s GC score tracking to ensure that the brands are meeting their GC goals.

  • Establish SOP to ensure the appropriate deployment of GC analytic systems

  • Manage staff: conduct performance reviews, career development, salary reviews and personal development plans for employees; review needs and provide training opportunities for staff to develop personal job-related skills and to improve operational flexibility to meet strategic needs.

  • Participate in strategic planning, budgeting and operations' planning within area of responsibility.

  • Maintain ongoing analysis of key issues, goals and metrics to provide regular updates to manager and business areas as needed.

  • Maintain effective interdepartmental communication and timely follow-up to assure that all GC R&D and corporate objectives are met.

  • Apply project management concepts to ensure all GC pillars are progressing and meeting their KPIs

  • Act as the R&D GC representative on the GCCS team and report on progress pertaining to all R&D GC Pillars. Provide logistical support as needed for launching new products based on GC principles.

  • Partner with Regulatory VP responsible for global ingredients to maintain “Free – From” list and support Sr. VP to maintain visibility of all ingredients.


-25% Travel Time

  • 10 years of experience in Sustainability and systems optimization in a fine chemical, health science, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology manufacturing environment, including a minimum of five years’ experience in managing a diverse staff.

  • M.S. in a Public Health discipline or M.S./Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

  • Working knowledge and experience with fine chemical compounding

  • Minimum five – ten years project management experience in a technical area within a cross-functional team environment.

  • Strong safety mindset.

  • Outstanding critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.

  • Successful in implementing ideas and influencing people in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated record of improving processes in a multiproduct R&D environment.

  • Experience in planning for resource to support global R&D operation.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills and a demonstrated ability and desire to share experience and knowledge with staff.

  • Excellent business management understanding.

  • Experience in a regulated industry.

  • Knowledge of green chemistry processes.

  • Experience using SAP in a manufacturing environment.

  • Strong history of effective process development.

Job: Research & Development

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-Melville

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 196340

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is Company's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. The Company will endeavor to provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with the law to otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability and to employees and prospective employees with needs related to their religious observance or practices. Should you wish to apply for this position or any other position with the Company and you believe you require assistance to complete an application or participate in an interview, please contact