Job description


Director, Circular Economy (0594)

Group Company:
  • Mitsubishi Chemical America

Mitsubishi Chemical America (MCA), one of 4 regional headquarters established by parent company Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, includes 20 group companies in North and South America. The formation of this regional headquarters on April 1, 2017 has provided the organization and infrastructure needed for us to realize synergies, within regions and globally, among the vast network of Mitsubishi Chemical companies. MCA and the group companies represent decades of knowledge and experience across numerous industrial and technological industries, with over 4,000 employees in 4 different countries.

The origin of Mitsubishi goes back to 1870, when the founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping firm with three aging steamships. Yataro’s brother, son and nephew expanded the business into various fields during their respective terms as president and set the foundation of the Mitsubishi companies. After WWII, the original Mitsubishi organization was disbanded to become independent companies as they are today.

Job Purpose

Development and oversight of MCA companies’ strategy and activities, driving change toward circularity in accordance with business goals. Provide subject matter expertise on Circular Economy (CE) topics in support of all MCA companies. Work collaboratively with MCC/MCHC to ensure group-wide strategic approach is developed, aligned and embedded across MCA.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Acting as the Mitsubishi Chemical America subject matter expert on Circular Economy
  • Ensure value management and support initiatives and activities on topics such as (but not limited to):
    o Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    o Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW)
    o The Global KAITEKI Center (TGKC) at ASU
    o Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)
  • Manage breadth and complexity of all CE-related topics, driving activity and initiatives in the Americas to
    deliver value to the business
  • Provide technical analysis on chemicals, plastics and waste management issues
  • Audit MCA facilities to identify opportunities and support a wide range of business activities through the
    development and delivery of CE projects and initiatives. (Operations focus)
  • Identify improvement opportunities in products and services using the 3R principles in order to generate
    new value and revenue streams (Revenue focus)
  • Work closely with the global teams including R&D, MCE CE, MCC CE, Operations / Supply Chain,
    Ventures, and others in Mitsubishi Chemical and collaborate with a wide range of internal stakeholders to
    achieve sustainable improvements
  • Develop reporting and metrics to effectively communicate and promote improvement potential
  • Work closely with the communications team to share knowledge and educate / embed the mindset
  • Develop an external engagement strategy, including consideration of participation in CE external
    initiatives and external partnerships in order to promote MCC’s activity
Knowledge / Skills / Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree + 10-15 years industry experience
  • In depth understanding of the chemical industry and circular economy
  • Practical experience of delivering circular economy or sustainability programmes or initiatives, and turning
    theory into action
  • Experience working with governments to understand policies, develop strategies and translate into action
  • Deep understanding of corporate sustainability goals with a proven ability to efficiently and effectively
    contribute toward success of those goals is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to form relationships and influence actions and decisions across
    divisions is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively present information and
    influence leadership, customers, and the general public is required.
  • Commitment to the KAITEKI philosophy and ability to motivate others to take action
EEO Statement

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation values diversity in the workplace, is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally recognized protected basis under applicable law.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or other applicable laws. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition.

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