At Sainsbury’s we have a long history of building strong partnerships and delivering great impact in our communities, locally and internationally. Our business relies on strong, resilient communities, and we’re committed to support social cohesion, economic prosperity and inclusive growth. We have presence in thousands of communities across the country and aim to help positively impact those in need through fundraising, volunteering, donations and by raising awareness.
Our colleagues are key to supporting the communities we serve. Through our fundraising and volunteering programmes, our colleagues have the opportunity to fundraise and volunteer their time to local good causes.
We play an active role in the communities we serve and have a long history of supporting our communities. In 1998, we launched our Food Donation Programme, where stores partner with local organisations operating both Front of Store (customers donations into donation points in stores) and Back of Store (donating surplus stock to local organisations) programmes. We want to improve the volume of surplus food we redistribute and this year are trialling tech solutions to support us redistribute our surplus food.
Over the last year, our key priority for us has been to support our communities and the most vulnerable in society during the pandemic. To support the huge amount of pressure on foodbanks, charities and community groups at the start of the pandemic, we made a £3 million commitment to FareShare. During this time, Sainsbury’s funded and supported distribution of over 24 million meals, via 3,945 unique charities.
We supported Comic Relief and Children in Need by matching our customers’ donations £ for £ in the The Big Night In Appeal, with the total donation exceeding £4 million, split between the two charities, to support those severely affected by the pandemic. We also donated over 2,000 laptops for kids as part of the Computers for Kids initiative and donated 470,000 items of clothing with a retail value of around £5.2 million across a number of charities including Comic Relief and Newlife.
As our Community Executive you’ll:
Support in the development and delivery of our Community and Partnerships strategy in support of our Plan for Better priority, including identifying and resolving broader issues/risks within the community programmes and spotting cost saving opportunities and/or financial risks to the business
Project manage and deliver community and partnerships programmes ensuring clear objectives, outputs and impacts aligned with our broader strategy
Manage day-to-day relationship with relevant key community external partners
Monitor, measure and report on the effectiveness of programmes, and demonstrate their social and commercial benefits to the business
Work cross functionally across the Sainsbury’s Group, engaging and building rapport with internal stakeholders in order to execute community and partnerships programmes
Lead and support on whole estate campaigns, managing both internal and external stakeholders, producing engagement plans, internal communications and managing the logistics associated to campaigns. Working with internal colleagues to align campaigns to our vision, customer experience expectations and retail work load calendars
Lead on trials to better understand how we can improve our work in the community, engaging relevant stakeholders, horizon scanning for potential charity partnerships and producing end of trial analysis
Contribute to ensuring the team gets credit for its community and partnership work with its breadth of stakeholders (colleagues, customers, stakeholders), for example capturing and generating case studies, liaising with internal comms, external comms and the LinkedIn team with the aim to showcase Sainsbury’s community work both internally and externally
Responsible for the community financial processes including ARIR, cheques, community budget trackers and Local Heroes applications
Respond to store, charity and colleague queries in a timely fashion and building brilliant stakeholder networks to help us make things happen at pace
Our Community & Partnerships Team would love to see from you the ability to:
Think strategically and with the ability to foresee challenges and opportunities and devise appropriate solutions
Good understanding of the charity and retail landscape
Good project management and organisational skills with the ability to successfully multi task
Good understanding of the objectives of the community strategy, CR&S strategy and charity partnership goals whilst understanding wider business objectives
Self-motivated and good problem solver that thrives under pressure within a fast paced environment
Strong commercial skills, with an ability to extract and analyse data
Strong written, oral and interpersonal skills
Ability to see the bigger picture while also delivering the detail
Build brilliant and productive relationships within a complex stakeholder network
Possess analytical skills to interpret data and transform it into compelling Community stories for colleagues and customers
Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.