Senior Sustainability Specialist

Haworth Inc. Published: September 19, 2022
1 Haworth Center, Holland, Michigan
Skill Level
Senior Level, Mid Level
Job Type
Corporate Sustainability / Certification / Engineering / Strategy Development
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Company Overview

When you feel connected to your work, you feel more engaged. At Haworth, you can pursue a career that offers you ample opportunity to build your portfolio and expand your skillset in an exciting and inclusive environment. Join a company that values innovation, inspiration, and you!

HAWORTH is a global leader in office furniture and architectural interiors. As a valued member of our team, you can make your mark on the world and reach your full potential within a culture of connectivity.

Why Haworth? Find out here!

Job Overview

We are currently looking for a Senior Sustainability Engineer to join our Sustainability team in Holland, MI.  This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate who is passionate about sustainability and driving business in a more sustainable direction, with both big picture and fine detail initiatives.

As a Senior Sustainability Engineer, you will:

Lead development and execution of sustainable product design programs for new and existing product lines and services.  Direct supply chain material transparency work and green chemistry initiatives.  Support Haworth’s sustainability efforts regarding manufacturing process, materials, and product certification strategies. Champion Haworth’s sustainability vision and long-term objectives. 

Here at Haworth, our members enjoy benefits from their first day of employment including:

  • 3 weeks paid vacation and an option to purchase an additional week
  • Choice of Priority Health or BlueCross BlueShield
  • Newly renovated on-site gym open 24 hours
  • 401k Benefit -  If you contribute 6% of your annual salary, Haworth will contribute up to 7%
  • Annual bonus programs
  • Company provided Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement program
  • 4 hours of paid volunteer time off
  • Zero waste to landfill company which provides personal on-site recycling drop-off


  • Leads product transparency efforts, including collection and analysis of supply chain chemical inventory data and development of product-level chemical material ingredient disclosure statements to support sustainable product design strategies and product certifications
  • Leads Haworth’s green chemistry initiatives and directs and influences sourcing teams towards selection of sustainable materials that meet performance and quality standards to support sustainable product design strategies and product certifications
  • Partners with new product development organization and existing product optimization teams to effectively execute sustainable design strategies. 
  • Leads strategic initiatives related to sustainable product design and performance certifications to meet internal goals and support client strategies.
  • Conducts product Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to support sustainable product design strategies and product certifications.
  • Researches relevant sustainability issues to support development of Haworth position.
  • Supports marketing of Haworth’s sustainability story, including development of product performance tools in an effort to communicate our ongoing commitment to being a Sustainable Corporation.
  • Represents Haworth to customers, Architectural and Design (A&D) community, dealers, suppliers, and NGOs (nonprofit organization) to effectively communicate Haworth positions, goals, and achievements.
  • Maintains high technical aptitude through reviews of published literature and engagement with academic institutions, consultants, and professional peer groups to ensure we are aligned to the latest developments and thinking in the field.
  • Implements continuous improvement methods for most effective documenting and sharing of product environmental attribute information for best-in-class information. 

Do you have these required qualifications?

Required education or experience equivalent:

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical discipline (i.e., Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Environmental Science or Sustainability), Business, or related field.
  • If no degree, 1 year of engineering, product development and/or supply chain experience, including sustainable product design concepts experience for every 1 year of education in lieu of bachelor's degree.

Required experience:

  • 6 years engineering, product development and/or supply chain experience, including sustainable product design concepts.
  • Current and continuing right to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Ability to work onsite at our headquarters in Holland, MI without relocation assistance or travel reimbursement.  

Do you have these preferred qualifications?

  • Passionate about Sustainability
  • Experience with Circular Design and Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of corporate social responsibility.
  • Cross functional project management experience.
  • Experience working with CRM.  
  • Furniture industry experience.

Ideally, you have also demonstrated the following:

  • Good organizational and project management skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to occasionally travel overnight away from corporate offices, including internationally.

Haworth Values

At Haworth, we have a strong set of values that guide our business and help us align with our customers.

We listen to our Customers. We rely on our Members. We honor Integrity. We embrace Continuous Learning. We lead with Design. We create Value. We work to make the World better.

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EEO/AA Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, Haworth will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected genetic information, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, religion, height, weight, other protected group status, or any other basis protected by the laws where we employ people. 

Haworth's AAP programs are available for applicant review.  Requests can be made to your Recruiter to review during regular business hours.

This organization participates in E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

Haworth, Inc. is a Federal Contractor and required to comply with Executive Order 14042. This means that all employees of Haworth must (a) be vaccinated, (b) have a medical exemption, or (c) have a religious, moral or ethical exemption that meets EEOC requirements. As a condition of employment, you must meet one of these three requirements at the time of hire or within 60 days of your initial employment date.

If you have questions about any of the above policies, or if you require an accommodation in the application process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team at or (616)-393-1600.

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