Sustainability Works - Annelies Pijnenburg - Amsterdam
Sustainability Works

Manager Assurance Innovation

Manager Assurance Innovation
Rainforest Alliance
Please respond before 10.11.2019


We are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.

The Rainforest Alliance works at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests. By bringing diverse allies together we are making deep-rooted change on some of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.

Our alliance needs you, whoever you are and wherever you stand. By joining forces with producers, businesses and consumers, we can transform our relationship with the land and forests we rely on. We can make that relationship work better for all.

Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.


The Manager Assurance Innovation develops innovations in RA’s certification processes. These can be related to the Certification Bodies’ (CB’s), auditing practices or to other types of assurance interventions to increase the efficiency and value of the audits for both producers and supply chain actors. The aim is to renew our certification approach in alignment with Rainforest Alliance’s (RA) vision and strategy, thus maximizing impact and credibility.


Efficiency and effectiveness of the audit process is your global Standards and Assurance departments’ core responsibility. You will focus on improved CB’s performance and management, analysing all different elements of the current assurance model and identifying room for content or process innovations.

Embedded in our strategic pillar ‘Reimagine Certification” and in close collaboration with other departments, you will develop concepts and translate them into practical solutions that you also test and adjust.

With an interdisciplinary approach you will work on, amongst others:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the new assurance model
  • Optimal CB’s adjustment to the new standard requirements and processes
  • Improved verification based on more detailed risk maps for mandatory improvement topics: child labour, forced labour, income and deforestation
  • Improved quality of e-audits
  • Automated generation of constructive feedback to producers
  • Development of tooling for CB’s and providing functional input to IT developers

The Manager Assurance Innovation will be Amsterdam based and reports to the Senior Manager Global Assurance.


  • BA or BS Degree in Natural Resource and/or quality management related field (i.e. Forestry, Wildlife, Biology, environmental management or related);
  • Extensive expertise on CBs’ auditing processes and procedures as well as completed training on major ISO standards (ISO 17065/21);
  • Min 7 years of practical experience around auditing producers of at least one of the major crops like coffee/cocoa/tea/bananas;
  • Proven strategy, project coordination, analytical, conceptual and delivery skills;
  • Flexible team player with strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Familiar with digital innovation and solutions development;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English, and preferably also in Spanish, Portuguese or French.


Commensurate with experience.

Please note that only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands will be considered.


Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) no later than November 10, 2019  to, mentioning Manager Assurance Innovation in the subject line. Please feel free to contact Annelies Pijnenburg, +316 46680191 or