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Requisition ID:  30457

Vice President of Sustainability

We are always in search of Difference Makers to help us generate solutions and solve problems so that we can continue flooring the imagination of our customers; while providing value to their lives. We're redefining flooring with products that not only minimize climate impact but also foster beauty and allow people to connect and thrive.

If you would like to make a direct impact with a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 global leader in flooring fashions, while making the world a better place, then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Mohawk Industries is the world’s largest flooring company – and we are growing. We are a Fortune 500 company (NYSE: MHK) and our competitive advantages are huge.



Primary Objective:  In broad terms, briefly state the major purpose of primary objective of this position.

This position will serve as an internal consultant/subject matter expert (SME) and leader for the sustainability program for our Commercial division, and will act as a diplomat amongst key external stakeholders. This role will bring a keen sense of strategic sustainability objectives trending in the marketplace, and the ability to navigate widely different audiences internally and external to Mohawk. This position will champion Mohawk as a leader with regard to sustainability initiatives, Mohawk culture and business objectives (including latest compliance needs, reporting and measurement tools) Over time, this role will create and implement a holistic sustainability framework which will embed sustainability further into Mohawk culture and every corporate functional area.  This position will increase sustainability capability across the entire organization and view sustainability through the threefold lens of revenue generation, brand awareness, and cost savings.

Major Function and Scope: Using brief narrative statements, describe each major function of responsibility explaining the scope of the function as appropriate.


  • Evaluate current sustainability priorities, then develop and implement a practical 3-5 year strategy, business plan and programs to support Mohawk’s overall business objectives.
  • Engage in stakeholder engagement by initiating and building relationships with key suppliers, thought leaders and critical non-governmental (NGO) organizations within the sustainability community (e.g. USGBC, GRI, WWF).
  • Develop or amend strategies based on market trends and research/insights. Set direction and help to set priorities based on market mores, reporting needs, coming compliance initiatives and general risk management (related to GRI, EPDs, LEED, PHAROS, etc.).
  • Design training and education, especially for sales team, with the goal of making sure the entire organization can communicate it accurately.
  • Direct the design, prioritization, and implementation of sustainability initiatives towards increased ROI, enhanced customer reputation, and other applicable business priorities as uncovered.
  • Initiate and build strategies and programs for Commercial sustainability operations that contribute to goals of the company—financial and otherwise.
  • Act as key customer advocate and primary consultant to Sales and Marketing organizations in development of customer-facing sustainability platforms, training/education programs, communications and collateral.
  • Partner with sales on key account management, help to determine key value proposition and strategic segments focus (e.g. within healthcare, hospitality, global).
  • Serve as content manager in the design, prioritization, and implementation of sustainability-related training across Commercial organization.
  • Develop a cross-functional Mohawk Sustainability Council, whose members will act as advocates in their various functions throughout the organization.
  • Consistently identify issues that have greatest impact on performance, and resolve or make recommendation for resolution.
  • Partner with marketing to create clear sustainability brand positioning within Mohawk’s competitive landscape.
  • Brief and partner with product development/R+D on an ongoing basis in order to support product direction regarding LCA as appropriate, ensure critical compliance—ultimately, to further end-to end sustainability-optimization across the supply chain (to include installation providers).
  • Ensure sustainability is on track and managing to goals. Collaborative accountability to set and achieve strategic organizational goals.
  • Act as external voice of customer and market trends related to sustainability
  • Develop and manage training content for key select account presentations (sales-content management, ex. Mohawk University)
  • Act as a standard-bearer for Mohawk ensuring sustainability representation in all segments:  industry, government, non-government and media
  • Represent both the competitive point of view for sustainability—product as well as business perspective


Type of Experience and Knowledge:

Knowledge, Experience, Competencies and Supervision: Describe the education, knowledge required, years of experience, specific skills and abilities required to do the job on a fully competent basis.

  • 8-10+ years, with 2+ years in explicit sustainability role(s); progressive experience with recent demonstrated proficiency in sustainability leadership/program management in a global environment.  Preferred experience in the following sectors:  Architecture and Design, Building Products/LEED, Hospitality, Healthcare, Furnishings
  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Finance, Environmental Engineering or Science, MBA preferred

Competencies:  Describe the specific skills required for this position in terms of technical, managerial, interpersonal skills and unique abilities.

  • Demonstrated effective and/or persuasive verbal and written communication skills for the purpose of providing information to clients, vendors, senior management and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainability principles, implementation and strategic planning process.
  • Demonstrated project management experience in organizing, planning, and executing large-scale projects from conception through implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing program budgets and in effectively allocating budget resources to maximize impact.


Associates Supervised: Indicate the numbers of associates that report to this position (only complete for exempt supervisory/managerial positions).

2 Exempt direct reports; 3 indirect reports

Other Pertinent Job Information: (Such as: American with Disabilities Act- ADA requirements for certain hourly positions).

Normal Office Environment, some travel required.



Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Home, Pergo, and Quick-Step. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.


Mohawk Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer including disability/veteran committed to an inclusive workplace and a proud Drugs Don’t Work participant.