Social Impact Lead i Göteborg

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It’s all about people
We have always prioritised people in everything we do. Curiosity about others' needs is key to creating safe, personalised, and sustainable mobility solutions. For decades, Volvo Cars has been a pioneer in automotive safety – helping save a million lives. We want to protect and enhance the lives of a million more, particularly those most in need. If you believe in the power of people and collaboration to have a positive impact and drive change, you'll thrive here. Surrounded by brilliant, curious colleagues all committed to making a difference. We are people who care about other people.


The Stakeholder Engagement Team - let’s introduce ourselves.
You will be part of a newly established team which aims to accelerate Volvo Cars’ purpose and strategic objectives through partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, global organisations (e.g., the World Economic Forum), academic and multi-lateral institutions, as well as other purpose-driven brands. 


Our purpose is ‘For Life. To give people the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable, and safe way,’ building on our proud history and leadership in safety to ensure that we become pioneers for both people and the planet. 

The team is responsible for developing and managing targeted, impactful engagement and collaboration which help ensure that we remain a leader in sustainable, tech-driven mobility; enhance our reputation as a purpose-led brand (including through advocacy); and, importantly, improve lives both within and beyond our value chain. 


Social Impact Lead - this is what you’ll do.
You will be responsible for the successful global delivery and management of our new SDG-aligned Social Impact Framework and Fund. This aims to build on and give greater focus to existing activity within our markets, and central initiatives (e.g., our support for those who fled the war in Ukraine). The overarching objective is to ensure that our intervention, alongside selected partners, positively impacts as many lives as possible. There is a specific focus on ensuring we protect the most vulnerable in society, including children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  It is important that activity involves our employees and retailers.   


To deliver, you will need to work collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders. This will be done through building productive relationships with NGO partners and multi-lateral organizations, as well as colleagues in Global Sustainability, People Experience, the wider Communications team and the regions. You will use your own knowledge as well as these networks to enable us to make a measurable difference in addressing major social challenges, which could include violation of children’s rights, inequality of opportunity and road safety.  


You will be responsible for:

•    Establishing strong governance structures, including to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the Fund and assess new project proposals and potential partners
•    Overseeing the Fund, including ensuring that reporting and financial processes are observed, as well as developing an effective, credible methodology and process to measure and evaluate impact
•    Managing selected global partners, working with them to ensure that our financial and in-kind support has maximum impact
•    Liaising with leads in the regions in which we operate to ensure that their activity is aligned with the focus areas of the Framework and delivers measurable impact – as well as offer support and advice
•    Ensuring our social impact framework and activity is well-communicated internally and externally
•    Supporting the wider stakeholder engagement efforts of the team, including preparation for major events e.g., COPs, UN General Assembly, WEF Annual Meeting 


If successful, you will have been instrumental in
•    Ensuring the establishment of a well-functioning global social impact programme, which measurably improves lives and actively engages our people  
•    Building Volvo Cars’ reputation as a recognized leader in social responsibility
•    Securing strong relations and partnerships with NGOs which will assist in the development of focus of our social programme, as well as internal understanding of social issues
•    Changing lives for the better! 


What you’ll bring
We are looking for a passionate, results-focused sustainability/social impact professional, with a proven track-record of developing, managing, and delivering successful social impact/CSR programmes and philanthropic funds, including for non-profits, companies or multi-lateral institutions & agencies. Given your experience and strong understanding of social development issues and challenges, you will be able to provide clear guidance centrally and to the regions on best practise to maximise impact, as well as advise on appropriate social advocacy opportunities.


You will identify new potential projects and partners based on industry best practices, as well as propose and deliver improvements to the management, governance and focus of the Fund to ensure its ongoing development. Moreover, you will be able to continually monitor and improve the evaluation of our social impact work, helping develop solid internal competence in this area. Through your enthusiasm and expertise, you will inspire colleagues across the company to identify opportunities where they and their teams can make a difference within the communities in which they operate.  

But most of all, you will share our values and have a strong desire to help give others a brighter future.  


Required Skills
•    5-10 years of experience from working in sustainability/social impact, ideally in a global context
•    Experience of overseeing a large project fund for a non-profit, company or multi-lateral organization or agency – with clear evidence of measurable impact
•    University degree in social sciences, ideally with an advanced qualification in a relevant subject (e.g., Global Social Development)
•    Understanding of how to work with and influence geographically dispersed teams as well as an exceptional ability to connect and effectively collaborate with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders  
•    An excellent understanding of current and emerging global social development issues and challenges and a deep passion and ability to address them through collaborative business action
•    Strong communication skills and fluent English (verbal & written) and confidence to interact with and advise people at all levels – including senior internal stakeholders 

Let’s get to know each other! 
Are you curious yet? If you want more information about the role and its responsibilities or simply learn a bit more about the team, please reach out to Senior Recruiter Malin Hansson at 


Please apply for this no later than the 8th of October 2023, enclose your CV and cover letter written in English. Note that due to GDPR we cannot accept applications through e-mail. 


This position is based at Volvo Cars’ international HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden and you will report to the Head of Stakeholder Engagement. 


We welcome your application!


Volvo Cars - Driving change together
We share a rich and purposeful heritage and even bolder future ambitions to match. Since 1927, we have created world-changing innovations: The modern seatbelt, the side impact protection system, the pedestrian detection system, to name just a few. 

Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected premium car brands, preparing for a new future that will be all-electric and connected. Our proud history of innovation is the result of a collaborative, diverse and inclusive Volvo Cars community, grounded in a shared passion for protecting people and our planet. 

For the right person, an inspiring, and creative workplace awaits. Did you know that every Volvo Cars employee worldwide has the right to our Family Bond, our all-gender, paid parental leave policy? You’ll also enjoy a culture and benefits package that’s made us one of the world’s most awarded and progressive employers.

Join us on the journey of a lifetime as we create the driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.


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