Head of ESG

To deliver our vision, over the last 10 years, we have delivered projects that have shaped UK and international government policy to align with achieving Net Zero carbon emissions, reduced operational costs across the public and private sector through decarbonisation and delivered strategies for large scale carbon reduction in multiple industrial sectors. Our reputation for innovation, passion and integrity in the work we deliver means we are recognised as an organisation that provides high quality advice to our clients. Our unrivalled technical excellence provides clients with greater confidence in decision making and business planning and contributes to global sustainability goals.

We know we can bring about positive sustainable change and are looking for someone equally driven to deliver our vision.

Purpose:

This is a new and exciting role within Ricardo!

Building on the wider sustainability (carbon management and net zero etc.) support we provide to our clients we are experiencing an increasing demand for ESG strategy and reporting services. We are seeking to recruit an experienced consultant to lead and deliver our ESG propositions. The Head of ESG will be responsible for overseeing all technical delivery, proposition development, communications and business development in relation to ESG products and services.

Sitting in our established Sustainability business area, part of a 250 person strong ‘Sustainable Infrastructure & Operations’ business unit and the 650 person Ricardo Energy & Environment division, you will be an expert in identifying and engaging with sustainability professionals across the private sector, working with them to deliver a range of ESG services that we offer.

Your ability to identify and develop opportunities which will raise the profile of the team and the services we provide is important as is the ability to hold strategic conversations at a senior level; assess needs and develop technical propositions and take the clients on their sustainability journey. As a result, you will most likely be working in a consultancy environment, possibly with some in house experience, and you'll be well networked in the sustainability arena.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to shape and drive our business forward, building on an already highly successful delivery team. We are looking for a professional and consultative individual with the ambition to grow a team with the opportunity for excellent career growth.

Key accountabilities:

Within a collaborative and supportive team of consultants, you will be responsible for winning and delivering projects with existing and new clients in the private sector on ESG strategy and reporting and on wider energy and carbon management initiatives. Client liaison, project management and technical delivery will be required from initial client engagement through to provision of final reports. To assist our team, the successful candidate will:

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* Work with clients and prospective clients to identify market leading ESG propositions.
* Be the client lead for key projects, demonstrating experience of working face-to-face with clients and delivering excellence.
* Input technical expertise to lead ESG client services.
* Lead, manage and grow a team of sustainability professionals to deliver our value propositions.
* Position Ricardo as a leading organisation for ESG capabilities and services.
* Ensure appropriate profile raising and marketing of Ricardo’s services and capabilities.

Key competencies and experience, you will:

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* Proven experience in a similar ESG role with delivery and business development responsibilities with excellent communication skills.
* Have a higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in an environmental or engineering discipline, or otherwise to have a good track record working in an environmental role, so that you can demonstrate your knowledge.
* Ideally have experience of working in the consultancy sector, to demonstrate that you have the necessary commercial awareness, but we are also interested to talk to candidates currently performing environmental roles directly within industry especially where they have a strong commercial awareness.
* Able to help clients develop and execute strategies to enhance their reporting against sustainability-related reporting and disclosure frameworks / voluntary standards and ratings and rankings in particular: GRI, SASB, TCFD, FTSE4Good and CDP.
* Demonstrate technical expertise across the following areas:

* sustainability strategy development and processes.
* Materiality assessment and gap analysis

* Be able to advise clients on the current and upcoming trends and developments shaping the ESG / non-financial disclosure landscape – and the organisations driving this agenda (across NGOs, IGOs, ESG ratings and rankings agencies etc.)
* Have a deep understanding of the links between climate change, business risk and value creation.
* Have experience of risk analysis and an understanding of TCFD guidance and/or corporate risk reporting and scenario planning experience would be advantageous.
* Have experience of identifying and developing business opportunities is desirable.
* Need to hold a Full UK Driving licence for this position.

Skills and behaviours, you will demonstrate the following skills and behaviours:

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* Analytical skills with ability to identify, develop and implement solutions.
* Excellent writing skills to communicate clearly and without errors – accuracy and attention to detail are vital.
* Strong client and stakeholder communication skills e.g. influencing, negotiation, presentation and relationship management skills.
* Project management skills that demonstrate ability to manage and account for time spent, and to deliver work on time and budget.
* Team working and leadership and ability to coordinate and prioritise activities to ensure delivery of agreed targets.
* Assisting with the development of sustainability thought leadership, our external profile and also with clients.
* High levels of drive and commitment; a self-starter, problem solver with the ability to turn ideas into reality.
* Assisting with mentoring others to support the growth of the Sustainability business area.
* High level of computer literacy, including familiarity with the full Microsoft Office software suite and potentially industry analysis tools.
* A flexible approach – able to see where help is needed and support colleagues as necessary.
* Be comfortable juggling a variety of tasks in a sometimes fast-paced operational environment.

In our Sustainability team we really enjoy the great work we do, so we will be looking for someone with a similar attitude – enthusiastic, committed, responsible, open and reliable.

Working here:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking. Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.

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Closing Date:
15/12/2021

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