Principal/Associate Sustainability Consultant ESG

Central London • Up To £65K + Significant Bens Package • Ref: JSM 12092


Posted 3rd June 2021

My client is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through their work, they make a positive difference in the world.

Their innovative approach to environmental and sustainability consulting enables clients to achieve their sustainable business and corporate responsibility aspirations.  They advise at each stage of a project or business development. My client offers a multidisciplinary service aimed at developing policy, assessing impact, creative design and implementation, gaining regulatory approvals, reporting publicly, managing risk and controlling costs.

My client is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced senior ESG/sustainability consultant, specialising in responsible business, sustainability/ESG strategy and reporting. The role is based in the Environment Team in London.

Your role would be to lead work with clients at a corporate/organisational/portfolio level across a range of sectors, including Property, Infrastructure, Financial and Public sectors.  Typical work will involve:

·         Visioning and future scenario testing
·         Scoping
·         Materiality Assessment
·         Objective, target and KPI setting
·         Sustainability/ESG Strategy development
·         Strategy implementation
·         Monitoring and assessment
·         Reporting and feedback
·         Investor disclosure

In delivering this work, the role requires close working with other teams including digital, behaviour change, communications, foresight, planning, urban design and environmental and social topic specialists.

You will be Project Manager on a number of projects, responsible for understanding a client's needs, bringing together the right skills, and managing all aspects of the project to deliver valuable outcomes for the client.

The role is very client focussed, and you will manage relationships with a number of  different key clients.

You would be involved in aspects including mentoring, resource management, marketing and business planning and be able to lead on bidding processes for new work.

It is essential that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as you will be a key technical ambassador for my client, working closely with our clients as well as the wider industry. You will be a self-motivated, proactive, realistic and collaborative person that strives to deliver solutions of the highest quality and exhibits an excellent attention to detail: your actions should inspire and instil confidence in clients, partners and peers alike.


London - flexible working arrangements available

Essential Skills & Knowledge

You will be a motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious individual with existing environmental/sustainability consultancy experience, able to work on your own initiative.  You will have knowledge, or first-hand experience, in most or all of the following areas:

·         Experience in developing and implementing sustainability strategies/management systems for organisations/sectors
·         Experience developing ESG/sustainability reports in accordance with recognised standards
·         Strong Project Management skills
·         Knowledge of relevant environmental legislation

Knowledge of relevant standards and schemes including:

·         Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
·         GRESB
·         Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
·         CDP
·         EMS ISO 14001

Desirable Skills & Knowledge

·         Experience across a range of sectors in both industry and consulting, particularly the property, infrastructure, retail and finance sectors
·         Background in sustainable finance or economics
·         Sustainable Supply Chain Management
·         Sustainability Training
·         Sustainable Event Management


·         Education to degree level but preferably a Masters degree
·         Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) or equivalent
·         Chartered Environmentalist or working towards Chartered Environmentalist


In addition to technical skills, other competencies will include:

·         Excellent leadership and organisational skills
·         Strong project management skills including demonstrable experience of managing financial and quality performance and risk
·         Strong business development skills, with demonstrable experience of liaising with and managing clients and developing business, for example managing and coordinating proposals
·         Strong desire to encourage junior team members in their professional development.
·         Proficient in excel and numerically

Rewards & Benefits

My client offers a highly competitive salary and one of the best benefits packages in the sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by my client and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

Even if you are cautiously looking, I would recommend a discreet conversation to find out more about the firm and the role.

Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about this position or similar roles and would like a discreet non-committal chat, please contact Jeremy Money (  However, if you have not received a response within with-in one working week, please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time round.  We will confidentially retain your details and inform you of any other suitable opportunities arising should you not be successful in this role.

This is one of a number of exciting positions currently available via JSM Associates.  JSM offers an extensive range of jobs in the areas of Planning, CSR & Sustainability, Environmental Management, Remediation & Contaminated Land, EIA and Ecology, Geotechnics, Environmental Planning, Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Landscape.

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