Job description: Sustainability Specialist


Sustainability Knowledge Group is a global advisory firm dedicated in creating value, through strategic CSR and Sustainability solutions. We provide tailor made training, coaching and advisory solutions grounded in international theory and successful application. Sustainability Knowledge Group emphasizes in implementing methodologies that bring tangible results, measurable impact and create better businesses. We are proud to support leading global companies, including HeidelbergCement, Raiffeisen Bank, Kaufland, GEK TERNA, Thrace Plastics in Europe, DEWA, ABB, DPWorld, Savola, AlSayer Group, NBK, ENBD among others, in the Middle East.

VISION: Our Vision is to make Sustainable Business a Choice for companies and organizations around the world.
MISSION: Our mission is to offer services of the highest quality and value based on international best practice, while respecting, abiding to and promoting the 3ple bottom line approach of People-Planet-Profit.
VALUES: Accountability • Empathy • Integrity • Reliability • Professionalism

Geographical Coverage: Europe-Middle East

General Job description: Sustainability Specialist

Joining Sustainability Knowledge Group as a Sustainability Specialist is a great opportunity for a competent professional who wants to be associated with a respected international brand. The Sustainability Specialist will benefit from visibility, a wealth of opportunities for development and continuous learning. He or she will be involved in diverse, high profile and impactful projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting clients to advance in sustainability through the implementation of value adding solutions, including sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, assessment and strategy. This role will involve working closely with a wide range of both internal and external stakeholders and requires the ability to work at both a technical and big-picture strategic level. The ideal candidate has high work ethics, a can-do attitude, enjoys fast pace environments and places the client at the heart of our business.

Role and Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Sustainability Specialist will be responsible for project management of new and existing projects. Will be part of, or lead a team that implements sustainability advisory & training projects and will support Sustainability Knowledge Group to deliver impeccable quality that adds value to the client, based on agreed spec and guidelines (time, process, deliverable).

Client Management

  • Provide exceptional support that builds trust, confidence in our expertise, and reputation
  • Manage and deliver advisory projects including sustainability assessment and strategy, reporting, SROI, stakeholder engagement, programs, green building, assurance, training
  • Identify, recommend and lead improvement initiatives for clients based on gaps, opportunities, client requirements, global trends and sector benchmarking
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for business development, contribute in new product/service development and advancement of existing client tools and solutions

Advisory Services

  • Develop and implement Sustainability business strategy plans for individual clients within a wide range of industries
  • Design strategies and deliver programs to increase internal and external stakeholder engagement, awareness and commitment to sustainability
  • Project manage and deliver annual sustainability reporting projects for clients in compliance with international standards, guidelines and frameworks (including GRI, UNGC, ISO26000, SASB, SDGs)
  • Oversee sustainability report development, ensuring alignment with company guidelines, trends, stakeholder input & concerns and corporate strategy & directions
  • Support clients to identify and articulate case studies, collect accurate data and ensure quality and timeliness of client input
  • Write accurate and compelling content for sustainability reporting projects

Communications

  • Serve as the central point of contact between Sustainability Knowledge Group and clients
  • Prepare briefing material, presentations and reports for clients
  • Identify and support opportunities to communicate client case studies externally via various channels and materials
  • Write and present business content in engaging format

Field Research

  • Stay up-to-date of emerging trends and best practices
  • Track and analyse trends in Sustainability and in clients’ industries
  • Perform benchmarking activities for internal and external stakeholders

Additional Activities

  1. Update internal documents, databases, factsheets, guidelines, FAQs
  2. Research on various Sustainability topics
  3. Preparation of presentations for webinars, meetings and reports and assist in writing submission documents for technical proposals.
  4. Monitor research and developments in the field

Personal Attributes

  • Interest in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility issues
  • Ability to prioritize within a multi-tasking environment, flexibility and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively on own initiative and with a can-do attitude
  • Proactive attitude, strong organizational, project and stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to think ahead, anticipate client needs and prioritise accordingly
  • Unquestionable integrity, discretion, ethical and professional approach to business, commitment to clients and personal credibility

Personal Skills

  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal): Ability to communicate complex sustainability topics in simple terms, with emphasis on impact. Ability to develop written business content
  • Ability to think strategically, understand the big picture and adjust available solution to diverse clientele
  • Creativity and resourcefulness: Ability to develop and execute project plans and engagement campaigns in innovative ways, problem solver
  • Good analytical skills – Critically analyse data to improve quality of deliverables and proposed solutions to clients. Accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills

Field Related Experience and Industry Knowledge

  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated experience in a sustainability related role in Greece or abroad
  • Excellent understanding of Sustainability and CSR strategic approaches and advisory tools
  • Practical experience in Sustainability reporting (GRI, UNGC as a minimum)
  • Knowledge of current international sustainability tools and trends, (eg SDGs related) and their application in business
  • Understanding of key sustainability issues and how they can be integrated into business to create measurable value
  • Knowledge of sustainability requirements of local legislation, standards and international best practice
  • Customer facing experience

Working Language: Greek and English

Please send your CV in English to:
Email: [email protected]
Deadline: January 10th, 2018
Please note only successful candidates will be contacted