Historically, an organisation’s sustainability function was a ‘nice to have’ rather than the ‘must have’ that it has become. So, more and more, organisations are requiring corporate affairs and communications professionals who have the ability to make an impact with ambitious organisations at the forefront of sustainable change.

That’s where we come in. Since 2003, we’ve been building a network of those people; placing market leaders in corporate affairs and communications jobs, and supporting boards and executive committees to identify, evaluate and secure the modern blend of skill sets required at the point where an organisation’s performance, purpose and reputation meet.

Our corporate affairs and communications recruitment and executive search offering is unparalleled and includes the following suite of services:

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Corporate Affairs & Communications Executive Search & Recruitment

We are committed to finding great leaders because we know that leadership drives the future of your business. With a deep understanding of your ambitions, we find and develop the talent your business needs to build resilience, adapt and tackle climate change.

We do everything from appointing individuals into corporate affairs and communications jobs, through to building entire corporate affairs and communications teams; from boards and CEOs through to directors, managers and executives.

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Corporate Affairs & Communications Leadership Development

Businesses don’t create change; people do. Our corporate affairs and communications recruitment team will work with your people, the leaders of today and of tomorrow, taking the time to understand the skills your business needs to achieve your ambitions and create impact.

If you’re aspirational and ambitious to change your business and create an inspiring legacy, we can support through our corporate affairs and communications leadership assessments, coaching and training.

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Corporate Affairs & Communications Contract & Interim Recruitment

When it comes to creating and filling corporate affairs and communications jobs in your business, we know that you need the right people, at the right time, making a difference in the right places.

With our global network of corporate affairs and communications professionals, we’re always in touch with the very best candidates in the market. We will quickly find the right people to achieve your business ambitions today.

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Testimonials

  • Fiona Morgan - Sail GP - Testimonial

    Last year I worked with Acre to find a new role and as part of the process, I completed a leadership assessment and coaching program. It was amazing to get this added value as part of the process and shows Acre’s commitment to developing and growing talent. The assessment allowed me and my new employer to really understand my strengths and development areas through insight. It was great to ensure I was aligned to the role and wider organisation, culture and values which is critical in the purpose and sustainability field.

    A few months into my role I had a follow-up coaching session and it was really beneficial to stop, reflect and discuss my personal development. This service was a great addition to the recruitment process and I think very beneficial for all involved.​

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    Fiona Morgan, Director of Purpose

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  • Watch the Full Recording | Acre & John Elkington | Building Back Better: From Sustainability to the ‘Regenerative Economy' Webinar

    In January, we live-streamed a fire-side chat with John Elkington, a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable capitalism, and the bestselling author of books including “Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism.”

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  • VP, Strategy & Development - Generic - Anonymous Feefo Testimonial

    The collaboration with the Acre team was marked by great professionalism, stellar competency and genuine friendliness and advice throughout the entire recruiting assignment. Their support has made the difference in being able to find and hire the most suitable candidate for the role at hand.

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  • Andrea Chase - Arbonne International - Testimonial

    Catherine was an incredible ally throughout the hiring process. Her expertise and professionalism is only exceeded by her incredible commitment to finding the right fit for her clients. If only all recruiters were as great as those at Acre! Thank you for making hiring such a breeze.

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    Andrea Chase, Director - CSR & Sustainability

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  • Chantell Cooper - Arbonne International - Testimonial

    Quality firm with outstanding service and results!

    I really enjoyed working with Catherine. Very knowledgeable and professional!

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    Chantell Cooper, Director - Talent Acquisition

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  • Head of Community & Campaigns - The Co-Operative - Testimonial

    As trawlermen the world over will attest, you're going to get a better catch if someone knows where the fish are to be found. When it comes to recruitment, Acre appear to know not just where the fish are, but the specific type of fish you are searching for in particular. We were delighted with the recruitment process and the high-calibre candidates it produced. Great service as well.

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  • Head of European Sustainability Affairs - Samsung - Testimonial

    Acre is the most specialised sustainability recruiter in the UK. I have always been impressed with the quality of candidates sent to me and I would have no hesitation to recommend Acre to anyone looking to find new people in the sustainability field.

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    Head of European Sustainability Affairs

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  • Resourcing Lead - BP - Anonymous Feefo Testimonial

    Acre has been a great partner in helping us fulfill our resourcing requirements. The service we have received from the team is truly that of a partner who understands our business and we are always guaranteed an exceptional personal service which is a rarity in this day and age.

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Corporate Affairs & Communications Recruitment Overview

More and more, organisations are requiring corporate affairs and communications professionals with the skillset required to drive real, meaningful change.

Economic uncertainty, business model disruption and the speed of connectivity between stakeholders, social and environmental impacts are more frequent and damaging than ever before. This instability has elevated the 'purpose' agenda and prompted an evolution in the leadership skills, competencies and behaviours that are required to filter risk, identify emerging opportunities and build confidence amongst an organisation’s stakeholders.

Finding the right people, and developing their skills, has been our core expertise since 2003; connecting talented corporate affairs and communications candidates who have the ability to make an impact with ambitious organisations.

What skills does a corporate affairs professional need?

Reputation has been reset. Corporate affairs and communications professionals now need to be comfortable with ambiguity. They must remain fluid in re-positioning strategic orientation against the shifting backdrop of a highly connected and politicised environment, whilst creating a competitive advantage out of challenges, moving from a ‘defend and protect’ approach to one of engagement and inclusive leadership.

If you’d like to learn more, here are 5 key traits a corporate affairs director should possess when taking on sustainability/ESG duties.

What areas of corporate affairs and communications does Acre recruit in?

We work across the full breadth and depth of the corporate affairs and communications landscape. For instance, we offer a tailored public affairs recruitment service.

As one of the world’s leading public affairs recruitment consultancies, we have been positioned at the intersection of sustainability/ESG conversations for two decades. We work with corporate affairs and communications leaders who can provide clear, empathetic support to employees and consumers, transforming complex and misguided information into honest, transparent value propositions. Whether your stakeholders are at an early stage of understanding what your organisation’s vision is and what it means to them, or whether they’re ready to embed this throughout your business, our candidates can help.

Our experienced team of public affairs recruitment and executive search specialists have access to the most comprehensive, global network of purpose-driven professionals who can join your business on a permanent, contract or interim basis.

You can browse our latest public affairs jobs here.

What does Acre look for in a corporate affairs and communications professional?

  • Performance - Do they have the relevant leadership competencies to do the job, and work cross-functionally, across multiple disciplines?

  • Purpose - Can they help define an organisation’s role in society and translate external impacts, which are material to their business, into successful strategy?

  • Reputation - Can they articulate a compelling story that engages and empowers a varied group of stakeholders to take a desired action?

Why should you partner with Acre’s corporate affairs and communications recruitment team?

We have an extensive, successful track record of placing influential people in corporate affairs and communications jobs; from boards and CEOs through to managers, directors and executives.

If you’re looking for corporate affairs and communications specialists who can shape change by implementing compelling strategy, policies and campaigns across reputation and issues management, public affairs/government relations and stakeholder engagement, we’re best placed to support you. Whether that’s through permanent a permanent corporate affairs and communications executive search or recruitment assignment, or via our contract and interim recruitment service.

Contact Us:

Get in touch today to discuss our Corporate Affairs Recruitment, Corporate Communications Recruitment and Public Affairs services.

You can email us at mail@acre.com or fill out the form below.