Location Harwich
Job-type Contract
Salary £90,000 - 110,000 + £7,000 car allowance
Reference 20586

Acre is delighted to once again partner with Harwich Haven Authority on recruiting an Interim ESG Director for a 12-month FTC (part-time or full-time). They are responsible for safeguarding the 150 square miles of the Haven and are dedicated to their role in the community and amongst their stakeholders. Harwich has attracted trade from all across the world and currently manages 40% of the country's container traffic through these shores and rivers.

Within this 12-month fixed term maternity cover, you will be a member of the executive team and be responsible for leading the delivery of the recently launched ESG strategy, with a particular focus on the success of the net zero roadmap. You will also be leading a diverse team and being a spokesperson for the whole authority in front of its multitude of stakeholders.


  • Ensuring business delivers on commitments made to stakeholders under the ESG strategy

  • Working with the executive team to ensure environmental aspects are included in future decision making

  • Influencing authority's environmental remit and weaving into business initiatives

  • Providing environment and sustainability expertise to the authority and ensuring policies align with national programmes

  • Seeking opportunities to partner in environmental and community projects where appropriate

  • Ensuring the Haven port's brand is recognised throughout the government, industry and local community

  • Maintain up-to-date stakeholder registers, and all key stakeholders are kept aware of any relevant information

  • Assisting CEO in maximising ESG opportunities that influence the wider ports and maritime industry

  • Ensuring delivery against social performance KPIs and presenting them to the board and the wider community

  • Implement and maintain Environment and Social accreditations and certifications such as ISO 14001


  • Previous experience delivering ESG strategies across all three pillars

  • Large stakeholder engagement experience

  • Experience in planning and delivering major projects

This is an excellent opportunity for a senior ESG specialist who is interested in working with an ambitious firm dedicated to its ESG and Net Zero journey. Interested? Please apply now, and if you would like to hear more about this vacancy, please contact Tiana Thomas at tiana.thomas@acre.com.