Location Amsterdam
Job-type Permanent
Salary €Competitive
Reference 16940

Are you an ESG specialist looking to join a well-established and purpose-leading investment firm? This is a newly created opportunity to contribute to the development and professionalization of the ESG and responsible investing approach for an innovative fund manager with EUR 3 billion of assets under management.

Since 1982, Rivean Capital has been on the frontier of European private equity, delivering creative growth for aspiring business leaders in all major industry sectors in six (6) markets: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.

With a local presence through offices in the Benelux and DACH regions as well as Italy, Rivean leverage a local-for-local approach that combines deep market knowledge, agility, and network of an in-country partner with the sophistication and reach of a global investor.

Rivean has adopted a formal policy in responsible investing since 2008 and is a signatory to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), having fully integrated ESG factors in their investment process and portfolio enhancement program.

Location: Amsterdam /Frankfurt

About the role:

As the ESG Director, you will report to the COO with a dotted line to the ESG committee, where you will have a vital role coordinating and aligning all ESG efforts, internally as well as at portfolio-wide.

In addition to the close collaboration with the ESG committee members, you will work alongside the internal teams (Investor Relations, Portfolio team, Marketing and Communication, HR, Compliance) on internal ESG projects.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining the overall ESG strategy at all stages of the investment process.

  • Identify and implement internal ESG improvement initiatives (e.g., Reducing carbon footprint, improving diversity, etc.)

  • Engaging with investment colleagues to support pre-investment ESG due diligence, typically alongside external ESG consultants

  • Engaging with portfolio company management teams during the ownership period to identify and support the implementation of ESG value creation initiatives and policies

  • Analyzing the ESG data of portfolio companies for performance enhancement and reporting

  • Developing and maintaining portfolio monitoring systems with the assistance of a controller

  • Representing Rivean in ESG matters, including communication to investors and stakeholders regarding ESG and Impact strategy and performance, and annual reporting to investors

  • Developing ESG and Impact training, guidance, best practices, and toolkits to support investment teams with their ESG knowledge and responsibilities

  • Enhancing reporting and monitoring systems

  • Keeping up to date with relevant regulatory and industry developments at fund and portfolio company level

Your experience and competencies:

  • You bring over eight years of experience in sustainability/ESG gained either in consulting or in an in-house ESG position, within a private markets' investor or investment bank

  • Technical experience and/or an appreciation of conducting ESG reviews, due diligence assessments, monitoring, and reporting in alignment with all international standards Rivean's has committed to

  • A commercial approach to sustainability/ESG in a business context

  • In-depth understanding of environmental focused themes, such as climate action and transition to net-zero

  • Fluent proficiency in English, Dutch, and/or German languages.

  • Strong analytical skills, including use of Excel, plus monitoring, reporting, communication, and presentation skills

  • Robust influencing and engagement ability; adept at building relationships and credibility

  • Ability to provide leadership and work competently across a wide range of areas with investment managers, senior management of portfolio companies and with technical staff

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a thriving team with high commitments toward sustainability and in a role that has a wide remit and tremendous potential for creating impact. Please apply directly with your CV or reach out to dulce.flores@acre.com if you have any questions.