Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive
Reference BBBH12320_1612885174

Delivering over 400 million parcels each year, Hermes Parcelnet is the largest parcel delivery business in the UK offering 7-day delivery to consumers and retailers alike. In October 2018, Hermes became the first parcel carrier to incorporate Compressed Natural Gas lorries into their fleet following a trial with the John Lewis Partnership. These vehicles use 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane produced from food waste, and the emissions are 80% less than a comparable diesel engine. They also serve central London with a fleet of 33 electric vehicles.

As part of their company-wide transformation programme, Hermes is partnering with Acre in their search for a Head of ESG to lead the development and delivery of Hermes' environment and sustainability strategy and the consolidation of the overall ESG message in line with business objectives.

In this role you will:

  • Take ultimate responsibility for this key business lever, driving company-wide change by working collaboratively with Ops, Facilities, Public Affairs, Procurement and Marketing among other key internal stakeholders

  • Lead and define the Hermes ESG Strategy, spearheading the roadmap to Net-Zero plus other CSR and ESG work steams, delivering against key external reporting indexes

  • Drive the broader sustainability agenda at both micro and macro level; key themes include fuels, vehicle strategy, energy management, responsible sourcing of materials, waste and the sustainable supply chain

  • Promote best practice to all relevant stakeholders (both internal and external) through a programme of cultural and behavioural change, influencing procurement decisions on both fleet and facilities

  • Build and establish Hermes' presence within government and industry networks, representing the organisation in sustainability matters at external forums and events

You will report into the Chief Transformation Officer and work closely with the external-facing business units to establish Hermes as a thought leader in the sector and you will have an opportunity to create innovative business propositions that act as the building blocks for a future-fit business model.


You will have:

  • A demonstrable track record in ESG and sustainability within a corporate setting. Experience in transport and/or logistics is highly desirable

  • Excellent written and verbal communications paired with strong stakeholder engagement skills

  • An ability to embed ESG into Business As Usual, enhancing brand equity and ensuring that Hermes becomes synonymous with sustainability best practice

  • Capable of driving change through others, both internally and externally

  • A strong personal brand within the industry would be advantageous

The logistics sector has never been more valuable to the global economy and is uniquely positioned to positively impact the international climate agenda. Hermes has recently received significant investment by Advent International, a leading Private Equity fund, and is carving out a unique ESG and sustainability legacy within arguably one of the world's fastest evolving sectors. By joining Hermes as the Head of ESG, you will have a unique opportunity to shape a central pillar in a game-changing business transformation programme.

Please apply below if this sounds like it is the right opportunity for you. If you have any questions, please contact Tanith Allen at Tanith.Allen@acre.com.