Location Asia
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive
Reference 16782

Are you passionate about driving change around climate action, sustainable consumption, gender equality and digital rights? Then this might be the opportunity for you.

Dentsu International is the 4th largest advertising network globally, headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with more than 45,000 dedicated specialists. Dentsu is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services.

At dentsu, the purpose is to help create lasting good and sustainable value for society. Social Impact is the strategy for achieving this. The APAC Head of / Director of Social Impact (Sustainability) is responsible for directing all activity within the region, working closely with the regional leadership team and market CEOs to localise, activate and implement the global strategy. Responsibilities include the creation of new programmes, interventions and goals that will inspire and drive the organisation to deliver social impact at scale. Key areas of focus include Climate Action, Sustainable Consumption, Gender Equality and Digital Rights.

This role will work in collaboration with subject matter experts within the Global Social Impact team as well as functional, commercial and market leadership teams across APAC, providing an injection of fresh thinking informed by deep subject matter expertise. The role holder will be a member of the global Social Impact leadership team.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support the development of the global and regional strategy to build an inspiring, realistic, strong Social Impact value chain plan and narrative for APAC. This includes research and expert discussions to accelerate and amplify the Social Impact priorities for APAC

  • Monitor sustainability trends and competitors' initiatives to support process improvement within dentsu

  • Support the global social impact team with the global reporting cycle and relevant ratings and disclosure. This includes providing support to stakeholders for statutory/regulatory filings and CSR Audits

  • Manage internal systems and procedures relevant to sustainability, community engagement, committee governance and processes, including NGO and Agency onboarding

  • Create and design regional programmes and interventions that align with global strategy and can be tailored to local market requirements

  • Establish partnerships and initiatives to accelerate progress, engage stakeholders and raise awareness of dentsu's role in driving the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Collaborate with global communications and marketing teams to create thought leadership and generate awareness and advocacy of dentsu's strategy internally and externally

  • Engage stakeholders across the markets to secure buy-in for the strategy and mobilise resources

  • Foster and drive team coordination and collaboration and provide leadership to a virtual and multi-cultural team

  • Work with Social Impact global team on the supply side to ensure we are in alignment and creating amplifying workstreams.

  • Bring together APAC wide community of change-makers and catalysts and build the Social Impact culture. Using the purpose as an anchor, inspire a community of people across dentsu - working in and across markets, regions, SLs and Functions, as well as the Social Impact team globally - to integrate assets into commercial propositions and make them real

Essential skills and qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of sustainability and related disciplines as well as relevant frameworks and policies, e.g. the UN Sustainable Development Goals, UN Global Compact etc

  • Creative, strategic, analytical, and innovative with the ability to translate complex thinking into strategy and initiatives

  • A self-starter with experience in diplomatically resolving issues through understanding conflicting inputs, achieving alignment, and proposing go-forward solutions

  • Drive a shift of mindset to influence and mobilise cross-functional and multi-cultural stakeholders, both internally and externally.

  • A leader who promotes collaboration and good teamwork

  • Experience in sustainability roles plus relevant experience in strategy, marketing, corporate affairs or policy

  • Experience in media, marketing or advertising for global brands - in-house or agency - preferred

  • Degree level qualified, and/or a master's degree in sustainability, sustainable design, social sustainability studies, MBA or other related master's degree is preferred

  • Excellent communications skills, fluency in English and both written and verbal and experience in engaging at the C-suite level.

  • Proven track record of creating, designing, executing and driving strategy in multi-cultural environments. Experience of working in Japan desirable

  • Established networks across the industry, NGOs, government, and academia.

  • Good working knowledge of all or 2 of these 3 markets: India, China and Australia

If this exciting opportunity to drive change within the social impact space speaks to you, please apply directly or contact Aysen Naylor for further information.