Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive
Reference 16241

Our Client is a global FTSE 30 and a leader within their sector. They are the parent company to over 20 famous brands with more than 18 million customers, with revenues exceeding £6 billion.

They are now looking to grow their team, with the first appointment being the Group Head of Sustainability, who will help lead in defining and delivering their sustainability strategy across their global divisions.

This is an exciting opportunity to effect tangible positive environmental and social change through direct action and compelling storytelling.


Leadership & Strategy

  • Define and deliver the overall sustainability / ESG strategic plan development and implementation across the global organisation, working closely with colleagues in Group functions and all regional Divisions to ensure alignment with business strategy

  • Serve as subject matter expert in sustainability / ESG strategy and reporting for the Group. Untangle potentially complex and misguided information into compelling strategy, communication and value propositions

  • Provide counsel and support to the Group executive team in their external stakeholder engagements

  • Support the global and regional sustainability / ESG communications cascade in a highly regulated environment, to support the organisations' ambition to be a leader

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Maintain awareness of evolving stakeholder requirements, ensuring strategy and reporting meets stakeholder needs and adds value to the Group

  • Articulate a compelling narrative to engage and empower a varied group of external stakeholders, including Regulators, NGOs and Multistakeholder organisations

  • Be an ambassador of change, driving purpose-led messaging and ensuring it is embedded across all functions and communications channels, particularly with Regulatory and Corporate Affairs

Reporting & Policy Development

  • Develop and manage data-driven sustainability / ESG goals, milestones, metrics and governance systems alongside robust and engaging communications

  • Maintain awareness of global sustainability / ESG trends and tools, metrics and KPIs and share updates and implications with the broader Sustainability team


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to successfully influence senior executives and external stakeholders, create a clear narrative to support strategy

  • Strong analytical skills and commercial acumen, ability to see the bigger picture

  • Detail orientated, ability to find creative solutions to complex problems, take initiative and drive change

  • Ability to inspire and educate non ESG experts and engage them to support the strategy, break down complex data and communicate in a language which will resonate, using flexible communication styles

  • High energy and drive, ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with the resilience to challenge and be challenged

Please contact Emily Goetsch, Head of Research, UK, for further information at emily.goetsch@acre.com