Location United States of America
Job-type Permanent
Salary $175,000 - $200,000 + Annual Bonus
Reference ACRE-12636


BRODIE works with organizations to support them in developing their sustainability strategy and implementation, to create more responsible and sustainable businesses.

Our work includes Strategy, Program Creation and Delivery, Target Setting, Communications & Content, Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement. We work across sectors spanning (but not limited to) food and beverage, consumer goods and hospitality including some of the world’s biggest brands as well as purpose-led start-ups. Our team has a unique blend of experience and expertise. We are grounded in our shared values and yet celebrate our differences as individuals as we come together to drive sustainable and responsible practices across the globe.

BRODIE is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment where people feel welcome, respected, and able to be themselves.


About the Head of North America Role

With around 50% of our total revenue generated from U.S. headquartered businesses, an exciting and rare opportunity now exists for a Head of North America to support BRODIE’s founders to build the U.S. based BRODIE operation from the ground up.

As a deeply experienced and entrepreneurial Sustainability Consultant, you will have strong leadership qualities, excellent communication and problem-solving skills and the ability to simultaneously deliver powerful work, build and lead a strong and passionate team, and develop networks and win new business. You will report to one of the two Founding Directors and be fully supported by both them and the established and talented BRODIE team – all based in the UK.

BRODIE has also recently established a U.S. Advisory Council. This a small body of experienced business leaders from a diverse range of U.S. corporations, which convenes twice annually.

What You Will Be Doing

You will be securing and leading a range of Strategy, Engagement, Communications, and Operational Projects for U.S.-based clients. Initially, delivery will be supported by the UK team, although you will also be responsible for building and shaping your own, U.S.-based, team in due course. Key responsibilities will include:

1. Client Delivery (50%)

  • Development and oversight of large programs of work with well-known international brands, providing high quality strategic counsel and advice based on years of experience and solid judgement.

  • Preparation of presentations, research materials, and written reports.

  • End-to-end management of all client work from pitching to delivery including budgets, project and resourcing plans.

  • Management of several mid-sized projects at any one time, which may include strategy development, materiality assessments, training and engagement programs, sustainability reporting, data analysis and disclosures.

  • Management of analysts on projects and collaboration to establish priorities.

  • Provision of meaningful and thoughtful feedback to colleagues on projects, direct reports and senior colleagues.

2. Business Development (25%)

  • Monitoring of regulatory and industry developments to identify and explore new areas of service delivery.

  • Active contributions to BRODIE thought leadership, events and marketing initiatives in the U.S.

  • Establishment and growth of a professional network of clients and partners, with support and inspiration from the BRODIE U.S. Advisory Council as well as the UK team.

  • Collaboration with co-founders to design and implement business plans and procedures.

  • Leadership of the development of project proposals and pitches (with UK-based support).

  • Evaluation of business performance and setting of goals for performance and growth in partnership with co-founders, finance and operations colleagues.

3. People and Organizational Management (15%)

  • Organizational design and implementation of a talented and agile BRODIE U.S. team of up to five members, including recruitment and onboarding.

  • Line management and leadership of the new team, including all aspects of performance and development and ensuring a great place to work with opportunities for progression.

  • Sourcing of exceptional freelancers as required (with the support of existing networks).

  • Selection of, and collaboration with, a suitable local HR advisory partner, as needed for legal matters.

  • Leadership in adherence to BRODIE values, policies, processes and systems.

  • Attendance at BRODIE team meetings and training sessions.

4. Internal Knowledge Management and Continuous Learning (10%)

  • Sharing of research and insights with the wider team.

  • Preparation of presentations, research materials, and written reports.

  • Contributing to BRODIE thought leadership.

What We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate will excel in working creatively and independently to fuel business growth as a skilled entrepreneur with a client-first mindset. Also crucial will be a strong desire to play a pivotal role in a fast-growing company, as well as a minimum of six years’ experience as an effective and influential Sustainability Consultant.

Given the need to build a team from scratch, the new U.S. Principal will also need to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and a track record in talent acquisition and team development.

Functional Capability

  • Ability to develop and implement business growth strategies.

  • A highly sophisticated understanding of the politics and means of delivering change management progress in complex multi-national organizations.

  • Proven experience working on projects with high-profile clients and the ability to generate clear and accurate insights.

  • Ability to plan effectively to deliver multiple projects to a high quality at pace.

  • Deep specialist knowledge of one or more environmental or social issue.

  • Understanding of core financial measures.


  • Ability to shape, manage, motivate, and continually develop effective teams.

  • Experienced in recruitment with a track record of “right first time” hires.

  • Talent for inspiring teams behind vision and purpose.

  • Role modelling of socially conscious and ethically responsible business practices.

Personal Characteristics

  • Skilled and trusted relationship builder.

  • Motivated, proactive, and driven.

  • Comfortable around senior leaders and stakeholders.

  • Able to work to, and manage, tight deadlines across multiple workstreams.

  • Driven to continually learn and grow both personally and professionally.

  • Engaging and influential presenter across multiple topics and sectors.

  • Compelling communicator across all formats, written and verbal, with an eye for detail and numerical skills.

  • Willingness to travel domestically (for client engagements and/or conferences) and to the UK.

What We Can Offer

You’ll be working with big names on fascinating and important projects and have the rare opportunity to build and shape your own team as you work together to make a tangible impact on the world.

  • Base salary of $175,000 - $200,000 plus a performance-based discretionary bonus

  • Health Insurance and 401K retirement contributions

  • Competitive paid time off, volunteering time off and recognised federal holidays

  • Flexible working

  • Additional BRODIE benefits include:

  • Charitable giving: BRODIE donates 1% revenue to charity at the end of each financial year (split across the team to allocate to charities close to your hearts).

Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity drives innovation and accelerates businesses and enterprises towards their missions. As such, we are wholly committed to foster a more inclusive, sustainable future for generations to come. BRODIE and Acre are committed to increasing diversity and maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace. It is important to us that we offer equal opportunities in the recruitment processes that we run. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether they have a disability.

If you require additional equipment, resources, or support to participate in the job application or interview process, please let Acre know and we will work with you to ensure that your accessibility needs are met.

How To Apply
To learn more about this opportunity, immediately contact:
Deborah Dols, Client Director, Acre: deborah.dols@acre.com
Richard Kent, Head of Research, Acre: richard.kent@acre.com

Acre is retained by BRODIE to conduct this search. Acre is a sustainability specialist search firm, focused on securing the world’s best sustainability leaders and their teams for mission driven organizations from our offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore.