Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary OTE £120 - £150k + Benefits
Reference 15377

What are your ambitions?

We don't mind going first... We're commercially minded, but we want to make an impact. We want brighter futures for all; our clients, our candidates, society and the environment. We want a world that's safe, ethical, inclusive, and sustainable. From time to time, people hear that and say, "That sounds like a nice ambition." But what we do and what we stand for isn't nice; it's urgent and it's important.

After all, sustainability and climate change are at the forefront of everyone's mind. Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough are amplifying the message to the masses: The planet urgently needs us to change our ways. How are we going to fix it without the right people finding the right solutions?

Heightened governmental and consumer pressure means that businesses need to make big changes. So, more and more, organisations require sustainability-minded employees, for every role, in each department and skill set.

We live our ambitions by specialising in finding those people - those who will go on to empower their organisations to meet net zero, cut carbon emissions, finance essential infrastructure projects and create the innovative technologies required to build a brighter future for us all.

So, what about you - what are your ambitions?

Right now, we're experiencing incredible levels of growth and as you'd expect the volume of roles we're working on is growing exponentially. To help us deliver, we're looking to hire a Principal Consultant in our Sustainable Energy Team. Someone who is inspired by the opportunity to drive meaningful change, and would like to do so by helping us grow one of our core markets.

Sustainable Energy makes up one of Acre's three primary business areas alongside Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Business and in 2022, we'll undertake considerable growth in this area both in the UK and across Europe, North America and Asia.

In the UK, our Sustainable Energy team is at an early stage of development, so the opportunity exists to contribute to our strategy and to benefit from the growth that lies ahead.


If this sounds like you, let's tell you a bit more about it.​

We're a global recruitment business operating in the sustainability and climate change sectors. This explains a little about why we're so busy - everyone is looking to tackle these problems head-on right now, but also need a recruitment partner that's well versed in these markets. Fortunately, we've been doing this a long time - for almost twenty years - so we know what our clients are looking to achieve and the solutions that will get them there.​​​

What will the role look like on the day to day?​

  • Delivering & scaling a commercial market strategy: you'll deploy a focussed market strategy that articulates a clear vision for growth and aligns with the wider business' commercial and sustainability.

  • Revenue and impact: You'll be personally motivated to achieve a strong commercial performance that inspires those around you. You'll think strategically about how to get the greatest return on your time and maximise efficiency, utilising Acre's Research Team and other functions to enable your revenue growth. You will operate at the place where commercial and sustainable impact meet to achieve the best results.

  • Identifying & winning new business for Acre: You'll be tenacious about building and nurturing senior-level relationships within your market and work to leverage these for the benefit of your team and the wider Acre business.

  • Building your brand alongside Acre's: You'll personally deliver on a number of key strategic marketing initiatives that align to your market strategy and help position you as the recruiter of choice in your market.

What are your skills?

  • You will be an experienced recruitment consultant, with a successful track record of both generating and delivering commercial success.

  • You will have a substantial understanding of sustainable energy - both the commercial landscape, and key market drivers and risks.

  • You will have a strong network and past track record growing recruitment and/or consulting services in: Carbon Markets, Green Infrastructure Origination & Development, Energy Finance or Clean Technologies.

  • You will have a consultative approach with the ability to partner with clients in the capacity of a trusted advisor.

  • You'll have a thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement, with the constant desire to demonstrate drive and exceptional levels of service.

  • Most importantly, you'll care about why we do what we do. You'll naturally be an ambassador of our core values - courage, collaboration, integrity and innovation - and you'll embody them at every opportunity.

What will you get in return?

You're a valued partner here.

As the only search firm in the world with the depth of experience to tackle some of the planet's biggest issues, we operate as a trusted advisor to our clients, not just a recruiter. The value you'll add to our clients runs much deeper than getting a person in a seat. You'll be supporting meaningful change being made in the world by asking your clients 'What impact do you need us to support you with making?' Our team is built on passion and integrity, not KPIs, and the value you'll add goes far beyond numbers.


You'll grow with us.

There's never been a more exciting time to be here. We're seeing exponential growth, which means new offices across the globe, and rapid headcount and commercial expansion year on year. This means that the potential to be successful at Acre is significant. We need great people to be part of the business and offer share options to those who can help us succeed - in fact 20% of Acre's equity is in the hands of our team.


You'll be set up for success.

We set you up for success and invest in mechanisms, be those in-house support functions or technology solutions, which have the same goal: to support you to be more efficient, leaving you more time to do what you do best. Some of the ways we'll support you include:

  • Virtual Assistant (VA) Access
    Our trusted VAs relieve the admin burden of the recruitment process and streamline everyday tasks like booking interviews, scheduling pre and post interview calls, and coordinating diaries with your clients and candidates.

  • Extensive Marketing Support
    Our marketing team are on hand to support you to produce best in class proposals, credible and eye-catching search documents and partner with you to build your brand. Our investments in marketing and brand building also takes the pain out of business development, making sure our clients know who you are and how to find you when they need you.

  • Operations, Technology & Finance
    We have a strong and ever-growing focus on technological and operational excellence and invest in the best solutions to create efficiencies so you can focus on what you do best.

  • Research Support
    Our experienced team of global research consultants take the stress out of tricky searches, armed with the tools, knowledge and expertise to find the candidates you need.

  • Global Opportunities
    We are an international business operating in London, New York, Amsterdam, and Asia Pacific. Our ambition is to achieve a "One-Acre" culture which capitalises on the spirit of collaboration between all our regions. This means that we encourage international relocation and secondments where it is beneficial to the business and our team members.

If you're ambitious to be both commercially successful, but also to create an inspiring legacy; you're in the right place. Perhaps that's not a place you thought a career in recruitment could take you - to a place where you can prosper and drive real, meaningful change - but at Acre, that's our purpose.

So, do our ambitions align?

Let's create change, together. Apply directly below or get in touch with Acre's founder, Andy Cartland at ac@acre.com. Don't worry if your CV isn't quite ready, we can sort the finer details later.