Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive
Reference BBBH11224_1598343387

Acre is delighted to be partnering with SailGP; a New Edge sailing league powered by nature and aspiring for net-zero ambitions as a sport by 2025. We are seeking a Sustainability Director to realise this ambition and change the perception of the sport as a force for global environmental and societal good.

Founded by Oracle's Larry Ellison in 2017, SailGP has completed a first, full successful season and is on track to start again in San Francisco in April 2021. The Sustainability Director has a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on achievements to date around innovations in technology and award-winning digital services providing global access to the League.

We are seeking a Sustainability Director to:

  • Develop a flagship sustainability strategy programme, in alignment with business vision

  • Create a platform for thought-leadership in sustainability, leveraging innovative approaches to digital technology

  • Oversee relationships with external investors & fund managers

  • Curate commercial partnerships with internal & external clients, leveraging sustainability and aligning with SailGP's ambitions e.g. World Sailing, UNFCCC Sport for Climate Action, One Carbon World

  • Ensure all aspects of sustainability are embedded in SailGP operations

  • Develop, engage and integrate a sustainability proposition within 'hearts and minds' of the entire global workforce

  • Support and provide strategic guidance on new and existing social initiatives

  • Recruit and manage 2 x direct reports to support Commercial Opportunities and Events Management / ISO2012, overseeing the budget for the department

  • Implement an external Sustainability Advisory Board

In this newly-created position, the Sustainability Director will showcase their bias for action, consummate networking and stellar communication skills. Although this role will suit an autonomous self-starter, the Sustainability Director be well-versed in collaborating effectively as part of an agile and fast-moving team, with a passion or deep interest in the sport being ideal.

You'll need to have:

  • Relevant degree or broad corporate experience in sustainability, incorporating development and implementation of an externally recognised, impactful, global sustainability strategy

  • Experience of developing sustainability initiatives linked to technological and digital innovations

  • Proven and determined, results-driven project management; able to lead and execute effectively with a proven capacity to translate information and big ideas into action

  • Excellent negotiation skills with experience in on-boarding new partners, clients or stakeholders

  • Exceptional influencing, listening and communications skills, with a proven ability to influence multiple stakeholders in a global arena

  • Leadership experience, whether direct line management or leading on matrix-managed projects

In return, the Sustainability Director will be rewarded with a modern and agile working environment founded on long-term, systems-changing sustainability impacts whilst delivering quality and making an impact together as 'one team' to change the face of Sport. Click here to learn more about the role by downloading our Candidate Information Pack or contact Marie.Cloherty@acre.com with any questions.