Location Hamburg
Job-type Permanent
Salary Circa €95,000
Reference BBBH13648_1623336550

Location: SBP is a virtual team, so location for this role is flexible.

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder, voluntary certification system designed for woody biomass used in industrial, large-scale energy production.

Alongside other renewable energy sources, SBP believes that woody biomass, when sourced sustainably, can deliver a meaningful contribution to decarbonising the energy sector. To maintain their leadership position, stay competitive and provide a market-leading certification program, the SBP are looking to appoint a Technical Director.

The Technical Director is responsible for the strategic development, operational implementation and day to day technical management and oversight of SBP's certification system. The position reports directly to the CEO and works closely with the governance bodies and key stakeholders. Managing a small technical team and working with external experts, you will coordinate the assurance, standards, and monitoring and evaluation to promote and maintain an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable biomass supply chain.

In this role you will:

  • Develop strategy, operational plans, and budgets for technical works and projects

  • Maintain relationships with regulators, governments, accreditation and certification bodies, producers and users of biomass, to ensure the high-quality implementation of the SBP program

  • Act as the primary subject matter expert in the digital transformation of SBP's certification system

  • Oversee the delivery and workload of the technical staff, and be a strategic, dynamic, and accessible manager, while fostering a positive and results driven environment

  • Write reports and present findings to the relevant parties e.g. the Board and Standards Committee

  • Build relationships to monitor best practices and future trends in certification and incorporate knowledge into practices

You'll have:

  • Significant professional work experience in the fields of corporate social responsibility, supply chain management, environmental management or social compliance in the voluntary certification sector, ideally in the forestry and agriculture certification sector

  • A strategic approach with the ability to engage across diverse business strategies and operations

  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with a track record of building relationships and instilling confidence with external stakeholders with a demonstrable ability to engage understand and address the diverse interest and priorities of multiple stakeholders

  • Auditor training, and interpretation of social and environmental standards desirable, preferably in an international context

  • A self-starter mindset and solutions-oriented working style

  • An ability to manage and deliver on multiple work streams at the same time

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to make a significant impact and play a role in helping to shape and define one of the approaches to support climate goals to be met and enable the sustainable development of the future fuels space. If this sounds like your next challenge, please get in touch with Dan Bond via dan.bond@acre.com.