As a Head of Carbon Intelligence, you will play a critical role in making sure that Brunswick is always up to date with the latest developments that are relevant to our clients, such as mandatory and voluntary GHG-emissions disclosure frameworks and metrics, changes to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the PCAF carbon accounting standard, trends in third-party emissions monitoring, the fast-evolving space of carbon offsetting, voluntary and mandatory carbon markets, nature-based climate solutions, the fast-developing space of Carbon Dioxide Removal options, CCS, CCUS, as well as BECS, the EU Emissions Trading System, the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, and the intersection of climate and biodiversity regulation that involves nature-based carbon capture and sequestration strategies. You will also track the development of various corporate emissions reduction alliances and related intergovernmental bodies, NGOs and research institutions.
Carbon offsetting is one of the most contested topics in corporate net-zero transition planning. As it goes through fundamental technological and regulatory changes while mandatory disclosures of scope-3 emissions are becoming standard, our client teams need to be able to give timely, sector- and region-specific communications advice regarding our clients’ approach to transitioning their carbon offsetting practices. Your role will be critical in delivering that advice.
You will work closely with Brunswick’s Regulatory Affairs experts in key jurisdictions, and with Brunswick’s Energy & Resources team, helping to distil the emerging trends across the world into manageable and actionable pieces of advice. You will work with other Heads of Research and especially our ESG & Sustainability Practice Group and feed into programmes such as the Brunswick Climate Academy – a programme aimed at supporting Brunswick colleagues globally in maintaining and expanding their climate fluency.
Our work in Brunswick’s Climate Operations team
The Climate Operations team is the dedicated team within Brunswick to support clients on climate-specific issues. We dedicate our full-time to climate issues and play a key role in shaping Brunswick’s global climate offering.
Our team delivers cutting-edge work that requires deep climate expertise, networks and credentials, supporting all business activity around climate matters, from identifying and pitching for new business opportunities, to helping existing clients navigate the complex climate landscape. We also play a key internal role, coordinating Brunswick’s global climate activity and producing intelligence for our colleagues to share with our clients, helping them to inform their business strategies.
While our client-facing teams require a growing amount of technical knowledge of these issues and frameworks, their primary focus is on the internal and external communications aspects and opportunities they each involve, including the growing need for high-quality staff engagement in large-scale corporate net-zero transition plans.
As Brunswick is expanding its range of climate-related services, we are seeking three new senior additions to our climate operations team: this role, a Head of Climate Academy, and a Head of Climate Policy & Regulation. Together, these three roles – which sit in the Climate Operations team in London – will help to expand and deepen Brunswick’s climate-related offer to our clients, as well as to all Brunswick teams globally.
- Always be on top of the latest trends relating to carbon offsetting, GHG emissions trading, tracking and reporting.
- Be able to condense related regulatory & policy documents clearly and concisely, enabling client teams to digest the key developments.
- Be able to manage large datasets and think creatively around how to form content or advice from this data – producing regular updates for colleagues and clients around key corporate moments (e.g. emissions disclosures or AGM meetings).
- Working with colleagues to input latest intelligence into our global Climate Academy.
- Collaborate with team members and other offers and functions across the Brunswick Group, especially those involved in the Climate Operations team.
- Develop strong working relationships with our regulatory affairs experts in key jurisdictions and with our Energy & Resources team, as well as other sector specialists.
- Utilise a strong existing network to bring in external speakers to help colleagues hear the latest developments.
- Regularly review all pertinent materials and undertake supplementary research, if required.
- Be solution-orientated to resolve project issues and know when to seek advice.
- Understand client interactions and be able to navigate a client’s internal political and organisational structure.
- Confidently apply critical and strategic thinking to provide insight and lead the client in understanding why climate action is critical for their business.
- Be highly attentive, proactive, and adaptive to Brunswick’s, and our clients’, evolving needs, challenges, and business objectives. Able to advise and offer the most appropriate solutions across multiple climate issues.
- Demonstrate independent decision making with strong commercial awareness.
- Support Brunswick’s new business efforts, including offering advice to colleagues on proposed mandates that include climate-related advice within the proposed scope of work.
- Demonstrate gravitas – command meetings, be decisive, take control and reassure the client that you are a credible and trusted advisor with the ability to deliver.
- Actively identify new business opportunities within and beyond your specialism and support the business development team. Introduce specialist colleagues to broaden mandates.
Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies
- Strong Experience: Has a minimum of 6 years of sustainability and climate experience, including exposure to complex client challenges and commercial strategies relating to climate change; and ideally a degree in carbon management, sustainability management or a related field.
- Excellent communication skills: Presents effectively and confidently, reads room dynamics and responds appropriately, actively listens, questions, delivers clear and concise instructions/advice, both written and verbal. Ability to talk through data problems with colleagues and help develop efficient and functional advice. Possesses an ability to be able to condense complex datasets into short, written documents.
- Impact: Drives the highest standard of work at all times and develops important relationships across the firm where needed. Be the first touch point for any matters relating to the Climate Fluency programme.
- Strategic thinker: Offers sound strategic advice based on an understanding of our clients. business and industry; and knowledge of current and emerging sustainability and climate trends. Is able to strategically analyse projects, unlocking efficiencies and presenting solutions to overcoming blockers.
- Efficient administration: Meticulous with strong organisation skills, including the ability to prioritise, juggle multiple projects and delegate.
- Collaboration & leadership: Leads by example, is seen to be delivering, works collaboratively with others and actively promotes shared learning.
- Analysis & Organisation: Is highly organized and a fast learner with strong attention to detail. Has excellent and demonstrable analytical skills.
- Ideas generation: Strives to problem-solve creatively and encourages and supports others to do so, delivers ideas and solutions (large and small) that make a difference.
- Networking: Has a developed and active network of sustainability professionals and experts.
In addition to life assurance, group income protection, and employer pension contribution, we offer:
- Annual discretionary bonus
- 25 days’ annual leave, excluding bank holidays (plus your Birthday off)
- Private medical cover and employee assistance programme
- Family-friendly policies
- Complimentary artisan coffee, tea and snacks, served by our own barista
- Daily breakfast in the café
- Lunch & Learn training sessions
- Cycle 2 work scheme and season ticket loans
- Flexible working, including support with your home working environment
- Eye care, including annual eye tests
- Regular social, cultural and charitable activities
- A comprehensive training and development curriculum
- Give as you Earn
- Menopause Policy