Sustainability Consultant (ESG)/

Foster + Partners
United Kingdom

Role summary

The Sustainability Group offers a wide range of transformational sustainability skills to our clients and projects at corporate, national, regional, city, infrastructure, masterplan, building and product scale and leads F+P CSER work. You will work from the London office to lead ESG assignments and projects. You will focus on practical and evidence-based solutions that deliver transformational outcomes. You will support and report to the Leader of the Sustainability Strategy and Governance team within the Sustainability Group and ultimately to Head of Sustainability.

Role Definition

Job title: Sustainability Consultant (ESG)

Reporting to: Leader of the Sustainability Strategy and Governance team


  • Development and management of ESG strategy and standards for clients
  • Application of clients ESG strategy to operational programs and projects
  • Baseline evaluation and leadership of futures workshops and the like to create shared and implementation focussed ESG vision.
  • To develop and recommend approaches for environmental action on climate risk, decarbonization, net zero, renewable energy, carbon offsetting and climate disclosure.
  • To develop and recommend approaches for social action on equity, diversity and inclusion, community impact, health, wellbeing, and productivity
  • To develop and recommend governance frameworks in support of effective corporate action and project delivery.
  • To work with clients to develop guidance and briefs to support implementation of their ESG approach.
  • To design and deliver workshops, consultations and seminars guiding integrated teams through complex sustainability issues and changes in behaviour to improve project outcomes
  • Assisting to develop the sustainability group, its capabilities and project inputs
  • Responsibility for the capacity building of F+P staff with regards to sustainability in projects
  • To raise the external profile of Foster + Partners in the above issues
  • To cultivate mutually beneficial links with clients and other industry collaborators and organisations
  • To conduct continuing research into techniques to improve the approach
  • To produce, reports, presentations, technical information, prototypes, digital and physical models to support the responsibilities
  • To monitor progress on projects against the Foster + Partners Responsibility Framework and
  • focus improvements
  • Thorough knowledge of and compliance with F+P procedures and standards
  • To contribute, or otherwise assist, as required
  • Contribute, or otherwise assist, as required
  • Equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) is a core priority. To support and champion the embedding of this focus as a collective workforce responsibility, EDI should be integrated, where relevant, into all workstreams.
  • Thorough knowledge of and compliance with F+P procedures and standards

Qualities and Skills required

  • Having proven organisational, leadership and management skills
  • Client facing in the development and leadership of ESG strategies
  • Client facing in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues and workflows
  • Able to demonstrate ability to undertake the above responsibilities
  • Client facing in Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility and Environmental


  • Implementing effective cost and value conscience programs for sustainable design and action
  • Excellent advocacy and presentation skills, oral, diagrammatic and written
  • Clearly communicate complex technical information in a non-technical manner
  • Building networks for effective and impactful relationships at all levels, internally and externally
  • Understanding of branding issues, consumer and customer behaviour
  • Delivering corporate capacity building, learning and similar initiatives
  • Ability to lead the training of other members on the team
  • Understanding of LEED and similar assessment methodologies
  • Having Accredited status of a relevant Certifying body Legally able to work in the country in which the position is based
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Able to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information
  • Self motivated and able to take responsibility
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work independently and as part of an effective team
  • Flexible attitude
  • Able to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally
  • Resilient to cope with conflicting demands, able to prioritise duties and work effectively under
  • pressure.
  • Able to work as part of an effective team assisting and supporting team members

This description reflects the core activities of the role but is not intended to be all-inclusive and other duties within the group/department may be required in addition to changes in the emphasis of duties as required from time to time. There is a requirement for the post holder to recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work. Job descriptions will be reviewed regularly and where necessary revised in accordance with organisational needs. Any major changes will be discussed with the post holder.

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