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ESG Lead (Sustainability Associate)-Perth/Melbourne/Brisbane

Closing date
8 Apr 2024
For over 20 years, Cundall’s Australian team have been creating a ripple effect across the property sector through applying the science of sustainability to achieve market-leading firsts. Our achievements include some of the first 5 Star Green Star and 6 Star Green Star ratings in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Our expertise contributed to Australia’s first Living Building Challenge certification, the first carbon-neutral certified office in Western Australia and the first WELL-certified retail centres.

Cundall globally was also the first multidisciplinary consultancy to become a One Planet Living Certified company, and the first to achieve carbon neutral certification. Inventing solutions to advance progress towards net zero and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are our mission - and we collaborate across geographies, time zones, disciplines and cultures to deliver the best opportunities for our people and a better future for the planet we all call home.

If leading a small but ambitious team across the APAC region and helping clients to develop net zero carbon pathway, ESG strategies and Implementation Plans to develop and meet their ESG aspirations and reporting requirements appeal to you - talk to us.

This role is required to enable the continued growth our ESG team in the Asia-Pacific region, with a strong team and pipeline of projects in place, ready for the right person to take the team to the next level.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated Associate/Associate Director-level expert in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to join our Cundall team in our Perth/Melbourne/Brisbane office. You will be supporting and assisting clients with the development of their ESG/sustainability and decarbonisation strategies, undertaking materiality assessments, stakeholder engagement, target setting, carbon accounting and develop implementation and action plans.

You will lead a highly motivated and growing team of ESG sustainability and climate change specialists across Australia and the APAC region. You will work with the Project Director(s) to manage the planning, resourcing, financial performance, and training of the team to deliver on project outcomes, liaising and coordinating with the wider sustainability team. You will play a vital role in developing our existing team- sharing knowledge, assisting in training outcomes and setting a high standard for others to aspire to.

In this role, you will lead projects and receive strong support to contribute to the expansion of our portfolio. As a project manager, you will oversee projects within our Australian offices and collaborate with our broader global sustainability team. Direct support for this role will be provided by a local Associate Director who will collaborate closely with you as an Associate to ensure the achievement of desired outcome and to facilitate your professional growth and contribute to the overall success of our team.

NOTE:We are open to having this position based in either our Perth/Melbourne/Brisbane office.

  • Extensive experience within sustainability/ESG consulting and/or management, preferably across the built environment sector.
  • The ability to lead projects and junior staff and represent the business positively to project teams and client organisations.
  • Team leadership skills to directly manage the career development of the team, 1-on-1 engagement and workload management to maintain a high level of performance.
  • Project management skills to directly manage delivery of scope, client satisfaction, financial performance and invoicing.
  • Business development skills to manage the development of proposals, seek new work from existing clients and grow new potential clients.
  • Experience in preparing ESG strategies and implementation plans, including materiality reviews and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience in developing carbon emissions inventories and decarbonisation plans.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, effectively resourcing to meet client deadlines.
  • Strong technical analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office tools.
  • Tertiary degree in engineering, environmental sciences, economics, social sciences, organisational development, finance, accounting or other ESG-related degree.

Preferable, but not essential
  • Experience with best practice certification schemes, including the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard, GRESB, CDP and SBTi
  • Climate Active Carbon Neutral Registered Consultant
  • Experience with GRI reporting
  • Experience with NGERS reporting
  • Experience with climate risk assessments
  • Being familiar with IFRS / ASRS standards

What We Offer

We provide a diverse and inclusive work environment and offer many benefits to ensure your professional development while maintaining a healthy work-life balance such as flexible start and finish times, working from home, diverse and exciting projects and clients, paid parental leave, paid purchase leave, professional memberships, birthday day off, amongst others.

We know that to be the best at what we do we need a diverse workforce underpinned by an inclusive culture. Creating environments where everyone can find joy doing their best work is also great for everyone. That’s why we positively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and encourage, support, and celebrate the diverse voices of our people.


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