Associate Director - Strategic Sustainability Advisor

Posted 24 October 2022
Salary Competitive
Job type Permanent
ReferenceCLON- 14
Contact NameLouis Blaser

Job description

About the Role

As a Strategic Sustainability Advisor at one of the largest Real Estate companies, you will be responsible for providing actionable advice and implementation projects for property clients across all sectors.

This client, unlike others in the Real Estate sector have a unique culture that encourages entrepreneurialism and has a much-reduced level of bureaucracy that distinguishes them from others within this industry.

The focus for this role is to ensure that the client is always providing the latest intelligence, advice and technical support to our developer, investor, and occupier clients. This is a great opportunity to join a large established business with a rapidly growing sustainability practice and provides the right candidate with an opportunity to help shape and manage the products that they offer.

The ideal candidate will have experience delivering carbon reduction within real estate and have the knowledge and credibility to engage clients in exploring options suited to their assets. The role requires confidently leading consultations with groups of people, to be collaborative and have excellent skills in communication to effectively engage and facilitate discussions with senior leaders and key clients alike.

Their clients all require a bespoke programme of solutions to enable them to achieve their ESG and net zero goals, and this person must possess an ability to assess risks, realise opportunities and identify the best pathway to enable them to achieve these goals. It will require someone who can prioritise topics of real value to our clients and deliver solutions that supports their business.

The ideal candidate will have existing knowledge, and a passion for continual education and upskilling on the evolving sustainability landscape and impacts on real estate of all property types (offices, industrial, retail, hotels & leisure etc).


  • Assist in the development and delivery of sustainability products tailored to various divisions of our business such as Property Management, Capital Markets, Valuation, Agency etc.

  • Lead on the development of client sustainability strategies and scenarios that drive both environmental and commercial benefits.

  • Analysing datasets to gain insights around performance and help define the interventions that are required to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Maintain cutting edge knowledge of zero carbon, social value, legislation, certifications and wider sustainability agenda, and regulations to ensure that the Client is fully informed.

  • Work with in-house departments and teams to develop up-to-date and evolving advice for clients.

  • Engage with clients as a trusted advisor and Subject Matter Expert (SME).

  • Identify, target, and build relationships with new clients to bring in new business to the company.

Person Specification

  • The ideal candidate would possess skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Solid understanding of the sustainable real estate landscape including UK policy, regulatory frameworks, and voluntary reporting schemes.

  • Knowledge of Sustainability Strategy, Certifications (BREEAM, WELL etc), Social Value, Climate Risk, Climate Change Adaptation, Energy and Carbon, Reporting (SECR, TCFD, GRESB etc.), Health and Wellbeing – ideally with specialisation as an SME/practitioner in one (or more!) of these topics.

  • Experience developing sustainability strategies and/or net zero carbon pathways for assets and portfolios of assets.

  • Ability to articulate ideas through well written and engaging graphical output.

  • Confident communicator to engage with all parts of our business and representing the Firm to our clients.

  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who can help drive this growing business area.

  • Willingness to help develop more junior members of the team.


  • You want to work in a friendly and collaborative environment and have:

  • Relevant technical qualifications and/or commensurate experience.

  • Accreditations/ Certifications in your areas of specialism.

  • Track record in client relationship management and project management in a consulting environment.

  • Strong commercial understanding to identify value-add advice for clients.