Manager, ESG Sustainability

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KKS are currently seeking an experienced Manager to join their fast-growing team.

About the role

The position is a critical hire onto our leadership team, with the individual expected to make a significant contribution to the success of our business while strengthening our reputation as an elite advisory firm. The successful candidate will lead multiple client engagements across our primary client segments, take ownership for the seamless delivery of consulting projects, and manage a team of consultants to develop and deliver effective solutions for our clients.

The Manager will be confident interacting with C-suite executives and other senior-level stakeholders on a regular basis and is expected to have deep knowledge of key trends relating to ESG and sustainability in capital markets. The role requires a unique combination of commercial awareness, relationship- building abilities, sustainability knowledge and subject matter expertise, with critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills.

The individual will report to the Director/Managing Director and our Partners. The position is the ideal opportunity for an individual seeking to work in a firm with a mission- driven culture, who values quality and excellence, is confident with high levels of exposure to senior decision-makers and has the diversity of skills needed to drive our business forward as a market-leading ESG advisory firm.


  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team servicing a range of industries and client segments (typically asset owners, asset managers, and general partners across asset classes, as well as corporates and NGOs)
  • Manage multiple engagements across client segments while interfacing with senior management and establishing a trusted relationship with key project stakeholders
  • Develop solutions (both quantitative and qualitative) that span across ESG strategy and investment integration, impact measurement and management, ESG/impact education, materiality assessments, metrics/KPI analysis, ESG reporting, and thought leadership
  • Ensure solutions respond to the variety of expectations from stakeholders, the evolving policy and regulatory environment, and the dynamic nature of ESG and impact
  • Assess the impact of proposed solutions on a client s unique risks an opportunities
  • Manage the delivery of solutions; maintain a roll-up your sleeves attitude when it comes to producing client work
  • Recognize accountability to our clients for the quality and success of consulting projects and drive this culture across project teams
  • Review legal documentation, resource plan, calculate utilization rates, and ensure projects are staffed appropriately and effectively
  • Actively manage client relationships and all phases of project lifecycle; ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Provide ongoing mentorship to direct reports; conduct internal training sessions to share knowledge and skills
  • Participate in and contribute to weekly business development and strategy & operations meetings
  • Role will require the ability to travel in the future

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with our senior leadership team on new business development opportunities; craft associated marketing materials, pitches, and website content
  • Develop novel client solutions, forecast timelines, write proposals, and estimate project fees
  • Expand our internal knowledge base and library of team resources
  • Contribute to firm s external profile; grow the firm s social me presence and marketplace visibility
  • Represent our brand by writing blogs and participating in webinars and industry forums
  • Be an ambassador of our culture/values and drive forward our mission to reshape markets

Qualities & Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; highly adept at building strong relationships with clients and colleagues
  • Experience managing people in remote locations
  • Well organized with an acute attention to detail, strong project management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks across a variety of projects, clients, and teams
  • Team player with the ability to assign tasks and work collaboratively to achieve results
  • Exceptional research, analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to quickly synthesize complex information into conceptual frameworks with actionable recommendations
  • Highly developed written, editorial, and verbal communication skills (English)
  • Proactive and energetic, with the ability to engage and persuade key stakeholders
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and confident working with a high degree of autonomy
  • Entrepreneurial with a strong commercial acumen
  • Passionate about building a sustainable and inclusive future

Minimum Qualifications

  • 7-10+ years of experience gained from work in strategy, consulting, ESG, sustainable or impact investing, sustainable business, or another relevant field
  • Expert-level knowledge of corporate sustainability and ESG investing, with a deep understanding of ESG datasets (e.g., MSCI, Sustainalytics), leading standards and frameworks (e.g., SASB, GRI, TCFD), major initiatives (e.g., Principles for Responsible Investment), and ESG integration across asset classes
  • Familiarity with climate change risks and opportunities; experience with climate risk assessments, scenario analysis, and/or GHG emissions is a plus
  • Experience as a team manager with a track record of leading teams to successful outcomes
  • Bachelor s degree in a relevant field; preferably a Master s deg
  • Advanced MS Office (Word/PowerPoint/Excel) skills
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States

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Manager, ESG Sustainability


Friday 12th February 2021


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