UK

Head of Portfolio and Partnerships, Nature & Technology Based Solutions

About us

EcoAct is an international climate consultancy and project developer that supports companies to set robust science-aligned net-zero strategies and achieve their climate targets. Founded in France in 2005, the company now spans three continents with offices in Paris, London, Barcelona, New York, Montreal, Munich, Milan, and Kenya.

With a team of more than 300 international climate experts, EcoAct’s core purpose is to lead the way in delivering sustainable business solutions that deliver true value for both climate and client. EcoAct is a CDP Gold Partner, a founding member of ICROA, a strategic partner in the implementation of the Gold Standard for the Global Goals and reports to the UN Global Compact.

At EcoAct we are a diverse bunch of people all driven by the same purpose – to tackle the world’s environmental challenges. It might be our job, but it is also our personal passion.

About the role

Carbon offset and net zero initiatives are gaining momentum in all our geographical areas. The voluntary market is growing rapidly as well as the demand for voluntary offsetting. On the compliance side, regional and sectorial regulations are escalating as well. Project development demand is growing, with increased interest in carbon sequestration and removals.

As a fast-growing organization, we are currently looking for a Head of Portfolio & Partnerships within the Nature and Technology Based Solutions Business Unit. This role will focus on leading the team responsible for sourcing high quality carbon offsets and identifying new project development opportunities, in addition to the management and execution of the various responsibilities as described below.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables:

The Head of Portfolio & Partnerships is responsible for managing the Portfolio & Partnerships team to enrich the Carbon Offset portfolio of EcoAct with Best-In-Class projects and qualitative environmental assets. The key responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage the Portfolio & Partnerships team overall strategy with the Group Director of Nature & Technology Based Solutions (NTBS);
  • Ensure that the EcoAct and Eviden standards and procedures are applied by the team;
  • Put in place and track the necessary KPIs and tools, in collaboration with the Project Development team, Process & Quality team and the Group Director of NTBS;
  • Implement periodic review of reporting and indicators;
  • Contribute to the strategic development of EcoAct’s innovative global carbon offset portfolio of projects;
  • Responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the NTBS’ Portfolio & Partnerships team globally;
  • Manage the Portfolio & Partnerships team, including mentoring and training staff;
  • Build network by developing new and reinforcing long-term strategic partnerships;
  • Where needed, supporte the team with engaging key historical partners and new project developers to discuss availability, quality level and price of environmental projects and assets to enrich EcoAct’s Portfolio;
  • Visit newly identified projects onsite.

Relationships

Reporting directly to the Group Director of Nature & Technology Based Solutions, this role will be required to work closely with all members of the team, both Advisory, Commercial and Nature and Technology Based Solutions, to achieve Company objectives. External relationships are a key part of the role, with a requirement to liaise with project teams, clients, overseas offices, and representatives from partner organisations.

Professional Background and Experience

For success in this role the post holder will already have a successful track record in a similar capacity or have demonstrated outstanding success in a related role and be committed to a future career in a senior sustainability role.

Expertise and experience in some of the following areas and a willingness to learn others is required:

Technical

  • Have a thorough understanding of the voluntary carbon market, the market evolution and the main players;
  • Have an existing network of partners and project holders across the market;
  • Expert knowledge of voluntary carbon markets, carbon project development, nature-based carbon accounting methodologies, and both global certification standards and National labels;
  • Knowledge and experience working in Carbon Finance as part of the voluntary carbon offsetting at a national and international level.

Professional

  • A professional, team-oriented, relationship-oriented approach to managing successful, long-term stakeholder engagements;
  • Experience and success in contributing to building teams and business lines in a commercial and profitable way;
  • Strong leadership and management skills and a team player with high personal and professional standards, who can mentor and motivate more junior staff

Location

The role is based in the UK with a flexible blend of home and office working. The role requires attendance at the London head office as necessary for business purposes.

Salary and Benefits

EcoAct know how important it is to look after our colleagues. As well as a competitive salary EcoAct offers a comprehensive benefits package including a flexible pension allowance, private medical insurance, life insurance, professional subscriptions plus the option to opt into a range of individual and family benefits

EcoAct offers a great opportunity for your personal development and career advancement. We offer a structured career development path with clear timelines and expectations for progression.

Working with our dedicated team of experts, you will gain a high level of skills development and expertise, starting with our in-depth induction programme, through to ongoing technical training and an extensive range of learning and development opportunities.

Company Culture

Company culture is of great importance to us and is something that every member of EcoAct helps to create. Our colleague led initiative, which represents the three pillars of Colleagues, Community and Environment, runs numerous activities including, Veggie lunches, volunteering and fund-raising opportunities, wellbeing activities, plastic reduction and energy saving initiatives, social and sports events.

Employee well-being is a key priority for us and we recognise the importance of work-life balance and how EcoAct can be supportive of individual needs. If working from home, working part-time or flexible start and finish times will help with this, please let us know as part of your application.

Type of Employment

Permanent, full-time.

Application Form

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to the following email address: recruitment@eco-act.com. EcoAct is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity/paternity.