Principal Consultant

London, UK

About EcoAct Sustainability Consultancy

EcoAct is an international climate consultancy and project developer, helping businesses and organisations succeed in their climate ambitions. Simplifying the challenges and complexities involved, we help businesses to implement positive change and deliver sustainable solutions for a low carbon world.

We exist to embed climate action as a global driver of commercial performance, delivering economic, social and environmental value.

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.

The Role

The mission of the Principal Consultant is to contribute to the development of our Business Advisory Team within Northern Europe, to add value to our clients by developing and delivering intelligent sustainability solutions that help make sense of the environmental landscape and the challenges presented by a changing climate.

The Principal Consultant will be tasked with the ongoing development of our Service Lines and offerings and be responsible for contributing to the business plan and hitting revenue and profitability targets.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the Advisory Team by focussing both internally and externally. Internally, they will develop the breadth, depth and quality of our service offering and help develop the capability of the team to deliver them. Externally, they will drive revenue and market share with existing clients while developing new clients and sectors. This will require certain demonstrable technical and non-technical skills identified below.

Our Principal Consultants work across all EcoAct Service Lines to:

  • Lead strategic projects with large corporate clients to build and implement ambitious carbon reduction programmes that enable clients to achieve their Net Zero commitments.
  • Consult on the leadership and management of change initiatives, communications, training and other support programs that will effectively prepare client staff and EcoAct employees to perform optimally.
  • Manage teams, including mentoring and training staff.
  • Report on internal service line performance and support technical leads.

About You

You will have:

  • Significant depth and breadth of experience of delivering carbon and sustainability services to clients, particularly supporting the delivery and management of large business deals with FTSE 100 clients.
  • Experience of working in a consultative manner to understand client needs and guide them to a solution, preferably demonstrated through client consulting engagements in the private sector.
  • Detailed knowledge of carbon accounting, compliance, measurement techniques and calculation methods for Scopes 1 and 2 and Scope 3 categories.
  • Experience in the use and implementation of carbon reporting software.
  • Knowledge of issues surrounding climate change, including TCFD Framework, risks and opportunities, Climate Scenario Analysis and adaptation.
  • Understanding of corporate sustainability strategies, target setting (science-based) and reduction plans.
  • Understanding of energy and environmental legislative requirements, including ESOS, MCPD, EU / UK ETS.
  • Understanding of energy management principles and experience of energy auditing and implementation of energy efficiency projects.
  • Experience of supply chain engagement including assessment, management, assurance & audit.
  • Knowledge of carbon markets and offsetting mechanisms.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and analysis including materiality assessment, interviews, workshops and peer benchmarking.
  • Knowledge of sustainability reporting frameworks and indices such as CDP, FSTE4Good, SASB, GRI and DJSI.


The role will be based in our central London office with a flexible blend of home and office working. The successful applicant may be required to travel within the UK and internationally on assignment.

Salary & 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, personal carbon offsetting.

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 through our training platform MyLearn.

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 events and sports teams.

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.


Applicants must have authorisation to work in the UK by the start of their employment.

Type of Employment

Permanent, full-time.

Application Process

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to the following email address: [email protected].

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.

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