Associate Director - Nature Based Solutions Sourcing

  • Jakarta
  • London

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Project Sourcing team works hand in hand with project owners and developers, active in the carbon markets and renewable energy space, to identify, negotiate and contract new emission reduction projects. By acquiring new projects within our portfolio, we ensure that South Pole always has the right mix of carbon credits available to meet the demands of our clients. If you’re an ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, this position may be right for you!


Job summary:

The purpose of this role is to lead South Pole’s Nature Based solutions (NBS) practice within the Sourcing Function. Reporting directly to the Director of Global Sourcing, in this leadership role, you are accountable for overseeing all NBS operations and activities. You will define, own and monitor policies, initiatives and protocols related to NBS, and will develop and continually update South Pole’s vision for the practice, in alignment with the Projects and Markets Unit overall strategy. Through your vision and leadership, you will inspire our multifaceted teams across the world to source and secure world class carbon emission reduction projects as well as biodiversity offset projects that powerfully impact the communities around them and the climate action movement as a whole.


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead, define, represent and communicate the Global Sourcing strategy to the rest of the NBS practice and closely align with the organisation’s global goals and objectives 
  • Establish business performance targets and metrics, and be accountable for the overall performance of the NBS practice including the biodiversity projects practice 
  • Contribute to the global annual Sourcing strategy, planning and budgeting processes from the NBS practice perspective 
  • Oversee and take accountability for all NBS practice deliverables for all the company’s relevant environmental market products such as carbon credits, biodiversity offsets and potentially other units 
  • Structure long term, complex and strategic partnerships and deals with project owners and other stakeholders to meet the yearly and quarterly goals of the NBS practice 
  • Maintain and develop a network of suppliers, partners, communities, concession owners and similar partners 
  • Partner closely with other functions, in particular the global Portfolio Management team as well as the Project Development team, and the rest of the Sourcing team to optimise the management of existing large deals and the structuring of new ones 
  • Gather market intelligence and identify industry trends with regard to the NBS practice 
  • Serve as a subject expert when required in client meetings, exhibitions and other corporate events and represent South Pole in different forums on the topic of environmental markets 
  • Drive innovation and entrepreneurship through leadership and decisive action within the NBS practice 
  • Build high-performing teams within the NBS practice that will deliver credits and certificates that satisfy the needs of our clients while achieving South Pole’s profitability goals and quality standards 
  • Work closely with colleagues across the organisation to empower matrixed teams that deliver on our vision of climate action for all

Requirements:

Essential:

  • University degree in Environmental Sciences, Business or other relevant disciplines 
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, including several years of experience in business development roles within the sustainability sector, specifically in the topics of NBS, voluntary carbon markets and Biodiversity offsets 
  • Deep knowledge and expertise in carbon emission projects and standards and investments into such projects; good understanding of jurisdictional REDD+ schemes and programmes
  • Experience in establishing clear performance targets and metrics, with proven track record of meeting or exceeding challenging targets 
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to establish a compelling vision for our Sourcing function 
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to structure and negotiate deals that are commercially sound and profitable for South Pole
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills to partner effectively with key internal and external stakeholders 
  • Outstanding financial and planning skills, with experience leading strategy and budgeting processes 
  • Strong quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform decisions 
  • Experience managing cross-functional, high-performing, diverse, remote and global teams 
  • Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to inspire action and get the best out of people
  • Comfortable operating globally in a fast-paced high-growth international environment

Desirable:

  • Experience in scaling up a fast-growing organisation in the context of a highly competitive market environment
  • Experience in management or operations of investment funds or procurement vehicles related to nature-based solutions such as REDD+ or restoration 
  • Know how of global corporate best practices related to climate strategies, such as the Science Based Targets Initiative, Net Zero pledges

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Locations

Berlin, Medellin, Bogotá, Jakarta and London

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10178 Berlin Directions View page

Medellin

Cra. 46 ###7-59
050022 Medellín Directions View page

Bogotá

Dg. 68 #11a-29
110231 Bogotá Directions View page

Jakarta

Graha Iskandarsyah
12160 Kebayoran Baru Directions View page

London

48 Warwick St
W1B 5NL London Directions +44 20 3980 9560 View page

Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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