Head of Digital Innovation - Climate Solutions

  • London
  • Stockholm
  • Zurich

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all six continents, 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 Consultancy & Advisory Services team provides our clients with outstanding technical expertise that enables the successful implementation of complex sustainability projects. Our expertise spans across multiple topics including land and water management, climate strategies, renewable energies, environmental impact assessments, green products, climate policy, carbon pricing, climate finance, and sustainable finance, to name just a few. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you! 


Job summary:

This leadership role is responsible to scale up and deliver a broad range of commercial software solutions, with the aim to make climate action more scalable and accessible to our clients.  You will be responsible for setting and executing the strategy to make South Pole a leader in the sustainability software space. To achieve this, 

You will work closely with sales, marketing and other internal stakeholders in order to deliver software services that make it easy for our clients to decarbonize the world. You will develop sustainability software business cases in close interaction with business and practice leaders and develop them into solution roadmaps. In this process, you will need to make build or buy decisions and form partnerships, as well as prioritize between different cases.

Your team will consist of an existing in-house software development team and several product managers and product development managers.


Main tasks & responsibilities: 

  • Create business cases, value propositions and operational models around sustainability software solutions in close interaction with business and practice leaders
  • Develop and deliver a strategic technological vision and direction 
  • Develop implementation roadmaps and prioritize between solutions
  • Lead and grow the commercial software solutions team and guide them in solving one of humanity’s most pressing problems
  • Research the external environment, and where appropriate identify and recommend external partners for the delivery of best in class technologies suitable for South Pole (manage buy or build decisions)
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders such as marketing, sales, projects implementation, consultancy to ensure product-market fit and deliver highly successful software solutions
  • Manage different software vendors to ensure that services meet business needs
  • Be accountable for commercial and quality KPIs
  • Manage financial goals and budgets for our portfolio of software solutions

Requirements:

Essential -

  • A university degree, ideally in Business, IT Management, Engineering, Economics,  Sustainability or other business-related disciplines
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience, including a minimum of 2 years in a software product leadership position
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to establish a compelling vision for the growth of our sustainability software solutions function that enables South Pole to identify and seize opportunities in a challenging and competitive market environment
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the specific needs of our clients and translate these into effective software solutions
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills to partner effectively with key internal stakeholders from our different practices and business lines in order to jointly design innovative solutions that meet the needs of our clients
  • Experience in building, leading, mentoring and developing high-performing teams across geographies and cultures
  • Proven expertise in product innovation and product development
  • Outstanding project management and planning skills, with experience in a multi-stakeholder and multi-geographies/international context
  • Advanced skills and accountability in successfully establishing goals and KPIs, as well as defining and managing resources accordingly (budgets, timelines, people, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Comfortable operating globally in a fast-paced high-growth international environment

Desirable - 

  • Experience in scaling up a function, including building, consolidating and growing a global software team
  • Experience in or passion for environmental issues and understanding of sustainability, CSR and related topics
  • Sound understanding of environmental sustainability practices in multinational companies

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; 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

Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Stockholm and Zurich

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Fred. Roeskestraat 115
1076 EE Amsterdam Directions jobs@southpole.com View page

Berlin

10178 Berlin Directions View page

Frankfurt

60311 Frankfurt Directions

London

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

Stockholm

Kungsgatan 10
111 43 Stockholm Directions View page

Zurich

Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zürich Directions +41 43 501 35 50 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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