Regional Commercial Director - North America

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 Sales & Business Development team works hand in hand with our clients to help them identify the right products and solutions to address their sustainability challenges. Whether they are corporate clients or public institutions, whether they are looking to offset their carbon emissions or to engage in a comprehensive sustainability journey, we have a solution that will generate a lasting impact and take them a step further in their social ambitions. 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:

As the Regional Commercial Director, you will drive business and grow South Pole’s presence in North America, one of the fastest growing markets for South Pole’s climate solutions. You will be combing effective commercial management with overall regional responsibility. You will establish the regional go-to-market strategy, define the regional annual budget and be accountable for the business performance of North America. In addition, you will work in tight collaboration with our implementation and marketing teams to develop and market our solutions and seize opportunities associated with climate change. To achieve this, you will lead, develop, inspire and grow our passionate team in a dynamic and fast paced working environment 

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead and drive business performance in the North American region by defining and implementing the regional go-to-market strategy and ensuring South Pole have the resources and ability to deliver the results
  • Translate South Pole’s product offerings into a coherent and localized business strategy for North America
  • Directly lead, develop, coach and inspire a fast growing team holistically
  • Lead and drive the identification and creation of new business opportunities to grow South Pole’s market presence, negotiate and close deals with existing and new clients, and coordinate deliverables with our implementation team
  • Identify cross functional gaps in our product offerings in North America, by collecting market feedback in a structured way, and proactively addressing  these, in close collaboration with the implementation and marketing teams
  • Partner closely with South Pole's project development teams to ensure a close alignment between North American market demands and the company's existing portfolio of carbon credits / RECs
  • Partner closely with the marketing team to identify target clients, assess market opportunities and focus the business development efforts in line with regional and global strategy
  • Establish the regional annual budget in collaboration with the business line heads of South Pole's many sustainability offerings
  • Oversee the timely development of  commercially sound and compelling offers and proposals, in close collaboration  with our product experts and consultants
  • Take accountability for concluding commercial agreements with clients and business partners
  • Engage with corporates in the region regarding our entire climate solutions product offering and provide inputs to our practice leaders and product developers to support  the development of new solutions
  • Represent South Pole in client meetings, at events, conferences and trade shows
  • Inspire clients, partners and employees to accelerate the fight against climate change


Essential -

  • University degree in Environmental Sciences, Business or other relevant discipline
  • Senior commercial or business development leader with at least 12 years of relevant experience in sales roles, of which at least 5 years in a people management capacity
  • Working experience in sustainability, or at least strong understanding of the most important pledges and drivers of the demand for climate action from corporates
  • Sound knowledge of at least one of the following topics: renewable energy,r carbon markets, corporate responsibility, sustainable development or climate change
  • Strong network of companies in the North America region, especially among the Fortune 500
  • Proven track record in establishing stretch targets and holding self and team accountable for, meeting or exceeding them
  • Proven track record in relationship building and negotiation with customers, and relevant associations
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills to build relationships and partner effectively with both clients as well as internal stakeholders
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the specific needs of our clients in a fast-growing competitive market and translate these into compelling solutions that are commercially sound
  • Proven track record of managing cross-functional, high-performing, diverse, teams and successful experience in leading a team and achieving strong sales results through them
  • Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to inspire action and get the best out of people
  • Highly result-driven and action-oriented with a strong drive for success and impact
  • Strong perseverance and determination to engage new clients
  • Experience in budget development and management

Desirable - 

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Experience in scaling up a fast-growing teams in the context of a highly competitive market environment
  • Strong financial and planning skills, with experience leading strategy and budgeting processes at regional level
  • Experience in sustainability and/or carbon market and/or renewable markets
  • Strong quantitative skills, with the ability to use data and metrics to draw conclusions and inform decisions
  • Comfortable operating globally in a fast-paced high-growth international environment

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.

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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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