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ESG Director - Climate Change and Sustainability - Sydney /National

Date:  15-Sep-2021

Sydney, NSW, AU

  • Flexible work arrangements - work in a way that suits you best.
  • Rewards platform - your hard work won't go unnoticed at Deloitte.
  • Training and development - at Deloitte we believe in investing in our best assets, the people! You will have access to world class training and funding towards industry and other professional certifications
  • Purpose -work for an organisation that delivers on its purpose of ‘making an impact that matters’ leading on topics such as climate change and social impact


The Climate Change and Sustainability advisory team continues to grow and requires a number of outstanding, innovative and engaging professionals to join the team – that’s where you come in.

The team is privileged to be working on one of the most pressing and topical business and societal issues. Through our services, we help our clients understand, engage with and act on their ESG/sustainability-related risks and opportunities.


About our Sustainability & Climate Change team

Our highly diverse and multi-disciplinary team combines deep subject matter expertise, strategic thinking, and data and technology to meet the equally diverse and fast-evolving needs of our clients.

Our practice’s experience and expertise spans Sustainability (or “ESG”) Strategy, Impact Evaluation, Climate Risk and Strategy, Work Health and Safety, Crisis Management and Resilience, Risk Culture, Human Rights and Ethics, across a range of advisory and assurance engagements.


About our work

As a senior and inspirational member of our team focused on ESG, you will be working with a variety of blue chip, high-profile clients, helping them clarify and shape what ESG/ sustainability means for their business, respond to stakeholder pressures and expectations, leverage sustainable business models as a source of competitive advantage and embed these strategies to ensure success.  We offer a broad range of services including (but not limited to):


  • ESG strategy development and stress-testing of corporate strategy through an ESG lens
  • ESG Strategy implementation at a program level
  • Sustainable Finance, Nature-based Solutions and Biodiversity, Resilience
  • Sustainability narrative and communication strategies
  • ESG materiality assessments and assurance
  • ESG performance reporting and benchmarking/rating
  • Value creation and protection, scenario modelling and stress testing, target setting
  • ESG Due Diligence including transactional ESG support
  • Impact measurement and assessment including technology enablement of ESG data/digital solutions


While this role is for our Sustainability and Climate Change team, we are looking for a professional with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, which can include in-house or consulting roles in strategy, ESG finance and management, and ESG/GHG reporting.


Please also note that at this stage we are not able to offer any relocation from abroad given the ongoing border restrictions as part of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


You will provide engaging leadership of teams to enable Deloitte’s ESG/CC&S service offering to grow aligned with our strategy and purpose.


You will have deep subject matter expertise in this field, having worked with diverse clients including financial institutions (PE, banks, asset management, infrastructure, etc.) and/or multinational organizations. You may also have the experience and capability to lead strategic engagements at C-suite/Project/Portfolio fund level.



Your combined structured thinking, subject matter expertise and passion for the field will help shape opportunities, support sales and lead end-to-end project delivery. You will need to:


  • Have strong oral and written communication skills (including presentations, workshopping, facilitation and negotiations);
  • Apply structured problem-solving, technical skills and knowledge to design project approach and lead others in delivery;
  • Be passionate about people development, including coaching and managing teams.  You will have the ability to lead people effectively and build strong rapport and relationships with both our team and client peers;
  • Have a strong track record of business development with experience in developing proposals;
  • Have a robust understanding of the core ESG enablers which support a successful ESG strategy, such as climate risk mitigation, diversity & inclusion, responsible supply chain, human rights and modern slavery, circular business models, carbon emissions management, etc
  • Experience working with other corporates to develop and embed ESG strategies, and ideally, experience transforming business models to be more sustainable;
  • Have a good knowledge of key ESG/sustainability frameworks and schemes such as GRI; SASB; WEF; UNPRI; GRESB; Climate Bonds Standard; etc
  • Provide high quality EHS/ESG/E&S due diligence for acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, capital raising and project finance




  • A graduate degree in business, engineering, environmental science and/or equivalent relevant subject



Why Deloitte?
At Deloitte, we create positively differentiated work experiences that enable our people to feel valued and achieve their full potential. We value difference and embrace people with diverse backgrounds and thinking styles. Knowing that people work best in different ways, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements if the working pattern you are looking for is not specifically indicated.

Next Steps
Sound like the sort of role for you? Apply now.
If you have any questions or wish to have a confidential conversation about this role, contact Greg Nihotte in our Talent Acquisition team on 02 9322 7389. We’d love to hear from you!