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ESG M&A Consulting Services - Manager or Associate Director

Date:  07-Oct-2021

Sydney, NSW, AU


Do you want to help some of the largest, most interesting organisations in the world imagine, deliver and thrive in a sustainable, low-carbon economy? Do you want to help finance the technologies and industries that will be essential for the realisation of a sustainable future?


There is growing awareness of the critical role of M&A and private equity to influence and deliver the transformational changes necessary to achieve a sustainable future.


Our ambition is to support a wide range of corporate Australia and private equity clients on their most pressing ESG challenges and opportunities, with M&A and a change in ownership often a key trigger of change.


In response to this growing demand for ESG to be embedded in all aspects of the transaction lifecycle, our ESG and M&A Consulting Services team is looking to hire problem solvers with the desire to lead a purpose-driven career, to join our team in Sydney to deliver trusted advice and practical solutions for our clients.


If you are looking to join this fast evolving space and to take your career to the next level, while also gaining exposure to the worlds of ESG and mergers and acquisitions, then our team provides you with the perfect opportunity!


About The Team

We know that Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) are a huge deal for businesses, so whether the focus is on shaping sustainable investment strategies, realising value through the implementation of sustainable transformation strategies to drive shareholder (and broader stakeholder) value, or proactively assessing ESG risks as part of due diligence, we support clients from start to finish.

Our ESG M&A Consulting Services team focuses on embedding ESG across the deal cycle - including ESG-led fund and portfolio level strategy development, assessment of deal targets with strategic ESG due diligence, post-transaction implementation of ESG strategy and initiatives, and supporting the articulation of ESG driven value creation upon exit.

If you want to work at the intersection of ESG, strategy and finance, and help private equity firms transition their portfolios to net zero emissions and create value in the face of rising ESG expectations from multiple stakeholder groups, then we are the team for you!


What will your typical day look like?

As a senior member of the team, this role will provide you with the opportunity to:


  • Develop ESG-led strategies, targets and initiatives at the Fund, portfolio company and/or corporate levels to drive value

  • Provide advice on growth opportunities along with new products and markets emerging from the uptake in ESG-driven innovation

  • Work with our clients and team to shape responses to the evolving sustainable finance landscape and broader investor ESG expectations

  • Lead detailed ESG due diligence (sell-side / buy-side) for corporate and private equity clients and assist with developing Day-1 readiness plans

  • Lead and actively contribute to ESG portfolio assessments

  • Provide technical expertise on one or more of the following areas and how they connect to value:

    • ESG regulation and standards

    • Climate risk and opportunity assessments

    • Greenhouse gas emissions measurement and abatement opportunities

    • Sustainable supply chains

    • Environmental and health and safety legislation

    • ESG governance and controls

  • Provide end-to-end project management of large-scale ESG-driven transformation activities

  • Support management of client relationships and in many cases act as a key client contact on engagements

  • Contribute to practice and business development activities e.g. through the development of thought leadership material

  • Coach junior staff on current and emerging ESG trends across the deal lifecycle and excellent project management skills


Enough About Us, Let’s Talk About You

Noting that this is an emerging space, what really matters is your passion for embedding ESG in M&A. You should have a proven track record in one or more of the following areas:


  • 4+ years of professional experience in at least one the following – this is provided as guide only, please do not let it limit you if you think you have something to add to our team:

    • M&A / deal lifecycle experience, including ESG due diligence in the context of broader financial and operational due diligence

    • Design, implementation and communication of ESG strategy and/or responsible investment strategy

    • Broader professional services, including management consulting or corporate finance

  • Proven ability to support and identify new business opportunities and convert them into projects through the development of detailed proposals and compelling pitches

  • Strong problem solving, business diagnostic and analytical skills

  • Good organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise effectively

  • Experience operating and communicating with senior level stakeholders

  • Strong commercial acumen and project management capability with a track record of successful delivery

  • Good communication skills and an ability to work across multiple clients/projects and drive progress and results.


In addition to the above, the following experience will also be deemed favourable:

  • An in-depth understanding of, and point of view on, how investors, regulators and analysts review and use ESG information to inform their decision making

  • An in-depth understanding of current and emerging ESG issues, with proven experience in either one or more of the following sectors: infrastructure, energy & resources, consumer business, financial services, technology and health care

  • Strong familiarity with common ESG Standards and reporting frameworks such as SASB, GRI, TCFD, UNPRI and the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.


Why Deloitte?

At Deloitte, we create positively differentiated work experiences that enable our people to feel valued and achieve their full potential. Deloitte Australia opens the door to a career that can cross borders virtually and physically across Asia Pacific to gain experience and access projects beyond Australia’s borders. We value difference and embrace people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, gender identities, abilities and thinking styles. Knowing that people work best in a variety of ways, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements if the working pattern you are looking for is not specifically indicated.

We’re committed to continually building a safe and respectful workplace, where all our people feel appreciated and accepted. Through the creation of endorsed employee-led diversity networks which promote cultural, disability, LGBTI+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and gender equality, we’re leading the way to shape an environment where everybody can thrive.

Next Steps

Sound like the role for you? Apply now!

If you’ve got any questions about this role, contact our Talent Acquisition team. We’d love to hear from you!