Principal Consultant - ESG and Sustainability, UK Assessment Services

Location UK-London
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Business Area
Business Assurance
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Posting Position Type
Permanent Employee
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Local Unit & Position Description

Are you looking to lead the growth of ESG and sustainability services in an innovative, digitally enabled, purpose driven business? Are you motivated to support customers to achieve business success and sustainability in their businesses and their extended supply chains?


We’re recruiting for a growth focussed Principal Consultant with proven seller-doer consulting experience in the domain of ESG and Sustainability to join our Sustainability Assessment Services team in the UK based in London to help us achieve our vision and goals.


This is an exciting opportunity to take a senior role to achieve growth as a seller doer, lead the delivery of projects, ensure service excellence for clients and play an important role in development of others within the team.  We help clients implement, improve and demonstrate their commitment and progress towards authentic sustainability.


You will get the opportunity to win, lead and develop our work on a wide range of sustainability services primarily focussed on Sustainability report assurance, ESG and sustainable finance, supply chain sustainability, sustainability strategy and climate change consulting.


When doing this, you will get the opportunity to engage with many of the regions leading companies and brands across a wide range of sectors and to leverage a suite of services and digital technologies to scope sell and deliver innovative solutions.


Our Team:


Our UK team comprises 17 members, based predominantly at our offices at London Bridge (Central London). The UK Assessment Services team sits within the innovative Digital Assurance and Supply Chain (DASC) division of Business Assurance, and works closely with sustainability colleagues across Business Assurance globally. Business Assurance is one of four business areas within DNVGL, the others being Maritime, Oil and Gas, and Energy.


Key accountabilities:


You will be expected to lead the growth of our sales and delivery for a range of sustainability services and may have specialism and expertise in several of them, including:

  • Sustainability Report Assurance.
  • ESG, green bonds & sustainable finance consulting.
  • Digital Assurance including digitally enabled supply chain solutions for transparency, track and trace.
  • Supply chain sustainability & risk management.
  • Climate change.
  • Sustainability strategy.

You will be expected to lead project teams as well as helping to grow our business through the following activities:

  • Proactively seeking to identify customer needs, developing tailored solutions and selling these to new and existing clients.
  • Directing projects, ensuring they are executed to clients’ expectations, on time, on budget and to DNV GL quality standards.
  • Leading and communicating effectively with your project teams and clients.
  • Introducing services from your own/existing discipline(s) to new clients and new services to existing clients.
  • Writing thought leadership for the team to be published internally and externally and speaking publicly to generate the correct profile and market engagement in the UK region.

Position Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following experience and attributes:

  • Proven track record in sales and business development of ESG & Sustainability services, ideally within a consultancy environment.

  • Proven track record of leading & delivering consulting services as a trusted advisor and thought leader in their domain of ESG/sustainability.

  • Academic qualifications relevant to sustainability subject areas.

  • Proven project and/or team leader, delivering service excellence.

  • Able to clearly delegate tasks and provide sufficient guidance, support and feedback on performance to Senior Consultants and Consultants.

  • Able to line manage Senior Consultants and provide coaching and development.

  • Willingness to travel and work around the UK and on occasions overseas

Our offer:


There are plenty of opportunities for personal growth through our 70-20-10 philosophy (70% learning on the job, 20% coaching and 10% training) and an individual career development plan.


The position is rewarded appropriately, including good fringe benefits such as:

  • A permanent contract
  • Lifestyle benefits (26 days of annual leave + opportunity for up to 10 days unpaid leave, sabbatical leave, flexible working options)
  • Wellbeing benefits (inc. Private Medical and Dental Insurance, Medical check-ups, Gym allowance and free fruit)
  • Travel benefits (inc. Season Ticket Loan Cycle to Work Scheme)
  • Life assurance and employer-matched pension contributions (employer contribution - up to 9%)
  • Re-imbursement of relevant Professional Membership Fees (up to £500)
  • and many, many more!

If you feel that this is the place for you, apply!


* Please note we may close this position earlier in case of finding successful candidates.

Company & Business Area Description

About Business Assurance


As a world-leading certification body, our Business Assurance division works with companies to assure the performance of their organisations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment and training. Our 2,000 Business Assurance employees worldwide take a broader view to help our clients build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust. 


With our extensive local presence, consolidated global experience across industries and acknowledged technical competence, we are an ideal partner for companies in all sectors. We partner with our clients to help them create value while meeting the world’s economic, social and environmental needs.


We take the quality and integrity of our employees and services we deliver to our clients very seriously. We partner with our clients for their challenges today, while taking a broader view of tomorrow. Our strategy is to incorporate “sustainability in everything we do”, as part of DNV GL’s vision of a safe and sustainable future.


About DNV GL


Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.  Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our clients’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. 


As a company, we continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide clients and society with operational and technological foresight. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping clients make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Equal Opportunity Statement

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, cultural background, social group, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age or political opinion. Diversity is fundamental to our culture and we invite you to be part of this diversity!

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