The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™

Shape the agenda on global resources, sustainability and political risk

Associate Director/Senior Associate Climate, Sustainability and License to Operate

Background: Critical Resource is a leading advisory firm specialising in sustainability, license to operate and political risk issues, advising major energy and resource companies and investors, and engaging with international stakeholders at the most senior levels.

We have two main goals: to provide authoritative, independent analysis on such issues; and to assist clients to manage them in a strategic, far-sighted and responsible way. Our core team brings together high-level experience working for The Economist, McKinsey, the OECD, Chatham House and a number of major energy and resource firms. Our network of senior advisors spans over 75 countries and includes former senior executives in global companies, former ambassadors, government ministers, civil society leaders and other leading opinion formers. Our Senior Advisory Panel includes a former editor of The Economist, the chairs of Shell and Rio Tinto, and the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, among other eminent figures. See www.c-resource.com for more background.

We are currently seeking to hire one to two high-calibre individuals to join Critical Resource’s London-based core team at the Associate Director or Senior Associate level:

  1. Climate and sustainability or
  2. License to operate and stakeholder engagement

The two roles set out below are based on these two strategic focus areas. Please note we may hire for either or both roles, depending on the suitability of candidates who apply. Applications for the two roles will be evaluated separately and based on distinct criteria. We therefore ask that candidates specify which role they wish to be considered for and tailor their application accordingly.

 

Role 1: Associate Director/Senior Associate: Climate & Sustainability

Core responsibilities would include:

  • Helping lead Critical Resource’s client assignments for energy and resource companies on their corporate-level strategies for climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. This will include overseeing and helping manage client projects in areas such as: developing climate strategies; climate scenario analysis; climate and ESG governance and risk management; climate target-setting; and leadership positioning and engagement
  • Supporting Critical Resource’s climate change business development, including helping develop existing relationships with senior executives on potential climate, ESG and sustainability assignments and maintaining our reputation as ‘trusted advisors’
  • Cultivating Critical Resource’s expert profile and thought leadership on climate change and sustainability, further developing our ESG and climate framework approach, and developing relationships with climate change and sustainability thought leaders
  • Managing and developing junior colleagues

Skills/qualifications:

  • At least five years of work experience relating to climate and sustainability issues, ideally with a focus on the energy or resources sector, either gained through in-house experience within an energy or resources company (at the group or operational level), or alternatively through experience in investor/financial institutions, academia, think tanks, civil society organisations, management consulting, law, development work, etc.
  • A strong academic record (equivalent of a 2:1 or 1st, preferably with a master’s degree in a relevant discipline)
  • Strong understanding of climate change-related issues, as well as global business trends, political/international dynamics, and the resources sector
  • Proven ability to manage small teams and projects successfully, under tight deadlines and within budgets
  • Proven ability to build strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Excellent writing ability in English and exceptional communication skills
  • Additional language skills are an advantage
  • Good IT skills, including familiarity with MS Office

Personal attributes:

  • A highly diligent and thorough work ethic
  • Strong analytical and research skills, ability to quickly grasp and dissect complex issues
  • Entrepreneurial and energetic with an appetite for business development
  • Personable character and a good team player
  • High ethical integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Professional approach, reliability and ability to meet tight deadlines

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to further strengthen their experience and reputation in the climate and sustainability fields, in an environment which values excellence and entrepreneurship, and which is highly supportive of employees’ professional development.

Time & availability required: Permanent, full-time position with a six-month probationary period, starting as soon as possible. Some international travel may be required.

Salary: Competitive overall package dependent on experience, comprising base salary and a bonus linked to individual performance and company profits.

Please send a CV and a one-page cover letter to careers@c-resource.com by 12th January 2020. Please specify “Senior Associate / Associate Director – Climate & Sustainability” in your cover letter and the subject line of your email.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position.

 

Role 2: Associate Director/Senior Associate: License to Operate & Stakeholder Engagement

Core responsibilities would include:

  • Helping lead Critical Resource’s client assignments for energy and resource companies on political, stakeholder and other sustainability issues facing their assets and projects in different geographies. This would include both guiding the development of independent assessments of these issues for clients, and also designing practical, on-the-ground interventions to help them responsibly tackle key challenges around their assets (e.g. through stakeholder engagement, community programmes and other best-practice initiatives). The work would involve coordinating the input of our global network of advisers, overseeing and managing research processes, and delivering high-quality outputs and engagement
  • Helping to drive Critical Resource’s growth strategy on asset-level ‘license to operate’ issues by building and maintaining client relationships, identifying new business opportunities, credibly communicating our capabilities to potential clients and ultimately helping to secure new contracts
  • Contributing to Critical Resource’s intellectual capital and external credibility in this area – including through publications, media interviews, and representing Critical Resource at national and international events
  • Managing and developing junior colleagues

Skills/qualifications:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience, with a good understanding of political, stakeholder or sustainability issues facing resource or energy assets, whether gained through in-house experience within a resource or energy company (at the operational or group level), or alternatively through experience in political risk consulting, investor/financial institutions, academia, think tanks, civil society organisations, management consulting, law, development work, the diplomatic service, etc.
  • A strong academic record (equivalent of a 2:1 or 1st, preferably with a master’s degree in a relevant discipline)
  • Excellent writing ability in English and strong communication skills
  • Strong preference for candidates with high-level proficiency in French or Spanish (other languages may also be considered)
  • Understanding of global business trends, political/international issues; direct experience of the energy and resource industries and sustainability issues is beneficial
  • Proven ability to manage small teams and projects successfully, under tight deadlines and within budgets
  • Proven ability to build strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Good IT skills, including familiarity with MS Office

Personal attributes

  • A highly diligent and thorough work ethic
  • Strong analytical and research skills, ability to quickly grasp and dissect complex issues
  • Entrepreneurial and energetic with an appetite for business development
  • Personable character and a good team player
  • High ethical integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Professional approach, reliability and ability to meet tight deadlines

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to further their experience and reputation in the sustainability/political risk field, in an environment which values excellence and entrepreneurship, and which is highly supportive of employees’ professional development.

Time & availability required: Permanent, full-time position with a six-month probationary period, starting as soon as possible. Some international travel may be required.

Salary: Competitive overall package dependent on experience, comprising base salary and a bonus linked to individual performance and company profits.

Please send a CV and a one-page cover letter to careers@c-resource.com by 12th January 2020. Please specify “Senior Associate / Associate Director – Social License to Operate” in your cover letter and the subject line of your email.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position.