Global Technical Expert – Sustainability SME (Carbon – Climate + GHG)
ARCADIS Belgium nv
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
3d ago

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At Arcadis we focus on attracting, retaining and developing people who share our passion and commitment to improve quality of life.

In return we offer you the opportunity to transform your world and the world around you, that could be through client work, upskilling yourself, championing equality and inclusion or getting involved in charity work, to name just a few.

Our people value different perspectives, they care about the sustainability of our planet and dare to shape the future.

One of our core values is people first’, and supported by our Lovinklaan foundation, we invest in you for the long term, to ensure you reach your full potential.

You’ll have the opportunity to own your career and work on industry-defining projects, finding solutions to real challenges that make a difference to people’s lives.

You’re encouraged to have a growth mindset and are given the space to develop personally and professionally, building a flexible career that works for you.

Location : Not location-specific, global scope / location

Purpose :

Technical Focus : Carbon (Climate + GHG)

Expansion of renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency practices are essential to create a net-zero economy where carbon emissions are reduced to the absolute minimum.

Successful candidates for the Subject Matter Expert Carbon role will have in-depth sector and technical knowledge around emerging technologies that can be deployed on our projects, the latest external research and thought leadership, a broad view of global policies that are emerging or already in place regulatory tracking and country commitments), a view of the up-and-coming energy companies new startups and renewable energy providers), and expert knowledge of the various carbon reporting and scope 3 measurement & tracking frameworks and platforms SBTi and GHG protocol).

This role will be responsible for :

  • Ecosystem partners : key stakeholder to the Innovation & Ecosystem team to identify and develop our strategic partners to drive new innovative carbon solutions to our clients.
  • Digital solutions : key stakeholder to our Global Solutions and Services community to prioritize and develop digital tools that accelerate net zero through accurate quantification of scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions and identification of opportunities to reduce energy and GHG emissions.
  • Standardization : work with our Global Solutions & Services team to embed minimum sustainable practices in standard operating procedures.
  • New solution development : partner to our Global Business Areas taking new research and development to identify and scale new opportunities and solutions that maximize greenhouse gas emissions reductions and energy use efficiency.
  • Project indicator measurement : partnering with our Impact & Systems team to develop the methodology, tools and systems to measure lifecycle carbon in our design & engineering projects in buildings, highways, etc.).
  • As-needed project opportunity and delivery : supporting our client, pursuit, and project teams to win and deliver strategic projects globally, maximizing decarbonization opportunities in our proposals and projects.
  • Campaign & thought leadership support : developing decarbonization-related thought leadership content to feed into campaigns and external presentations.
  • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) role

    To be Arcadis’ lead expert on the given sustainability subject matter expertise, and position Arcadis as a leader in this field.

    Five areas of Sustainability SMEs are : Carbon (Climate + GHG), Water Stewardship, Circular Economy, Nature & Biodiversity, and Environmental Justice).

    You should be an expert and practitioner in the field, regularly engaging with and / or contributing to what the state of the art thinking is, and what practical solutions / approaches are being developed in science, academia, non-profits and / or other relevant leading institutions.

    About 60% of your time should be focused on Arcadis building a bridge backwards from the ’state of the art’’ to incorporation into every Solution / Service Arcadis has, leading global communities of practice around this subject area, and furthering the company’s position in terms of thought leadership.

    You should embed this expertise into Arcadis’ standard operating procedures, as well as collaborate with the Impact + Systems team to devise how we will measure / track any impact in this area in our solutions / services.

    About 40% of your time will be focused on supporting Arcadis’ client outreach as requested by the Growth team - embedding your SME into any strategic pursuits + key client engagements in a way that is replicable and scalable.

    Reporting lines : Global Sustainability SME reports to the Global Sustainability Client Solutions Director

    Individual accountabilities :

    Standardize Sustainability in All Solutions and Services

  • Ensure that the subject matter is holistically integrated into all solutions and services.
  • Standardize sustainability in priority standard operating procedures.
  • Partner with Global Solutions and Services Directors as necessary to develop better proposals and to participate in client discussions.
  • Lead engagement with internal / external experts in order to develop the KPI, process, and systems to enable the measurement of sustainability impact in projects.
  • Maximize Sustainability Opportunities in Strategic Pursuits Across All Solutions and Services

  • Develop and run the alternative approach board working in tandem with the global pursuits board.
  • Partner with the Growth team in proactive client identification and engagement in your area of expertise, utilizing hotspot analysis from the Impact & Systems team.
  • Support strategic pursuits and key client project delivery in relation to your subject expertise area.
  • Lead Communities of Practice

  • Grow global communities of practice, by building upon existing local groups and leveraging in-country GBA capability and expertise.
  • Develop content for sustainability training and awareness programs working in partnership with the Education & Engagement team.
  • Support identification of key external innovation partners Techstars).
  • Thought Leadership

  • Lead and support thought leadership pieces and campaigns.
  • Primary technical connection to WBCSD for relevant topics.
  • Collect and amplify best cases.
  • Global Service & Solution Directors.
  • Shared accountabilities :

  • Increased sustainability of Arcadis’ Solutions portfolio through the development of new frameworks, tools, and resources to directly drive progress against Arcadis’ Sustainability Ambition (shared with Solutions + Services directors, Growth + GBAs, with input / feedback from Global Sustainability Integration + Transformation team).
  • Integration of sustainability into the Arcadis Way to ensure sustainability is embedded into every aspect of its work (shared with Global Sustainability Integration + Transformation team, TAW team + all relevant stakeholders who own parts of the process).
  • Key Stakeholders :

  • GBA sustainability advisory experts
  • Corporate Sustainability : Impact & Systems
  • Pursuit Committee & Pursuit Leaders
  • Client Account Leaders
  • Learning & Development
  • Innovation & Ecosystems
  • Corporate Sustainability : Education & Engagement
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Collaboration Hub
  • Decision rights : Owns :

    Owns :

  • Standardization and validation of SME in SOPs
  • Horizon scanning and piloting of new technologies / approaches
  • Specific communities of practices dedicated to areas of SME
  • Influences :

  • Strategic sustainability ecosystem partners
  • Strategic proposals across all services & solutions, and client engagements
  • Profile requirements :

    Required Qualifications :

  • Senior leader with experience building sustainability business cases, whilst having an overview of new innovations ensure our solutions are leading.
  • Deep understanding of best practices and new developments within the sustainability subject area.
  • Fluency with public speaking and experience presenting at conferences.
  • Prior participation in industry groups, network organizations, or others to drive advocacy efforts.
  • Strong influencing ability to train colleagues, empower colleagues, enable clients, and accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.
  • For this role Arcadis values professional experience across the following priority areas :

  • Breadth of experience : Working internationally, across different industries and business lines and / or functions, managing projects impacting people / issues / solutions across organizational boundaries.
  • Mobilizing talent : Embracing new workforce profiles and planning approaches, attracting, and developing talent, leveraging talent in different markets, catalyzing a movement.
  • Living our purpose : Mentoring and sponsoring people coming through the business and from outside. Proactively, supporting communities and social initiatives, and showing attention for the planet and sustainability.
  • Aligned to the Arcadis Leadership model we seek leaders with a strong fit to our leadership success profile, to build and drive our culture of inclusion, accountability, human-centricity, and sustainability.

    Successful leaders at Arcadis will possess strong learning agility, combined with a balanced mix of being curious, driving success, and igniting passion.

    Be curious :

  • Demonstrate and develop curiosity in oneself and others, bringing clients and Arcadians on a journey of discovery and co-creation.
  • Have a global, strategic, and future thinking mindset.
  • Are digitally savvy, entrepreneurial, and innovative.
  • Build organizational networks that are value-adding, engaging, and purposeful.
  • Incorporate a human-centric, experimentation-led, and continuous learning mindset to lead innovation and transformation.
  • Actively engage diverse points of view and manage healthy issues-based conflict.
  • Drive success :

  • Create a sense of shared ownership and accountability balancing this with decisiveness and holding others to account for delivery.
  • Take ownership for own responsibility, creating clarity, and motivating and aligning others.
  • Internalize organizational goals, making them one’s own personal stretch goals.
  • Are outcomes-focused and tackle challenges head-on.
  • Demonstrate commercial acumen in general, and specifically with regards to sustainable solutions.
  • Actively shape the future of the organization.
  • Ignite passion :

  • Personally, role model own commitment to improving quality of life and putting sustainability at the core.
  • Apply an adaptive style to engagement that is culturally sensitive and appeals to the personal needs of others.
  • Bring clarity and manage anxiety in others, through clear communication and inspiring storytelling.
  • Integrate their work, helping others make the connection between their work and the bigger picture.
  • Maintain personal resilience, rebound from setbacks, and help others to do the same.
  • Build trust through authenticity, demonstrating integrity and courage regarding own convictions.
  • Performance Metrics

    sustainable solutions developed

    strategic pursuits won

    high impact thought leadership engagements

    of alternative approaches implemented

  • Progress with sustainability KPIs
  • Recruitment agencies need not respond. Details from this vacancy are not to be used for marketing purposes.

    Arcadis. Improving quality of life.

    Why Become an Arcadian?

    Our work with clients has a direct impact on people’s lives and on the planet. We make moving, living and belonging in cities safer, more resilient and more sustainable.

    By partnering with our clients as responsible custodians of our earth's resources, we can create a sustainable planet.

    We continue to think of new ways to make positive impacts and create better experiences for people; data driven and digital solutions have become part of the Arcadis DNA.

    Working together with clients and using techniques like design thinking, we can get to the heart of our clients’ most pressing challenges and work together to solve them.

    As a global business, we have committed to support five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that our projects contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all.

    But it’s not just the work that we do on client projects that benefits communities and our planet. As a global business, we are committed to making a positive impact to society by supporting local communities where we operate.

    To help protect our planet, we monitor and measure non-financial information to inform business decisions and reduce our own environmental impact as part of our commitment to be net zero carbon as a global company by 2030.

    Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

    We want you to be able to bring your best self to work every day, which is why we take equality and inclusion seriously and hold ourselves to account for our actions.

    Our ambition is to be an employer of choice and provide a great place to work for all our people.


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