HEAD OF ESG AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
Title: Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance
Reporting to: Managing Director with high-level support provided by the Seahorse Board and Senior Advisors
Start date: October 2021
Location: Central London office (once government guidelines permit)
Contract: Full time but flexible and family friendly hours
Holiday: 25 days’ holidays, bank holidays and three cause days for voluntary commitments
Experience required: at least 8 years
Benefits: include pension and bonus
Deadline for application- 30th July 2021
Please send you CV and a short covering note to Tatiana Yates [email protected]
About the role
We are now looking to bolster our impressive reputation by creating a dedicated ESG and Sustainable Finance Practice. Seahorse is currently working alongside major players in this area, including ShareAction, the Green Finance Institute and WWF through the pioneering APPG on Sustainable Finance, as well as Conduit Capital. Building on this work, the Practice would accelerate Seahorse’s existing offerings to major businesses in The City that are looking for an alternative to traditional financial PR and public affairs.
The head of this practice would work closely with our other Energy and Ocean practices on interconnected issues to ensure Seahorse becomes a leader in this important, yet exciting, emerging space. We want to be seen as the most credible and fully integrated agency across the media, Westminster, NGO community and business sector.
This role is a unique opportunity to start and grow an impressive team within a fast-paced agency that can provide an unparalleled service to major clients operating in both ESG and sustainable finance. Building on Seahorse’s existing portfolio of purpose-driven clients, the role will enable talented individuals to lead on credible green projects and generate true impact across the sector as well as the wider economy.
The scope of the practice from greening finance to financing green can be defined by the candidate with a clear idea of their vision for the growth based on their experience and understanding of the market.
Seahorse’s Founder and MD is member of the Cabinet Office’s Parliamentary Coordination Group for COP26, Advisory Board for the APPG Sustainable Finance and a member of E3Gs Political Working Group on Net Zero UK Finance. She would be keen for Seahorse’s Head of Sustainable Finance to join these meetings and to network with these groups to share intel and grow awareness across the sector.
Build relationships with existing and potential clients operating in the field of ESG, sustainable finance, investors, and financial services to develop new business for the Practice. This includes taking a leading role in Seahorse’s work with the APPG on Sustainable Finance.
Lead and manage new business proposals and corresponding pitches for potential clients, suggesting innovative and creative solutions to briefs.
Provide leadership and strategic counsel for high profile clients in the Practice, including directing accounts and projects, and anticipating clients’ challenges and developing strategies to solve them.
Manage multiple client projects at one time and provide overall guidance for junior members of the team, overseeing fees and cost budgets as well as team hours.
Devise and implement strategic comms plans and integrated campaigns, helping secure political wins and impressive media coverage.
Line managing and mentoring junior members of staff across the company, showcasing strong work ethic and setting high standards.
Work alongside other client briefs and projects outside of the Practice.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
In-house and/or agency experience (ESG, financial PR and communications, or investor relations) working with major corporate companies on relevant issues.
Experience providing strategic council to C-Suite executives on these matters.
Clear understanding of sustainable investment, including how the private sector thinks and operates.
Strong passion to work on only green issues and the ability to identify credible claims by routing out greenwash.
In-depth understanding of the relevant policy and regulatory landscape including:
c. Principles of Responsible Investment
d. Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero
e. UK Export Finance
f. Corporate Governance Code
g. EU Sustainable Finance Package
h. EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Investments
i. Future UK Taxonomy
j. UK Strategy for Green Finance.
6. Previous experience managing junior members of staff and leading a team.
An understanding a UK politics.
Ability to communicate with journalists clearly and effectively, with a good understanding of how the media operates.