South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities.
With our solutions, we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.
Our Project Sourcing team works hand in hand with project owners and developers, active in the carbon markets and renewable energy space, to identify, negotiate and contract new emission reduction projects.
By acquiring new projects within our portfolio, we ensure that South Pole always has the right mix of carbon credits available to meet the demands of our clients.
If you’re an ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, this position may be right for you!
Job Summary :
This role aims to lead South Pole's Agricultural practice globally, reporting to the Technology Strategy Global Director'.
In this leadership role, you oversee the Agricultural global strategy in coordination with the Regional Director and local agriculture experts in the regions.
In addition, you will define, own and deliver the agricultural research study with the Innovation team. Finally, you will develop and continually update South Pole's vision for the practice in alignment with the Climate Projects Business Line strategy and our Agricultural Value Chain's (AVC) strategy.
Through your vision and leadership, you will inspire our multifaceted teams worldwide to source and secure world-class carbon emission reduction projects, advisory mandates and investment opportunities that powerfully impact the communities around them and the climate action movement.
Main tasks & responsibilities :
Define, own, communicate and deliver on the Global strategy in the area of agriculture and closely align with the organisation’s global goals and objectives
Serve as an expert advisor or board member for regional agricultural project-related activities within the Climate Projects team, both in the global South and in target industrialised countries like the EU, Australia and the US.
Establish business performance targets and metrics, and be accountable for the overall performance of the Agricultural practice
Contribute to the global annual strategy, and collaborate with other Strategy Director to achieve results and targets
Drive and take accountability for all agricultural practice deliverables for all the company’s relevant environmental market products such as carbon credits, scope 3 units and potentially other units
Lead and structure long-term, complex and strategic partnerships and deals with different stakeholders to support the regions to deploy the strategy to meet the yearly and quarterly goals of the agricultural practice
Maintain and develop a network of partners, companies, investors, businesses and communities, active in the sector
Partner closely with other functions, particularly with, Regions, the Innovation team, technical team (DME), Partnership and Expansion, to optimise and align the strategy;
Lead the collaboration with non-Climate Projects teams such as AVC or Funds and Platforms.
Gather market intelligence and identify industry trends in the agricultural practice and market players and competitors
Serve as a subject expert when required in client meetings, exhibitions and other corporate events and represent South Pole in different forums on the topic of agriculture and environmental markets
Drive innovation and entrepreneurship through leadership and decisive action within the agricultural practice, including assessing potential agricultural projects-related equity investments for consideration by the investment board and proposing potential corporate innovations to the investment board.
Supporting and empowering staff from regional teams and hiring additional high-performing team members to be added to the regional teams.
Work closely with colleagues across the organisation to empower matrixed teams that deliver on our vision of climate action for all.
Requirements : Essential
University degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences, Business or other relevant disciplines
Extensive relevant work experience, including several years of experience in business development roles within the sustainability sector, specifically in the topics of agriculture,
Previous entrepreneurial experience in a highly innovative sector, technology company or startup ecosystem.
Know-how of global corporate best practices related to climate strategies, such as the Science Based Targets Initiative, Net Zero pledges
Experience in establishing clear performance targets and metrics, with a proven track record of meeting or exceeding challenging targets
Strategic and Entrepreneurial mindset, with the ability to establish a compelling vision for our Strategy unit.
Strong business acumen, with the ability to structure and negotiate deals that are commercially sound and profitable for the South Pole.
Outstanding interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills to partner effectively with key internal and external stakeholders
Strong quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform decisions
Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to inspire action and get the best out of people
Ability to present ideas to executive / internal stakeholders regionally and globally.
Ability to work on global and regional complex issues.
Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
Experience in scaling up a fast-growing organisation in the context of a highly competitive market environment
Expertise in Voluntary Carbon Market, carbon emission projects and standards
Experience in pipeline development, CRM, Excel and similar tools
Experience in NBS projects such as silvopastoral, agroforestry or similar systems.
What we offer :
At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team.
South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do.
You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge / skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation.
We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability.
Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.