Senior Advisor Environmental Specialist Sustainable Financing

Tampa Palms, Florida, US
Aug 02, 2021
Aug 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Join a global professional services leader. We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization. GHD continues to expand our market presence across North America. As part of the North America Advisory Strategy, Sustainability, Resilience & ESG is a key focus area for our clients. The Senior Advisor Environmental Specialist Sustainable Financing on the Sustainability, Resilience & ESG Advisory team will work closely with the Executive Advisor to support GHD's growth in the market Environmental &Social (E&S) Finance Investing Market.

The goal for GHD is to be a thought leader and premier Sustainability, Resilience & ESG consultant with a strategic focus across Private, Municipal, Water and Transportation markets in the USA and Canada. Closely cooperating with other GHD enterprise, Advisory Business Activity Leaders, and the broader GHD business including, Marketing Leaders and Regional Technical Leaders, this role is a key element of our growth strategy.

The Sustainability, Resilience & ESG practice area includes investor support, strategy consulting, climate risk & impact assessment, decarbonization, transactions and ESG reporting.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
  • Support the ESG/Sustainability Executive Advisor(s) to implement the growth strategy for the GHD Advisory Strategic Sustainability and ESG practice and aligned with the broader GHD Advisory strategy and the Enterprise Business.
  • Support the ESG/Sustainability Executive Leader to implement the marketing/communications strategy for the GHD Advisory Strategic Sustainability and ESG practice to broaden the GHD brand both internally and externally.
  • Lead and assist with the technical delivery and management of Advisory projects and client relationships.

Leverage existing relationships to support the growth of the Advisory Strategic Sustainability & ESG opportunities throughout North America and support the delivery of new and existing client opportunities.

Support the GHD Advisory Strategic Sustainability practice in North America so that we meet GHD's overall objectives in terms of financial performance, risk management and strategic development having regard to GHD's core values.

Assist in mentoring and coaching to develop Advisory Strategic Sustainability and ESG practice team members.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following general experience:
  • Knowledge/experience in environmental and social (E&S) advisory services / due diligence services in any sector (i.e. infrastructure, power, water).
  • Knowledge/experience in the requirements of Lenders/investors, including Environmental Risk analysis, Environmental and Social Action Plans (ESAPs), Environmental Management Systems, climate change, and biodiversity and natural resources matters.
  • Permitting processes and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Impact Studies requirements at the State, Federal, or International level.
  • Knowledge of IFC-based environmental methodologies for ecosystem services, cumulative impacts, critical habitats, etc.
  • Experience conducting project environmental supervision, compliance monitoring and auditing services against Equator Principles and International standards.
  • Familiar with environmental/biodiversity risks and impacts reduction tools/frameworks
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment associated with investments.
  • Interface with customers and clients.

Experience and Skills:
  • Relevant degree required (ecology, biology); Master's or Doctorate degree preferred. Undergraduate degree with project experience also accepted.
  • 5-15 years' experience in environmental advisory services.
  • Working knowledge of Equator Principles, the IFC Performance Standards 2012, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Safeguards.
  • Ability to travel as required preferred.
  • Prior experience working in Latin America or Asia beneficial.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent detailed oriented technical report writing skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Fluency in a second language (e.g., Spanish) (written and oral) beneficial.

Why GHD?

Being the best we can be is in our culture. We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanization are made sustainable for generations to come.

Our commitment to you

Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognize achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new ideas, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of diverse people across our global business.

Who we are

We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly 'One GHD' across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents - Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients.

This position does not provide visa sponsorship.