Senior Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change (Director Level)


New York, NY, USA Remote / WFH

Full time

Sustainability Management

Sustainable Targets


Sep 15

ERM is a global consulting firm, in the business of sustainability since 1971. We partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunities for future generations.

ERM, as the world’s leading sustainability consultancy, is uniquely qualified to advise companies on risk assessments, strategy, disclosure, investor demands, and the transition to a lower carbon economy. Our global Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change (CS&CC) practice is a clear market leader, providing highly innovative advisory services from Board engagement to operationalizing sustainability and across our client’s business. Our team provides strategic advice to clients, including conducting materiality assessments, setting ambitious goals, embedding ESG into business strategy and disclosing through reporting and responding to investor inquiries. With a target of reaching $50 million in sales by 2023 in North America, ERM’s CS&CC practice is one of the fastest growing in a business with annual double-digit growth.

Our global Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change (CS&CC) practice is a market leader, providing innovative advisory services from sustainability strategy design to implementation and disclosure. Our team provides strategic advice to clients, including conducting materiality assessments, setting ambitious goals, embedding ESG into business strategy, implementing governance system, disclosing through reporting – voluntary and regulatory – and responding to investor inquiries.

This is a Partner-Level opportunity for a Partner/Director/VP-level professional looking to further their career with an equity stake in a global business-minded consulting firm. A career as an ERM Partner is unique and our partnership model offers unparalleled opportunities for leaders with ambition, vision, and proven expertise, providing:

  • Meaningful equity ownership with significant financial rewards.
  • The opportunity to contribute significantly to key decisions, including the overall strategic direction of our organization.
  • The ability to provide “thought leadership” on a wide range of technical and business issues affecting our core markets.
  • A platform to leverage ERM’s market position and reach with your established relationships to further drive our growth.

The Role

In this role, you will partner with the world’s largest and most exciting clients to accelerate the adoption of best practices in governance, data systems, quality assurance/quality control, and risk management into sustainability strategy and disclosure. In particular, play a key role in supporting innovation and commercialization of ESG controls into and across the firm’s broad portfolio of service offerings. Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitor the global ESG disclosure landscape to stay abreast of developments and support clients in enabling interoperability between existing and emerging sustainability frameworks (e.g., ESRS, IFRS, GRI, SEC Climate, TNFD).
  • Collaborate with technical and commercial leaders across the organization to further integrate data governance principles into core Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change service offerings. Develop new offerings related to the quickly evolving and maturing landscape of ESG controls and risk management.
  • Coordinate with internal thought leaders, including the SustainAbility Institute by ERM, global and regional service leaders, digital services, and other ERM subject matter experts to embed financial accounting principles and perspectives into topic-specific “boots to boardroom” services.
  • Develop commercial strategies to pursue and win new business opportunities associated with ESG controls and regulatory disclosure that result in significant revenue growth with target clients aligned with ERM’s global strategy.
  • Support and advise ERM account teams on framing risk management and value creation conversations linked to compelling and robust ESG disclosures. Be familiar with/have the ability to articulate how clients can (1) better communicate ESG-related risks; (2) outline their ESG strategy; (3) disclose their ESG targets and progress; and (4) strengthen their ESG governance structure
  • Grow our brand presence and raise the profile of ERM’s capabilities among financial leadership within our client organizations, enabling connectivity between ESG data management and their existing financial systems.
  • Represent ERM in the public forum through public speaking, C-Suite, discussions, conference attendance, and other networking opportunities.
  • Provide client relationship development, sales, and delivery of consulting services to deliver strategic value to our clients in ESG accounting and related services
  • Build, grow, and manage a high-performance team, serving as a leader and mentor to consultants. Identify emerging talent and work with them to reach their full potential; ensure rising stars are nurtured, developed, and given new areas of responsibility.
  • Meet business health & safety performance standards, financial targets, overall project budgets and schedules, client satisfaction/expectations, and internal risk management and contractual requirements.

For the Senior Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change position, we anticipate the annual base pay of $160,000– $180,000. An employee’s pay position within this range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, shift, travel requirements, sales or revenue-based metrics, and business or organizational needs. We also may have instances where employee’s fall outside of the range based on the factors noted above. This job may be eligible for bonus pay (casual and fixed term/flex force employees are NOT bonus eligible).

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life & disability insurance to benefits eligible* employees.

  • Benefits Eligibility is limited to Regular employees regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Fixed-Term employees (including flex force) who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours a week or more are eligible for a limited benefits package. Casual employees are NOT benefits eligible. See your recruiter for more details.

You can apply for this role through or through the internal careers portal if you are a current employee.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, determinable, and payable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, or any other form of compensation that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Who We Are:

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, we partner with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

At ERM we know that creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is an essential part of making our company a great place to build a career. We also see our diversity as a strength that helps us create better solutions for our clients. Our diverse team of world-class experts supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability, underpinned by our deep technical expertise in addressing their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. We call this capability our “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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