Sustainability strategists are responsible for driving business change across the breadth of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. You’ll use sustainability to push organisations forward – auditing against global standards, developing sustainable products and services, engaging employees as advocates, and aligning stakeholders around a plan for action.
Role type: Permanent / Contract
Level: Senior / Lead / Principal
Salary range: ¥7-14m
Location: Tokyo, Japan / Remote work
About the role
The skills we look for in Sustainability Strategists include:
Sustainability strategy: Shaping sustainability strategies and enabling stakeholders to take action in their business. You identify opportunities in an organisation and are able to generate a competitive advantage for clients.
Social impact: Demonstrating genuine passion for social innovation and creating meaningful change in society. You’re able to drive sustainable products and services from idea to delivery through your leadership and influence.
Environmental impact: Expertise in environmental sustainability and how businesses are impacting ecosystems across a broad range of sectors. You’re able to influence stakeholders across circular and regenerative methodologies.
Analytical models: Identifying and designing appropriate auditing and assessment models covering areas including: materiality, supply chain, carbon footprint, and social impact – measuring these against global standards. You’re able to develop action plans and reporting based on the outcomes of your analysis.
Research and synthesis: Planning and conducting qualitative and quantitative research with customers and employees, identifying appropriate methods based on the context required. You’re able to synthesise research into insights and recommendations that are impactful for clients.
Facilitation: Facilitating compelling processes and workshops both online and offline – planning activities, drawing out insights, and engaging participants. You’re comfortable adapting to any situation, guiding participants toward meaningful outcomes.
Systems thinking: Making sense of complex spaces and mapping these into journeys and systems based on complex data points. You zoom in and out, understanding these at a macro level as well as a detailed touchpoint and interaction level.
Business design: Aligning to business objectives to create meaningful outcomes for clients and stakeholders. You have strong business acumen and understand how our work connects to strategic, financial, and business needs.
We also have a set of shared people skills that we practice across the team. These are drawn from our values and reflect the global, cross-cultural context we work in, including: Problem solving, Collaboration, Open Communication, Growth Mindset, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Coaching, Stakeholder Engagement, and Organisation.
Who we’re looking for
We’re ideally looking for the following experience, but know everybody has a different career path, and encourage you to apply even if you only fit some of these criteria:
Bilingual English and Japanese, or fluent in one with some proficiency in the other.
Located in Tokyo, or able to work remotely from a similar time zone and would consider relocating in future.
At least 5 years of experience, ideally in consulting or startup environments.
Comfortable working with remote, interdisciplinary teams across languages and cultural backgrounds.
An entrepreneurial, self-starter mindset with exceptional business acumen.
Nice to haves
Undergraduate or Masters degree in Social Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Strategic Design, Entrepreneurship, or a related discipline.
Experience in sustainability frameworks, materiality assessments, audits, and related methods.
Experience using Miro.
Additional expertise or interest in Strategic Design, Sustainability, and Engagement.
What we provide
Shaping a positive employee experience is part of our culture, and we work to ensure our environment is welcoming and inclusive for everyone.
We purposefully look for people from across different cultural backgrounds, identities, languages, and skills – creating interdisciplinary teams that are able to approach business problems from multiple perspectives.
As part of this we provide all employees with:
Flexible work arrangements with remote work options.
Collaborative workspace in Nakameguro, Tokyo.
Transparent career progression and salary levels.
Internal coaching and skill development programs.
Annual training budget that can be used flexibly.
Starting 17 days of leave per year, including 5 days of wellbeing leave.
Apple devices and cloud-based collaboration tools.
Access to our global network through MullenLowe Group and IPG.
A startup environment where you can directly influence the future of the company.
Let’s catch up!
Send your Resume, LinkedIn, and/or Folio to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our practice leads will get back to you. We’re happy to have a coffee near our studio in Nakameguro or catch up online.