• Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description

SustainAbility, an ERM Group Company established in 1987, is a global think tank and advisory firm working to inspire and enable business to lead the transition to a sustainable economy. To achieve our vision we deliver high-quality advice and research to clients, develop and nurture networks for collaboration, and publish impactful and insightful research. Our small team works globally from offices in London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Do you have a passion for, and experience in, sustainable business thinking and strategy? We'd be thrilled to hire you to join our London team as an Analyst, which is an entry-level consultant role at SustainAbility. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work for a dynamic and passionate organization working at the leading edge of corporate sustainability.

The primary purpose of the Analyst’s role is to provide research, analysis and advice for advisory and research projects, contributing to teamwork and innovation to ensure that SustainAbility is making significant and measurable change in moving corporations towards sustainable business models. This position will also play a role in business development activity in our advisory and research work. You will be client-facing.

Primary Responsibilities - Overview

  • Provide high-quality research, analysis and advice for consulting and research projects by working as an integral member on multiple project teams
  • Source and synthesise key trends and developments that are shaping the sustainable development agenda, and contribute to SustainAbility’s perspective in both think tank and consulting work
  • Support innovations that help us make significant and measurable progress in moving corporations toward sustainable business models
  • Play a supporting role in business development and fundraising for our consulting and think tank work

Primary Responsibilities - Details

Research, Analysis and Advice:

  • Conduct high-quality corporate sustainability research and analysis and create deliverables (reports, presentations, etc.) addressing a range of issues and industries
  • Create written and verbal presentations of work that will be used in client settings and in think tank publications to help guide clients and partners
  • Think critically and strategically helping to influence decision-makers and outcomes
  • Monitor and track key sources to help contribute to trends reporting and bespoke research products
  • Help prepare, facilitate and lead on interviews with clients, research partners and other stakeholders
  • Assist with the development of materials for workshops, client meetings and stakeholder engagement (e.g. for our business member network, the SustainAbility Transparency Network)

Business Development Activities:

  • Conduct background research on potential clients and research partners
  • Support development of proposals and pitch materials
  • Identify opportunities for expanding relationships with existing clients and research partners
  • Support local and global team members with business development activities as needed

Teamwork and Innovation:

  • Contribute to SustainAbility’s intellectual capital through research, writing and knowledge sharing
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
  • Work with remote teams across different time zones and cultures
  • Contribute as needed to other internal and external team events  


* Preference will be given to applicants who have the following key skills and competencies

  • Alignment with SustainAbility’s mission and vision
  • Master's degree preferred but not required. Preference will be given for candidates with degrees in public policy, international relations, economics, business, environmental studies or a related field
  • Strong understanding of business with at least 2-3 years relevant business experience required; consulting experience preferred
  • Interest in and aptitude for consulting, including a passion for serving clients
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the sustainable development agenda and how it interfaces with business, as demonstrated by an internship or other experience.  Experience in either the food, finance, health, technology and energy sectors would be welcomed
  • Strong research, writing and analytical skills; ability to distil large amounts of information into what matters most
  • Ability to present analytic findings to clients and partners, and to support or co-facilitate meetings
  • Ability to work with some supervision, adjusting priorities and managing a variety of duties quickly as circumstances dictate
  • Ability to interact appropriately with colleagues and clients for different purposes in different contexts
  • Expert in Microsoft software, specifically PowerPoint Word (function, design, slide/presentation building), Excel (know your way around a spreadsheet, perform advanced equations, create graphs, and learn new functions quickly) and Word
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic team player with a positive and proactive attitude

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