Climate Associate

Melbourne Permanent - Full Time

Richard Evans is the Founder and CEO of Talent Nation. As a founding B Corporation, Talent Nation’s purpose is to enable sustainable futures through the search and selection of talent for client’s that are striving to generate positive social and environmental outcomes in Australia, and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Richard has more than 25 years of recruitment sector experience, having specialised in ESG, Environment and Sustainability for the last 15 years. Richard has a Bachelor of Forestry Science, a Master of Engineering, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School

Recruiter :
Richard Evans

Richard Evans
  • Identify climate transition risks & opportunities across the portfolio.
  • Facilitate training and knowledge share internally/externally across Climate.
  • Create scalable impact across a leading, growing portfolio.
The Company

Our client, BGH Capital, is an Australian and New Zealand-focused private equity firm established in 2017 by Robin Bishop, Ben Gray and Simon Harle with the objective of creating the pre-eminent private equity firm in Australia and New Zealand. BGH Capital is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is an independent firm, owned and managed by its founding partners.

BGH Capital partners with entrepreneurs and management teams in Australia and New Zealand to help them build strong, sustainable, market-leading businesses. They provide their 10+ portfolio companies with the capital they need to grow, as well as analytical, strategic, and operational resources to help them realise their full potential. In doing so, they seek to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors. BGH Capital is committed to a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment.

The Role

As BGH Capital continues to grow, and in light of anticipated climate-related financial disclosure legislation requirements, and the need to focus on decarbonising the portfolio, the business is now looking to appoint a climate specialist to support their 10+ portfolio companies to understand and manage GHG emissions, climate risk (and opportunities), scenario analysis, decarbonisation and associated reporting.

The Climate Associate will jointly report to the Co-Heads of ESG who are both Partners of BGH Capital (the Head of Operations and General Counsel), work closely with BGH Capital’s ESG Manager and will focus on energy, emissions, decarbonisation, and climate risk management across BGH Capital’s evolving portfolio of companies.

Key Responsibilities
  • Closely work with BGH Capital portfolio companies to educate on and establish governance over energy, emissions and climate risk and opportunity management.
  • Establish (where relevant) and review BGH Capital portfolio companies Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions inventories, improving maturity.
  • Educate, facilitate, and co-create emissions reduction targets for portfolio companies and decarbonisation pathways based on quantitative scenario analysis models.
  • Develop and own quantitative decarbonisation tools, and integrate these for use within portfolio companies via close working relationships with senior leaders.
  • Co-create and facilitate climate risk and opportunity assessments and workshops, educating and engaging portfolio company leadership, and translating this to management action.
  • Assist portfolio company reporting to meet compliance requirements for incoming climate-related financial disclosure information, leveraging tools and analysis.
About You

You are passionate about and dedicated to decarbonisation and driving positive climate outcomes pragmatically and commercially for businesses. You are able to manage climate impacts and decarbonisation across a variety of companies and industries and foster robust relationships with a multitude of stakeholders.

Required Skills and Proficiencies
  • Tertiary qualifications in Commerce, Finance, Engineering, Environmental Science, Law, or other relevant degrees.
  • 6+ years’ proven experience in a relevant field, e.g. sustainability/climate consulting, in-house climate manager, risk management, energy, and emissions management, etc.
  • Climate modelling experience, with high proficiency in Excel and other modelling tools.
  • Comfortable on building models, decarbonisation plans and bringing these to life alongside each business and working in a variety of environments.
  • Presents professionally, an excellent communicator (both written and verbal).
  • Accustomed to managing the often competing demands of businesses in regard to sustainability and climate alongside financial pressures.
  • Confident and willing to support reporting on progress in line with incoming climate-related financial disclosure standards.
The Rewards and Culture

This is a true opportunity to work directly with a broad range of portfolio companies to create powerful outcomes across climate-related topics. Your expertise will be valued, and you will build capability both internally and externally across a growing organisation.

How to Apply

Apply now by submitting your current CV (in Word format) via our online application process.

For a confidential discussion or to review the information pack and full PD please contact Richard Evans on 03 9600 0115 or via [email protected].

To be eligible to apply, you must have unrestricted rights to work in Australia.
Talent Nation encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sex, and genders.

Referral reward:

Climate and Energy > Climate and Energy Climate Change Advisor

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