| May 23, 2024

Director of Assurance and Review Management in Sustainability

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  • Full Time
  • Germany

Website Acre

Acre is supporting a global nonprofit organization, a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects, in the recruitment of a Director of Assurance and Review Management. The preferred location for this role is the UK, Germany, and India.

The organization was established in 2003 as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered sustainable development benefits. Today, the organisation’s standard allows climate and development initiatives within carbon markets, corporate supply chains, and sustainable finance to manage, measure and maximise their impacts toward the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

THE ROLE OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Senior Director of Standard Development and Innovation, you will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the assurance services management, ensuring it meets the highest industry standards, and driving its success in the marketplace.

You will be responsible for managing, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation’s project review process, planning regular training for the team, supporting ongoing efforts to track validation/verification bodies (VVB) performance, managing and retaining a high-performing team, supporting professional development and promotion within the team, contributing to revisions and approvals of standard certification methodologies, rules and procedures.

YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

As Director of Assurance and Review Management, you will be responsible for overseeing the assurance and review management process. You will lead a high-performing team to ensure timely and quality project reviews. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Recruiting, managing, and retaining a high-performing team: You will oversee the hiring process, manage employee performance, and provide support and guidance to team members as needed. You will ensure that your team has the necessary resources and skills to meet project deadlines and deliver quality results, as well as supporting professional development.
  • Managing and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project review process: You will develop and implement best practices for project management, identify areas for improvement, and make recommendations for process changes as needed. You will ensure that projects are processed on time and to the required quality standards.
  • Planning regular training for the team: You will identify training needs, develop training materials, and facilitate training sessions as needed.
  • Supporting ongoing efforts to track VVB performance and improve the quality of their audits: You will work with VVBs to identify areas for improvement, monitor their performance over time, and provide guidance and support as needed. You will ensure that VVBs deliver high-quality audits that meet industry standards.
  • Identifying innovation opportunities: You will keep an eye on new trends and technologies to identify opportunities to improve processes and activities in the assurance process. You will explore digital solutions to streamline processes and increase efficiency where possible.
  • Contributing to draft revisions and approvals of methodologies and program rules and procedures relevant to the energy and industrial sector: You will work with stakeholders to identify areas for improvement, draft new policies and procedures as needed, and present these changes for approval. You will ensure that the standard certification maintains robust, workable and impactful programs.
  • Serving as a subject-matter expert to the team and the standard certification more broadly: You will stay up to date on industry trends and best practices, share knowledge and resources with team members, and represent the organization at industry events as needed.
  • Representation at relevant industry conferences, workshops, and events: You will present on behalf of the organization, network with industry professionals, and stay up to date on industry news and trends. You will ensure that the organisation is visible and engaged in the industry.
  • Engaging with stakeholders to ensure their views and feedback are incorporated into the assurance process: You will build relationships with stakeholders, seek their input and feedback, and work with the team to incorporate this feedback into project plans and processes.

YOU WILL BRING TO THE ROLE:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in assurance and certification of activities under carbon market mechanisms.
  • Expertise in sustainable development and carbon markets.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with a proven track record of managing high-performing teams.
  • Knowledge of project management best practices and experience implementing process improvements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to stay up to date on industry trends and best practices,

and to apply this knowledge to improve the assurance processes.

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong values: As the Director of Assurance and Review Management, you will be a role model for the team and be committed to upholding the organisation’s values, including a commitment to sustainability, transparency, and integrity.

WHAT THE ORGANISATION OFFERS:

The salary range for this role will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Other benefits include:

  • A mission-driven organisation working at the leading edge of climate and sustainability
  • Rewarding work in a dynamic non-profit environment
  • A collaborative workplace within a multicultural team
  • An ambitious, agile and flexible environment
  • Remote working flexibility

If you are excited by this opportunity and believe that this role is for you to make a significant impact in sustainable development and reduction of carbon emissions, please apply directly via the link/Acre’s website.

​For any enquiries about the role, please reach out to Thaddeus Tan at [email protected].

Diversity Statement

Diversity drives innovation and accelerates businesses and enterprises towards their missions. As such, we are wholly committed to partnering with clients and candidates alike to foster a more inclusive, sustainable future for generations to come.

Acre is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace, both for ourselves and for the organisations we support. It is important to us that we offer equal opportunities in the recruitment processes that we run. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

If you require additional equipment, resources or support in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know by contacting the named consultant managing this search and we will work with you to ensure that your accessibility needs are met.

About Acre

At Acre, we work with the most aspirational businesses with potential to make real change; from those who are just starting out to those who are well on the journey to crafting a legacy.

Our 20 years’ experience in sustainability recruitment, combined with our extensive global network, enables us to provide talent solutions that are designed to deliver this change. Through our unique behavioural assessment technology, we understand the types of people, skills and behaviours required to create impact. We can develop these qualities within your existing teams too.

We find talented people and develop their skills to make a true impact in ambitious, progressive organisations. The result? Businesses equipped to build resilience, adapt and manage the risks involved in tackling climate change.​

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To apply for this job please visit www.acre.com.