| May 23, 2024

Asset Manager in Timberland Sustainability | London

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  • Full Time
  • London

Website Church Commissioners for England

Acre is exclusively partnering with the Church Commissioners for England to recruit an investment professional for their Timberland Asset Management division.

The Church Commissioners for England manages a diverse investment fund of over £10 billion of assets. Their Timberland portfolio comprises investments in forest land totalling 90,000 acres and makes up a significant part of their overall investment holdings (£450 million), a large proportion of which is invested directly.

The role will take an active role in the day-to-day and strategic management of the timberland portfolio looking to maximise sustainable investment returns through value-add strategies in addition to timber production e.g. renewable energy, mitigation banking, subdivision strategies and carbon credits.​

This is a newly created position reporting to the head of the team (Principal Asset Manager for Timberland). The firm is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of investment fundamentals in a real asset context (doesn’t need to be within timberland) and an interest in developing expertise in forestry and natural capital.


  • Development and implementation of both long-term and short-term strategies for the Timberland portfolio.
  • Review new investment opportunities. Working with colleagues and external advisors, screen investments and support due diligence on new investment opportunities as appropriate.
  • Oversee investment management by external managers to ensure it is undertaken sustainably and to maximise total investment return.
  • Strategically evaluate opportunities and recommendations relating to, for instance:
  • Investment management strategies for each investment.
  • Proposals and reports by external managers and advisors.
  • Annual budgets, including ongoing monitoring.
  • Ensuring Higher and Better Use opportunities are explored.
  • Reviewing opportunities to improve approaches to sustainability as appropriate.
  • Prepare written reports as required relating to, e.g., performance, management, sustainability, transactions, and strategy.
  • Take forward key initiatives including a review of opportunities for portfolio-level monitoring of carbon and natural capital, a review of sustainability initiatives, and updating of portfolio carbon analysis.
  • Undertake inspections of key assets (in the UK and overseas)


  • Degree in Finance, Real Estate Investment or similar, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Experience in asset/investment management and/or financial analysis.
  • A clear understanding of investment fundamentals in a real estate context.
  • Enthusiasm to develop expertise in forestry and natural capital. Experience in the asset class is beneficial but not a requirement.
  • Experience in proactively implementing strategies to deliver investment returns.
  • Experience in managing business and stakeholder relationships.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an influential asset owner and develop expertise within the fast-expanding area of natural capital.

For more information, please reach out to Katy Quicke at Acre via [email protected], or apply with your CV.

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.

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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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