Edge is Hiring: Principal Sustainability Consultant (LCA)

Status: Full time, permanent position

Location: Auckland (NZ), Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney 

Start date: ASAP

Reports to: Business Unit Lead – Circular Economy & Lifecycle Thinking

About Edge:

Established in 2008, Edge is a specialist sustainability advisory company focused on the Asia-Pacific and Americas. Our teams are based in Australia, New Zealand and Chile.

We exist to help our clients create value from tackling one of world’s most fundamental challenges: creating truly sustainable economies and societies. We do this by combining science, strategy and storytelling in a way that gives our clients the confidence to take ambitious action, and do well by doing good.

We support our clients by working across six areas and can deliver from a global perspective because of our ongoing expansion:

  • Sustainability leadership and communications
  • Sustainability strategy
  • Carbon and climate resilience
  • Circular economy and lifecycle thinking
  • Sustainable and ethical procurement
  • Sustainability delivery

In bringing together these diverse services, we are perfectly placed to guide clients from first steps of sustainability leadership, and from strategy to on-the-ground implementation. Our team members are passionate change agents for a more sustainable future, and we provide them with the opportunity to work on impactful and innovative projects with some of Australia’s most high profile and environmentally ambitious organisations.

This Role:

Edge has worked on some of the most exciting sustainability projects in the world, with ambitious clients spanning sectors from property and infrastructure to food and consumer goods. This role provides an opportunity to work on unique projects that may originate in one geographic location but be delivered by you and the team from another. If you have clarity and ambition for your career, have a global perspective, and can demonstrate strong communication and collaborative skills, this role is a genuine opportunity for growth and development.

Reporting to the Business Unit Head for the Circular Economy and Lifecycle Thinking (CELT) team, this role will contribute to the impact of the CELT team and related service offerings for Edge. The role represents an opportunity to build on existing business and to contribute to expansion into new markets, services and geographies. You will be adaptable and able to balance priorities spanning delivery, business development and team management.

It will also be your responsibility to ensure high quality sustainability project work is delivered for Clients across diverse and growing areas within our business, with special focus on leading the Lifecycle Thinking consultants.

Current Lifecycle Thinking services include:

  • Life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • Environment Product Declarations (EPDs).
  • Hotspot analysis and benchmarking. 
  • Whole of life cost/triple bottom line assessment. 

With this position, we are also expecting to extend our capability and service offering in Materials Flow Analysis and Circular Analytics.

It is expected that in this role , you will:

  • Have extensive knowledge and experience in LCA, EPD and Materials Flow Analysis processes.
  • Advance your experience in SimaPro and broaden interests in learning other tools such as. OpenLCA and GaBi.
  • Develop your interest and experience in social LCA.
  • Extend your experience and interest in database management and tool development programming.
  • Acquire knowledge in industry rating tools, methods and certifications, including Green Star IS Rating tool, Climate Active, SCince-based Targets, eTool LCD, to name a few.
  • Have experience in applying tools in the growing field of circular analytics.
  • Cooperate with and contribute to service delivery in circular economy, waste and resource recovery.
  • Develop your interest and experience in carbon related work, carbon footprinting, Climate Active certifications, Science-based targets and social supply chain risk / modern slavery.

You are also expected to develop strong industry networks, build client rapport and contribute to the Edge learning and sharing environment. It is also expected that you will be cooperative and participate with your colleagues to enhance the Edge culture and be self-driven and ambitious in driving your professional development as the opportunities arise.

Essential criteria:

  • Minimum ten years’ experience in a similar role with demonstrated experience in a Consulting environment.
  • Proven track record and experience working in LCA.
  • Ability to provide technical direction, project management and project delivery across a range of projects.
  • Ability to engage at a high-level within client organisations and developing new business leads.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical skills (including Microsoft Excel expertise) and attention to detail.
  • Ability to engage at a high-level within client organisations.
  • Commitment to Edge Environment corporate mission, vision and values.

As part of our team you will benefit from:

  • Ongoing investment in training and development.
  • A strong culture of work-life balance including established flexibility arrangements.
  • Working for a certified B Corp that lives our values.
  • Opportunities for career development and to influence the direction of the business.
  • Building networks and creating new business opportunities.
  • Working collaboratively within a team with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds.

Application Details:

We would encourage applicants from Australia, New Zealand, Northern America and Chile to apply with an understanding that you must have working rights for any one of these listed countries. Applications should be concise and relate directly to the essential skills / experience outlined above. Responses should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page), addressing, at a minimum, how you meet the essential requirements.
  • A CV summarising your relevant employment history, experience and education. Please include contact details for two referees.

Applications should be sent to tara@edgeenvironment.com no later than 18.00pm Wednesday, 30th June 2021. Applicants shortlisted for further assessment will be contacted for an interview.

Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. 

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