Senior Director | Sustainability Communications | Strategic Communications | London

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About the Role

FTI is expanding its Sustainability and ESG consultancy and is looking for an experienced sustainability communications specialist to join its market-leading team. We seek a talented individual who believes in responsible business communications underpinned by the principles of openness, transparency and a two-way dialogue with stakeholders. This individual is comfortable in providing senior counsel to clients ranging from FTSE100 and FTSE250 businesses to AIM-listed and private companies and is ready to play a key role in building and shaping the broad sustainability offer at this leading global consultancy firm.

What You'll Do

This role involves working across FTI's client base to consult on corporate purpose, responsible business, sustainability and ESG communications for a range of industry sectors including Life Sciences, Real Estate, Retail and Consumer, Energy, Financial Services, Technology Media and Telecommunications, and Industrials. Our clients view FTI as a trusted advisor across all areas of their business and are increasingly looking for our support as they become more ambitious in their approach to sustainability and ESG. You will support them throughout the journey from strategic consultancy, developing programmes as well as implementing robust and transparent communications campaigns.

Sustainability and ESG is a major strategic focus within FTI globally. Our approach is influenced by our knowledge of the many factors driving ESG scrutiny and regulation including public policy, investor sentiment, corporate reputation, and commercial risks and opportunities. We bring this approach to our work internationally: although you will be part of a London-based team, you will join a network of committed practitioners across FTI in Brussels, Chicago, Dublin, New York and Washington DC, and worldwide. On some assignments you may partner with subject matter experts across the wider business in our Corporate Finance, Economic Consulting, People and Transformation as well as other teams.

How You'll Grow

FTI is a highly collaborative and entrepreneurial culture, and this role will allow you to apply your existing skills to a business that is rapidly scaling its sustainability and ESG offer. You will gain exposure to clients at all stages of their evolution, from pre-IPO to AIM-listed fast-growing businesses to FTSE leaders, and have direct contact with their executive and communications teams. While you will apply your knowledge of sustainability and ESG communications best practice you'll also have the opportunity to shape FTI's approach to sustainability and ESG.

Beyond client engagements, you will have the opportunity to contribute to and engage with internal and external initiatives that we deliver as part of our business consultancy offer to clients. These include training and webinars sharing sustainability and ESG best practice with colleagues, to thought leadership offered to all FTI clients and prospects.

While FTI is a respected global consultancy, it is also entrepreneurial and fast-growing. This role will suit someone who has established a high level of sustainability communications expertise and deep technical understanding and now wants to progress within a wider consultancy model. Their skills will provide the essential foundation as they take on a new and dynamic challenge.

The role reports into the Managing Director, Sustainability and ESG.

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Passion for sustainability communications and advocacy
  • A strategic thinker with 8-10 years working in communications consultancy or an in-house corporate role, with some sustainability experience
  • Strong awareness of current and emerging ESG-related regulation e.g. TCFD reporting; knowledgeable and comfortable providing clients with guidance on the evolving regulatory environment and sustainability related topics such as climate science, net zero and emissions reduction, circular economy, biodiversity loss and water scarcity, ED&I and social impact
  • Experience working with a range of cross-sector clients and industries; may have deeper knowledge in one or more sectors
  • Extensive media relations experience and experience in multi-channel, multi-format communications, including working with data
  • Proven expertise in making successful and impactful recommendations to large clients
  • Track record of managing and delivering complex sustainability assignments, including leading and upskilling junior colleagues
  • Strong working knowledge of major sustainability and ESG frameworks
  • Experience in taking part in business development assignments
  • Commercially-savvy: can develop and cost out proposals
  • Interested and engaged in the external sustainability environment including stakeholder engagement with academia, third sector, regulators, NGOs, media, investors etc.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong written skills

Personal attributes:
  • Strong academic credentials; a university degree is desirable but not essential; sustainability/ESG or related (e.g. climate change) qualifications welcomed
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Consultative and collaborative approach e.g. in addressing client or colleague needs
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Ability to problem solve and be flexible
  • A "leader-coach" who can deliver strategy and insights, and will also be hands-on with client delivery

#LI-DH1Our Benefits

We offer a competitive benefits and wellbeing programme including private medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, income protection, flex critical illness cover, 5% employer pension contribution, holiday buy, discounted gym membership, interest free travel loans, paid volunteer hours and corporate matching for charitable donations, and much more.

About FTI Consulting

At its core, FTI Consulting is an organisation of Experts with Impact. We are committed to demonstrating leadership through our Sustainability and ESG practices and believe that our business should have a positive impact on the environment, society and all stakeholders.

In our own operations, we have already taken strides to improve the sustainability of our business including becoming a signatory of the UN Global Compact, reducing our carbon footprint by 60% from 2018-2020 and taking positive steps in improving diversity across our senior leadership team.

We have taken steps to improve the impact of our business, however we recognise the need to go further which is why we have committed to:
  • Achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • Setting a Science-Based Target through the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
  • Reaching 165 female Senior Managing Directors in 2025, an increase of 65% compared to 2020
  • Reaching 120 underrepresented minority Senior Managing Directors by 2025, representing a more than doubling of underrepresented Senior Managing Directors compared to 2020

FTI Consulting is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has been recognized as a Best Firm to Work For by Consulting magazine and one of America's Best Management Consulting Firms by Forbes. In 2022, FTI was named one of American's Most Just Companies by JUST Capital.

What makes us unique? With more than 5,000 employees located in offices in every corner of the globe, we are the firm our clients call when their most important issues are at stake. Regardless of what level you are, you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from top experts in your field on high-profile engagements that impact history. Our culture is collaborative, and we value diversity, recognition, development and making a difference in our communities.

For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.


Job information

Firm: FTI Consulting

Location: London