Senior Climate Specialist

Senior Climate Specialist
Location: Macclesfield, UK / Cambridge, UK / Gothenburg, SWE / Gaithersburg, US
Competitive Salary & Benefits Package

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, environmental sustainability tackling the climate crisis? Would you like to apply your expertise to have positive impact at scale across a diverse multinational business and support the execution of an extremely ambitious climate strategy? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

Sustainability at AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, sustainability is at the core of our business strategy as well as our approach as a company. We want to help support healthy populations as well as a healthy planet and healthy economies – and are working together with stakeholders to achieve this. Integrating sustainability into everything that do we now future-proofs our business to be resilient in challenging times, helping to ensure we can continue to deliver life-changing medicines to patients as well as protecting the environment. Our sustainability strategy is focused around three strategic pillars of: Environmental Protection; Access to Healthcare; and Ethics & Transparency.

The Role

Are you able to think beyond your roles boundaries, capable of making effective risk-based decisions and to act courageously?

We have a new exciting and varied role as a Senior Climate Specialist within our Global Sustainability function. You will play a pivotal role in providing expert support, business engagement and guidance to our global sites and functions to ensure delivery against our industry-leading Ambition Zero Carbon strategy.

This will include having a critical role in setting the standards, roadmaps, and associated targets for sites and functions to improve their energy efficiency, proactively manage their greenhouse gas emissions across all three GHG Protocol scopes, and become zero carbon in our operations by 2025 and carbon negative across our value chain by 2030.

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) by maintaining an in depth understanding and foresight of the area of climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

  • Support the implementation and maintenance of an Ambition Zero Carbon Playbook to support sites and commercial functions in meeting their Ambition Zero Carbon targets.

  • Lead the internal Natural Resource Sustainability Network and business engagement opportunities across the network to communicate climate and GHG expectations, share performance data and best practice to maximise our environmental performance and stakeholder engagement.

  • Act as technical specialist for GHG emissions and energy to help qualify the risks and opportunities presented by natural resource reduction investment proposals.

  • Support the business in its disclosure to key external indices such as RE100, EP100, EV100, CDP, TCFD and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index to help maintain AstraZeneca’s ambition to lead in sustainability.

  • Support targeted engagement and benchmarking with external working groups

  • Work with the Global Climate Lead to develop and deliver cross-functional projects to support delivery of AstraZeneca’s science based targets for different emissions areas

  • Shape the development of climate-related content and case studies published externally together with the external verification and assurance of our climate data and progress against our targets.

  • Provide benchmarking or research support as required for emerging sustainability issues or strategy development in the climate and energy area.

  • Work with the Climate Resilience Lead to support sites on their climate resilience planning and associated climate risk management and mitigations.

  • Presentation of Ambition Zero Carbon strategy updates to internal and external audiences, working with other environmental SMEs and the communications leads to create engaging and accessible materials for different levels of audience.

  • In working to deliver goals actively demonstrate, role model, and reinforce AstraZeneca’s values and behaviours.

Essential Skills & Experience

  • A comprehensive understanding of the theories and practice of managing all aspects of climate change and GHG emissions and appreciation of wider sustainability issues.

  • Demonstrated leadership in a similar role coordinating climate and greenhouse gas related issues for a site, function or business.

  • Experience of climate-related initiatives for business, including Science Based Targets Initiative and the Climate Group’s EP100, EV100, RE100 campaigns

  • Experience of working with Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) metrics and disclosures through frameworks such as GHG Protocol, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), TCFD and CDP

  • A degree in an environmental science, sustainability or an engineering discipline or equivalent

  • Experience in a corporate environment for a large organisation

  • Natural communicator with experience of interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, across discipline interfaces, different organisational cultures and with external collaborators

  • An ability to interpret complex situations and information in order to provide strategic clarity and opportunity

  • Experience of managing senior stakeholders across a multinational business

  • Excellent data analytic skills with a proven track record in GHG emissions calculations, data collation, management, and visualisation

  • A high level of accuracy and an eye for detail

  • Fluent English speaking and writing.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Full and detailed knowledge of all relevant legislation and policy associated with climate change

  • Good appreciation of wider environmental processes and policies, and have senior management, consultancy or advisory experience in influencing strategy

  • Awareness of the relationship between climate and health and the interaction between climate and other environmental metrics

  • Familiarity with management systems such as ISO 50001 (energy management).

  • Experience in the application of Life Cycle Analysis at the product and project level

  • Experience of using Data Analytics tools such as Power BI or Qlik.

  • Experience in a global pharmaceutical, manufacturing, engineering, or a Research & Development environment.

So, what’s next?

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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Additional information

Our Company Values & behaviours underpin everything we do so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them. You may also want to check out our new R&D Video showing how we turn Science into Medicines.

Job advert opening date: 03/09/2021

Job advert closing date: 26/09/2021

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