Overview of the role
We’re looking for an ambitious sustainability professional who is able to leverage their expertise to develop our sustainability communications business and grow new revenues and deliver outstanding work in the area from blue-chip clients. This is a rare opportunity to play a leading part in extending our stakeholder communications proposition and helping fulfil our purpose: ensuring companies are more trusted and valued in the eyes of their stakeholders.
Reporting into the Chief Insight and Engagement Officer and Board Member, the role will entail you collaborating closely with the Sustainability Communications Director and the rest of the Insight and Knowledge & Innovation Teams to enhance our reputation for sustainability thought leadership within the Industry; lead the development and oversee the delivery of high-quality sustainability communications solutions through our Stakeholder Communications teams; leverage your knowledge and expertise to provide strategic advice to clients about how to solve their sustainability communications challenges; build a network of strategic and tactical partners who may be required to support us in the delivery of our sustainability solutions; share best-practice knowledge with colleagues and clients; and where necessary support business development and marketing activities through speaking at Black Sun events, providing thought leadership pieces and engaging in new business pitches.
The role will require you to have an excellent understanding of the latest sustainability and ESG focus areas and good practices of corporations today. You will also possess a strong level of knowledge around the main disclosure frameworks and indices for reporting on sustainability performance such as SASB, GRI, TCFD, DJSI, UNSDGs. You will hold experience in leading the development of large sustainability communications or reporting programmes for blue-chip organisations, including materiality assessments, reporting gap analyses and stakeholder engagement with clients’ senior leadership team and key external stakeholders.
The measures of success will include the successful development and support of our sustainability communications offer to both existing and prospective clients, the enhancement of our reputation as leaders in the field and new revenue growth from sustainability communications.
The role is well suited to a passionate, motivated and experienced senior sustainability and/or communications professional with a strong intellectual aptitude and strategic capabilities. An excellent level of writing is required with a strong vocabulary and impeccable grammar. Ideally, you will have previous experience in delivering sustainability communications collateral and campaigns on the client or agency side. You will have excellent interpersonal and presentational skills, be able to inspire people to deliver great work and have a collaborative approach to working with both clients and internal teams. High-quality standards and a strong commercial acumen is a must, as well as the desire to want to make a material contribution to successfully growing our business.
Developing our offer
Building our reputation and taking our offer to the market
Ensuring the successful delivery of great work
Building our knowledge base and shaping our sustainability performance
The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the job holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the role.
Your personal qualities:
So, a little about us and what we do – Black Sun is a leading international stakeholder communications company. We are headquartered in the glorious Fulham Palace, and we also have an office in Singapore. Our goal is to transform the way companies engage and communicate with their stakeholders. We are on a mission to help companies tell the story of how they create value for the people that matter to them: investors, employees, customers, and society.
However, we are only ever as good as the people we employ, and that is why we have a Talent team dedicated to attracting, developing and growing some of the best minds in the industry. We pride ourselves on ensuring our people get plenty of opportunities to learn and grow and regularly consult with them to hear how best to achieve that goal.
If you ask anyone around here what they like most about working at Black Sun, the answer you will hear most often is the people. We are a team of talented, friendly and diverse people driven by shared values and a genuine desire to make a positive difference in business. Not only can you create a long-term career with us, but odds are, you will make a few great friends along the way.
Sometimes it can be challenging but also very fulfilling work at Black Sun with a real chance to make a difference. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from blue-chip clients from all over the world – such as Adecco, Burberry, Coca Cola HBC, Diageo, Direct Line Group, Rio Tinto and Tesco. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who buys into what we do and shares our ambitions and values.
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Our new Hybrid way of working
Over the last 12 months, the way in which we work has changed. We surveyed and engaged with our staff to learn about what Black Sun’s future of work looks like, and thanks to everyone’s positive engagement and feedback, we developed a hybrid way of working, governed by three fundamental principles: Colleague, Client and Culture. This means that however you decide to deliver work, you should protect all of these 3 C’s. After a period of onboarding, employees have the ability to work from home, office and, where applicable, on-site with clients. The number of days is dependent on teams, role, time of year and deliverables.
Our COVID-19 Statement
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, it has very much been business as usual here at Black Sun. Responding quickly and investing strategically, we can assure you that we are fully operational and prepared for the future in a safe operating environment.
A Responsible Business
Responsibility is critical to our success, and the well-being of our people is integral to everything we do. We continue to manage this resource responsibly. The health of our people has been our number one priority over this period. In line with the prevailing Government guidelines and risks assessments, we have developed comprehensive COVID-19 safety policies to protect and support our staff during these challenging times. We also have regular employee communications, daily team check-ins and virtual company forums, and Q&A sessions with the CEO and ongoing surveys with all our employees.
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
Black Sun has very effective business continuity plans which we have implemented that have enabled us to continue to operate effectively since the outbreak of COVID-19. These plans are continually reviewed at weekly BCP meetings chaired by the Group CEO and updated where necessary.
In addition to a competitive salary based on skills and experience, as an employee at Black Sun, you will have access to a range of great benefits and perks, including:
Upon joining, you’ll be eligible for 25 days holiday per year (pro-rated if you join mid-year). Two additional discretionary ‘bonus’ days are awarded for long service, up to a maximum of 27 days’ holiday.
We operate an annual bonus scheme for all our employees to enable everyone to share our success when the company achieves its financial targets.
Personal Development Opportunities
We believe that the more successful we are in developing our people, the more rewarding and successful our business will become. As an employee, you’ll have access to an extensive suite of training through our ‘Full Circle Talent Development Programme’ to help you develop the skills to progress your career and be successful in your role.
Group Life Assurance
On joining Black Sun, you will be insured under our Group Life Assurance Scheme.
Group Personal Pension Plan
After three months at Black Sun, you will be enrolled on the company’s group personal pension scheme. The company will contribute 3% of salary to the pension scheme, and you will need to contribute a minimum of 5%.
Employee Assistance Programme
You and your family will have access to a confidential 24/7 helpline, providing you with a range of services, including bereavement counselling, financial/debt management, family and childcare advice.
Black Sun operates a Payroll Giving scheme, enabling you to donate through your payroll to any charity or voluntary organisation within the UK. The donation is made from your gross pay, enabling the charity to benefit from Gift Aid.
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