Head of Climate Policy & Regulation

Brunswick Group Published: November 14, 2023
Location
London, United Kingdom
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director / Climate Change
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Description

About Brunswick Group 

Brunswick is a critical issues firm. We advise the world’s leading companies on how to navigate the critical issues they face and engage with their critical stakeholders. 

Our purpose is to help our clients play their role in the world more successfully. We help the leaders of the world’s great value-creating organizations operate successfully across the increasingly complex and fast-changing arenas of finance, politics and society at large. 

Brunswick is one firm globally, operating as a single profit centre. This allows us to respond seamlessly and effectively to clients’ needs wherever they are in the world. 

The Opportunity 

As Head of Climate Policy & Regulation you will play a critical role in making sure that Brunswick is kept up to date with all the latest policy and regulatory developments in the climate space, across the globe. Your insights will play a critical role in ensuring that client-facing teams are able to give the most up-to-date and accurate advice to our clients.  

You will be part of Brunswick’s Climate Operations team and will work closely with Brunswick’s Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs experts in different jurisdictions, helping to distil the fast-emerging climate-themed regulation across the world into insight-led and action-oriented advice for corporate clients. Together with the wider Climate Hub team, you will support programmes such as the Brunswick Climate Academy which is aimed at supporting all Brunswick colleagues in constantly expanding their climate-expertise in areas that are relevant to their own clients. You will also contribute to written advice notes and other types of actionable content for internal and external publication. 

Together with the other members of the Climate Operations team, you will coordinate the intelligence from our climate policy/regulation colleagues in different offices. Using this, and your own knowledge, you will provide the firm’s global Climate Hub with insights and updates on changes in climate policy and the regulatory landscape that are directly relevant to our clients, including recommendations on how they should engage with their wider stakeholders. Key developments you will monitor and analyse include net-zero transition plan regulations, climate-relevant elements of ESG regulation, emerging anti-greenwashing regulation and guidelines, climate-specific industrial policy trends and sector specific climate-regulation, such as the fast-emerging climate-related regulation of the aviation, shipping and logistics, construction, agricultural, fashion, professional services, cement and steel industry, as well as the financial services sector, including banking. 

Our work in Brunswick’s Climate Operations team 

The Climate Operations team is the dedicated team within Brunswick’s global Climate Hub to support all our client-facing teams on climate-specific issues. It is part of Brunswick’s global ESG & Sustainable Business Practice. We dedicate our full-time to climate issues and play a key role in shaping Brunswick’s global climate offering.  

Our team delivers cutting-edge work that requires deep climate expertise, networks and credentials, supporting all business activity around climate matters, from identifying and pitching for new business opportunities, to helping existing clients navigate the complex climate-related landscape. We also play a key internal role, coordinating Brunswick’s global climate activity and producing intelligence for our colleagues to share with our clients, helping them to inform their business strategies. While our client-facing teams require a growing amount of technical knowledge of these issues and frameworks, their primary focus is on the internal and external communications aspects and opportunities they each involve, including the growing need for high-quality staff engagement in large-scale corporate net-zero transition plans. 

As Brunswick is expanding its range of climate-related services, we are seeking three new senior additions to our climate operations team: this role, a Head of Climate Academy, and a Head of Carbon Intelligence. Together, these three roles – which sit in the Climate Operations team – will help to expand and deepen Brunswick’s climate-related offer to our clients, as well as to all Brunswick teams globally. 

Note: This role can be located in London or Brussels.  

Key Responsibilities 

Policy & regulatory intelligence: 

  • Always be on top of the latest global trends across the climate policy & regulatory spaces and recognise which changes could be of direct consequence for our clients, or could provide them with strategic opportunities  
  • Develop and maintain very good working relationships with our subject matter experts in Brussels, Washington D.C., Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong and other key locations and develop the ability to discern between regionally relevant and globally relevant trends and changes  
  • Be able to condense regulatory & policy documents clearly and concisely, enabling client teams to digest the key developments 
  • Working with colleagues to input latest intelligence into our global Climate Academy  
  • Collaborate with team members and other offers and functions across the Brunswick Group, especially those involved in the Climate Operations team  
  • Utilise a strong existing network to bring in external speakers to help colleagues hear the latest developments 
  • Regularly review all pertinent internal materials and undertake supplementary research, if required 
  • Be solution orientated to resolve project issues and know when to seek advice 
  • Use your past experience, and knowledge of the climate world to stay up to date with best practice, legislation, standards, and trends in priority markets.  

Client handling: 

  • Understand client interactions and be able to navigate a client’s internal political and organisational structure 
  • Confidently apply critical and strategic thinking to provide insight and lead the client in understanding why climate action and responding to political and regulatory developments is critical for their business 
  • Be highly attentive, proactive, and adaptive to Brunswick’s, and our clients’, evolving needs, challenges, and business objectives. Able to advise and offer the most appropriate solutions across multiple climate issues 
  • Demonstrate independent decision making with strong commercial awareness. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies 

  • Strong Experience: Has a minimum of 4 years of experience in climate and sustainability related policy and regulation, including exposure to complex client challenges; and a very strong understanding of the policy & regulatory landscape. Your professional experience could stem from providing support to the global Head of Corporate or Regulatory Affairs in a large multinational, or from work in a world-leading NGO or academic research institution on climate policy and regulation. International work experience would be ideal.  
  • Excellent communication skills: Presents effectively and confidently, reads room dynamics and responds appropriately, actively listens, questions, delivers clear and concise instructions/advice, both written and verbal. Is able to concisely summarise lengthy materials.  
  • Impact: Drives the highest standard of work at all times and develops important relationships across the firm where needed. Be the first touch point for any matters relating to the Climate Fluency programme. 
  • Strategic thinker:Offers sound strategic advice based on an understanding of our clients. business and industry; and knowledge of current and emerging sustainability and climate trends. 
  • Efficient administration: Meticulous with strong organisation skills, including the ability to prioritise, juggle multiple projects and delegate. 
  • Collaboration & leadership: Leads by example, is seen to be delivering, works collaboratively with others and actively promotes shared learning. 
  • Ideas generation: Strives to problem-solve creatively and encourages and supports others to do so, delivers ideas and solutions (large and small) that make a difference. 
  • Networking:Has a developed and active network of sustainability professionals and experts in the political and regulatory spheres. 

Our Benefits 

In addition to life assurance, group income protection, and employer pension contribution, we offer: 

  • Annual discretionary bonus 
  • 25 days’ annual leave, excluding bank holidays (plus your Birthday off) 
  • Private medical cover and employee assistance programme 
  • Family-friendly policies 
  • Complimentary artisan coffee, tea and snacks, served by our own barista 
  • Daily breakfast in the café 
  • Lunch & Learn training sessions 
  • Cycle 2 work scheme and season ticket loans 
  • Flexible working, including support with your home working environment 
  • Eye care, including annual eye tests 
  • Regular social, cultural and charitable activities 
  • A comprehensive training and development curriculum 
  • Give as you Earn 
  • Menopause Policy 

Background 

Founded in London in 1987, Brunswick’s global partnership has grown organically to 27 offices in 18 countries. We began as a M&A and financial communications firm and, over time, expanded our capabilities to provide expert advice to our clients on a range of business critical issues. We invested in new offices, sector teams and practice groups including investor engagement; shareholder activism; governance; regulatory and public affairs, including geopolitical; crisis; litigation; social issues including climate change and diversity, equity and inclusion; cybersecurity, data and privacy; employee engagement; digital communications; opinion research and analysis, and; creative services. 

Note: Our CEO is Neal Wolin, based in Washington, D.C. Our Chairman is Sir Alan Parker, based in London.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Maintaining and strengthening a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace are pillars of Brunswick’s culture and key to our future success. Valuing and supporting every colleague as an individual while helping them reach their full potential is critical to attracting and developing our greatest strength – our people. By embracing our differences and diverse perspectives we create richer experiences within our firm and enhance the quality of the ideas and advice that we deliver to our clients. 

Brunswick is an equal opportunities employer and our Equal Opportunities Policy is available on request. 

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