Sustainable development (SD) is a strategic imperative for our businesses and part of our overall approach to building long-term value for our shareholders. The Group’s Sustainable Development Office oversees this important area. We are now looking for a talented individual to work in our London office to support the Swire Group’s transition to the integration of sustainability within the overall business in general and the work of the Sustainable Development Office in particular. This is an exciting role and opportunity to build your career in a global organisation. Main duties and responsibilities include:
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We offer a competitive package to the right candidate. Qualified and interested parties please send, an application with a CV and cover letter quoting the above vacancy highlighting your interest and suitability for the role and detailing contact information, education, employment background and salary expectation to:
Head of Sustainable Development, John Swire & Sons (HK) Limited by clicking "Apply Now"
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing Date for Applicants: 15 March 2019
Interviews will be held in London for shortlisted candidates during the week of 25 March 2019.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applications received will be used exclusively for selection purposes and handled confidentially by authorized personnel only. Your application may also be considered for other suitable positions within the Swire group. (Please indicate clearly on your application if you would not like to be considered for other positions within the group.) Unsuccessful applications will be destroyed after an appropriate time.
Company/Department: John Swire & Sons Ltd/ Sustainable Development Office
Sustainable development is a strategic imperative for our businesses and part of our overall approach to building long-term value for our shareholders. As a key team member of the Group’s Sustainable Development Office, the Group Sustainable Business Manager, based in London, is responsible for supporting the Swire Group’s transition to integration of sustainability within the overall business. The role also has a specific remit to support the Group’s operating units across the privately held entities of John Swire and Sons Ltd (JS&S) and our publicly held interests in Swire Pacific (SPAC), located in UK, continental Europe, Africa and the USA.
Support senior management in both parts of the Group to execute policies and programmes that drive our commitment to sustainable development (SD), in particular, to support our Group SD strategy, SwireTHRIVE and the successful utilisation of our SD Funds which offer central financial support to our businesses innovation and project delivery on SD matters. In addition, to assist local management teams of JS&S and Swire Pacific operating companies located in UK, continental Europe, Africa, the USA and Latin America in advancing these areas, including the following operating divisions/companies:
The postholder may also be required to support other group operating companies from time to time to exchange best practice and support overall SD efforts.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Supporting the implementation of the group’s sustainable development strategy, ‘SwireTHRIVE’, which is understood by our people, teams and external stakeholders.
2. Supporting the maintenance and development of the JSS and SPAC SD Funds*
*The group operates two centrally held SD Funds, with up to GBP 20 million available annually for JS&S and HKD $100 million for SPAC, which aim to drive innovation and performance in our business for relevant projects, but which fall below our usual cost of capital targets.
3. Ensure Senior Management has fully visibility of sustainable development in those businesses under the remit of the postholder, and encourage improved performance within these operating units
Reporting & Participation
Based in London/UK.
The Group Sustainable Business Manager will maintain open lines of communication with their colleagues based in Hong Kong through:
Reporting to: Global Head of Sustainable Development
Overseen by: JS&S Finance Director
Internal: JSS Board, Sustainable Development Office, Group Risk Management, Group Public Affairs, Group Finance, opco sustainability teams in UK, Europe, Africa, USA, Latin America
External: Environmental NGOs, academia, governments, consultants, suppliers etc
Education: University degree in relevant discipline (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Geography, Economics, Social Sciences)
Experience: 10 + years in a relevant corporate, consultancy, government or civil society setting; experience of developing countries/emerging markets preferred
The Swire group is a multi-national, multi-disciplined commercial group, with its principal areas of operations in the Asia Pacific region, and centred on the Greater China area. We pride ourselves on being original and forward-looking, setting standards for operational excellence wherever we do business – qualities that have guided our operations for over 200 years.
Our Sustainable Development Office (SDO), based in Hong Kong, supports the sustainability agenda of both our publicly listed conglomerate, Swire Pacific Ltd, and those of our parent company, John Swire & Sons Ltd, headquartered in London. The SDO now invites applications for the following position, to be based in London: