Climate Science and Resilience Lead (ANZ and Pacific)

Business Development SalesEnvironment SustainabilityWaterExperienced
  • North Sydney |
  • Brisbane |
  • Newcastle
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Vacancy Intro

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the planet? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation dedicated to combating the pressing challenges of climate change? Look no further!

We are Royal HaskoningDHV and we are on a mission to create a sustainable and resilient future for generations to come. We firmly believe that the time for action is now, and we are actively seeking talented individuals like you to join us in this crucial fight against climate change.

Now is the time to join Royal HaskoningDHV! We have a strong and growing pipeline of projects, including some high-profile maritime engineering projects in Australia and the Pacific region. We need your expertise to help us execute our client’s vision.

What will you do

Reporting to the local Environment Team Lead, this role will develop the strategy to grow the Climate Science and Resilience Team in Australia. 

You will be responsible for linking the team up with our global teams and their own climate resilience offerings and marketing our combined offerings to your extensive network of government, industry and private sector partners.

You’ll demonstrate excellence in your knowledge and experience of one or more climate scenario analysis techniques, climate exposure assessment, and general climate science, including climate projections in Australia and relevant data sources from the IPCC, and the development of adaptation plans and strategies.

Your work will support our clients with their ambitions to improve their climate resilience as well as address their emerging mandatory climate and nature-related disclosure reporting requirements, which is one of the most significant changes in corporate and sustainability reporting in a decade.

The Climate and Resilience Technical Lead oversees and executes our growing portfolio of climate work.  With experience managing teams completing vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation alternatives, predictive modelling, resilience planning, ecologically focused restoration projects and design and implementation of a blend of grey and green infrastructure solutions for a diverse client-base including federal, state, and municipal governments. An understanding of weather, and risks associated with meteorological forecasting is a plus.

The desired candidate will be comfortable providing day-to-day technical and staff oversight and training as well as leading marketing and client relationship efforts and program growth.


Technical and Collaboration

  • Climate exposure assessment: Drawing on relevant climate projections data, develop advice on the potential impacts of a range of climate hazards for different locations, primarily in Australia. This could include using various tech platforms to deliver.
  • Adaptation strategies: Building on the results of climate risk assessments, develop climate risk treatment and adaption plans and strategies to build organisational resilience.
  • Climate disclosure gap analysis: Informed by recent developments in standards such as ISSB IFRS S2 internationally and ASRS in Australia, provide advice regarding the extent to which climate disclosure standards are being met for an organisation and identify suitable actions.
  •  Client Engagement: Interact with current and prospective clients to identify their requirements, offering customised solutions that showcase our expertise.
  • Client Capacity Building: Work closely with clients for data gathering and business model understanding, provide tailored solutions.
  • Networking and Partnerships: Cultivate and sustain relationships with key industry stakeholders to enhance our influence and reach.
  • Proposal Development: Lead the creation of persuasive proposals and presentations that clearly communicate our services and the benefits.
  • Research and Innovation: Keep abreast of the latest trends, regulations, and innovations in climate risk assessment and management, including ISSB and ASRS disclosure reporting.
  • Team Collaboration: Engage actively with our multidisciplinary team to develop integrated and comprehensive solution.
  • Track, monitor, and manage program/project progress, financials, schedules, and deliverables.

Where you will work

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent consultancy firm which integrates 140 years of engineering expertise with digital technologies and software solutions. Backed by the expertise of almost 6,000 colleagues working from offices in more than 25 countries across the world, we are helping organisations turn local and global issues related to the built environment into opportunities and make the transition to smart and sustainable operations. It is our mission to “Enhance Society Together”. We aim to make a positive impact on businesses, communities, and the environment in all our projects.

What you bring

  • A minimum of 10 years of consulting experience (or transferable experience/ skills) conducting resilience and climate adaptation services.
  • Demonstrated client management and project management experience (strong Australian experience).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with colleagues and clients.
  • Bandwidth to engage with multiple stakeholders to assess and perform vulnerability assessments and resilience planning actions.
  • Ability to manage projects to scope/schedule/budget and see through to completion.

Education/Professional Credentials:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Climate Science or environmental sciences, urban planning, ecological.
  • Certifications preferred (IAP2 Stakeholder Engagement Accreditation/ ESG Certification). 

What we offer you

  • An opportunity to be part of a company that aims to enhance society together through our people, expertise, partnerships, and innovations
  • A flexible work-from-home policy and flexibility in determining, for example, your working hours
  • a laptop and company mobile phone
  • lifelong learning by offering you plenty of training & development opportunities
  • An Employee Assistance Program

Royal HaskoningDHV Australia is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We have a clear goal of driving diversity and inclusion across all dimensions. Together, we are embarking on a journey where each and every one of us, individually and collectively, welcomes and celebrates individual differences. We recognise that embracing diversity unlocks innovation and creativity and fosters collaboration. We want our employees to reflect the diversity of our communities and the customers we serve

Are you our new colleague?

We would like to meet you! Click on the apply button and upload your resume and Cover letter.

After receiving your application, we will contact you as soon as possible. The application process then consists of 2 - 3 interviews and a possibility of an assessment.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Iglesias our TA Manager based in Sydney: [email protected]

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