Sustainability Consultant

About us

Sagentia Innovation provides independent advisory and leading-edge product development services to a broad range of companies from some of the world’s leading and best-known brands, to start-up disruptors. We operate projects ranging in scale from £10k to £10m and serve customers across the medical, industrial, chemicals and energy, defence, food and beverage, and consumer sectors. We are part of Science Group (AIM:SAG), which has more than ten offices globally, two UK-based dedicated R&D innovation centers and more than 400 employees.

Our focus on sustainability

Sustainability is a significant area of practice within Sagentia Innovation, leveraging the unique blend of advisory, technical, compliance and regulatory expertise across Science Group. This allows us to bring technical, commercial and regulatory perspective to support the world’s biggest companies resolving their most difficult sustainability challenges.

Recent examples of sustainability challenges resolved for some of our global clients:

  • Foresight: What will be the future for circularity of plastics taking into account multiple stakeholder viewpoints (regulators & policy makers, NGOs, consumers, retailers, trade associations etc) and how can R&D ensure they have the strategy for operating in the circular economy of the future
  • Strategy: How can systems change be achieved in complex multi-stakeholder systems with the intent of unlocking sustainability?
  • Net Zero Roadmap: What should be the low-carbon technology roadmap for the short-, medium- and long-term, encompassing both current technology plans and newly identified technologies to close the emissions gap?
  • Appraising alternative technologies: What solutions are there to replace current surfactant sources and how viable are they technically, commercially and are they actually more sustainable across a range of metrics?

Key responsibilities

1. Project delivery

  • Lead and deliver projects delivering business value to our clients.
  • Effectively generate and communicate actionable recommendations and articulate key sustainability messages with clear strategic storytelling.
  • Write engaging reports, drawing on expertise from across several internal and external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
  • Manage multiple projects independently across different clients with minimal supervision to meet tight and very often concurring deadlines.
  • Efficiently and effectively coordinate and manage project teams allocating tasks, providing guidance and direction and monitoring delivery of the different workstreams.
  • Manage project plans, including: project set up, monitoring actual vs forecast budget and Earned Value (EV), invoicing and project closure to ensure project profitability and highest level of customer satisfaction.

2. Business and sustainability practice development

  • As a key member of the sustainability team; contribute to its expansion, developing new service offerings, producing insightful material to support the sales process, and articulating sustainability challenges through thought leadership for internal and external audiences.
  • Lead development of new proposals/projects in close coordination with the business development teams.
  • Recognise and understand how the sustainability landscape is changing by new policy, technological and commercial developments and identify potential future client needs.

3. Client and team interaction

  • Recognise and understand the commercial, technical, and strategic factors and drivers affecting our clients and their potential impact on their current and future business.
  • Develop long term relationships with clients becoming their trusted advisor.
  • Confidently engage with a wide variety of client stakeholders at different levels from practitioner to C-Suite level executives leading and delivering meetings/facilitating workshops etc
  • Clearly and articulately present project work at internal/external meetings
  • Build effective working relationships with colleagues across the Sagentia Innovation and its sister companies across Science Group.
  • Coach and mentor junior members of the team.

4. Adherence to Group policies and process

  • Maintain complete client confidentiality.
  • Ensure adherence to group project management practices, policies, and processes to ensure delivery of projects on time, budget and quality.

Experience and qualifications

  • Master’s degree (essential) or PhD in a scientific discipline (e.g., chemistry, physics, biosciences, environmental science). Experience of sustainability-related areas preferred.
  • Previous consulting experience (essential).
  • Experience of managing projects to tight timescales and budgets
  • Have a passion for, knowledge and working experience of sustainability, e.g. (sustainability strategy, circularity, emissions reduction, water stewardship, waste reduction etc).
  • Ability to explain ideas in a clear and concise manner to both effectively communicate and create buy in to ideas and recommendations. 
  • Ability to efficiently deal with multiple tasks and prioritise under pressure.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate good project co-ordination and attention to detail.

Career development

We are committed to career development and make a focused effort to offer bespoke training and mentoring to allow each individual to thrive within their environment and realise personal potential.


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.


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