Global Lead – Food & Agriculture

Why you’ll love Quantis

Quantisians are agents of change, working to build a sustainable future. We guide top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. You’d be part of a dynamic team of ‘creative geeks’ that takes the latest science and makes it actionable. We do that by delivering resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications to a diverse set of companies, brands, and public and private organizations. The exciting part about being in a consulting group is that you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a multitude of game-changing sustainability topics and solutions. The bonus is you’ll work with the world’s top sustainability experts and leaders in the Quantis ecosystem of colleagues and partners. 

Together, we form a dynamic team of 130+ talents that cultivate a special team spirit that is both purpose-driven and empowering. These talents are eager to learn and develop their skills, so this role provides an opportunity to make a direct impact on our people and our planet. Our group is truly different. Curious? Our talents give you the inside scoop.

Learn more about Quantis and our Mission

As our Food & Agriculture Sector Lead, you will be responsible for defining and executing the global sector strategy. You will ensure operational excellence and business development in the sector.

The role

You will be responsible for defining Quantis’ purpose and strategy for the food and agriculture sector. Maintaining and improving Quantis’ excellence at both selling and delivering solutions in the sector, representing Quantis’ food & agriculture presence externally and leading the go-to-market initiatives in the sector will be essential. For this, you will lead a food & agriculture sector team composed mostly of branch sector leads and key account managers in different locations, as well as collaborating closely with other parts of the organization such as marketing.

Does this describe you and your next role?

  • You’re motivated to put your business development and consulting skills to work towards our mission of building a sustainable future.
  • You’re an experienced, entrepreneurial, and motivated sustainability professional and a clear strategic thinker looking for a big opportunity to work with top sustainability leaders and experts
  • You have proven experience in working on strategy (how to define a strategy, what to look for, market understanding…).
  • You’ll get boosted by a fast-paced and diverse role: defining the global sector strategy, helping the teams acquire new accounts and effectively sell Quantis sustainability consulting services, delivering environmental sustainability consulting services for our clients.
  • You have a deep understanding of the sustainability market dynamics in the food & agriculture sector and can develop insights and solutions adapted to our clients’ specific needs and objectives.
  • You have a very good knowledge in and a strong passion for the food sector, including project sales and execution.
  • You have a good understanding of sectoral technical aspects (data, Land Use Chance, agricultural challenges…) to be able to understand the underlying issues and support/guide internal efforts to find solutions
  • You’re a team player that works quickly, independently and on schedule. Your analytical and organizational skills are top-notch. 
  • You have project management skills and are able to lead coordination efforts around key challenges
  • You communicate effectively and efficiently, both verbally and in writing and can represent Quantis externally
  • You have a consultative approach working with clients.
  • You are strong in peer leadership and able to empower teams without direct authority.
  • You speak fluent English. (A little French, German or Italian would be a bonus!) 
  • For 10+ years, you’ve been sharpening your strategy, project and business development skills in the food & agriculture sector. 
  • You’ve got a successful track record in building and deploying strategy in a similar top private sector consultancy/professional services firm in sustainability and/or in NGOs/industry associations.
  • You have a degree in business, marketing, environment, or similar discipline. 
  • You’ll be a preferred candidate if you have a Master’s degree in a related discipline.

As the Global Lead – Food & Agriculture here’s a preview of the types of work your days will include:

Sector strategy:

  • Perform market watch and review frequently to support the strategy development: major players, how our positioning, the new trends… 
  • Define the long term vision for the food and agriculture sector, backed up by a yearly strategy, action plan, budget and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Execute the strategy, action plans and track progress for the various OKRs defined throughout the year and correct course and strategy if needed.
  • Define services positioning and pricing and develop new service opportunities to accelerate business transformation and answer new needs.
  • Identify needs for skills and capacity thanks to collaboration with the branches and support any hiring process. 
  • Adapt the food & agriculture sector structure and organisation based on the market needs (key topics, services, projects, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Service Leads, Experts, Business Development/Account Managers, Marketing, etc.

Team’s capacity:

  • Identify and confirm availability (capacity + fit) of branch teams for opportunities and projects in the sector in the markets in question
  • Continuously discuss with the branch food sector leads the teams’ bandwidth to deliver projects within the sector, assessing ability to staff and subcontract projects, communicating hiring needs as identified.
  • Ensure the ability to provide expert support across branches for all relevant topics and projects within the sector. 
  • Lead hiring of sector experts and support branch hiring and training of new sector experts if needed to maintain or grow capacity and sector expertise.
  • Coach and mentor the branch food sector leads. 

Marketing & External Positioning:

  • Understand branch marketing needs and pull together in a cohesive marketing plan, in collaboration with Marketing & Communications, for the common activities that can be conducted at the Group level.
  • In collaboration with Marketing & Communications, develop and execute plans for marketing in the sector, creating materials as needed (templates, case studies, etc.)
  • Be the “external face of Quantis” in the sector (e.g., conference talks, webinars, articles, etc.)
  • Coordinate with business developers and branch leads on the follow-ups from these different initiatives and track KPIs related to marketing initiatives (number of leads, number of projects, …)

Knowledge management:

  • Develop or update knowledge assets, templates, tools, guidelines, processes or other supporting materials to support efficient delivery of quality services.
  • Establish and communicate best practices, training and resource needs in the sector through Lessons Learned on finished projects and business development.
  • Share best practices with other sectors, service or branch leads.
  • Coordinate and ensure approach consistency between internal and external initiatives including the different tools and solutions Quantis develops for the food & agriculture sector. 
  • Discuss market trends and positioning with other sector and service leads to align on positioning.

To thrive in the Quantis culture, you’ll:

  • Show up as a team collaborator with a win-win attitude: empathetic, attentive and supportive of colleagues.
  • Take responsibility and ownership for your work: think and act with autonomy, while knowing when to ask for help.
  • Take initiative if something needs to be done.
  • Be positive! Use positive language, look at challenges not as bottlenecks, but as problems to solve, and see failure as a lesson learned.
  • Practice open and transparent communication; welcome effective dialogue and productive disagreement with minimal tension. 
  • Self-Manage: be in the driver’s seat of your professional growth and ambitions all the while valuing the learning journey and opportunities within Quantis.

Quantis has a unique, fluid structure nurtured by our Quantis Spirit and our way of collaborating. Learn more about our culture in this GreenBiz interview with our former CEO.

Some logistics to consider

  • Location: Any Quantis location (Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Milan, Berlin, Boston, Portland)
  • Optimal start date: as soon as possible
  • Frequent collaboration with all Quantis branches  via web-conferences
  • Ability to travel in Europe & US

Quantis offers a positive work environment, competitive salaries, a wide range of benefits, as well as generous and flexible vacation time. Salary will be determined based on level of experience and potential for contribution to the organization’s success. 

View our “Quantis has talent!” video to learn about what makes Quantis an exceptional place to work and develop. 

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