Senior Sustainability Consultant – Food & Agriculture Sector

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. And, you’ll get to work with the world’s top sustainability experts and leaders across Quantis’ ecosystem of colleagues and partners. 

Together, we form a dynamic team of 180+ talents (and growing!) that cultivate a special team spirit that is both purpose-driven and empowering. Our group is truly different. Curious? Our team members can give you the inside scoop.

Learn more about Quantis and our Mission

As a Senior Business Developer / Project Manager at Quantis Switzerland, you will build and develop client relationships in the German-Speaking part of Switzerland, and manage science-based projects to work towards a sustainable future.

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: developing the Food & Agriculture sector strategy for Switzerland, acquiring new accounts and effectively selling 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 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 & Agriculture sector, including project sales and execution.
  • You have a good understanding of sectoral technical aspects (sustainability data, biodiversity, water stress, Land Use Change, 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; in particular, you are capable of designing and delivering effective workshops for executives in Food & Agriculture companies.
  • You are strong in peer leadership and able to empower teams without direct authority.
  • You are fluent in English and German or Swiss German, additional languages are an advantage.
  • For 5+ 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 or professional services firm in sustainability and/or in industry.
  • 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 a Senior Sustainability Consultant here’s a preview of what type of work your days will include:

    • Business development:
      • Develop and manage client relationships in the Sustainability Sector, primarily in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
      • Identify needs, develop and deliver internal and/or client-facing training on key sustainability topics.
      • Lead client discussions and develop new project proposals providing custom insights and solutions to guide clients in their understanding and implementation of environmental sustainability.
    • Client project delivery:
      • Manage various types of projects (LCAs, corporate footprints, eco-design, climate strategies, …) in the project lead/project management role ensuring that quality standards, expectations and deadlines are met.
      • Support/manage client interactions, such as project meetings/calls, etc.
      • Perform some sustainability analytical work.
      • Develop or support development of deliverables.

To thrive in the Quantis culture, you’ll:

  • Show up as 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: Zurich (preferably) or other Swiss locations
  • Job type: Full-time contract
  • Optimal start date: As soon as possible
  • Frequent collaboration with other Quantis offices (Paris, Boston/Portland, Berlin, Milan) via web-conferences, in German or English
  • Ability to travel, primarily in Europe

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. 

At Quantis we believe that equality, diversity and inclusiveness are central to our mission of building a sustainable future. Quantis is an equal opportunity employer that embraces people from diverse backgrounds including race, color, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, disability, religion, creed, politics, or any other non-merit factor. It is our daily commitment to ensure that each Quantisian works in an environment where they belong and where they can thrive. Furthermore, we have committed to take meaningful action that will create more diversity within the field of sustainability.

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

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