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Sustainability Consultant - Climate Change

  • 29 November 2021

Sustainability Consultant – Climate Change (mid-level) Recruitment, London

We are looking for a new Sustainability Consultant – Climate Change team member to join our growing management consultancy in Central London.

This is at our mid-tier Partner level, for people who have a minimum of three years’ experience in sustainability, ideally in a consultancy setting working with companies on carbon reporting, climate change and ESG strategy.

With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 35 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. We serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting.

Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance, to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change. We work with client teams in marketing, compliance, procurement, and communications as well as their sustainability functions, usually at Executive level. To find out more about our work have a look at our insights page.

We have been in business for over 15 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are the most important thing; we invest in them, and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Partner’ level. For someone with a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a sustainability role.

Partners plays a key role in the management of client projects, sometimes managing whole projects on smaller accounts or individual tasks on larger accounts. As Partners grow their management and consulting skills, they start to spend more time with clients, leading work streams, supporting the development of junior staff, and helping to grow the business.

This role is about ensuring high quality, accurate, timely and insightful content for our clients, managing their own time and input from colleagues.

At all levels within Carnstone we encourage colleagues to work across topics and sectors, that’s what makes consulting so interesting. Over time though, you will start to develop specific areas of expertise.

What are we looking for?

Intellect and energy:

• Curious and unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom;
• A desire to learn and to be challenged;
• A quick mind, able to assimilate and process information rapidly;
• Attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
• Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
• Numerate and analytical.

Commercial and entrepreneurial:

• An entrepreneurial mindset;
• Comfortable working at pace;
• Enjoys business and believes that business can make a real contribution to solving sustainability problems;
• Thinks profit and growth are positive concepts, not negative ones.

Good with people:

• Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes;
• Confident and engaging;
• Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
• Resilient and persistent; able to handle knock-backs and challenges.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

• Knowledge of carbon accounting methodologies and standards;
• Carrying out GHG emissions footprinting;
• Understanding of requirements and trends in climate disclosure;
• Ability to turn complex ideas and concepts into actionable steps for clients to use to drive change;
• Ability to engage and influence;
• Excellent project management skills;
• A good understanding of sustainability, with a depth of knowledge in specific topics or sectors.

The package

Includes:

• Competitive salary depending on experience, with an annual review, discretionary bonus, and potential for good progression depending on performance;
• Maternity, paternity, and adoption leave arrangements well above the statutory minimums;
• Excellent additional benefits including a group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution, private medical insurance, and life and critical illness insurance;
• 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity or community organisation of your choice;
• A great central London HQ, combined with an innovative flexible location package that includes: the ability to work at home for some of the week and to work from anywhere in the world for six weeks a year, and regular team gatherings at ‘Carnstone in the Country’, our home from home outside London.

Why work at Carnstone?

Our working environment is friendly, informal, and creative. We are energetic and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

Working parents and carers

We know that our partners are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that helps them to meet their responsibilities outside work.

So, if you are a working parent or carer, looking to return to work after an extended career break or have taken time off for other family commitments then Carnstone is the place for you. Through our flexible working arrangements and high-spec IT facilities, we support our parents and carers in making the most of their careers with us.

For the right candidates, we are able to offer part-time contracts, flexible working / working at home days, school hours’ only arrangements and even term-only contracts.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Neil Everett at careers@carnstone.com. We’ll be interviewing the right candidates as we receive the CVs in the coming month. Ideally, the successful candidate will start in the early part of 2022, but we can be patient for the right person.

Unsure? Please apply! Carnstone has a great team, and we have a great team because we’re all different. We don’t always know what we’re looking for in colleagues until we see it and it could well be you.

Report on the largest survey on purchasing practices published by ACT

Report on the largest survey on purchasing practices published by ACT

ACT has just published a report on the largest survey ever carried out with suppliers and brand employees on purchasing practices, and we are so proud to have been involved.

With over 1,300 suppliers and 1,800 brand employees taking part, the anonymous survey covers all key garment manufacturing countries and is a hugely important piece of research, marking a significant contribution to understanding the state of play for purchasing practices in the global garment, textile and footwear industry.

The report offers an assessment of the purchasing practices of some of the world’s biggest fashion and retail brands and shows how the brands involved are making good progress against the ACT Commitments. It also shows the need for much greater education and awareness building, within both brand employees and suppliers, to support continued improvement, and highlights the conditions needed to ensure a living wage is paid to workers in the global garment and footwear supply chain.

Carnstone developed the survey platform and analysed and reported on the data gathered, these are the largest surveys into the purchasing practices of major international brands and retailers carried out to date.

https://actonlivingwages.com/2021/11/16/…

Energize: A programme to increase access to renewable energy for pharmaceutical supply chains

Energize: A programme to increase access to renewable energy for pharmaceutical supply chains

10 Global pharmaceutical companies are coming together today, Energy Day at COP26, to launch Energize: a programme to engage the pharmaceutical supply chain in bold climate action and decarbonisation. Energize is a first-of-its kind effort to leverage the scale of a single industry’s global supply chain in a pre-competitive fashion to drive system level change.

Convened by Carnstone and designed and delivered by Schneider Electric, Energize will help pharmaceutical and healthcare suppliers to address their own operational Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas emission through renewable electricity procurement, which will in turn reduce the participating companies’ Scope 3 emissions. Energize will enable suppliers to learn more about renewable energy adoption and contracting, giving them an opportunity to participate in the market for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Corporate Members include AstraZeneca, Biogen, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Takeda.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

https://perspectives.se.com/blog-stream/…

Partner opening, London

  • 25 October 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Central London.

This is at our Partner level, for people who have three to seven years’ experience in sustainability, ideally in a consultancy setting working with companies on carbon reporting and strategy.

With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 35 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. We serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting.

Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance, to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change. We work with client teams in marketing, compliance, procurement and communications as well as their sustainability functions, usually at Executive level. To find out more about our work have a look at our insights page.

We have been in business for over 15 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are the most important thing; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

The vacancy
The job is at our ‘Partner’ level. For someone with between 3-7 years experience working in a sustainability role.

Partners plays a key role in the management of client projects, sometimes managing whole projects on smaller accounts or individual tasks on larger accounts. As Partners grow their management and consulting skills they start to spend more time with clients, leading work streams, supporting the development of junior staff, and helping to grow the business.

This role is about ensuring high quality, accurate, timely and insightful content for our clients, managing their own time and input from colleagues.

At all levels within Carnstone we encourage colleagues to work across topics and sectors, that’s what makes consulting so interesting. Over time though, you will start to develop specific areas of expertise.

What are we looking for?

Intellect and energy:

  • Curious and unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom;
  • A desire to learn and to be challenged;
  • A quick mind, able to assimilate and process information rapidly;
  • Attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Numerate and analytical.

Commercial and entrepreneurial:

  • An entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Comfortable working at pace;
  • Enjoys business and believes that business can make a real contribution to solving sustainability problems;
  • Thinks profit and growth are positive concepts, not negative ones.

Good with people:

  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes;
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Resilient and persistent; able to handle knock-backs and challenges.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of carbon accounting methodologies and standards.
  • Carrying out GHG emissions footprinting.
  • Understanding of requirements and trends in climate disclosure.
  • Ability to take turn complex ideas and concepts into actionable steps for clients to use to drive change;
  • Ability to engage and influence;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • A good understanding of sustainability, with a depth of knowledge in specific topics or sectors.

The package

Includes:

  • Salary range £30,000-50,000 depending on experience, with an annual review, discretionary bonus, and potential for good progression depending on performance;
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements well above the statutory minimums;
  • Excellent additional benefits including a group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution, private medical insurance, and life and critical illness insurance;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity or community organisation of your choice;
  • A great central London HQ, combined with an innovative flexible location package that includes: the ability to work at home for some of the week and to work from anywhere in the world for six weeks a year, and regular team gatherings at ‘Carnstone in the Country’, our home from home outside London.

Why work at Carnstone?

Our working environment is friendly, informal and creative. We are energetic and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

Working parents and carers

We know that our partners are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that helps them to meet their responsibilities outside work.

So, if you are a working parent or carer, looking to return to work after an extended career break or have taken time off for other family commitments then Carnstone is the place for you. Through our flexible working arrangements and high-spec IT facilities, we support our parents and carers in making the most of their careers with us.

For the right candidates, we are able to offer part-time contracts, flexible working / working at home days, school hours’ only arrangements and even term-only contracts.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Neil Everett at careers@carnstone.com. We’ll be interviewing the right candidates as we receive the CVs in the coming month. Ideally, the successful candidate will start in the early part of 2022 but we can be patient for the right person.

Unsure? Please apply! Carnstone has a great team, and we have a great team because we’re all different. We don’t always know what we’re looking for in colleagues until we see it and it could well be you.

Junior Partner opening, London

  • 25 October 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Central London. This is a development role for people at the beginning of their career in sustainability consulting.

With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 30 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us - Carnstone Partners Ltd

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting.

Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance, to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change. We work with client teams in marketing, compliance, procurement and communications as well as their sustainability functions, usually at Executive level. To find out more about our work have a look at our insights page.

We have been in business for over 15 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are the most important thing; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level. Either fresh out of university or changing track from other industries, Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. Their role is about providing accurate, high quality and reliable support to Partners and Senior Partners. JPs will be responsible for specific tasks, often behind the scenes, but in return, they have an amazing opportunity to acquire vast amounts of knowledge about companies, sectors and topics in a short amount of time. It’s a role that offers a lot of opportunities for professional development.

What are we looking for?

Intellect and energy

  • Curious and unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom;
  • Wants to learn and to be challenged;
  • Has a quick mind, able to assimilate and process information rapidly;
  • Has attention to detail and can really deliver work to a high standard;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Numerate and analytical.

Commercial and entrepreneurial

  • Has an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Comfortable working at pace;
  • Enjoys business and believes that business can make a real contribution to solving sustainability problems;
  • Thinks profit and growth are positive concepts, not negative ones.

Good with people

  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes;
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Resilient and persistent; able to handle knock-backs and challenge.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering or a similar subject;
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients.
  • (This is an intentionally short list – you’ll learn the rest on the job!)

Unsure? Please apply! Carnstone has a great team, and we have a great team because we’re all different. We don’t always know what we’re looking for in colleagues until we see it and it could well be you.

Job ads like these are always pretty daunting, so if it leaves you feeling: I like the sound of that, but I’m not sure I’m ‘their sort of person’ please do have a go. You could well be!

The package

We offer a competitive package including:

  • A starting salary of £26,000 with an annual review and potential for rapid progression depending on performance
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements well above the statutory minimums;
  • Excellent additional benefits including a group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution, private medical insurance, and life and critical illness insurance.
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity or community organisation of your choice;
  • A great central London HQ, combined with an innovative flexible working package.

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly, informal and creative. We are energetic and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

We know that our employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that enables them to meet their responsibilities outside work. Through our flexible working arrangements, we support our team in making the most of their careers with us.

For more information about who we are, the work we do and our clients, please have a look around our website.

How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Neil Everett at careers@carnstone.com. We’ll be interviewing the right candidates as we receive the CVs in the coming month. Ideally, the successful candidate will start in the early part of 2022 but we can be patient for the right person.

Deputy General Manager, CR & Sustainability Consulting, Shanghai

  • 06 August 2021

Carnstone Asia is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility, based in Shanghai.

Working closely with our UK parent company Carnstone Partners Ltd, we work with the world’s leading companies and international institutions at the forefront of sustainability, developing strategies, and implementing on the ground projects that drive real change across sectors including: automotive, pharmaceutical, fashion and retail, and media.

We are looking for a sustainability professional who can bring existing project and client management experience to our growing Shanghai office, and who can help us to grow the business and develop our staff.

About us - Carnstone

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. We have been in business for over 15 years, establishing a reputation for being great at what we do. Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change.

Our Shanghai office was established in 2014 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The team has been growing steadily, and we are looking for an individual with experience in one or more aspects of sustainability, be it social or environmental, to join and grow with the team.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Partner’ level but with additional responsibilities for management of staff.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing projects and client relationships, often in a lead-role with support from colleagues in London and Shanghai. They will also have responsibility for managing junior staff in the China team to support their career development and growth. In addition they will be expected to contribute to the marketing and development of the business, primarily within existing accounts.

Expectations of the role:

  • Provide high quality advice and outputs: based on sound business judgement and deep sustainability knowledge, and by leading/coordinating project teams; overseeing the quality of output from those project teams.
  • Maintain and develop client accounts: contributing to the growth of existing accounts and also helping to secure new business by contributing to proposals and developing opportunities through personal networks.
  • Develop junior members of staff: managing junior members of staff, actively supporting their development.

Projects will include:

  • The Book Chain Project, a global multi-brands initiative in the publishing sector, covering responsible forest sourcing, chemical safety, and labour standards & environmental performance.
  • The Promising Futures project, tackling the social insurance enrolment issues in Chinese factories.
  • The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative, a global pharmaceutical initiative building responsible supply chains around business ethics, management systems, labour and human rights, health & safety, and environment.
  • A project on job quality improvements for Chinese factory workers with a UK retailer.

What we are looking for

Experience:

  • Good general understanding of sustainability/CR and, ideally, some specialised knowledge in one or more specific areas;
  • An interest in and understanding of global business, and supply chains;
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability / CR;
  • Experience with managing client accounts or projects and the ability to manage client relationships; and
  • Experience of growing and developing young staff.

Character:

  • An easy, winning manner and the ability to communicate in all settings;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload;
  • A team player who takes responsibilities and motivates team members;
  • A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly and solve problems;
  • Patient and willing to support the development and growth of junior staff;
  • Real willingness to learn, share and be challenged; and
  • Confident networker.

Skills:

  • Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, adapting your style as required for different audiences;
  • Active listening skills and be able to use it in internal and external communication;
  • Keen eyes on quality (both for own output and those of team)
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • First-rate IT skills and an ability to use technical skills to best effect for the clients;
  • We appreciate commercial aptitude and consultancy experience would be a distinct advantage; and
  • Native Chinese speaker; fluent in English (writing and speaking)

The package

We offer a fun working environment, interesting projects, great clients to work with, flexible working arrangements and a competitive package consisting of:

  • A competitive salary within the local sustainability consultancy market;
  • Social insurances and housing fund paid in Shanghai based on actual salary;
  • A central Shanghai office in Xuhui District close to major commuting routes;
  • 20 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice; and
  • Group medical insurance scheme with reimbursement of both in-patient and out-patient medical fees (life and critical illness insurance covered).

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to the Carnstone Asia General Manager Maggie Zhang at maggie.zhang@carnstone.com. Please include your cover letter in the body of your email, not as a separate attachment.

Interviews will be arranged as applications arrive. The target start date is early October, but we can be flexible for the right candidate.

Junior Partner job opening, Shanghai

  • 06 August 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Shanghai. This is a development role for people at the beginning of their career in sustainability consulting.

With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 30 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us – Carnstone

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We have been in business for over 15 years, establishing a reputation for being great at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work.

Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change.

Our Shanghai office was established in 2014 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The team has been growing steadily, and we are looking for someone who has a true passion for the sector, who is interested in growing with the company, and can deliver high quality work on a consistent basis.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level. Usually fresh to the industry, Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. JPs will be responsible for specific tasks, some behind the scenes, but in return, they have an amazing opportunity to acquire vast amounts of knowledge about sectors and topics in a short amount of time. It’s a role that offers a lot of opportunities for professional development. As a JP, you will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis, both within China and overseas.

You will be based in our Shanghai office but work closely with colleagues in London and with client teams. We work on a wide variety of projects, from forestry to climate change, from labour standards to community development; and across multiple sectors, including: media, automotive, fashion and pharmaceutical. That makes our work incredibly varied and interesting, and it means we are always learning.

One day you may be conducting research on deforestation in South East Asia, the next visiting a garment factory to talk to workers, and the next working with a project team to help a client understand their greenhouse gas emissions across their supply chain.

What we are looking for

Experience

  • Good general understanding and proven interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability;
  • Minimum one-year relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability; or experience in general business but with proven interest in sustainability.

Character

  • Curiosity and persistence in equal measures;
  • Comfortable working in a commercial environment with big businesses across many sectors;
  • Has good attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
  • Open-minded, real willingness to learn and to be challenged;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes.

Skills

  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readers;
  • Has a quick mind, able to assimilate and process information;
  • An undergraduate degree or higher in Science, Engineering, Economics or a related subject;
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients and;
  • Fluency in English and native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

The package

We offer a competitive package consisting of:

  • A competitive salary within the local sustainability consultancy market;
  • Social insurances and housing fund paid in Shanghai based on actual salary;
  • A central Shanghai office in Xuhui District close to major commuting routes;
  • 20 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice;
  • Group medical insurance scheme with reimbursement of both in-patient and out-patient medical fees (life and critical illness insurance covered).

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are energetic and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

We know that our employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance. That’s why we embrace flexibility as a company and support our team in making the most of their careers with us through our flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Partner Manager and General Manager, Maggie Zhang maggie.zhang@carnstone.com. Please include your cover letter in the body of your email, not as a separate attachment. The deadline for application is 3 September 2021.

Telephone interviews will be arranged, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to face-to-face interviews at our Shanghai office with GM (and one of our Senior Partners joining online).

John Lewis Partnership Better Jobs

John Lewis Partnership Better Jobs

The John Lewis Partnership Better Jobs Programme was designed to support JLP suppliers to build better jobs for the people that make their products.

The Better Jobs Programme consists of two parts: a framework that helps suppliers think about the ways they support, engage and reward their employees, and the World of Work Survey that captures the views of the employees themselves.

2020 was the second year of the programme and 45 suppliers took part, with over 1,800 responses to the World of Work Survey. This means that since inception, 52 suppliers have taken part in the framework and over 2,600 survey responses have been collected.

The programme was also piloted with 15 suppliers in China this year. Those 15 suppliers had an excellent response rate to the survey, with almost 3,000 employees taking part.

We are extremely proud to have supported the John Lewis Partnership with the Better Jobs Programme since the beginning.

To find out some of the key findings from the Better Jobs Programme in both the UK and China this year, please click here.

Project Co-Ordinator Opening, PSCI

  • 25 June 2021

The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is a rapidly growing industry collaboration to improve environmental and social conditions in pharmaceutical and healthcare supply chains. It has more than 50 member companies who work together to train suppliers, share audits and organise events.

We are looking for a Project Coordinator to take responsibility for the organisation of the PSCI’s work.

Working as part of a team of consultants at Carnstone, the Project Coordinator will oversee, plan, and organise the PSCI’s activities. You will coordinate and support the Board and committees of varying sizes from across the organisation and provide critical administrative support, including a high proportion of events management.

You will be employed by Carnstone Partners Ltd but dedicate your time solely to the PSCI.

Carnstone is based in Central London (Charing Cross) and has a flexible location policy. The PSCI members are global and much of the work is virtual, so the location of your work is flexible (within the UK) and could be substantially from home.

Although sustainability consulting is Carnstone’s main business, this is not a consulting role; the ideal candidate will be someone whose enthusiasm is for organisation, member liaison, events management, and business finance. Sustainability experience is not required.

The role is initially for a one-year fixed-term contract to start in early September, with the potential for this to turn into permanent employment.

The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

The PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies who share a vision of better social, health, safety, and environmental outcomes in the communities where they buy. The members have joined forces to promote responsible supply chain management and better business conditions across the industry. There are currently 52 PSCI member companies including all 20 of the top 20 healthcare companies in the world. The PSCI was formed as a non-profit business membership organisation in 2006 and is legally established in the United States.

Carnstone Partners Ltd

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting. We have been in business for 20 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are our biggest asset; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, a flexible location policy, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

The Role

The Programme Coordinator will:

  • Lead on member liaison (this includes managing the PSCI mailbox and fielding enquiries), building relationships with key contacts among the PSCI’s members
  • Coordinate calls, meetings, and webinars including scheduling, setting agendas, taking minutes
  • Run the member mentoring programme
  • Manage the budget, coordinate the annual tax filing
  • Liaise with accountants, lawyers, and other service providers on an ad hoc basis
  • Act as the main coordinator of content on the PSCI website (psci.org)
  • Liaise with and bring onboard new members (but there are no ‘sales’ targets)
  • Organise two 3-4 day conferences per year, one in the US and the other in Europe supported by Carnstone’s consultants on the content. You will need to be available to attend these events in person when travel restrictions allow.

You will be expected to:

  • Deliver client satisfaction – understanding client needs, developing a strong rapport with key individuals, deliver high-quality work;
  • Provide high quality coordination, project management and administration

The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a similar role.

Personal attributes and skills required

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Experience:

  • Organisation and management of meetings and events
  • Proven experience in administration and organisation of a busy team or project

Skills:

  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a wide range of people and audiences at all levels
  • Solid writing, editing and presentation skills
  • Diplomatic, able to negotiate and apply judgement during complex situations
  • Effective decision-making
  • Proven team building and motivational skills, not necessarily in a direct line-management capacity perhaps instead organising cross-functional teams
  • Time management, prioritisation, and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Resilience and calmness under pressure
  • First-rate IT skills (Microsoft Office environment)

Unsure? Please apply! Carnstone has a great team, and we have a great team because we’re all different. We don’t always know what we’re looking for in colleagues until we see it and it could well be you. We welcome applications from everybody.

Job ads like these are always pretty daunting, so if it leaves you feeling: I like the sound of that, but I’m not sure I’m ‘their sort of person’ please do have a go. You could well be!

This is a substantially full-time role, but we can be flexible in hours to some degree. If you need a shortened week, please indicate that in your application.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for this role is in the range £35,000 - £38,000 FTE depending on experience.

We offer a competitive package of other benefits including:

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements well above the statutory minimums;
  • Excellent additional benefits including a group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution, private medical insurance, and life and critical illness insurance.
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity or community organisation of your choice;
  • A great central London HQ, combined with an innovative flexible working package.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Yasmin Day at careers@carnstone.com.
Virtual interviews will be arranged as applications arrive. The target start date is early September, but we can be flexible for the right candidate.

Junior Partner opening, Shanghai

  • 10 May 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Shanghai. This is a development role for people at the beginning of their career in sustainability consulting.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us – Carnstone
Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability with offices in London and Shanghai. We have been in business for over 15 years, establishing a reputation for being great at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work.

Our Shanghai office was established in 2015 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The team has been growing steadily, and we are looking for someone who has a true passion for the sector, who is interested in growing with the company, and can deliver high quality work on a consistent basis.

The vacancy
The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level. Usually with a fresh experience within the industry, Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. JPs will be responsible for specific tasks, often behind the scenes, but in return, they have an amazing opportunity to acquire vast amounts of knowledge about sectors and topics in a short amount of time. It’s a role that offers a lot of opportunities for professional development. As a JP, you will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis, both within China and overseas.

You will be based in our Shanghai office but work closely with colleagues in London and with client teams. We work on a wide variety of projects, from forestry to climate change, from labour standards to community development; and across multiple sectors, including: media, automotive, fashion and pharmaceutical. That makes our work incredibly varied and interesting, and it means we are always learning.

What we are looking for
Experience

  • Good general understanding and proven interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability;
  • Minimum one-year relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability; or experience in general business but with proven interest in sustainability.

Character

  • Curiosity and persistence in equal measures;
  • Comfortable working in a commercial environment with big businesses across many sectors;
  • Has good attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
  • Open-minded, real willingness to learn and to be challenged;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes.

Skills

  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readers;
  • Has a quick mind, able to assimilate and process information;
  • An undergraduate degree or higher in Science, Engineering, Economics or a related subject;
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients and;
  • Fluency in English and native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

The package
We offer a competitive package consisting of:

  • A competitive salary within the local sustainability consultancy market;
  • Social insurances and housing fund paid in Shanghai based on actual salary;
  • A central Shanghai office in Xuhui District close to major commuting routes;
  • 20 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice;
  • Group medical insurance scheme with reimbursement of both in-patient and out-patient medical fees (life and critical illness insurance covered).

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are energetic and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

We know that our employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance. That’s why we embrace flexibility as a company and support our team in making the most of their careers with us through our flexible working arrangements.

How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Partner Manager and General Manager, Maggie Zhang maggie.zhang@carnstone.com. Please include your cover letter in the body of your email.

The deadline for application is 31 May 2021.

Telephone interviews will be arranged, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to face-to-face interviews at our Shanghai office with our GM (and one of our Senior Partners joining online).