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Manager- Climate Change and Sustainability Services- Environmental Social and Governance- Assurance

Location:  Montréal
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  May 28, 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1233041

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all. 


When our clients are facing complex sustainability and climate change issues, they look to us to find a solution. Whether new regulatory requirements, rising stakeholder concerns or opportunities for cost reduction and revenue generation, we provide the answers to the big questions nobody else can. 


The opportunity 

Note that we are looking to hire in Montreal 


The opportunity 


EY has a well-established Climate Change and Sustainability practice to respond to our clients’ growing need of guidance in this area, including strategy, climate risks assessment and management, greenhouse gas emission verification and assurance over sustainability-related data. Our Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) team is growing exponentially, and as a Manager you’ll play a key role in that growth. Working directly with our other Canadian Climate Change & Sustainability Services Market leaders, you will take a leading role in developing our CCaSS practice in Canada. We are looking to expand our team of professionals focused on providing high value, independent, trusted advice to our clients as they transition to a more sustainable economy. Our clients include many of today's leading global companies, innovative growth companies and other Publicly Accountable Enterprises. Working across all industries, you’ll develop your career by bringing innovative and insightful perspectives to our clients, while working at the forefront of sustainability’s most pressing developments. It’s all about listening to and understanding our clients to give them a truly exceptional experience in a field where there really are no off-the-shelf recommendations. 


Your key responsibilities 
As climate change and sustainability rise on the agendas of governments and organizations around the world, business leaders are increasingly seeking external advice on how to address these key issues. As one of our Climate Change and Sustainability Services professionals, you'll work as part of a multidisciplinary, global team that provides recommendations on how our clients can manage these areas effectively and responsibly. This will include helping clients understand business or regulatory threats and opportunities, supporting the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their business models, supporting clients in transformation journeys by developing operating models and ESG technology, monitoring performance and assuring public disclosures on progress. Through these services, you'll help clients balance risks, take advantage of opportunities and achieve their potential in a transformed world.  You will receive the support and opportunities you need to succeed professionally and personally.  


Skills and attributes for success As a Manager in CCaSS 


  • ESG Technical Requirements 

  • Lead the delivery of our services as we assist clients in their efforts to identify, measure, and appropriately manage their business as they transition their organizations to respond to changing government regulations, reporting risks and new trends in sustainability management and reporting. 

  • You will be expected to keep abreast of leading technical / sector advancements, through continuous learning in your field and then train your teams in these developments  

  • Lead a team of sustainability professionals to further develop our portfolio of CCaSS services with an emphasis on strategy advisory services.  

  • Support client relationships, business development, and account management leadership through the development of thought leadership, client and internal collateral, and training. 

  • Achieve growth by understanding EY and its service lines and actively assessing/presenting ways to apply knowledge and services.  

  • Project Management 

  • You will be expected to manage the delivery of client engagements and be responsible for effective delivery to scope, schedule and cost.  Use your project management skills to deliver solutions and mitigate risk or quality issues  

  • You will be running several projects concurrently, to a high standard of quality to meet CCaSS and client expectations.  

  • Take operational responsibility / accountability for engagement team support and delivery, by monitoring the overall performance metrics for the engagements. 

  • Business Development  

  • You will be contributing to the development of engagement plans and proposals for client needs.  

  • Client Engagement  

  • You will work with the Senior Manager and Partners and help to deliver to client expectations and requirements. 

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key business decision makers externally and communicate trends, developments, and key performance drivers relevant to our clients and our related services offerings. 

  • Team Management 

  • You will be expected to use management skills for performance and career development for your teams.   

  • Develop people by encouraging individuals to take responsibility for their contributions to the team.  

  • You will delegate and monitor tasks, encourage personal growth, provide impactful feedback and act as a positive role model / mentor for you teams.  

  • Conduct performance review and contribute to performance feedback/training. 

To qualify for the role, you must have 

  • Experience with ESG strategy definition and implementation, large-scale stakeholder consultations and definition and development of ESG reporting; ideally in a client-facing capacity. 

  • At least 5 years of team leadership experience related to the Climate Change or Sustainability services for a public accounting firm or a consulting practice; consideration will also be given to candidates who have equivalent business/industry experience in a leadership capacity 

  • A bachelor's degree and at least 8 years of related work experience; or a master's degree and at least 7 years of related work experience 

  • A degree / Masters in sustainability, environmental science, engineering, accounting, IT and/or related academic major. 

  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, in both English and French 

  • Knowledge of ESG operating models and technology is a plus 

  • Accreditation and/or training in the following areas: SASB FSA accreditation, Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI), AA1000, ISO 14064, or other relevant applications would be an asset 

  • A professional presence with the ability to quickly establish personal credibility and demonstrate expertise with the C-Suite and sustainability officers at client organisations as well as with EY leadership 

  • Additional Soft Skills 

  • Strong project management and personnel management skills 

  • Ability to analyze complex or unusual issues in the context of client engagements and efficiently deliver insightful and pragmatic solutions 

  • Extensive experience working and leading in a team-based environment 

  • Ability to take a pragmatic approach to issues that underpin client relationships, while demonstrating and living EY's values 

  • This role involves interaction with clients operating nationally and globally where fluency in French and English is required. Bilingualism in both French and English is therefore a requirement of this role" 



What we look for 
We’re interested in strong team players who support their colleagues and EY in reaching their goals while successfully managing workload and professional development. 
What we offer 
At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. It's one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work. 
We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package allows you to decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future.  Our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy longer long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, as a global firm, we offer: 

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around the world 

  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career 

  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you 


Diversity and Inclusion at EY 


Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of who we are and how we work. We’re committed to fostering an environment where differences are valued, policies and practices are equitable, and our people feel a sense of belonging. From our actions to combat systemic racism and our advocacy for the LGBT+ community to our innovative Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence and Accessibility initiatives, we welcome and embrace the diverse experiences, abilities, backgrounds and perspectives that make our people unique and help guide us. Because when people feel free to be their authentic selves at work, they bring their best and are empowered to build a better working world. 


EY Way of Work and your health and safety 


EY Way of Work recognizes flexibility in the way we collaborate, innovate and deliver with the ability to work in-person and remotely.  To support a healthy and safe in-person working environment, EY has implemented various layers of health and safety controls while working in the office or at client or other locations.  A critical component of EY’s workplace safety program includes our COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an accommodation based on a reason protected by human rights legislation is provided.  

EY | Building a better working world  

EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. 

Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.   
Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.   

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