Business Advisor – Sustainability and Net Zero

Manchester Advisor
Full Time

Job Title: Business Advisor – Sustainability and Net Zero
Salary: Up to £42,500 per annum
Based: Manchester
Contract Type: Permanent

The Business Growth Hub team within The Growth Company has an exciting opportunity for a Business Advisor to deliver high quality specialist business growth advice to a portfolio of ambitious business owners and senior managers of mid-sized businesses that are aiming to reduce energy, waste, and carbon footprint. The role will assess the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of eligible businesses, diagnose any barriers to implementation. innovation or advancement which may be holding back savings and agree suitable action plans to address these and deliver carbon savings.

The Business Advisor’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the Sustainability and Net Zero service is delivered to produce the maximum impact in terms of assisting the client company to minimise the carbon footprint and delivery of outputs and outcomes in terms of improved energy and resource efficiency, carbon footprint reduction, sustainable Growth.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake detailed discussions with client around complex business issues to understand their business challenges, making sound recommendations for appropriate actions that will lead to more sustainable business practises and mitigate risks associated with climate change
  • Conduct detailed site review to identify, quantify and prioritise opportunities and actions that can be undertaken by the business to improve efficiency and reduce the business carbon footprint using various tools and methods. This will involve the analysis and interpretation of business and market data/intelligence to provide recommendations to senior management teams, boards, and shareholders
  • Deliver practical/applied knowledge and experience of the identification and quantification of material, water and energy saving opportunities within SMEs, at all stages of the value chain
  • Support businesses to identify, mitigate and overcome barriers that companies face in adopting new energy-efficient practices
  • Using your experience of working with SMEs, either as a direct employee or an external advisor, to create effective working relationships, and successfully influence client behaviour to create change at all levels in a company
  • Have specialist, technical expertise alongside excellent communication and people skills, to articulate the benefits of the transition to a low carbon economy to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Handling client enquiries via, phone and email, initially assessing the carbon reduction potential and business needs using appropriate tools, processes and systems where required and establishing and maintaining effective relationships and key client contacts
  • Ensure that potential clients comply with the project eligibility criteria by ensuring that initial eligibility checks, prior to formal assessment and action planning are carried out
  • Ensure that the monitoring and collection of output and impacts data is undertaken throughout the project and at the conclusion of each individual project in-line with funders’ requirements
  • Work with the relevant businesses closely to monitor any outputs including energy, waste, material, and carbon savings alongside new jobs created/safeguarded, increased sales or market share
  • Develop and maintain a high-level network of business/professional contacts that generate personal referrals

About You

  • Have Significant sector(s)/business experience in the private sector, including at a senior management or Director level
  • At least degree level business education, or degree level qualification with a management body or the relevant business experience to match those
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key national, sub-regional and local organisations and their role in supporting economic development and specifically business growth
  • Professional experience and approach to managing and delivering business assessment, advice, and development
  • Excellent communication and networking skills

Skills Required

  • Experienced in supporting business to identify and implement energy efficiency and resource efficiency projects that can help the business to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework in relation to resource efficiency
  • Well-developed IT skills, including an understanding of computerised management
  • Practical understanding of the current landscape of publicly funded business support and investments of relevance to the agenda
  •  Well-developed IT skills, including an understanding of computerised management

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