ESG & Sustainability Lead | A&L Goodbody LLP

ESG & Sustainability Lead

A&L Goodbody is one of Ireland's leading corporate law firms with 112 partners and over 920 people.

Headquartered in Dublin, our offices are located in Belfast, London, New York, San Francisco and Palo Alto. For over 100 years, our lawyers have been at the centre of corporate Ireland, advising some of the largest and most influential businesses at a domestic and international level.

The opportunity

In this newly created role you will direct and shape ALG’s client development activities in the area of Environmental Social Governance & Sustainability. Reporting to the Partner in charge of ESG client service, you will work closely with a range of Partners and other Senior Lawyers from across the business, the Head of Responsible Business and The Knowledge Team, on all matters relating to ESG to further enhance ALG’s reputation and client relationships.

Role Purpose

  • Develop and implement the firms ESG client strategy.
  • Coordinate and provide overall direction to the various activities and plans across a range of practice areas.
  • Introduce forward thinking and best practice knowledge and business development techniques.
  • Provide a level of internal advice and service to the ALG business of the highest quality and efficiency.

Responsibilities

  • Develop ESG and Sustainability framework for ALG’s engagement with clients.
  • Coordinate the ALG ESG & Sustainability taskforce.
  • Act as a central point on keep PGs informed of relevant ESG and sustainability issues.
  • Support partners, PG sustainability champions and work with PG PSLs, Knowledge and Marketing teams.
  • Identify ESG & sustainability business development and revenue generating opportunities.
  • Take part in client engagements where ESG and Sustainability is a key issue.
  • Contribute to industry or client speaking events and thought leadership pieces, contribute to research, roadmaps, etc.
  • Represent the firm at ESG & Sustainability industry events domestically and internationally.
  • Liaise with responsible business team and pro bono practice.

Education

  • 5 – 8 years relevant experience in a professional services firm.
  • Qualification in sustainable business leadership, sustainable finance, climate change or ESG or similar desirable.
  • Practising lawyer, law degree or other legal qualification preferable; economics degree or other professional qualification, e.g. accountancy, considered.

Required experience / skills

  • Demonstrated experience of executing ESG or sustainability action plans.
  • Best practice client/business development experience in professional services.
  • Can evidence strong knowledge of relevant sustainability law, policy and regulation.
  • Strong stakeholder management with experience working with senior leaders in a matrix organisation to advise and influence decision making.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship skills.
  • Ability to work across a range of legal practice areas, competitive landscape and client industries.
  • Ability to understand the legal industry and a self-starter with a high degree of initiative.
  • Management and leadership skills.
  • Collaborative, enthusiastic, self-starter, can handle multiple tasks and prioritise competing demands.

What We Offer:

At A&L we pride ourselves on the high calibre of our employees. We place strong emphasis on career development and enabling our people to excel in their careers. Our work environment is friendly, professional and collaborative. As well as working for a market leading Law Firm we offer:

  • A competitive remuneration package.
  • Pension and health insurance contribution, clubs and subs contribution, marriage/civil partnership gratuity and leave, life insurance, complimentary conveyancing allowance and a subsidised restaurant and coffee shop.
  • Access to the firms marquee training and development programmes, delivered through the ALG School of Business Law.

Duration: Full time permanent contract