At Metabolic, we recognize the need for a new economic model: one that ensures the wellbeing of all people and allows organizations to thrive without transgressing the safe boundaries of the Earth’s natural systems. Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We envision a world where human societies and ecosystems flourish, and where our economic activities do not transgress any of the planetary boundaries.
We work with a growing network of partners, to equip organizations all over the world with tools and insights to catalyze this change. We conduct leading research, develop future-facing strategies, and build scalable solutions to critical problems.
Organizations | Products | Materials | Finance
Meeting the needs of 10 billion people within the planetary boundaries is only possible if we radically change the way that we provide for these needs. Our material flows, product systems, organizations, and financial services all need to be aligned towards sustainable, equitable, and regenerative delivery of meaningful products and services.
In our Sustainable Industries division we work with ambitious, motivated clients and position them to thrive in the regenerative economy. We work at the level of economic organization including influencing financial investment towards positive impact. We also advise clients on a very practical level, for example by designing new product systems, and we advise organizations about their organizational impact, CSRD needs and developing sustainable business strategies.
About the Role
We seek a passionate individual to lead Metabolic’s Sustainable Industries Division to become a leading global player in sustainable consulting. As the Industries Division Director, you will work closely with the Consulting Director and the two other division (Cities & Agrifood) directors in the management of yearly planning, execution of entity strategy, evaluation, and other administrative responsibilities. You’ll oversee three teams (Organizations, Products & Materials, and Finance) and will work together closely with the team leads on development and execution of divisional strategy, strategic project selection and execution, and team mentorship and wellbeing.
We are looking for someone who stays on top of new knowledge, is curious and driven by an internal desire to create an economic system that works for everyone and the planet. A creative and empathic leader with the ability to translate complex problems to concrete pathways forward. The role requires an individual adept at working with multiple stakeholders both internal and external and to be able to manage immediate, short term tasks while remaining focused on long-term strategic goals.
Develop the yearly Industries division annual plan in line with Metabolic consulting overall strategy
Develop yearly OKRs for the division and evaluate team progress throughout the year
Propose and manage division level investments
Support the delivery of the Division Strategy:
You will support the team as it expands its services and secures new consultancy assignments, ensuring high-quality delivery of projects
Commercial & Partnerships
Manage key client and prospect client accounts:
Mentoring & Supporting the team
Ensure that all roles within the division are filled by appropriate and competent individuals, and that these individuals have appropriate mentorship, guidance and personal development opportunities.
Mentor team leads and ensure they have the skills and resources necessary to mentor their teams.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
For non-EU/EEA applicants
Significant experience working in (sustainability) consulting (at least 5 years), working with industry clients
A strong foundation and knowledge base in the following sustainability topics and technical methodologies: carbon footprinting, circular economy, and systems thinking
Proven leadership experience, with proven experience in managing and leading advisory work for diverse clients and partners. (Previous experience in dynamic, scale-up organisations is an advantage).
Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment and to navigate problems with good interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to deploy business expertise and knowledge to deliver key insights and strategic leadership to a broad, multidisciplinary team.
Ability to present and communicate information in a clear manner and to use this to enable others and influence decision-making.
Excellent (internal and external) communication skills, written and oral.
Fluency in English is essential. Speaking Dutch is an advantage.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills
High level of professionalism in developing constructive internal and external working relationships
: The role is dependent upon obtaining a visa to live and work in the Netherlands. Metabolic is a recognised visa sponsor and may support the successful candidate’s application for a work visa.
We are an international and dynamic team of around 95 people, based in Amsterdam with a global reach, who share an ambition and passion for catalyzing a sustainable future. Our company culture is our core strength, we believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making and impact over profit. We strive for excellence, empathy, collaboration and commitment in everything we do. We value your personal and professional goals, and aspire to create an environment where they are achieved through both learning and doing.
Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.