Principal Consultant – Agriculture and Food

Role: Principal Consultant – Agriculture and Food

Location: Flexibly remote from one of the UK hubs (London, Bristol, Manchester, Oxford or Edinburgh)

Contract: Permanent

Remuneration Range: Competitive


  • 5 years’ experience in consultancy roles within the agriculture and food sectors (including business development, project, budget and team management)
  • Strong understanding of retail food supply chains and related sustainability challenges and opportunities
  • Excellent project management/direction and both team and subject leadership with ability to provide strategic insight related to our agriculture and food services
  • Strong numeracy and data analysis capabilities with comfortable, advanced use of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience in delighting clients, preferably within a corporate context while challenging them to deliver maximum sustainability impact.
  • Strong communication and consulting skills.
  • Active and encouraging team player with an ability to work in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Business and people management

Looking to leverage your capability for greater impact?

Looking for a chance to join an ambitious team wanting to play a meaningful role in the decisive decade?

Anthesis is the Sustainability Activator!

We believe that transformative, cross-sectoral action is required to rise to the challenge of the Decisive Decade, and we exist to make sustainability happen.

Our company brings together the largest dedicated group of sustainability experts in the world, working with more than eight hundred clients, across seventeen countries. Our team combines broad and deep sustainability expertise with the commercial and operational capabilities it takes to deliver real change. Our culture is founded on the empowerment of great people, working in agile teams, in a high-ownership, high-accountability environment.

We are proud of what we have achieved so far with Anthesis, and are poised to play a leading role in developing new models of sustainable performance in businesses and governments. Our success depends on attracting, empowering and growing world-class leaders who can harness and deliver our subject matter expertise, capabilities and resources and drive this transformation.

Anthesis agriculture and food team support organisations to build a more resilient food system. We work with agribusiness, food & drink manufacturing, retail and hospitality in technology enabled ways to:

  • Revalue and regenerate agriculture
  • Rebuild robust supply chains
  • Incentivise the adoption of creative and transformative solutions in food production

Summary of the Role

Our agriculture and food team support global food and beverage clients set and implement commercially focused sustainability strategies across their value chains. Our team of experts tackle complex challenges ranging from carbon emissions, water resilience, soil health, deforestation, biodiversity and human rights; often working with our Digital team to develop decision support tools that support businesses evidence impact and measure progress towards their sustainability goals.

The agriculture and food consulting practice is looking to appoint a highly motivated Principal Consultant in the UK to lead on a variety of projects. The role will require strategic and delivery leadership, with the successful candidate having demonstrable experience in consultancy, business development, project and operational management. You will ensure clients receive high quality outcomes on time and within budget, whilst also having the opportunity to develop new client relationships and activities. As a senior position in the UK business, you will line manage a small team and we may also consider including more extensive business responsibilities.

At Anthesis we value both the wellbeing and the professional development of our people by doing our best to make Anthesis a great place to work. Our identity, values, and the quality of our work are vested in our people and we want you to thrive, develop and succeed here.

As an equal opportunities employer, we value diversity in our workforce and make our decisions based on skills and experience – the only thing that differentiates you is your talent and the value you bring. We understand that diverse ideas breed extraordinary results by inspiring our thinking, challenging our solutions and enhancing our culture.

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Output driven and accountable. High commercial awareness
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, ability to remain flexible and innovative to meet client needs’
  • Curious, globally minded and enthusiastic
  • Proactive, using initiative to drive action and engage project teams to deliver
  • Organised, analytical, prepared and professional
  • High quality standards
  • Ambitious, committed and willing to develop themselves and others
  • Team player with the ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences