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Principal Consultant – Agrifood

Role: Principal Consultant – Agrifood

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

Contract: Full-Time

Remuneration Range: Competitive

 Key Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will be someone who wants to continue to develop their career in the agrifood sector, using their knowledge to drive sustainable performance whilst being comfortable working in multi-stakeholder environments to manage multiple projects and clients. They will have a relevant background in the agrifood industry and have a firm understanding of the critical sustainability challenges they face. Strong business development, client facing and project management experience is essential, whilst previous knowledge gained in the consulting sector preferable. Given the nature of the work and team, the candidate will also have line management responsibilities.

About Anthesis

Anthesis is the sustainability activator!

Proud to be a B Corp, we seek to make a significant contribution to a world which is more resilient and productive. We do this by working with cities, corporates, investors and other organisations to drive sustainable performance. We develop financially driven sustainability strategies, underpinned by technical expertise and delivered by innovative collaborative teams across the world. The company combines the reach of big professional services groups with the deep expertise of boutiques.

Anthesis has clients across industry sectors from corporate multinationals such as Reckitt Benckiser, Cisco, Tesco, The North Face and Target, and also supports early-stage companies through Anthesis Ventures. The company brings together 1000+ experts operating in 42 countries around the world and has offices in Andorra, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Middle East, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

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 opportunity’s 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. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability.

 Summary of role:

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


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop new business, support team operations and deliver projects across our food and beverage client base on themes such as regenerative agriculture, food loss and waste, scope 3 emissions and human rights. Using their strengths in business development, account management and client focussed project management and a demonstrable track record of working in the agrifood sector, they will ensure clients receive high quality outcomes on time and within budget, whilst also having the autonomy to develop new client relationships, activities and revenue streams.

 Key Requirements:

  • 5+ years’ experience in sustainability roles within the agrifood sector (e.g. agribusiness, manufacturing, retail)
  • Strong understanding of retail food supply chains and related sustainability challenges
  • Excellent business development and operational skills and ability to lead project teams (including: client engagement, team work, delivery and budget management)
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and balancing multiple priorities
  • Experience of line management and development of more junior colleagues
  • Ability to make decisions quickly in a fast-moving environment
  • Ability to convey technical information in an engaging and useful way to non-technical audiences
  • High quality and professional report writing and presentation development (MS Word, MS PowerPoint)
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of MS Excel

    Desirable skills:

  • An international perspective on global food production and consumption
  • Additional technical knowledge/experience across critical sustainability related agrifood challenges (e.g. carbon, water, biodiversity, animal welfare, commodities, human rights)
  • Previous responsible sourcing or sustainability related consultancy experience
  • Environmental/sustainability/food related degree
  • Experience of Agile software development

Your benefits:

  • Work within a highly motivated team in an innovative and rapidly growing global company
  • Opportunity to have a direct impact and be a key part of the growth and development of the business and the team
  • Work solely on projects that have an impact on the sustainability and climate change goals/challenges for clients
  • Opportunity to work with, collaborate with and learn from sustainability SME’s who are passionate about the work they do and the impact Anthesis can have
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients and projects on a global basis
  • Competitive salary in line with education, experience and skills
  • Competitive benefits including flexible working, 25 days holiday and two volunteering days off and the day off for your Birthday!
  • Cooperative, supportive and open working atmosphere.