Senior Consultant Food Systems

Role: Senior Consultant Food Systems

Location: United Kingdom

Based in UK with combination of remote / home working. Offices in UK hubs London, Bristol, Manchester, and Oxford.

Contract: Permanent

Remuneration Range: Competitive (perks include 1 paid day for your birthday, 2 paid volunteering days, flexi-time options)

Essential 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 project management skills and ability to lead project teams (including: client engagement, team work, delivery and budget management)
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and balancing multiple priorities
  • Ability to work in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Experience of line management and development of 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

Anthesis is the sustainability activator.

Anthesis is the sustainability activator. We seek to make a significant contribution to a world which is more resilient and productive. We do this by working with cities, companies, 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.

Anthesis has clients across industry sectors including corporate multinationals such as Reckitt Benckiser, Cisco, Tesco, The North Face and Target, and also a large number of investors, asset managers and other financial institutions. Anthesis also supports early stage companies through Anthesis Ventures. The company brings together over 600 experts operating in 40 countries around the world and has offices in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Andorra, Finland, France, Brazil, China, the Philippines and the Middle East.

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 the essence of the Anthesis Spirit 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.

Our unique offer combines comprehensive, specialist expertise in the rapidly evolving demands of sustainability, with the strategic and operational capabilities it takes to envision and enact change in organisations.

We exist to help our clients develop high performing organisations in the age of sustainability. We call this Sustainable Performance.

Anthesis agrifood team support organisations 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


About the 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 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 successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead a major retail project and support other work across our food and beverage client base on themes such as sustainable food production, regenerative agriculture, food loss and waste, scope 3 emissions and human rights. Using their strengths in 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 opportunity to develop new client relationships and activities.


Key Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be someone who wants to continue to develop their career in the agrifood sector. With a passion for retail, they will use 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 client facing and project management experience is essential, whilst previous knowledge gained in the consulting sector and digital preferable. Given the nature of the work and team, the candidate will also have the flexibility to support others deliver existing project work and help develop and support more junior members of the team.


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/product ownership

Personal Attributes and Qualities:

  • Output driven and accountable. High commercial awareness
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, ability to remain flexible and innovative to meet client needs’
  • Confidence to use initiative to drive action and engage project teams to deliver
  • Organised, analytical, prepared and professional
  • High quality standards
  • Ambitious, committed and willing to develop
  • Team player with the ability to effectively communicate