Sustainability Advisory - Manager

| Tyson's Corner, VA, USA
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As CohnReznick grows, so do our career opportunities. As one of the nation's top Professional Services and Business Advisory firms, we foster teams in Advisory, Assurance, and Tax services that value innovation and collaboration in everything they do!

We currently have an exciting career opportunity for a Sustainability Advisory Manager to join our Sustainability Advisory team.

This is a virtual position. A virtual position does not require job duties be performed within proximity of a CohnReznick office location. As a virtual employee, you may be required to be present at a CohnReznick office with scheduled notice for client working, team meetings or training.


The Sustainability Advisory practice helps CohnReznick clients manage ESG risk and develop and implement ESG strategies that deliver value to their stakeholders. This team helps businesses in many industries drive change by embedding ESG into their 'business as usual' while also bringing cross-functional teams together to scale ESG client solutions.


At CohnReznick, we're united by a common mission to create opportunity, value, and trust for our clients, our people, and our communities. Whether it's working alongside your peers to solve a client challenge, or volunteering together at the local food bank, there are so many ways to find your "why" at the firm.

We believe it's important to balance work with everyday life - and make time for enjoyment and fun. We invest in a robust Total Rewards package that includes everything from generous PTO, a flexible work environment, expanded parental leave, extensive learning & development, and even paid time off for employees to volunteer.


Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Understand ESG issues and how they impact clients' business and operating models to be able to assess the maturity of clients' ESG journey
  • Conduct competitive benchmarking to help clients understand any gaps relative to peers in terms of ESG programs, ESG reporting, and ESG maturity
  • Conduct research on emerging ESG reporting regulations, such as CA SB-253 and SB-261, EU CSRD, SEC Climate-Related Disclosures, and Building Energy Performance Standards.
  • Knowledge of various ESG reporting frameworks, including ISSB, SASB, TCFD, GRI, CDP, and SDGs and how to apply them to corporate sustainability reports
  • Conduct stakeholder interviews in a materiality assessment and triangulate interview results with market and peer benchmarking research to help clients prioritize material ESG issues
  • Develop a strategic plan that outlines key milestones to operationalize ESG programs for prioritized material topics
  • Understanding of the GHG protocol standard for measuring, calculating, and reporting Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions inventory
  • Develop a decarbonization strategy for SBTi, including calculating the financial implications of different decarbonization levers in terms of investment costs and potential cost savings
  • Measure social impacts of sustainability projects such as workforce development, household savings, health improvements, etc.
  • Draft scope of procedures and develop budgets for ESG projects, such as regulatory compliance gap assessments, decarbonization strategy, GHG emissions inventory for Scope, 1, 2, and 3, climate risk scenario analysis, TCFD reporting, target-setting, and ESG strategy
  • Effectively manage a team on large, complex engagements while executing on high quality deliverables; ensure projects remain on scope, schedule, and budget
  • Contribute to ESG thought leadership and education internally and externally
  • Develop innovative solutions that require application of practical knowledge, experience, and creativity
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with other practices and industry groups involved in ESG engagement delivery
  • Use data-driven techniques to structure quantitative analyses, identify and evaluate trends, and provide solutions


The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelors degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • 4-6 years' experience in sustainability/ESG Advisory services/Strategy consulting
  • Understanding of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics, including climate change and decarbonization, supply chain sustainability, social strategy, governance as well as familiarity with ESG reporting frameworks and ESG disclosure regulations
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience in management consulting environment or managing teams in an operating environment; in either scenario, experience focused on Corporate & Business Unit Strategy, Strategic Planning, Growth Strategy, Commercial Strategy, and Business Transformation
  • Experience leading and delivering engagements with resources in multiple locations
  • Ability to define trends across industries and articulate their impact to clients' business and strategic choices, particularly as it relates to environmental impact / purpose-driven focus areas and opportunities for innovation
  • Superior critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills as well as strong troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment
  • Exceptional interpersonal, team-building, and oral and written communication skills; outstanding integrity, initiative, creativity, and passion for ESG
  • Ability to work independently; balance multiple initiatives simultaneously; ability to influence others and lead teams focused on specific work streams of large projects
  • Ability to travel and to be present in CohnReznick offices for team building purposes, as needed

Studies have shown that we are less likely to apply to jobs unless we meet every single qualification. At CohnReznick, we are dedicated to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we still encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or one of our other roles.

CohnReznick is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive team to drive business results and create a better future every day for our team members, clients, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Posters

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected] Please note: This email address is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

CohnReznick does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are currently engaged by CohnReznick Talent Acquisition Team by way of a written agreement to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person, or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that CohnReznick will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person, or entity.


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CohnReznick operates in the Financial Services industry. The company is located in New York, NY. CohnReznick was founded in 1919. It has 4591 total employees. To see all 41 open jobs at CohnReznick, click here.
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