Logo of Huzzle

Account Director - Sustainability, Social Impact and Purpose - 12 month contract



14d ago

  • Job
    Expert Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • London
  • Quick Apply

AI generated summary

  • You must have proven experience in developing sustainability, social impact, and purpose strategies for lifestyle brands, with strong client advisory skills, leadership abilities, and a global mindset.
  • You will lead impactful campaigns, provide expert counsel, develop social impact programs, analyze market research, mentor team, draft strategic materials, and support Edelman's initiatives for sustainability, social impact, and purpose.


  • Proven experience working with leading lifestyle brands and businesses (fashion/beauty preferred) on sustainability, social impact or purpose strategies and campaigns – a breadth of experience across environmental and social activities and experience of developing and activating purpose is preferred but not essential
  • Experienced in theories of change, behaviour change, impact measurement and reporting
  • Proven ability to develop and manage multistakeholder partnerships focused on positive societal impact
  • Strong, proven track record of high level client advisory and counsel
  • Confidence in working with multidiscipline client side teams – for example, experience working with corporate affairs, marketing, sustainability, procurement and HR teams within a client organisation
  • Strong creative capabilities and best in class delivery of campaigns end to end
  • Strong writing skills: able to distil complex sustainability themes into simple and compelling language
  • Strong understanding of digital and other technologies for storytelling and communications
  • Proven ability in identifying areas of growth and opportunity for clients
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire and unite teams behind the offer, with experience of successfully selling in those concepts to clients and seeing them through to execution
  • Global experience and mindset: understanding of diverse global market needs and cultural nuances


  • Advising clients confidently and maturely on impactful campaigns to drive reputation on environmental and social issues, including PR, digital, social and content creation and measurement
  • Working alongside our two London-based sustainability, social impact and purpose Executive Directors on major client projects and pitches, and with the global Purpose team on appropriate opportunities
  • Expert leadership and counsel for selected sustainability, social impact and purpose projects, providing expert advice to our clients and colleagues on their strategies and campaigns as part of an integrated team
  • Designing and delivering social impact programmes for clients, often identifying and establishing partnerships with civil society and NGOs
  • Leading team in market research, landscaping and analysis, including multi-sector stakeholder mapping, to inform strategies and provide informed consultancy to clients
  • Taking responsibility for the continuing development of our offer and team, developing junior team members, and line management responsibilities
  • Drafting strategic communication materials including sustainability positioning documents and other strategic communications materials to grow existing accounts
  • Support and develop Edelman’s IP and marketing initiatives, helping to develop our position in the market and maximising the role of the Edelman Trust Barometer for existing and potential clients


What is the duration of the contract for the Account Director - Sustainability, Social Impact and Purpose role?

The contract for this role is a 12 month contract starting in August/September 2024.

What are the key responsibilities of the Account Director in this role?

The key responsibilities include advising clients on impactful campaigns related to environmental and social issues, working on major client projects and pitches, providing expert leadership and counsel on sustainability projects, designing and delivering social impact programs, leading team in research and analysis, developing strategic communication materials, and supporting Edelman’s IP and marketing initiatives.

What experience and qualifications are required for this role?

The ideal candidate should have proven experience working with lifestyle brands on sustainability, social impact, or purpose strategies, experience in impact measurement and reporting, ability to manage multistakeholder partnerships, strong writing and creative capabilities, understanding of digital storytelling, proven leadership skills, and a global mindset.

Is there potential for growth and development in this role?

Yes, the Account Director will have opportunities to develop junior team members, lead in market research and analysis, and contribute to Edelman’s IP and marketing initiatives, allowing for personal and professional growth within the organization.

Marketing & Advertising
Founded Year

Mission & Purpose

Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead, act with certainty and earn the lasting trust of their stakeholders. We develop powerful ideas and tell magnetic stories that move at the speed of news, make an immediate impact, transform culture and spark movements. Since our founding in 1952 by Dan Edelman, we have remained an independent, family-run company. We use our profits to strengthen our business, provide our employees with opportunities to grow, advance our industry, and serve as a responsible citizen of the world. Every day, we strive to live and work by a long-held set of core values: the pursuit of excellence, the freedom to be curious, the courage to do the right thing, and a commitment to improving society. Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Culture & Values

  • The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

    Bringing the best of ourselves and partners to our clients.

  • The Freedom to be Constantly Curious

    Tenacious, flexible and thorough approach that drives creativity and growth for clients and ourselves.

  • The Courage to do the Right Thing

    Trusted and resilient partner, committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, that prioritizes the wellbeing of ourselves and our colleagues.

  • The Commitment to Positively Impact Society

    Performing our work with an environmental conscience, and a sense of tolerance, fairness and equality.