Director Sustainability (m/f/d)

Kantar Public München

We are Kantar Public.

We are a leading evidence and advisory business for governments, multilateral organisations, and the private sector. With our roots in the world’s oldest and best-known social research businesses, we have been partnering with clients across the globe to answer the next generation of public policy challenges for almost ninety years. 

Today, we work at the intersection of data, technology, and human understanding. Our specialist teams create the evidence required for decision making, and advise clients on national statistics and longitudinal programmes, public policy design and evaluation, ground-breaking behaviour change programmes, and public opinion trends.

We pioneer technologies that support new ways to reach and connect with citizens, often in challenging and hard-to-reach environments. We speak with hundreds of thousands of citizens every year on behalf of clients who trust us to define the gold standard of data integrity. We use our unique data ecosystem to provide the first evidence that enables governments to respond quickly at times of crisis.

In the everyday, we continuously invest in our expertise in behavioural science and social change to tackle the world’s most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges.

From advising governments on gender equality in the workplace, to providing the measure of national inflation, transforming the citizen experience of public services, or improving access to education in lower income countries – our consultants work across the breadth of public policy to build the quality of the public realm.
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In Germany, we are one of the leading social research agencies. Our teams are based in Munich and Berlin and comprise around 85 specialist researchers working together to provide knowledge, evidence and insight that helps Government, and the public sector plan and care for society.
Role Mission
Do you have a real flair for project management, are skilled at leading project teams and are proactive in evolving and improving what we do? Do you thrive on efficient and effective project delivery and are able to build strong client relationships?
This role will involve leading a portfolio of projects – leading the day-to-day client relationship and the project team (including internal partners) to deliver on spec, to budget, to time and quality. As a senior member of the wider team, you will also be involved in the day-to-day management of the team, embedding project management best practice and working with others to deliver to our financial targets and overseeing delivery of a portfolio of projects and ensuring our programs are meeting our clients’ needs now, and in the future. 
Key Responsibilities
No two days will be the same – but fundamentally the role will involve:
  • Overall responsibility for the portfolio development, concept work, and expansion of the Sustainability Research field in the market.
  • Development and leadership of client relations in academia and public research in sustainability and being seen as a trusted advisor by your clients.
  • Contributing to the leadership, strategic direction, and management of the Sustainability Team in close collaboration with the Kantar Public Leadership Team.
  • Responsible for the acquisition of new clients and new business with existing clients, as well as the development of research questions tailored to project designs. In charge of proposal writing, client presentations, and other client relevant activities.
  • Heading project work, leading and overseeing mid-large scale research projects ensuring delivery to time, budget and high-quality standards
  • Managing and motivating your project teams; assigning work to deliver against goals, ensuring each person’s strengths are utilized. Developing the skills of junior researchers, supporting their work and their personal development.
  • Building strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the smooth running and timely delivery of projects.
  • Identifying and mitigating risks and solving any issues collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Taking accountability for the financial performance of projects you lead; ensuring effective financial monitoring as well as identifying ways to improve efficiency/effectiveness to add value and increase profitability. 
What we are looking for
You’re likely to be a great fit for the role if you:

  • Have proven project management leadership skills on large-scale sustainability research projects from inception to outputs – working with a project team both to shape the research and to deliver on time and to budget.
  • Can coordinate and lead a research team effectively; ensuring the team are clear about project goals and timelines, empowering and enabling others to perform at their best
  • Can communicate to different audiences, clearly and credibly. Can clearly communicate vision/purpose, with conviction and integrity, gaining commitment and confidence of others.
  • Enjoy sharing your skills and experience, supporting, training and developing others to help build a thriving and successful team.
  • Can build strong client relationships and are an expert in client management; able to troubleshoot, advise and pro-actively coach others. Enjoy advising clients and can immerse yourself in your clients’ world to understand their aims and challenges.
  • Care about quality and getting it right first time – leading by example and executing projects to the highest quality.
  • Are comfortable working with data and possess solid quantitative research and analytical skills and enjoy working with our survey methodologists to implement and manage complex and innovative survey designs
  • Are confident in handling multiple demands, working to tight deadlines and working with a diverse range of people with multiple internal and external stakeholders from clients, to delivery teams, to academic partners, to other teams within Kantar and globally.
  • Have a growth mindset; always looking for innovation (in methods, outputs, or ways of working) and have the resilience to challenge and be challenged.
  • Ideally have a degree in Social Sciences or Economics and a genuine interest in social and public policy research.
  • Are business fluent in both German and English. 

Join us:
At Kantar we have an integrated way of rewarding our people based around a simple, clear and consistent set of principles. Our approach helps to ensure we are market competitive and also to support a pay for performance culture, where your reward and career progression opportunities are linked to what you deliver. 
We go beyond the obvious, using intelligence, passion and creativity to inspire new thinking and shape the world we live in. Apply for a career that’s out of the ordinary and join us. 
We want to create an equality of opportunity in a fair and supportive working environment where people feel included, accepted and are allowed to flourish in a space where their mental health and well being is taken into consideration. 
We want to create a more diverse community to expand our talent pool, be locally representative, drive diversity of thinking and better commercial outcomes. 

TA Contact
Sabine Reiter