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Senior Director Sustainability & ESG

Austin, Texas
Job Type
20 Jul 2022

Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Position Qualifications:

Sonic Healthcare, a Global Healthcare company, is looking for an exception, talented, passionate and enthusiastic individual to lead as the Senior Director for our Global ESG & Sustainability function.  You will provide leadership for a cross-functional team across all USA Divisions as well as have a seat on the Sonic Global ESG team.  Reporting to the CPO, you will be collaborating with the CEO, CFO, CMO, VPO,  in setting and  translating goals into actionable plans for the USA regions ESG targets, whilst preservice revenue, profitability, performance, and growth.

The role combines elements of strategy, policy, operations (data collection process implementation, validation, and attestation), team management and development, advocacy, project management and support for working groups against the delivery and reporting of targets aligned with business goals.

This role requires significant cross-functional interaction and coalition building experience. The ideal candidate is an expert in environmental reporting, is well versed in the major reporting frameworks and has deep experience building stakeholder engagement programs.

Responsibility and Strategy

  • Support the CEO and CPO with development and adoption of Sonic HealthCare's Global ESG program strategy and proactively capitalize on opportunities to drive implementation
  • Manage Working Groups calendar/agenda/minutes
    • Be the first line of support for ESG Working Groups
    • Contribute subject matter expertise to initiatives development
    • Track working group priorities, KPIs and overall initiative portfolio, mapping the impact and progress to material topics
    • Develop system to incorporate working group initiatives/KPI progress to overall data collection and reporting processes (including ESG reporting system capture where possible)
    • Track and validate working group decarbonisation efforts and their impact against organizational targets
  • Maintain deep understanding of: ESG landscape, reporting & disclosure trends, and key stakeholders
    • reporting and disclosure trends
    • the ratings agency ecosystem
    • reporting frameworks and standards
    • disclosure legislation
    • and peer/company best practices
  • Manage and develop ESG team members in alignment with stated team and organizational goals
    • Supports deep ESG expertise development on the team and fosters a culture of learning
    • Identifies team learning opportunities and supports plan/budgeting to execute
    • Supports staff to set and track right-size goals with reasonable timeframes and challenge
    • Develops and deploys hybrid/remote team management best practices
    • Regularly acknowledges team member contributions and milestone accomplishments
    • Quickly identifies opportunities for and delivers critical, constructive feedback
    • Fosters a culture of high integrity, meritocracy, and accountability
  • Supports annual risk assessment and materiality reviews including:
  • Drives operations including:
    • Annual development and implementation of the ESG reporting framework and indicator measurement methodologies in alignment with material topics, working group priorities, KPIs and reference reporting frameworks
    • Maintains deep knowledge of financial reporting systems and their related requirements for ESG reporting
    • Maintains deep understanding of audit and internal control practices that support data collection, validation and process integrity
    • Configuration of reporting framework and indicator measurement methodologies in applicable systems, authoring applications and project management tools including executable, audit-ready validation procedures
    • Reporting scope determination and validation
    • Deployment, collection, archiving and submission of the mid-year and year-end data collection processes
    • Framework data aggregation, analysis, validation, synthesis, and reporting
  • Manages Attestation process including:
    • Maintains deep understanding of audit processes and requirements
    • Ensures delivery of validated data subject to internal control procedures
    • Support audited territories with pre-audit preparation and perform deep data validation with each audited territory
    • Prepares process and methodology documentation to support auditor understanding of ESG and reporting system internal controls
    • Reviews and coordinates audit inquiries/responses and quickly deliver data requests
  • Annual Report Process Management
    • Maintains the annual reporting calendar and aligns team and stakeholder deliverables to meet all deadlines
    • Prepares annual report template and rolls forward content/tables as applicable
    • Drafts quality, synthesized and well-supported content for the annual report
    • Reviews all content contributing to the annual report, organizes and synthesizes key data for every section of the report
    • Prioritizes and recommends content for inclusion and escalates potential gaps in disclosures
    • Assigns content deliverables to stakeholders as needed and obtains documented approval of final deliverables
    • Prepares draft annual report content and instructions for reading committee
    • Validates all financial figures and fact checks
    • Integrates all reading committee, stakeholder, and third-party feedback well in advance of due dates
    • Proactively develops process improvements and efficiencies without sacrificing data integrity and internal control compliance
    • Support development and coordinate strategy, refining, and advancing of ESG goals
    • Support raising awareness of ESG commitments and progress to stakeholders, including the investment community


  • Bachelor's degree Engineering (Civil, Environment), Finance, Business, Accounting, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Medical Degree or a related field
  • Master's degree in Sustainability or Environmental Science, preferred
  • Big 5 Audit experience, preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with the following applications preferred:
    • MS PowerPoint, advanced preferred
    • MS Excel (advanced, required)
    • MS Word
  • 5-10 years relevant experience such as Corporate ESG/ESG Advisory
  • Public Company experience required (preferably listed in Australia)
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, and investment analysis
  • Experience in sustainable investing or similar field, preferred
  • Excellent planning, analytical and communication skills
  • Detail oriented and data driven
  • Extremely organized, detail oriented and data driven
  • Proactively anticipates team needs and obligations and is quick to implement solutions for managing what lies ahead
  • Capable of quickly synthesizing large amounts of data and aligning to relevant context for management reporting
  • Thrives in fast-paced environments and proactively resets team course to efficiently deploy team resources against shifting priorities
  • Builds strong team foundation and collegial, reciprocal relationships across the organization
  • Subject Matter Expert in carbon footprint measurement, reporting and frameworks (TCFD, CDP, SBTi)
  • Experience with reporting standards and frameworks.  Strong understanding of ESG assessments and ratings (CDP, DJSI, MSCI, Ecovadis, ISS, Sustainalytics)
  • Experience with risk and materiality assessment and articulation, including gap analysis
  • Strong stakeholder management and interpersonal skills
  • Proven cross-functional leader with exceptional project management skills
  • Impeccable business writing acumen
  • Demonstrated experience presenting to large, high-profile audiences

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Sonic Healthcare USA, Inc

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  • Job Reference: 662707330-2
  • Date Posted: 20 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Sonic Healthcare USA, Inc
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Executive Positions
  • Job Type: Permanent