Sustainability Works - Annelies Pijnenburg - Amsterdam
Sustainability Works

Head of Built Environment

Head of Built Environment
Laudes Foundation
Please respond no later than 21.02.2020

Vacancy Head of Built Environment
Leading sector transformation towards sustainable practices

Based in: Amsterdam

About Laudes Foundation

We are a new, independent foundation joining the movement to accelerate a transition to a just and regenerative economy. Combining our philanthropic purpose with the scale and reach of industry, we work persistently and collaboratively to: 1) influence capital, working through the global financial system to redirect the flow of capital so that investment encourages good business practices; and 2) transform industries, tackling the most pressing and systemic issues of fashion and the built environment.

This means working with businesses, shareholders and investors to create a new definition of value beyond shareholder value alone. It means rallying thought leaders and academics to make that definition credible; supporting civil society to make it plausible; mobilizing media and movement-builders to make it desirable; empowering citizens to make it beneficial, and influencing policy-makers to make it effective.

We champion transparency, equity and diversity, innovation, and collaboration. We are always learning from our peers and partners, while sharing the unique knowledge that it will build with them.

What you’ll do

Buildings and construction are huge emitters, and building stock will increase substantially over the next decades. You bring a compelling vision on how to achieve the Laudes Foundation’s ambition in transforming the Built Environment towards accelerated uptake of sustainable construction and operation practices. You develop and implement a strategic framework including sub-strategies such as for zero carbon. Also you will recruit, manage and lead the teams to deliver on the programme’s objectives. The position entails substantial representation and strategic coalition building with up to 40% travel.

Key responsibilities

You bring a compelling vision on how the built environment can work to tackle climate breakdown and growing inequality, aligning with the broader vision of the foundation of being a force for good.

Develop the strategic framework (including theory of change) and five-year strategic plan, working closely with the Chief Strategy Officer and with support of the Director of Programmes.

New Built Environment programme development including underpinning frameworks, overseeing the programmes once established, acting as the subject matter expert on green buildings and net zero carbon.

Establish programme credibility and capture learnings to ensure and improve programme delivery. Oversee team in identifying potential partnerships and working with them to effectively deliver the programme strategy. Achieve programme targets, as defined by key performance indicators, and oversee monitoring and reporting of results in the required formats.

Investigate the potential to design a demonstration platform that can inspire stakeholders on the climate-friendly potential of the built environment and spur action. Define purpose and direction, assess potential partners and initiatives, develop its business model (if relevant), and recruit/manage its team to enable it to operate (eventually) as a separate organisation.

Representation and thought leadership in relevant fora and governance bodies to build the credibility and leadership of the foundation in transforming the sector.

Partner and advocate to affect broader change in the built environment space. Building a strong network to grow the foundation’s pipeline by holding a deep understanding of the levers that can be utilised to promote change.

Inspire, lead and support the Built Environment team to be able to deliver on programme objectives through effective management. Manage the budget of Built Environment vertical, reporting to the Director of Programmes.

What you’ve done

You are an entrepreneurial transition orchestrator, committed to large scale transformation of the built environment sector in Europe. You understand how philanthropy can work as a lever for systemic change.
A sustainability strategist and excellent thinker, you are equally happy to pragmatically work across all levels of implementation. You are a well-respected ambassador and an inspiring presenter at conferences.

Ideally, you meet the following requirements:

  • Substantial Built Environment sector as well as sector transformation expertise.
  • Sustainability strategy track record including programme development and roll-out.
  • Senior line management experience, balancing content, process, people and means.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, credible and inspiring, proven stakeholder effectiveness.
  • Alignment with values, vision and culture of transparency and accountability of the Laudes Foundation.
  • Fluent in English and preferably at least one other language of the European countries.
  • Master’s degree.

The offer

Laudes Foundation offers an international, high-energy, and collaborative environment that values diversity. This vacancy offers great career opportunity and impact potential for a high-performing self-starter and team builder who wants to inspire, challenge and transform industry.

Interested? To apply

Please send in your application to no later than Friday 21 February 2020. Please feel free to contact Annelies Pijnenburg via or
+31646680191 should you have any questions.