Director ESG Risk Management

Netherlands, Utrecht
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Are you looking for a role where you can apply your extensive experience with banking risk management to make a change for the better? And do you combine an interest to develop the relatively new area of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk management with an eagerness to approach the market with this? Then join Zanders as our Director ESG Risk Management.



ESG risk management within the financial sector is rapidly developing in response to overwhelming Crescientific evidence that our climate is changing and changing expectations from consumers and society as a whole. Against this backdrop, regulators are increasing their expectations as well. The financial sector is building up expertise and market practices are evolving. Our clients’ challenges are plentiful: amidst limited data availability, increasing regulation, new sources of risk, and pressure from society, they have to develop and integrate ESG risk management into their existing risk frameworks. Nevertheless, Zanders believes that financial institutions are uniquely positioned to drive the transition to a sustainable economy and we are motivated to support them with that process.

Your role

As Director ESG Risk Management you will join our Financial Institutions’ leadership team that heads an international group of 75 consultants specialized in quantitative risk management. It will be your responsibility to further develop and grow our ESG risk management business for our client base in North-West Europe. This will require you to actively engage with (current and prospective) clients to understand their needs and challenges, and to drive the development of our expertise with respect to the measurement, modelling, management, and disclosure of ESG risks. You will also be responsible for keeping track of the evolving regulatory requirements in this area.

You will be supported by a team of consultants that are self-starters, eager to push their boundaries and constantly challenging themselves. They are passionate about providing innovative and pragmatic solutions that have added value for the client. Freedom, responsibility, innovation, fun, teamwork and flexibility play an important role in this team.

As a successful Director ESG Risk Management, you will be responsible for:

  • Generating new business and project opportunities, pro-active account management and expanding the client base for our ESG risk management services.
  • Advising clients on their ESG challenges, developing hands-on solutions, and assuring a high standard of work delivered on ESG projects.
  • Participating and hosting internal and external knowledge sharing sessions, such as roundtables, guest lectures and internal talent trainings.
  • Managing, coaching and developing our ESG consultants.
  • Actively contributing to the further development of Zanders’ own ESG policies.
  • The department’s strategic decisions and business plan, as part of the Financial Institutions’ leadership team.


Skills to be successful

Key assets to be successful are a deep understanding of banking risk frameworks, an excellent network with banks in the Netherlands, the ambition to develop a new area of expertise, and strong leadership skills. More specifically, you will need:

  • A Master’s degree in econometrics, mathematics, quantitative finance, or a comparable degree.
  • A proven track record with more than 12 years of experience in the field of banking risk management, preferably including credit risk management.
  • Experience or a demonstrable affinity with ESG risk management within financial institutions, and knowledge on related market developments, standards and regulation.
  • A flexible and innovative mindset to come up with pragmatic solutions that allow for the integration of ESG risk factors into existing risk frameworks and processes.
  • Experience with managing and coaching ambitious people.
  • Experience in working with the CRO or the head of risk management and comparable decision takers, in banks, insurers and asset managers.
  • An ambitious, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinker.
  • Flexibility to travel.
  • Fluency in English and Dutch.


We offer in return

At Zanders you will of course enjoy attractive conditions of employment: a good salary, a nice number of holidays, mobility budget and a Zanders bonus scheme. But there is more to look forward to. Will you be working at Zanders? Then we will offer you:

  • A good balance between work and free time in combination with a healthy work from home ethics and wellness policy.
  • A brand new office is located next to the Central Station Utrecht and is easily accessible by public transport.
  • The opportunity to further develop our ESG risk management business, both from a content and a market perspective.
  • The chance to drive the development and management of an emerging new risk type.
  • Challenging assignments at our broad client base that includes many well-recognized (global) financial institutions.
  • The opportunity to join our management team and to manage and coach a lively and entrepreneurial team in organization that encourages, motivates and focuses on its people.
  • Plentiful opportunities for personal development.
  • And on top of it, enthusiastic and helpful colleagues, good coffee, an annual Zanders trip to a (surprise) location in Europe and other social activities.


Who we are

We are a leading international consultancy firm focused on treasury management, risk management and corporate finance. From our offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, United States, South Africa, Germany and Japan, our 220+ consultants service corporates, financial institutions, public sector entities and NGO’s. With the recent investment of our strategic partner, MML Capital, Zanders aims to expand its capabilities and teams in existing international markets and enter new markets and segments. 

One of these new segments is ESG risk management at financial institutions. Already for several years, Zanders is keeping pace with the rapid developments in the market for ESG risk management and we are building our track record in this area. We frequently publish on ESG-related market developments, perform research (internally and in cooperation with clients) to contribute to the development of market practice in this area, actively engage with our clients through projects, meetings, and conferences, and we gradually extended our team of consultants that is focussed on ESG risk management.

We are strongly valued by our clients because we deliver high quality consulting services that exceed expectations. We believe that our business’ growth can only be sustainable when our people love the work they do and when it’s balanced with their personal lives. We believe that developing our people by investing in them and by sharing knowledge and experiences sets us apart from the crowd and is the key to our success. That is why we create an inspiring work environment and foster our open, family atmosphere in which freedom, fun and flexibility play an important role. It is also why we aim to make our next project even more exciting and challenging!

By applying for a role at Zanders, you give us approval to use and retain your personal details. Taking into account the nature of Zanders enterprise, you are expected to behave to a high moral standard. A Pre-Employment Screening (PES) by a third party is part of the application process.

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