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ESG Lead

Paris, France

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Open source is our beating heart and it’s something that fuels our work and our culture. It’s where we began. It’s where we’ll always be. Our vision is to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone.  We are a Cast of over 450 individuals (‘Crabs’) located across the globe. Why Crabs? Because we believe in thinking sideways. And right now, we’re looking for sideways-thinking ESG Lead

Our long-term goals are exceptionally ambitious – to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone. That means our strategy and operations professionals have to be bold, creative and lateral thinkers, always happy to come at issues from sideways angles. And to take ownership of what they do.

Right now, we are looking for an ESG Lead with the right blend of skills and lateral thinking approach to help us move forward.

As well as ensuring smooth day-to-day operation and project management, your role will include cross-functional collaboration and communication inside and outside of Aiven on our ESG initiatives.

Who we are

So, how do we become the trusted open source data platform for everyone? By listening closely to our customers and taking action to ensure they achieve their business goals. You see, the software we create is merely a means of delivering value. Our thinking is customer-first. That’s why our customers are at the front and center of all we do. And in the spirit of sideways thinking, we’re by their side as well. Actively helping them solve their challenges. Collaborating. Sharing. And innovating. In other words, it really isn’t just about who we are. It’s about who our customers are – and where they want to be.

Our values

We want individuals who can embody our values of ownership, courage, and openness.

What does that mean in practice?

We take ownership of the problems we solve. What we do is about improving life for our customers, enabling them to meet their goals. So we own our decisions and mistakes. Sometimes that takes courage. But we don’t falter – we take on challenges with confidence. And right at our heart is openness. We’re always open to new ideas – from wherever and whoever they come.


About the role

The ESG Lead role is a unique opportunity to help shape and drive Aiven's sustainability action plan. Yes, an action plan. Recently, we have quietly released a new module inside our cloud data platform that will help measure and optimise carbon emissions from the use of cloud infrastructure by our clients. So in addition to building sustainability practices inside Aiven, you will be working with our clients and cloud providers to help shape a much broader sustainability agenda and help promote this new functionality at the core of our product. In this role you will collaborate closely with the product team and sales & marketing teams. You will be a key ambassador of the Aiven sustainability brand. You will report to the VP of Corporate Development and ESG. 

We require a self-starter, who is a master at stakeholder management, a team player with great written and verbal communication skills, a good relationships builder. 

Your responsibilities will be

  • Drive the work on the Environmental sustainability track to establish the pathway to minimize Aiven’s own environmental footprint, and help our customers in reaching their environmental sustainability goals though our product functionality. 
  • Lead and support Aiven in ESG disclosure planning, reporting and compliance with Global ESG frameworks and standards.
  • Empower business decision making processes and the integration of environmental and social sustainability angle into Aiven policies (e.g. travel policy), business strategy, planning, systems, and processes
  • Stay abreast of ESG trends and become a source of knowledge on key ESG standards, frameworks, and regulations, including themes related to corporate social responsibility and diversity equity and inclusion

About you:

Past experience(s)

  • 5+ years of experience in program / project management with proven results
  • Prior experience and ability to talk to results achieved in the environmental sustainability track of a broader ESG team working in a corporate environment, ideally with exposure to carbon emission calculations, frameworks and initiatives

Substance skills

  • Understanding and knowledge of ESG topics, including the connection between environmental and social sustainability
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn on emission frameworks (Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Science-Based Targets, CSRD requirements)
  • Familiarity with SaaS services, cloud services and open source is an advantage
  • Excellent oral and written command of English; additional languages are a plus

Soft skills

  • Ability to drive multiple initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Independently motivated, solution-oriented, and strategic
  • Excellent influencing, communication and collaboration skills, ability to build cross-functional relationships

Interests / motivation

  • Forward leaning and passionate about sustainability and ESG


Our Offer

If you ask us what’s the best thing about working for Aiven, many will probably say it’s the high concentration of talent from around the world that we have here. Enjoy the agile environment of a hyperscale scale-up where you can truly make an impact and have fun while at it.

We invest in you

  • Participate in Aiven’s equity plan.
  • With Aiven locations spanning the globe, we want all of our crabs to find the right balance with our hybrid work policy.
  • Get the equipment you need to set yourself up for success.
  • Step up your career game with real employer support (use one of our learning platforms, annual learning budget, and more).
  • Get holistic wellbeing support through our global Employee Assistance Program.

Make a difference at Aiven

  • Contribute to open source projects that you find meaningful outside of work - and get paid for it! Our Plankton program recognizes extra work to the open source ecosystem for developers and non-developers alike.
  • Use up to 5 days per year to volunteer for a good cause of your choice.
  • Join one of our team member resource groups - empower yourself and others in missions that resonate with you.

What else?

  • Your wellbeing matters: we provide professional massage at the office as well as health and fitness benefits through Urban Sport Club membership
  • Love breakfast? So do we! Join us at our monthly team breakfast
  • Know someone who would be the perfect fit for Aiven? You can benefit from our referral bonus programme as soon as you join.

Amazing! What’s next?

If you think Aiven is the place for you, send us your CV, and we’ll get in touch!

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