CSR lawyer, circular economy manager… discover the 5 hottest professions in 2023

Published on January 19, 2023

Chief value officer, climate change adaptation manager… recruitment firm Birdeo has published its traditional ranking of the five most in-demand occupations in 2023. According to the founder of the firm, the trend is good. revival job offers in the sector. But still training centers need to follow the rhythm.

This is a growing sector. Job offers in so-called “impact” occupations exploded with a +25% increase in job creation in 2022. An indication of greater integration of ESG (environmental, social and governance) subjects in companies, especially mid-level ETIs, notes Birdeo, the source of these figures. The recruitment firm specializing in sustainable development and impact is in its fifth year “Top 5 most wanted positions by our French companies for 2023”. Rating based on a sample of 250 client companies.

TOP 5 influential professions in 2023

  • Circular economy manager

A circular economy manager who requires a BAC+5 with a specialization in life cycle analysis in an engineering school is responsible for revising the offering of services or products. With an average salary ranging from 55,000 to 65,000 euros per year, this position “A beautiful and technical understanding of the problems of the applied circular economy”.

Between the obligation for companies to report indirect greenhouse gas emissions for all their products (area 3) and the enactment of the CSRD directive on sustainability reporting by European companies, there is work for CSR lawyers to do.. “His role extends from risk mapping to product compliance and internally training teams on new European and national regulations,” He points to the company Birdeo, which estimates his remuneration between 60,000 and 75,000 euros per year.

  • Head of impact measurement and ESG data

Collect and analyze the data needed to measure the environmental impact of products. This is the core mission of impact measurement and ESG (environmental, social, governance) data managers. An important role that allows companies to define measurement methodology and manage very specific goals. A Bac+5 degree from a business school with a specialization in finance and data analytics is recommended. The average salary ranges from 55,000 to 65,000 euros per year.

  • Climate Change Adaptation Manager

Assessing the climate risks faced by the company, modeling these risks, proposing ways to adapt the business model together with all internal and external stakeholders… Climate change adaptation managers play a key role for companies. With an annual salary of €70,000 to €90,000, this position requires excellent analytical and popularization skills to drive change across the entire company.

How to create the financial conditions to build a profitable and sustainable business model? By hiring a chief value expert, that is, a CFO who can measure the company’s social and environmental performance. “It also has a mission to integrate sustainability into the heart of management decisions by considering non-financial KPIs (key performance indicator, editor’s note) in the organization’s accounting and management controls.“, notes Birdeo, who estimates the award at an average of 80,000 to 100,000 euros per year.

Five new professions and obstacles still to overcome

Does this mean that in 2023 these occupations will be the most employed? Not really, Birdeo founder Caroline Renoux tells Novethic. “We wanted to highlight five emerging professions”, he notes that the professions that appear in the Top 5 Most Influential Professions of 2022 are still as relevant as ever. In particular, there was the post of decarbonisation manager or even additional financial performance reporting officer.

“The trend in the market is very strong. The demand for expertise in relation to our rules is becoming more and more complex. it shows. What is interesting is that we see that these tasks are at a high level, require a real strategic vision and are increasingly integrated into the executive committee.

The founder of Birdeo thus quotes Antoine Sire, communications director of BNP Paribas, member of Comex or even Bruno Poirson, former minister appointed director of sustainable development of Accor and also member of Comex. Beyond these names, Caroline Renoux points to a change in the perception of the sector. Candidates are now applying for careers in these fields, not just for their commitments.

There are still big brakes. First, momentum is not generalized to all companies, especially the largest companies, and then the lack of training. “There is a lack of profile related to the lack of educational expectations. Even young people who started education five years ago do not necessarily have all these skills,” Caroline Renoux emphasizes that she wants to remain optimistic in the face of the emergence of new training courses adapted to the challenges.

Marina Fabre Soundron @fabre_marina

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