Sustainable Industries Division Director

About Metabolic

At Metabolic, we recognise the need for a new economic model: one that ensures the wellbeing of all people and allows organizations to thrive without transgressing the safe boundaries of the Earth’s natural systems. Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We envision a world where human societies and Ecosystems flourish, and where our economic activities do not transgress any of the planetary boundaries.

We work with a growing network of partners to equip organizations all over the world with tools and insights to catalyze our mission and make an impact. We conduct leading research, develop future-facing strategies, and build scalable solutions to critical problems. 

We are an international and dynamic team of around 100 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients across Europe, the US, and Asia.

Our company culture is our core strength. We strive for excellence, empathy, and collaboration in everything we do. We value your personal and professional goals, and aspire to create an environment where they are achieved through both learning and doing.

Metabolic Ecosystem

Metabolic is a connected group of organizations designed to address systemic challenges at scale that we refer to as the Metabolic Ecosystem. The core of the Ecosystem is made up of five entities working together in a symbiotic way. Each exists to address what we believe are the critical leverage points for systems change. They are: Consulting, Institute, Software, Foundation and Ventures. Each embodies its own unique purpose that contributes to our overarching mission of transitioning the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state.

At the center of the Ecosystem lies the Metabolic Holding, which houses vital functions such as Marcomms, Design, People and Operations, and Finance. Each of these teams operate across the Ecosystem, providing support for all of our Metabolic entities. 

About Metabolic Industries

Organizations | Products | Materials | Finance

Meeting the needs of 10 billion people within the planetary boundaries is only possible if we radically change the way that we provide for these needs. Our material flows, product systems, organizations, and financial services all need to be aligned towards sustainable, equitable, and regenerative delivery of meaningful products and services.

In our Sustainable Industries division we work with ambitious, motivated clients and position them to thrive in the regenerative economy. We work at the level of economic organization including influencing financial investment towards positive impact. We also advise clients on a very practical level, for example by designing new product systems, and we advise organizations about their organizational impact, CSRD needs and developing sustainable business strategies.

About the Position

We seek a passionate individual to lead Metabolic’s Sustainable Industries Division to become a leading global player in sustainable consulting. As the Industries Division Director, you will work closely with the Consulting Director and the two other division (Cities & Agrifood) directors in the management of yearly planning, execution of entity strategy, evaluation, and other administrative responsibilities. You’ll oversee three teams (Organizations, Products & Materials, and Finance) and will work together closely with the team leads on development and execution of divisional strategy, strategic project selection and execution, and team mentorship and wellbeing. 

We are looking for someone who stays on top of new knowledge, is curious and driven by an internal desire to create an economic system that works for everyone and the planet. A creative and empathic leader with the ability to translate complex problems to concrete pathways forward. The role requires an individual adept at working with multiple stakeholders both internal and external and to be able to manage immediate, short term tasks while remaining focused on long-term strategic goals.

Key Responsibilities


  • Develop the yearly Industries division annual plan in line with Metabolic consulting overall strategy
  • Develop yearly OKRs for the division and evaluate team progress throughout the year
  • Propose and manage division level investments 

Support the delivery of the Division Strategy

  • You will support the team as it expands its services and secures new consultancy assignments, ensuring high-quality delivery of projects
  • Commercial & Partnerships
    • Identify strategic commercial opportunities and establish new partnerships
    • Support the team leads in setting sales priorities
  • Manage key client and prospect client accounts:
    • Engage with key existing and potential clients to understand their key priorities and needs
    • Support the team in developing a compelling value proposition aligned with the client’s needs

Mentoring & Supporting the team

  • Ensure that all roles within the division are filled by appropriate and competent individuals, and that these individuals have appropriate mentorship, guidance and personal development opportunities.
  • Mentor team leads and ensure they have the skills and resources necessary to mentor their teams. 


  • Represent the division in the Consulting MT
  • Represent the division and teams at external events


  • Significant experience working in (sustainability) consulting (at least 5 years), working with industry clients
  • A strong foundation and knowledge base in the following sustainability topics and technical methodologies: carbon footprinting, circular economy, and systems thinking
  • Proven leadership experience, with proven experience in managing and leading advisory work for diverse clients and partners. (Previous experience in dynamic, scale-up organizations is an advantage). 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment and to navigate problems with good interpersonal skills. 
  • Proven ability to deploy business expertise and knowledge to deliver key insights and strategic leadership to a broad, multidisciplinary team. 
  • Ability to present and communicate information in a clear manner and to use this to enable others and influence decision-making.
  • Excellent (internal and external) communication skills, written and oral. 
  • Fluency in English is essential. Speaking Dutch is an advantage. 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills
  • High level of professionalism in developing constructive internal and external working relationships 

Our Offer

We are an international and dynamic team of around 100 individuals who share a passion for catalyzing a sustainable future. Be part of a dynamic, ambitious and international team that is passionate about sustainability, technology and impact. Collaborate and work alongside world-class experts in the fields of sustainability and circularity throughout the Metabolic Ecosystem.

This opportunity will place you in an environment that values people with their own ideas and initiatives. We believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making and impact over profit. You will be able to participate in an evolving decentralized governance system and be part of a close-knit community of people with shared interests and a strong company culture. We promise:

  • A social, supportive and vibrant work environment and location with connection and purpose
  • Autonomy & freedom for decision-making within your role, ensuring your voice within Metabolic
  • Flexible and balanced approach to our working environment. 
  • Room for career development and personal growth.

This position will be based at our vibrant office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and letter of motivation in English via the Apply button below.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 26th February 2023 at 23.59.

In case of questions, please feel free to contact [email protected] .