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Climate Change Specialist

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: Saudi Arabia
  • Job type: Contract
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Title: Climate Change Specialist
Location: Dhahran

Position Description
Saudi Aramco has been actively involved in climate change initiatives since 1980. We have many elements in place already, and we now want to take our efforts to the next level. We need a strong combination of technical, policy, and communication backgrounds and skills. On the policy side, the candidate will need to lead/perform scenario analysis in energy transformation, understand how Saudi Aramco is positioned and how to take Saudi Aramco forward, know how the market is being shaped and how to develop and communicate Company strategy to all stakeholders. On the technical side, the candidate needs to have climate modeling experience, going beyond reporting on statistics such as greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The position provides a world-class opportunity to steer the direction of the largest national oil company to meet the climate change challenge. The ideal candidate will need to consider the strategic importance of this role.

Lead the evaluation and/or implementation of energy efficiency and climate-related technologies and initiatives in the oil and gas sector to improve energy savings and maximize outputs. Build capacity within the Company by supporting the professional development and mentorship of young Saudi engineers in the field of Climate Change. Shape Company policy to accelerate the Company's efforts in mitigating climate change by engaging Corporate, industry, national, and international policymakers and by updating and developing Saudi Aramco engineering standards and procedures.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum MSc (preferably Ph.D.) in climatology and meteorology studies, environmental engineering/science, environmental sustainability, or related discipline.
  • Total relevant experience of at least 20 years, with at least 10 years of solid technical skills in climate modeling, sustainability studies, GHG emission management, and climate change measures in the oil and gas business.
  • A solid background in international climate change policies, environmental and climate economics, and environmental law.
  • Certification as a climate change professional is essential. Solid industry experience with both international and national oil companies. Elite level verbal and written English communication, presentation, and negotiation/influencing skills, and social/emotional intelligence.
  • Solid background in communicating with Executive Management, international delegations, and Company boards of directors.
  • Experience in providing disclosure advice on Company climate strategy, risk management, and governance according to global investor lead guidelines similar to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) guidelines is desirable.
  • Experience in the Arabian Peninsula is desirable.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • The role will require a mix of technical skills such as technology identification, project management, and field work and a strategic view on how climate change is affecting the fossil fuel market.
  • He/she must have experience in developing leading class strategic response measures and developing strategic positions and business cases. The ideal candidate must have experience in scenario analysis and should have detailed knowledge of various energy transition scenarios and related response measures emerging in the market.
  • Since the role is a mix of technical and strategic skills, a Ph.D. can be a desirable qualification, but a Management Degree related to energy, sustainable development, and climate may also be desirable in place of a Ph.D.
  • Experience in advising external communication and stakeholder engagement related to Climate Change is required.
  • This role will advise the technical functions of Saudi Aramco on technologies, related projects, and GHG measurements and interface to provide strategic inputs influencing the Company investment portfolio and capital allocation, as well as interface with Corporate affairs, Corporate Communications, and Government Affairs to provide communication inputs related to climate change.
  • Expert knowledge of GHG emissions estimation and consolidation methodologies and reduction technology. Experience with GHG Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Abatement Strategy development.
  • Working knowledge of ISO 14064 Corporate GHG Emissions Inventory Deployment, GHG Reduction Projects and GHG Verification.
  • Familiarity with ISAE 3000 is an advantage.
  • The proponent organization and the executive management have stated that these roles are expected to put something on the ground (implement concrete policies, strategies, initiatives), not just advise/consult.

This role will be aiming to attract change drivers, not just change agents. Engineering Services is targeting the highest-level individuals to be Corporate Advisors in their respective field. The advisor will interact with senior leadership, including the CEO, as well as with governmental agencies/ministries (Saudi and others as appropriate).
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