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Sustainability Officer

  • Braine l'Alleud, Walloon Region, Belgium

Job description

Who are we?

Virya Energy is active in the development, financing, and operation of projects in the field of energy transition. The company, based in Belgium, was founded at the end of 2019 by Colruyt Group and its majority shareholder, Korys. 

Virya Energy is active across the entire value chain of sustainable energy. This includes the production of green energy in Europe through its subsidiaries Eoly Energy and Eurowatt, in Asia through its subsidiary Sanchore and a majority stake in Constant Energy, and energy distribution through its subsidiary DATS 24. Virya Energy is also involved in the development of sustainable hydrogen projects through Virya H2. The company holds interests in service providers to the offshore industry, including GeoXYZ, DotOcean, and Marlinks.

Since October 2023, Virya Energy has also acquired a majority stake in the Belgian company Diodi, which specializes in sustainable agricultural land management.

With over 30 professionals, Virya Energy is rapidly growing its capabilities.

In view of its further expansion, Virya Energy is looking to enlarge its Public Affairs & Sustainability team with a Sustainability Officer.

Job requirements

You will be joining Virya Energy’s Public Affairs & Sustainability team and will be involved mostly at corporate level, although ad hoc you may be involved at project level. Your main responsibilities will include the following:

  • Support the development and implementation of Virya Energy’s corporate Sustainability strategy;
  • Lead and coordinate strategic sustainability assessments such as the double materiality assessments, EU Taxonomy assessment, carbon modelling exercise, etc.
  • Identify, monitor and inform on regulatory developments related to sustainability (such as the CSRD, EU Taxonomy, CSDD, etc.);
  • Develop, prepare and coordinate compliant sustainability reporting in line with the European Sustainability Reporting Standards;
  • Monitor the evolution of reporting standards internationally, at EU and national levels and contribute to sustainability reporting;
  • Cooperate closely with Virya Energy’s subsidiaries and relevant departments (HSSE, HR, finance, Public Affairs,…) and provide input towards the development and implementation of environmental and social management systems and tools;
  • Oversee measurement processes across the supply chain (life cycle and criticality assessments) and develop and implement KPI’s – monitor and report on sustainability performance;
  • Develop and implement environmental and social due diligence processes in line with internationally recognized frameworks such as the United Nations Guiding Principles and OECD Guidelines;
  • Develop and deliver sustainability briefings and trainings to educate stakeholders and employees on sustainable management practices;
  • Participate in sustainability working groups of industry associations.

You will be a member of a dynamic legal, regulatory, and contracting team

Your profile

  • You have a master’s degree and/or additional qualifications in environmental science, sustainability, business administration, business engineering, or other related field or you have the required equivalent experience;
  • You have 2-3 years of experience, preferably with environmental and social sustainability integration;
  • You have deep interest for the renewable energy sector and its sustainability challenges, being eager to learn about technical aspects;
  • You have a passion for sustainability and its integration in business processes and decision-making;
  • You have the ability to manage several topics at the same time without losing oversight;
  • You have good diplomatic and social skills and enjoy building relationships with stakeholders;
  • You are a team player and possess a high level of integrity;
  • You have an analytical mindset, you think strategically and you want to see things through from A-Z;
  • You are flexible and willing to travel on an occasional basis;
  • You are proficient in English, and fluent in Dutch and/or French.

We offer:

  • A position in a stimulating professional environment within a sustainable, fast-growing international industry;
  • A challenging function with a lot of variety;
  • The ability to develop your personal and professional skills;
  • An attractive remuneration based on your skills and achievements combined with an extensive package of extra-legal benefits.