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Enterprise Manager

Affric Highlands – An ambitious new rewilding initiative

Affric Highlands is an exciting new initiative underpinned by a unique partnership of communities, businesses, private landowners and nature conservation interests across a large Highland landscape. The initiative's aim is to restore nature at an ambitious landscape scale and catalyse the creation of more sustainable, nature-based livelihoods in the local communities. Over a thirty-year timeframe, we believe this partnership can deliver transformative change for the natural environment, local economy and community wellbeing.

To apply for this role, or learn more about Trees for Life, please download an application form and other documentation from our website.

Applications can be submitted to Jobs@treesforlife.org.uk for the attention of Laura Miller.

Deadline for applications

Enterprise Manager: January 3rd 2022 Midday

Interview Dates and Process

Enterprise Manager: January 19th 2022 Via Zoom*

*Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a two stage process of an initial interview via Zoom and then a second meeting with the wider key liaisons in person or via Zoom.

All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or not via email within 14 days of the deadline.

Trees for Life are proud to offer an inclusive, friendly and welcoming environment to work in and applications are welcome from all members of society. We actively seek to remove barriers to employment so If you require information in another format, please contact us.

Overall purpose of the job

Affric Highlands is an exciting new initiative underpinned by a unique partnership of communities, businesses, private landowners and nature conservation interests across a large Highland landscape. The initiative's aim is to restore nature at an ambitious landscape scale and catalyse the creation of more sustainable, nature-based livelihoods in the local communities. Over a thirty-year timeframe, we believe this partnership can deliver transformative change for the natural environment, local economy and community wellbeing.

The Enterprise Manager will be a crucial member of the Affric Highlands team and to the delivery of these ambitions. The Enterprise Manager will develop and implement the enterprise strategy of the Affric Highlands by engaging with local businesses, landowners and stakeholders. The strategy will involve supporting the creation of diverse business models and revenue streams for landowners in the Affric Highlands which restore nature as well as generate positive outcomes for climate and local communities. We envisage this will include recognised standards like the Woodland Carbon Code or standards developed with the Trees for Life team. The landowners are a diverse group, including private, public and NGOs, with different structures, interests and approaches. The strategy to address these will therefore need to be similarly diverse and innovative.

The strategy is also likely to include the creation of networks, financial structures and investment portfolios that will support local stakeholders and enable more efficient implementation of nature restoration. The role will also facilitate the development of investment plans for start-up enterprises or existing businesses to work with nature-based activities. The Enterprise Manager role may require working with and managing specialist consultants to provide technical advice on a range of different business activities, including nature-based forestry, timber processing and use, tourism and food and beverages.

Key Liaisons

The Enterprise Manager will work on a daily basis with the Team Leader and the Field Officer for Affric Highlands, as well as other Trees for Life staff. They will also work closely with our partners in Rewilding Europe's Enterprise team, including their expanding network of Enterprise Officers across Europe. The Enterprise Manager will hold regular in person meetings with local businesses, landowners, investors, local authorities and other stakeholders and therefore being based in the region will be preferable.

Scope, Accountability and Resources

The Enterprise Manager will be responsible for developing practical ideas for engaging corporate partners in supporting public benefits delivered through Affric Highlands. The Enterprise Manager will establish and maintain positive relationships with potential corporate partners, landowners, people in related fields of research and other organisations working in these areas.

Key responsibilities

Develop a Landscape Business Plan for nature-based business activity in the Affric Highlands area

  • This will provide a strategy for nature-based enterprise in the Affric Highlands for the next five years.
  • It will analyse the potential for Affric Highlands business development and revenue streams, including woodland and peatland carbon, slow tourism initiatives, wild food cooperatives, forestry etc.
  • Work with local communities, businesses, landowners and other relevant organisations (e.g. research institutes / universities) to develop ideas and plan their development and implementation, tailored to the local circumstances.
  • Analyse the potential financial support and investment that may be available to support these schemes.

Implementing the activities and schemes identified in the Landscape Business Plan

  • Consider and prioritise the steps needed to take advantage of financially viable business opportunities identified, such as identifying entrepreneur(s), training, business management skills, land use changes, equipment and infrastructure.
  • Develop fully costed investment plans based on expenditure requirements, market research and cashflow projections in conjunction with entrepreneurs.
  • Identify sources for the necessary investment and work, in collaboration with Rewilding Europe, to access this investment.
  • Assist businesses with their business planning alongside these broader initiatives.
  • Develop a network for local businesses to discuss and form collaborations around nature and community-based opportunities.

Develop an Affric Highlands Carbon and Biodiversity Credits scheme

  • Work with landowners within Affric Highlands who are creating new woodlands and restoring peatlands to create Affric Highlands nature-based carbon offsets and create a pilot biodiversity credit scheme for rewilding projects within Affric Highlands.
  • Work to develop the Affric Highlands nature-based carbon offsetting and biodiversity credits brand and consider how best to market the carbon and biodiversity elements most effectively.
  • Research and analyse the best accreditation standards for the scheme (including carbon, biodiversity, social benefits), the market and prices for the credits, and the potential for including a community revenue share in all sales
  • Investigate the scope for investors to pre-finance credit development and mechanisms to provide investors with assurance from Trees for Life that the projected nature-based benefits of carbon and biodiversity schemes will be maintained for the long term.
  • Conduct and close transactions with buyers of the credits.

Person Specification

Knowledge

  • Business knowledge, incl. business investments, financial planning, marketing and sales.
  • Experience of, or familiarity with, the concepts of natural and social capital accounting and understanding of how these ‘capitals' can influence businesses' decision-making.
  • Familiarity with carbon sequestration accreditation systems, such as the UK Woodland Carbon Code.
  • A basic understanding of the practicalities for landowners in woodland creation and peatland restoration.
  • Knowledge of the connections between ecological restoration and carbon sequestration, biodiversity improvements and other ecosystem services in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Understanding of the relationships between nature, health and wellbeing and the quality of life in communities.

Experience

  • Working with investors to ensure they meet recognised standards in sustainability.
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by businesses seeking to demonstrate sustainability and support for social impact.
  • Engaging with impact investors to establish mutually beneficial relationships around their Corporate Social Responsibility preferences.
  • Business and project planning and management.
  • Experience of founding and managing a business enterprise would be desirable.

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage corporate partners and form trust-based relationships.
  • Research skills to investigate academic literature, market trends and examples of evolving practice in natural capital and impact investment.
  • Problem solving, particularly the ability to develop attractive, commercial and practical packages or offers for corporate partners to understand how supporting our work can relate to their business and/or CSR aims.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Use of Word, Excel and other basic software.

Personal Attributes

  • Enthusiasm for engaging people and forming common cause around business, nature and its benefits to people.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner as part of the wider Trees for Life team.
  • Enthusiasm for restoration ecology.
  • Resourceful, flexible, solution-focused and able to work on their own initiative.

Closing Date: 03/01/2022  Location: Glens of Scotland

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