A render of JLL's soon-to-be headquarters

Sustainability consultancy giant SLR has acquired smaller WA-based firm, 360 Environmental, absorbing its 60-some employees with the aim of expanding the company’s presence in the region. 

It is the third acquisition so far this year for SLR, following the successful takeovers of specialist ESG advisory business, Corporate Citizenship, and mobility and low carbon solution consultancy, Vectos.

SLR employs over 1800 staff globally across offices in Europe, USA, Latin America, Canada, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

“While SLR has had an established presence in Western Australia for quite some time, the 360 team will enhance our ability to provide exceptional environmental solutions to clients on the West Coast of Australia,” SLR chief executive Neil Penhall said.

Job Movements

Experienced natural capital practitioner, John Finisdore has joined Point Advisory’s team to advise on financial risks and opportunities related to freshwater, land, coastal wetlands and oceans. 

His current work includes considering how analysis of any one risk can be integrated into corporate wide data, risk management and ESG systems. 

Scientists call for R&D election plans to boost jobs and economic recovery

High profile representatives from Australia’s STEM industry are calling on political parties heading to the next election to pledge a “seismic” investment in R&D to spur jobs and economic activity.

A recent leadership summit, hosted by peak body, Science and Technology Australia which represents 90,000 STEM professionals, identified a list of urgent top priorities to deliver “vast economic returns” on the investment.

The list includes investing in a $2.4 billion research translation fund to leverage Australian research into creating thousands of new jobs, boosting investment in the major grant agencies, tackle insecure work tied to competitive research grants, increase STEM participation in schools.

Also called for was developing a comprehensive plan to transition to a net-zero emissions economy and safeguard Australia’s unique biodiversity.

JLL to occupy new headquarters 

Property services giant, JLL announced its new Sydney headquarters will be located in Lendlease’s soon to be completed 180 George Street development.

The company will move from down the road at 420 George Street to occupy 3532 square metres of the precinct’s flagship commercial tower.

At 263-metres it will be Sydney’s tallest office building and has already achieved a Platinum WELL rating as well as targeting 6 Star Green Star and 5.5 Star NABERS Energy ratings.

“The investment we are making in our new Sydney corporate headquarters at Sydney Place is about being ahead of the pack in how we run our business and support our staff, which translates into better outcomes for our clients,” JLL’s NSW managing director, Daniel Kernaghan said.

As well as occupying office space alongside anchor tenant, Salesforce, will also provide property management services for the precinct. 

Our pick of the jobs

Sustainable architects, Envirotecture is looking for fresh talent to add to the firm’s bulging ranks. Director Andy Marlow told us the company was “stupidly busy and growing” creating the need for “reasonably experienced” and passionate applicants. 

“The demand for passivhaus is phenomenal, has continued to build over the last few years and we’ve reached the capacity of the humans we have,” Mr Marlo said. 

“We’re awesome to work for, nice office, nice people, clients you’re happy to spend time with, and a four-day work week. Practising what we preach!”

And here’s two big opportunities from the big end of town, LendLease and Mirvac each have exciting positions to fill. 

The former is looking for a social sustainability engagement manager, and the latter a sustainability coordinator to take part in constructing the new Western Sydney International Airport.

The role with Lendlease is for the Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development and Sydney Place projects, developing and implementing social sustainability plans.

Meanwhile, as head contractor on the Western Sydney International Airport, Mirvac is looking for an experienced sustainability coordinator to take responsibility for the project and ensure compliance is met. 

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