Senior Consultant

About Telesto Strategy
Telesto Strategy was founded with a bold vision to regenerate the planet’s health, resources, and wellbeing. We aim to achieve this goal through our dual missions: (i) reframing how businesses, organizations, and countries achieve meaningful and sustainable growth, and (ii) redirecting corporate strategy to solve for the biggest challenges of our time while delivering a positive ROI.

To help leaders broaden their strategic approaches and plan for growth through a comprehensive, network-based approach, Telesto Strategy partners with clients to offer distinctive and reinforcing growth-focused services across several services offerings:

  • ESG Reporting and PMO
  • Materiality Assessments
  • Net-Zero Strategy and Management
  • Sustainable Growth Strategy Development and PMO
  • ESG Leadership Training

We bring a range of perspectives and leverage a collaborative approach both internally and with our clients to generate actionable recommendations for growth that advance our firm’s vision.

This role presents a unique opportunity to join and shape a growing, globally oriented firm and advance corporate and government strategy through innovating operating model design, organizational growth calculus, and Telesto’s solution offerings. 

Position Description
A Senior Consultant is the standalone client- and analytics-oriented powerhouse of their workstream(s). They are the primary owner of all elements pertaining to the development of thoughtful, value-adding deliverables across their workstreams and trusted to own some of the more challenging and client engagement-focused elements of the project. They drive the end-to-end development of their deliverables, from upfront structuring of the problem statement to conducting analyses and packaging their findings into insightful presentation materials. For them, their managers are thought partners and supporters first. More tenured Senior Consultants looking are expected to begin coaching at least one less tenured colleague within the Firm.

While every project is unique, we expect the Senior Consultant to support the development of client-ready deliverables for strategy and/or implementation projects related to environmental, social impact, and governance (ESG) and/or Sustainability topics. Individual client deliverables within such projects may include developing quantitative models to explore strategic scenarios, conducting and synthesizing subject matter expert interviews, collecting secondary data, generating case studies, and driving or optimizing operational processes.

Job Responsibilities
On a day-to-day basis, the Sr. Consultant’s responsibilities include:

Client delivery

  • Drive day-to-day execution of their dedicated workstreams on client projects with some guidance from the team leader of firm leadership
  • Own the end-to-end development of deliverables, including developing initial hypotheses and frameworks, conducting discrete analyses, undertaking secondary research, and synthesizing analytical outputs into structured and insightful takeaways, including developing relevant and actionable recommendations
  • Interface with peer client counterparts on behalf of the firm and build relationships with client counterparts
  • Drive the creation of high-quality deliverables for their workstreams, such as PowerPoint presentations, Excel models, client workshops or trainings, or implementation of priority initiatives

Building Our Firm

  • Support the development of project proposals and thought leadership under the direction of firm leadership
  • Support spearheading internal of firm initiatives to support growth and realize the firm’s vision to regenerate the planet’s health, resources, and wellbeing

Because Telesto is a growing and evolving firm, the focus of the Sr. Consultant’s responsibilities and track within the firm may be subject to adjustment to ensure that the Sr. Consultant is best positioned for success in their role. Any such change will be communicated to the Sr. Consultant at such time.

Position Requirements

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

Analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, and knowledge skills

  • 2-5 years of work experience in relevant professional services, analysis-driven, or similar contexts (e.g., consulting, finance, internal strategy)
  • Graduate-level degree in relevant field (e.g., business administration, environmental sciences, social sciences) preferred but not required
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, and quantitative reasoning skills as demonstrated through experience conducting relevant analyses (e.g., financial or strategic modeling, analysis of complex data sets, generation of conceptual frameworks) either in prior professional or academic settings
  • Exposure to hypothesis-driven analyses and first-principles problem-solving
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in ESG topics is desirable but not required

Interpersonal and client engagement skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with stakeholders of varying seniority and backgrounds
  • Resilient and self-motivated, especially in a virtual-first environment
  • Entrepreneurial, curious, adaptable, and excited to expand the firm’s impact in line with our vision to regenerate the planet’s health, resources, and wellbeing
  • Altruistic or volunteer professional or personal experience is a plus

Telesto Strategy cares about its people, and its compensation package and benefits are designed accordingly. The standard base pay range for this role is $120,000-140,000 annually. This base pay range is specific to Illinois and may not be applicable to other locations. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for year-end bonus compensation based on individual and firm performance. Actual amounts will vary depending on individual and firm performance.

Additionally, Telesto Strategy also offers other benefits, including:

  • Premier medical healthcare package (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO with nationwide coverage) with fully covered dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance
  • Responsible PTO policy
  • Lifestyle considerations – We are committed to promoting and achieving an environment where work/life balance is a driving force behind the success of our people.  We give great respect and consideration to time with family and other interests outside of work
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 401k program with immediate matching and vestment
  • Annual wellness stipend
  • Stipends for home office / technology and passes to coworking spaces

We recognize that building a world-class firm requires continuous upskilling and technical development. To that end, Telesto Strategy provides a variety of remote and in-person upskilling opportunities for all roles in the firm. Such opportunities include training on deconstructing complex problem statements, data visualization and communication, Excel for strategy and business, slide design, and topical areas of interest including ESG reporting standards and trends. For more senior roles, upskilling opportunities also include executive coaching, attending conferences, 1:1 engagement with board members, and tailored training that support the path to firm leadership and developing new service lines.

Location and travel
This role is based in Chicago with a mix of in-person and remote work. We are opening a physical office space in the West Loop of Chicago in 2024, which will enable us to further advance our firm goals, such as fostering meaningful interpersonal relationships with one another, creating more effective and frequent mentorship opportunities, and working collaboratively to generate best-in-class s client work. We expect Chicago-based employees to be in-office several days per week once the firm’s physical space is opened (at which time a more precise in-office policy will be established).

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
In reviewing national trends and statistics, we understand that many underrepresented candidates do not apply for positions unless they feel they meet all the stated requirements. If you have interest in the position but are concerned you do not meet all the criteria, we still encourage you to apply. At Telesto, we hire based on hard and soft skills and believe in providing technical training to all team members. At our core, we value having a well-rounded team consisting of a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas.

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