Account Executive - Better Impact

Sustainability London, United Kingdom


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Account Executive, Better Impact – Hill + Knowlton Strategies


Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) is an international PR and communications agency based across 80 offices in 40 countries and working globally with many of the largest multinational companies. We structure and lead our business around industry sector teams to deliver deep industry knowledge for the benefit of our clients. These teams are supported by specialist areas of creative ideas development and strategy, data and analytics, content creation and publishing, corporate affairs and ESG. The people in our agency are constantly evolving and are expected to re-invent their skills and set new standards in the industry.

We are proud to have been awarded Provoke Sabre EMEA Awards: UK PR Consultancy of the Year 2022, EMEA Agency of the Decade, UK 2022 Silver Agency of the Year: Campaign Awards, EMEA 2022 Gold PR Agency of the Year: Campaign Award.


Better Impact is H+K’s sustainability, ESG and social impact consulting team. We are focused on challenging and supporting companies, brands, and organisations to have a better impact on people and the planet.

Developing and implementing programmes of change, Better Impact helps organisations define relevance and drive impact in a fast-changing world. This includes strategic consulting and activation focused work across a broad range of topics and issues.

Better Impact has a strong and diverse set of existing clients across a range of sectors. This includes leading brands, NGOs, financial institutions, and global banks, as just few examples. The team is seeing strong growth, and this is reflected more widely across H+K as an agency.

Issues the team are covering on any day include climate change and reducing environmental impact, sustainable consumption and the circular economy, social and societal issues like social isolation and access to shelter, sustainable supply chains, diversity equity and inclusion, ESG policy performance and strategy, right through to policy, disclosure, and corporate governance.

Ways Better Impact works across H+K as an agency include:

  • A contributor and advisor to work with existing clients, especially on sustainability communications focused assignments.
  • An originator of work involving specialist services, in close collaboration with the industry sector teams.
  • A team building capacity and understanding of sustainability and social issues across our UK business.
  • An incubator for many of the agency’s new product and service offerings.
  • An advocate for change within our business.

Better Impact is a key area of growth for the company globally, and an area of investment and strategic focus.

The team is highly collaborative, non-hierarchical and the successful candidates will be supported in future growth and development within their role.

Led by Managing Director, Chris Pratt, the existing team of eight is predominantly comprised of senior consultants, and we are now actively recruiting for roles between AD and AE levels to support the growing demand for the team’s expertise. The team work across both dedicated Better Impact clients on specialist assignments and collaborate with H+K’s sector teams to support clients across the wider agency.


We are looking to recruit an ambitious and motivated individual to support our sustainability and social impact work across the agency. This position would suit someone excited by the idea of supporting and learning from a senior team across a broad range of topics to affect change on environmental and social issues.   

Day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Support the team on day-to-day delivery of our existing portfolio of work, servicing both UK and global clients. The nature of this support will vary according to project, ranging from sustainability comms and media relations through to research reports and stakeholder engagement.
  • Support with/manage administrative tasks, like weekly status reports, meeting preparation.
  • Proactively research and brief the team on industry trends and events, covering ESG, sustainability and social impact topics.
  • Conduct landscape analysis on changing stakeholder expectations and regulation around relevant issues to our specialisms, e.g corporate reporting and transparency.
  • Contribute to new business proposals through research, with support from your senior colleagues.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the administrative and financial functions of our commercial business and contribute to these.


We believe in creating a better impact on people and the planet through our work and it’s important you share this passion, are enthusiastic, accountable, and self-motivated in helping our clients create change. Most important to us is demonstrating good attitude and willingness to get stuck in and learn.

  • At least 1 year experience (employment or internships) across the fields of sustainability, ESG and / or social impact.
  • Ability to interact confidently with clients and help accounts to run smoothly.
  • Ability to work with others fluently and play a key role in delivery of project-based work, with the support and supervision of more senior team members.
  • Excellent research skills, the ability to assess information critically and communicate analysis clearly and succinctly.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work to deadlines.
  • Excited by the idea of working across a number of different issues and clients with a curiosity for learning and thirst for knowledge.
  • Knowledge of individuals and institutions that are leading the sustainability and social agenda.


  • 25 days + (3 days at Christmas) annual leave
  • Comprehensive health insurance (Bupa)
  • SMART pension scheme
  • Heavily subsidised on-site bar
  • WPP employee discount scheme
  • Group life assurance scheme
  • Enhanced maternity + paternity scheme
  • Vouchers + extra day’s holiday for key milestone anniversaries
  • Our dedicated interactive training academy - ‘The Hub’
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Stride + Ride – active travel scheme
  • Wellness programmes
  • Weekly social events
  • 2 x volunteer days per year


H+K employs over 300 people in the UK, and our stunning Clerkenwell offices run over two floors, encompassing a beautiful roof terrace and subsidised bar area, which is a great spot for client meetings and socialising with the wider agency. 


We pride ourselves on creating a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs. As a company and as co-workers, we are building a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential. We are an inclusive employer and are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.


We believe diversity is strength. Our Commitment at Hill + Knowlton Strategies is to combine our employees unique backgrounds, perspective, and experiences to build a more diverse and inclusive organisation that represents all of us and the businesses we work with.  We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and will consider all applicants regardless of age, gender identity ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, family or parental status, neurodiversity, and disability status.  We are also happy to provide reasonable adjustments during the application and interview process. Please refer to our Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Recruitment Charter to understand more about H+K’s commitments here.

H+K is Disability Confident Committed and a Dyslexia SMART organisation.  If you require any adjustments to the application or interview process with us, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected]

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