This is an opportunity for someone with proven multi-stakeholder engagement experience, and senior level expertise in the financial services sector (banking, insurance and/or investment) to join our Finance Initiative team. You will directly support the Lead to shape and deliver the strategy; manage the Finance Initiative’s programme of activities; and support the team to deliver against programme objectives.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. The Foundation’s Finance Initiative aims to contribute to this mission by scaling finance for the circular economy. It focuses on three mutually reinforcing activity areas: promoting the concept of the circular economy within the finance sector; ensuring the integration of the circular economy into leading disclosure and measurement initiatives; and working with close partners to support uptake and implementation of the circular economy within the finance sector.
Role & Responsibilities
You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the Finance Initiative strategy, with oversight of programme activities including: the development of thought leadership; alliance building; informing key external measurement and disclosure initiatives; development of communication campaigns; and representing the Foundation in public presentations, meetings with senior stakeholders, and on occasions to the media.
You will work closely with the Lead to evolve the Finance Initiative strategy, manage relationships with close partners, and facilitate knowledge exchange through workshops, online meetings and events.
The position will also involve line management responsibility for Project Managers and Analysts within the Initiative, and other staff where relevant.
Main areas of work
Programme Delivery - Oversee the delivery of multiple workstreams, including supporting the team to deliver against programme objectives, project planning and management. Support alignment of the work across the entire Finance Initiative to maximise impact of deliverables.
Strategic Thinking and Thought Leadership - With support of the Finance Initiative Lead and the broader team, develop the strategy for the work streams under your responsibility. Contribute to the development of the broader Finance Initiative strategy. Understand the landscape and pressure points across the finance industry and non-financial reporting field to make informed decisions. Lead the development of industry leading perspectives and research for the initiative, for example drafting of position papers and/or policy briefings reinforcing the interconnection between circular economy and climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, pollution and other systemic challenges.
Relationship Management and Development - Coordinating international outreach, alliance building and stakeholder management, including engagement with policymakers, international organisations, financial institutions, and NGOs. Represent the Foundation at key meetings and events, and on occasions with the media, to consistently promote the circular economy and its relevance for the finance industry. Regular international travel to events and to engage local stakeholders may be required.
Line Management and Team Development - Direct management of team members, taking responsibility to coach and support them in their personal and professional development.
A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the financial services sector (banking, insurance and/or investment).
Project management experience with proven capability of managing multiple projects in parallel with tight deadlines, ensuring high-quality results, and effectively collaborating with various different internal functions and departments.
Relationship management experience, particularly in the context of global, multi-stakeholder initiatives; the ability to interact effectively with individuals at various management levels across a variety of organisations and geographies.
Communication and facilitation skills, including public speaking; evidence of having written engaging documents.
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail; ability to process and summarise complex information, adapting it to legal/policy proposals and standard-setting work.
Excellent written and spoken English.
Please apply with CV and covering letter
Desired starting date: ASAP
Closing date: 31st January 2022
Salary package: Circa £50k per year dependent on experience together with generous holiday allowance, flexible working options, gym membership and multiple training opportunities.
Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, or remote (UK-based), with regular travel to and from Cowes (dependent on current COVID-19 restrictions).