We are looking for an exceptional project manager to join our Global Commitment Team in the UK. We are a global reference point and recognised voice in the global debate on plastics and work with 1000+ major businesses, governments, NGOs, scientists, and other stakeholders around the world to address the root cause of plastic pollution by catalysing the transition to a circular economy for plastics.
The Global Commitment is one of the major programmes of the Foundation. It is a joint effort between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment Programme, which unites businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and 2025 targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source, starting with packaging. It is the world’s leading voluntary commitment programme on plastics, its ambition level has set a new norm in the industry, and it is a reference point for investors and policymakers working on this topic.
The Global Commitment team is responsible for engaging with the signatories and managing the annual reporting by more than 200 businesses and governments on the progress they have made on their 2025 targets, drawing insights and conclusions from this and creating and publishing the annual Global Commitment Progress Report.
Role and Responsibilities
You will shape and manage a wide range of projects, with a strong emphasis on the Global Commitment and the publication of the annual progress report. Your main areas of work include:
Project management. Shaping, planning, and overseeing projects, in particular the Global Commitment, to ensure they achieve targeted objectives in a timely fashion.
Stakeholder management. As part of your role, you will directly engage with a network of signatories across the plastics value chain – which includes many of the world’s largest FMCGs and retailers – to learn about their efforts and guide their thinking around how they measure progress and the types of actions they can take. You will also engage with many internal departments within EMF, such as communications, digital, editorial and design.
Facilitating pre-competitive, multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops. Designing and planning the content of our bi-annual workshops, organised across Europe, and effectively navigating group conversations to productive outcomes.
Capacity building & knowledge transfer. Actively contributing to developing the Foundation’s and the plastic team’s expertise, with a focus on implementing solutions for a circular economy for plastics, packaging knowledge and insights into reports, case studies, and other assets and tools.
Managing a team. You will be responsible for managing several, more junior, team members, with a high focus on their personal development and finding opportunities to grow in the Foundation.
Representing the Foundation and our plastics initiative externally. Being a representative of the Foundation and plastics initiative in meetings, on stage at events, and at conferences.
You will be at the heart of a highly motivated team generating new insights and catalysing action toward a circular economy for plastics. We do this by inspiring and challenging our stakeholders through developing thought leadership content, tools and assets and creating unprecedented transparency on how plastic packaging is produced, used, reused and recycled.
Proven project management experience.
Evidence of recent experience of working with and engaging a diverse set of stakeholders. The ability to interact effectively with individuals at various management levels across a variety of organisations (industry, NGO, policymakers) and geographies.
Good analytical skills and ability to extract key insights from data and research and present these in an attractive and engaging way. Evidence of having written engaging documents in English.
Strong organisational skills: the ability to manage multiple projects in parallel, establish priorities and effectively collaborating with different internal functions and departments.
A good academic record and degree level qualifications in business, economics, science, political science, engineering, or other relevant discipline.
A minimum of 5 years of previous work experience is essential for this role. Recent experience within a business, consulting or innovation environment is preferred.
Excellent written and spoken English; other languages would be a definite advantage.
Relevant experience in plastics and/or the circular economy is a definite plus.
Please apply here
Desired starting date: asap
Closing date: 30th September 2022
Salary package: circa £40k plus generous holiday allowance (25 days plus UK bank holidays and discretionary extra days leave) generous parental leave; enhanced pension options/private health scheme after 6 months; wellbeing programme.
Location: UK based with regular attendance at our office in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Some international travel will be required.
What we do
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. We work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Our vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive.
Our commitment to you
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and providing a working environment free from discrimination. Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.