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Project Manager (CISL Brussels)

The deadline for applications is 9 September 2018.

Project Manager (CISL Brussels)

This exciting role based in Brussels, at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), is an opportunity for an experienced project manager and analyst, to join a dynamic and fast-paced team that engages with senior business leaders and European policy makers to unlock new climate change policies and support the transition to a sustainable economy. 

CISL’s Policy Team works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU Green Growth Platform as well as a planned international expansion of the work.  The team has an excellent track record of high-level EU engagement but is looking to deepen this work and ensure it is substantively based out of our Brussels office.

In order to do this the team is looking for a new Project Manager to support and deliver our European work programme. The role will manage projects across the team. The successful candidate will support delivery of an ambitious programme of engagement between businesses and MEPs, ministers, policy makers, commissioners and academics, as well as new content development, new business development and fundraising in related areas.

We are looking for someone with a strong record of accomplishment in project management, preferably gained within a policy environment, to support the development and delivery of this portfolio of work. You will work alongside the Team Director, the Brussels Chairman and team Programme Managers to put in place efficient delivery plans for complex programmes. These will ensure that the programmes are delivered within budget in a timely and efficient manner and in line with the overall objectives for the initiative.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and need to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Qualification to degree level or equivalent.
  • European language skills, in addition to English (desirable).
  • Ability to interact confidently and credibly with a wide range of senior stakeholders from both academic and business backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrating a high proficiency in English.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills, with the ability to make complex content accessible to wider ranging audiences.
  • The ability to work as part of a fast-paced project team and to work on own initiative, and demonstrating flexibility and management of competing priorities.
  • Advanced project planning skills with ability to respond willingly, quickly, flexibly and with resilience to changing business imperatives budgets.
  • Experience of complex event management.
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively toward project deliverables and deadline.
  • Experience and confidence in drawing up, maintaining and monitoring project budgets.
  • High level of competence across standard software packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook plus experience of working with a Client Relationship Management system (preferably based on MS Dynamics)
  • Commitment to the values that underpin CISL’s work and a keen interest in social and environmental responsibility.

The role is based in Brussels and will require regular travel, including visits to the United Kingdom. Applicants must have the right to work in Belgium.

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To submit an application for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter (in English) to

The deadline for applications is 9 September 2018.

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The recruitment to this position at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (Belgium) will be run centrally by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). CISL will store your personal information in order to liaise with you either in relation to your application for an advertised position, and to contact any referees you have provided after an interview has been conducted or at the point of an offer of employment.

CISL will not retain copies of unsuccessful candidates’ curriculum vitae (CV) and application documents for more than one year after the completion of the relevant recruitment exercise. If you are successful, your information will be kept as part of your staff record for the duration of your employment.

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