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Programme Manager, CISL Brussels

Closing date for applications is Sunday 8 September 2019

Programme Manager, CISL Brussels

Location: Brussels

Fixed-term role (18 months)


This exciting role, working in the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), is your opportunity to join our dynamic team, engaging with senior business leaders and European policymakers. Our mission is to support the transition to a sustainable and climate neutral economy, including through the development of an ambitious industrial strategy and climate policies.

This role sits within our Policy Team, which works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) (a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition) and the EU Green Growth Platform.  

The team is looking for a Programme Manager to lead a new project developed alongside We Mean Business and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The focus of this project will be on engaging companies in the heavy industry sector, and policy makers, to support policies that would put the sector on track for net zero emissions by 2050. This is in the context of major shifts in support for climate neutrality overall, and critical debates as to how to define an industrial strategy for the EU and the establishment of a new European Parliament and Commission.

As a Programme Manager, you will provide strategic leadership and deliver an ambitious programme of engagement with businesses in the heavy industry sector, liaising between work being done by the WBCSD, CDP and CLG, including building a bridge between the commitments made by companies and advocacy, and organising meetings and events. This would translate into work with EU policymakers, including MEPs, Ministers, Commission officials and experts.  Where appropriate, you will conduct research and help draft briefing papers.

You will also help identify new areas of interest to engage in and develop relationships with key funding organisations whilst working with senior colleagues including the EU Senior Programme Manager, the Team Director, and the Brussels Chairman, to ensure CISL is adding value to European policy discussions. 

We are looking for an individual who has knowledge and experience of the Brussels industrial policy sector and its decision-making process, and is now looking to further build their experience and help support action on climate change and making the economy more sustainable.

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

  • Understanding and experience of the business sector
  • Good awareness of the European policy process
  • Strong relationship management skills and a proven ability to grow and maintain relationships with partners; companies, policymakers and funders
  • Understanding of climate and sustainability issues and how they affect leadership in a business context
  • Strong project management and organisational skills, including experience of financial planning, developing and maintaining budgets and managing a number of complex projects at one time
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to make complex content accessible to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced pressured environment as part of a project team
  • Ability to work on own initiative, be flexible and manage competing priorities
  • Experience of event management
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Qualified to at least degree level or equivalent

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Experience of developing strategies
  • European language skills

This post is fixed-term for a period of 18 months as the project will run from 2019 to 2021. The starting date is to be determined based on the availability of the successful candidate. The post may be extended pending project funding.

The post will be based in Brussels but will require travel, including visits to the United Kingdom.

Requests for a part-time position will be considered.

Applicants must have the right to work in Belgium.

To submit your application, please send your cover letter and CV to our HR inbox, human.resources@cisl.cam.ac.uk.

Please contact the HR team if you have any queries regarding this post.


The closing date for applications is Sunday 8 September 2019.

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