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Project Co-ordinator – Sustainable Finance

The closing date for applications is 18 March 2018

Project Co-ordinator – Sustainable Finance 

Salary: £22,214 - £25,728

Vacancy reference number EN14872

This exciting role at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides an opportunity to join our fast-paced Sustainable Finance team. CISL builds strategic leadership capacity to tackle global challenges in pursuit of a sustainable world. We do this by catalysing leadership through our business platforms and world-class educational programmes, both informed by research from the University of Cambridge and elsewhere.

Our Sustainable Finance team works with groups of leading firms in the global investment, banking and insurance industries (through the Investment Leaders Group, Banking Environment Initiative and ClimateWise group respectively) on challenges such as long-term value creation, financing sustainable food supply chains and the role of regulation in supporting resilience to sustainability risks.

This new role in the Sustainable Finance portfolio provides administrative support to a dynamic team across a range of projects within the Banking and Investment platforms. The role will provide a critical foundation for the rest of the team, ensuring work runs smoothly. The focus of the role will be primarily to ensure that administrative, procedural and contractual obligations across the Banking and Investment teams are met. 

Projects being supported will include, among others:

  • Embedding long-termism in asset manager mandates;
  • Measuring of investment impact and alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Sustainable trade finance;
  • Fintech for sustainability.

The main duties of the successful candidate will include, although will not be limited to:

  • Ensuring appropriate administrative support is provided to the project teams;
  • Facilitating the high quality internal and external information flows as required;
  • Ensuring the Client Relationship Management (CRM) system is maintained appropriately by the project teams;
  • Writing and formatting briefing documents, reports and minutes of client meetings for approval by the Project Manager and senior team members;
  • Preparing for high level events such as meetings, conferences,  workshops and training sessions, which may take place anywhere in the world, as required by the Programme Manager/Director;
  • Coordination of travel, accommodations and logistics (with the assistance of our partner travel agency);
  • Advising process efficiencies and giving constructive feedback;
  • Ensuring that the project team are kept informed of project progress and responding to and advising team of any emerging risks;
  • Liaising with key project stakeholders (internal and external) on key variables such as costs, contractual arrangements and dealing diplomatically with any conflicting issues that may arise;
  • Supporting onsite management of events to ensure a seamless delivery, including onsite risk assessment and liaison with project team, external stakeholders, attendees and venue staff as required;
  • Publicise project activities and events , including overseeing design and production of event programme and materials for events and other duties as required;
  • Preparing approaches to contributors and clients for review by the Programme Manager/Director;
  • Coordinating a range of projects underway at any one time to maximise synergies between projects, to avoid overlaps, to review progress against targets and to propose amendments and revisions to strategies as appropriate.

Requirements of the role:

Applicants should be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills, traits and experience:

  • Excellent administrative and organisation skills, including financial processes such as invoicing and purchase orders;
  • Excellent IT skills to include familiarity with project management software, spreadsheets, and editorial software;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts related to Project Administration;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high standard of attention to detail;
  • Punctual, consistent and dependable;
  • Structured thinking and excellent time management skills;
  • Strong teamwork skills with the ability to work within a small partially virtual team, often under time pressure, using own initiative to manage competing priorities and to manage the expectations of others in that context;
  • Ability to develop high levels of trust and credibility in relationships with internal and external stakeholders from both the finance sector and academic backgrounds;
  • Experience of a Client Relationship Management system (desirable);
  • Experience of managing events across a range of formats e.g. conferences, workshops, roundtable meetings (desirable);
  • Knowledge of University of Cambridge administrative processes would be an advantage (desirable).

This post is full-time and located in Cambridge. CISL is an equal opportunities employer and candidates from all backgrounds and predispositions are encouraged to apply. Informal enquiries may be made to CISL Human Resources team (

To submit an application, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages (Assistant staff):

This will take you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you do not have an existing account) and log in before completing the online application form.

CISL welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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The closing date for applications is 18 March 2018

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