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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Programme Manager, Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation


How can sectors like aviation transform themselves for a zero-carbon economy? How can business help create the policies and actions to deliver a sustainable economy that works for all? What do challenges like climate change, inequality and the collapse in biodiversity mean for different parts of the economy and how can business and government come together to face them?

We are looking for an exceptional individual to undertake a new role that will help develop innovative partnerships and thought leadership to answer these questions.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy. Its Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation (CPIT) develops new thinking and runs innovative collaborations that seek to support the transition to a sustainable and climate neutral economy.

CPIT works at UK, EU and international levels to deliver influential projects that include its Corporate Leaders Groups, the new Aviation Impact Accelerator and work alongside the We Mean Business Coalition.

The role

The team are looking for a Programme Manager to lead our contribution to the Aviation Impact Accelerator - a project that seeks to equip the aviation sector with the tools to achieve a zero-carbon transformation as well as work on other projects.

As a Programme Manager, you will provide strategic leadership and deliver an ambitious programme of engagement with academics, businesses, and decision makers, including developing thought leadership and organising dynamic and influential meetings and events. You will also help identify new areas of interest to engage in and develop relationships with key funding organisations whilst working with colleagues to establish new areas of work.

Key skills and experience

The ideal candidate would be expected to have a demonstrable alignment with CISL's values and the following essential skills and experience:

  • Understanding of climate and sustainability issues and how they affect business and the economy.
  • Understanding of policy-making and experience of working to shape policy.
  • Strong relationship management skills with a proven ability to grow and maintain relationships with partners.
  • Strong project management and organisational skills, including experience of event management, developing and maintaining budgets and managing multiple complex projects at one time.
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make complex content accessible to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience of working flexibly and on own initiative, operating in a fast-paced pressured environment as part of a project team.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Understanding of the aviation sector and the challenges of delivering climate action in this sector.
  • Experience of working with academic experts and on complex multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Experience in developing and overseeing research and thought leadership projects and producing written work on sustainability and climate change.
  • Experience working in an international context.

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Programme Manager, Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Human.Resources@cisl.cam.ac.uk quoting reference EN27816.

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