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Programme Manager, Policy and Industrial Transformation

The deadline for applications is Sunday 28th February.

Programme Manager, Policy and Industrial Transformation

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

Our work has never been more relevant as leaders in business and government look to ‘build back better’ from the Covid-19 global pandemic.  In our eyes, this means an economic recovery which prioritises investment and innovation in solutions to climate change, the restoration of nature, whilst delivering inclusive, resilient societies.

CISL’s Policy Team works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include Corporate Leaders Group Europe, the EU Green Growth Partnership and work alongside the We Mean Business Coalition. 

The team is looking for a Programme Manager to lead a project focused on the policies that would put heavy industry sectors on track for net zero emissions by 2050 and more broadly lead engagement on industrial and competitiveness policies. It will involve working closely with organisations such as the We Mean Business coalition, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Brussels organisations working on climate neutral industry. It will involve working closely with companies in the heavy industry sectors and decision makers focused on industrial and competitiveness policy.

As a Programme Manager, you will provide strategic leadership and deliver an ambitious programme of engagement with businesses and decision makers in the industry sector, including building a bridge between the commitments made by companies and advocacy, and organising meetings and events. This would translate into work with EU policy makers, 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 EU industrial policy 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 business.
  • Good awareness of the European policy process.
  • Strong relationship management skills and a proven ability to grow and maintain relationships with partners; companies, policy makers 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:

  • Understanding of the heavy industry sector
  • Experience of working on industry and circular economy policies
  • Experience of developing strategies.
  • European language skills.

This permanent post is based in Brussels and may require travel, including visits to the United Kingdom, should travel become viable in the period ahead.

Requests for a part-time position will be considered.

CISL actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

CISL has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in Belgium.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to

The deadline for applications is Sunday 28th February.

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