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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Project Manager, Business & Nature (Client Support), Centre for Business Transformation

Salary: £29,614-£35,326

Ref: EN32395

Closing date: 21 Aug 2022


The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy.

Over the next ten years we must act urgently to turn around the nature crisis. This will require a transformation of our economic and financial systems to fully account for nature, alongside changes to many aspects of how we live our lives. It will need a paradigm shift in how all of us view and value nature and mobilise resources to enable this transition.

The role

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our Business & Nature team, working with companies to understand their impacts and dependencies on nature and develop their strategies to become nature-positive, as well as to invest in nature-based projects at scale. The team's work includes convening business groups, advisory work and supporting the application of research in the real economy.

The successful candidate will manage a portfolio of projects, including some events, ensuring that all activities are managed to a consistent standard of excellence. These projects touch on matters such as developing nature-positive business strategies and unblocking barriers to cross-sector landscape-level cooperation. Delivery partners may include CISL Fellows/Senior Associates and other external experts.

The ideal Project Manager will have experience in managing a range of client-facing projects, from planning and administration through to supporting business development. They will have planned and delivered both in person and virtual events, preferably for a business audience. They will have experience in budget planning and communications, including on digital platforms.

The role starts as soon as possible in September.

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

  • Ability to manage complex projects within budget, including concurrent projects of different types and on different topics, overseeing contracting and project planning/risk management processes;
  • Experience of managing and delivering events (in person and virtual) and optimising communications on social media;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and co-ordinate work with others, often under time pressure;
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate developments to avoid and mitigate problems;
  • Strong communication skills, including an ability to speak with enthusiasm on the 'nature-positive' agenda;
  • Ability to research and organise information and produce accessible briefing documents, with high attention to detail;
  • Ability to tailor materials, including pitches to new clients;
  • Ability to build relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders;
  • High level of competence across Microsoft software packages.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues, including biodiversity protection and restoration, and nature positive agendas.

How to apply

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