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Project Manager [Temporary Cover], Business & Nature

The deadline for applications is 17 January 2021.

Project Manager [Temporary Cover], Business & Nature

Salary: £29,176-£34,804

Vacancy reference number EN25152


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. 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated Project Manager (maternity cover) to join our innovative and committed 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 be prepared to invest in nature 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 analysing impacts on nature, business decision-making taking impacts on nature into account and collective efforts to unblock the barriers to cross-sector landscape-level cooperation. Delivery partners may include CISL Fellows and Senior Associates and other external experts.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a range of projects, from planning and administration through to supporting business development and evaluation/reporting. 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.

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 and concurrent projects of different types and on different topics;
  • Experience of managing project budgets and financial administration;
  • Experience of managing and delivering events (in person and virtual), supporting information sharing platforms (e.g. Slack) and optimising communications on social media platforms;
  • Proven ability to work independently towards deliverables and deliver high quality work within project budgets;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and co-ordinate work within a small (and potentially remote-working) team, often under time pressure, to manage competing priorities and to manage others in this context;
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate developments to avoid and mitigate problems, comfortable taking responsibility where required;
  • Ability to initiate, build and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and high attention to detail;
  • Ability to research and organise information and produce accessible briefing documents on substantive topics relevant to the team's work;
  • High level of competence across standard Microsoft software packages.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues, and in particular biodiversity protection and restoration, soil health, and water management;
  • Formal project management qualifications.

This post is fixed-term for 8 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier. The role is full time; however we are open to applicants seeking a part-time/job share role.

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,

Please quote reference EN25152 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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:


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The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 January 2021.


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