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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Senior Programme Manager, Business & Nature

Salary: £42,149 - £53,348

Ref: EN25799

About CISL

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is a globally influential institute with a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy.

We are seeking an experienced, highly motivated Senior Programme Manager to join our Business & Nature team, part of the Centre for Business Transformation. In this role you will help businesses understand their impacts and dependencies on nature, set evidence-based goals and align their strategies and decision-making to accelerate nature positive outcomes in protecting and restoring nature.

CISL is a human-centred organisation, providing the opportunity for flexible working, a generous leave allowance of 41 days, a highly competitive pension contribution package, and many more. To find out about the benefits of working at CISL please visit our Pay & Benefits page.
Upon joining you will be provided with a comprehensive induction programme,  and will join a team with a commitment to wellbeing and professional development. In 2022 you will be joining us in our new visionary headquarters and sustainability hub at the heart of Cambridge – the Entopia Building – a world first for a retrofitted sustainable office building setting new standards for low energy use, carbon emissions and impact on natural resources.

About the role

This is an exciting, highly visible opportunity to take responsibility in a critical area. CISL has been working with business on biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital for over 15 years and is well regarded for advancing ambitious business action, policy setting and financing. Our recent thought leadership and tools include the Biodiversity Impact Metric, a Biodiversity Strategy Primer and our research on the risk to businesses of pollinator loss.

You will be part of a dynamic team with unique access to CISL's international network and the Cambridge community. You will be entrepreneurial, confident to:

  • Build and manage relationships with some of the world's most influential companies, organisations and funders to identify and advance opportunities for nature positive strategies
  • Lead collaborative projects and play an active part in developing and applying CISL's thought leadership and tools to enable companies to become nature positive
  • Leverage scientific and industry evidence and trends to inform and support business understanding and action, producing high quality outputs
  • Use your knowledge to act as advisor to colleagues and manage external delivery partners, providing critical input and overseeing project delivery to assure quality
  • Develop joint project opportunities and work closely with colleagues in other portfolios connecting business, policy and finance on protecting and restoring nature

Your knowledge, experience and skills

  • Sound knowledge and experience working with biodiversity and natural capital, able to identify business risks and opportunities
  • Sound understanding of corporate supply chains and business approaches to investing in nature, and knowledge of current best practice and trends
  • Commercially minded with strong project management experience and skills, including business development and financial planning
  • An active network of stakeholders in business and nature, including business, NGOs or academia
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to synthesise technical information and translate it for a business audience in reports, presentations and at events
  • Educated at least to degree level/ academic background in a relevant field. Postgraduate study in a relevant field is desirable.

For more candidate criteria please download our Further Information document.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to .

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