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Senior Project Manager

This new and exciting role within the Corporate Relations and Communications team is an opportunity for an energetic, dynamic Project Manager to contribute to some of CISL's highest profile projects; from its Strategic Partnerships with companies, to the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018.

You will be joining the fast growing University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) working at the interface between academia and the private sector, towards our mission of developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.

The Corporate Relations and Communications team has responsibility for contributing to CISL's long term goals by building CISL's reputation and profile as a global thought leader, working with leaders to tackle critical global sustainability challenges. The team manages our relationship with our Strategic Partners and supports CISL's Education, Business and Policy Platform portfolios, in the development of long term impactful relationships.

The purpose of this role is to support the delivery and development of significant new and existing client projects across the institute and specifically, in 2018, the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, run in partnership between Unilever and CISL since 2014. The role-holder will also work with the Director of Corporate Relations and Communications in the development and delivery of a refreshed Clients strategy; to manage the relationship with CISL's Strategic Partners and provide project management for new institutional client opportunities. The Senior Project Manager will support others to develop and maintain significant relationships and new areas of work. We require a driven and creative professional with demonstrable experience of delivering a broad range of major client projects, with significant communications and client relationship expertise.

Applicants must be committed to the values underpinning CISL's work and are expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Significant experience in a relevant role demonstrating knowledge of a broad range of internal and external communications disciplines;
  • Advanced Project Management experience, including financial and budgetary management, software, procedures and understanding of terminology and best practice;
  • Experience of managing significant client engagements;
  • Experience leading the development, revisions and implementation, including training of others, of new or existing policies, procedures and systems;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Experience in the fields of corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship, or startups;
  • Understanding and experience of the business sector;
  • Experience line managing junior staff;
  • Experience of marketing to both individuals and organisations.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2018.

This post is full-time and located in Cambridge.

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