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Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Finance (banking focus)


For over 30 years, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has worked with companies and individuals who have stepped up to lead change and to tackle critical global challenges in businesses, financial institutions and governments. Finance is a key lever for change towards a sustainable economy and our Centre for Sustainable Finance brings together over 50 financial institutions across five continents to address CISL's three Rewiring the Economy tasks for finance through to 2030:

  • Ensure capital acts for the long term
  • Price capital according to the true costs of business activities
  • Innovate financial structures to better serve sustainable business

The role

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Centre for Sustainable Finance as a Senior Project Manager supporting work with the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI). The BEI is a group of global banks committed to pioneering actionable pathways towards a sustainable economy; this includes producing horizon-scanning applied research, developing leadership tools and convening academic and industry experts. It is a member-led, not-for-profit group, formed in 2010 and convened by CISL alongside our investor and insurer groups.

The successful candidate will manage market-leading research projects that generate insights and seek to drive change in the banking sector, primarily in social and climate themes. Key responsibilities include ensuring research, stakeholder engagement and communication strategies are managed to a consistent standard of excellence.

Collaboration with colleagues across CISL's finance, business, policy, education and research teams is key. The Senior Project Manager will hold external relationships with project partners at member banks and other strategic partners. Research methods are likely to include interviews, group workshops, market analysis and desk-based research.

Skills and experience:

  • Understanding of sustainable finance, particularly across climate and social themes
  • Experience leading research projects with external clients
  • Advanced research and communication skills; the ability to clearly summarise and present findings in written and oral format
  • Ability to deliver professional, compelling project outputs within budget and to agreed timeframes
  • Experience working closely with senior stakeholders, ideally including leaders in the banking sector or policy decision makers
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate developments to avoid and mitigate problems
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at any one-time, maximising synergies between projects, reviewing progress against targets and adapting as projects evolve
  • Ability to work on own initiative and co-ordinate work with others, often under time pressure
  • Ability to build relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders

This is an exciting opportunity to join an entrepreneurial and supportive team doing work at the leading edge of sustainable finance research and convening.

This post is full-time and based in Cambridge, UK with a hybrid working approach.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2022, though early applications are encouraged.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Human.Resources@cisl.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference EN29293 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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