Water Stewardship Business Engagement Manager

The Rivers Trust

Home-based, North West England
£33,461 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: water & hydrology

Closing date: Wednesday, 24th April 2024  

The Rivers Trust is a leading environmental charity and the umbrella body of The Rivers Trust movement, comprising over 60 independent local charities. Our vision is for wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all. We are at a critical point in our history as we expand to deliver projects to protect and replenish this critical part of the natural environment, and our research and expertise is now needed more urgently than ever as water supply and quality move up the public agenda in response to the climate and water crisis.

We are looking for a motivated and highly organised person to fill the newly created position of Water Stewardship Business Engagement Manager for North West England.

This is a pivotal position, the first of its kind, focusing on corporate-community collaboration in water stewardship and ecosystem services including replenishment of water and Natural Flood Management in relation to business operations. You will be working with businesses in the North West region, initially in the Glenderamackin and Eden Catchment areas and with local Rivers Trusts in Cumbria, as well as a range of other key actors, including landowners, utility companies, regulators and local organisations, to identify and develop a pipeline of water stewardship projects and funding opportunities to deliver environmental improvements at the landscape scale.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial and determined professional who has been involved in building public-private sector partnerships and has a track record of running similar projects, and supporting their implementation, in an agile environment. Whilst environmental and freshwater knowledge and experience is desirable, we are primarily looking for someone who can deliver professional and effective partnership working.

The successful candidate will be part of the Strategy and Water Stewardship team at The Rivers Trust, but the position will be hosted locally by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, working initially on the ground breaking Resilient Glenderamackin Landscape Recovery Pilot project alongside an enthusiastic and friendly team, in a thriving movement, and making a meaningful personal contribution to environmental protection and improvement.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying opportunities to engage businesses through the sale of ecosystem services.
  • Building on existing public-private partnerships being developed to deliver landscape recovery projects.
  • Developing new projects and secure funding for our activities in the North West of England.
  • Managing multi-sector stakeholder relationships to achieve partnership and project objectives.
  • Advising and supporting local Rivers Trusts on project management, business plan development and corporate partnerships for nature finance projects.
  • Reviewing project progress, managing risks and reporting to partners and funders.
  • Developing business engagement strategies to support the development of corporate partnerships.
  • Act as The Rivers Trust’s point of contact for business engagement on water stewardship and ecosystem services in the North West of England.

This is a full-time, permanent position (subject to ongoing funding). It is a home-based role, though the job holder will be required to work one day a week from WCRT offices in Keswick and travel regularly across the North West of England and occasionally further afield. We offer flexibility around working hours - time off in lieu is also available. We offer 25 days holiday pro rata (rising to 28 days) plus statutory holiday days. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all communities. We are happy to adjust for people with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities.

The role is a grade 4 position which has a starting salary of £33,461, plus benefits including 9% employer pension contribution.

Essential knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Commercial acumen and entrepreneurial drive, with a proven ability to secure funding and support for projects.
  • Commercial contract delivery experience.
  • Experience working with corporate partners, state organisations and private landowners.
  • Experience of building, developing, and maintaining significant internal and external relationships with a wide range of private and public partners.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and influence the views of others.
  • Proven ability to achieve delivery through others.
  • Excellent communication skills - particularly in a presentation context when communicating to a range of different audiences.
  • Experience of reporting to business partners/funders, including evidencing milestone and outcome delivery.
  • Knowledge of the principles of water stewardship and volumetric benefit accounting.
  • Self-starter, with proven ability to collaborate on cross-functional teams while working remotely.
  • Detail and deadline-oriented, able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Must be proficient in using computers and Microsoft Office software 
  • The ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and overnight stays when necessary (e.g. to attend events and conferences, or visit key stakeholders on-site)

Desirable criteria, only include these if you have them:

  • A qualification in an environmental subject, water stewardship and volumetric benefit accounting
  • Project management training and/or qualifications
  • Knowledge of climate change impacts and appropriate mitigation measures.

Everyone who works for us is expected to contribute to a respectful and inclusive working culture and follow our policies and procedures including Health & Safety, EDI, Cybersecurity and GDPR.

Closing date: Wednesday 24th April 2024

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on or soon after the 1st May

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