Senior Technical Officer, Financial Services


Central London
£27,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Thursday, 28th February 2019   7 days left

Job Purpose and Background

CDP is seeking a highly motivated, flexible individual who thrives in a fast paced, varied and autonomous environment. This is an exciting opportunity to help deliver climate change-related questionnaires and reporting guidance for financial services sector (such as banking, insurance, asset owners and asset management). You will co-ordinate this work with our scoring and data teams as well as other stakeholders within and outside CDP. The role requires the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, to analyse complex data and to think critically and innovatively. You will be part of the Technical Team, which leads the development of questionnaires, scoring methodologies and guidance for companies reporting environmental information to investors and customers. You will report to the Senior Technical Manager for Financial Services.

This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your GHG accounting and environmental reporting knowledge and to develop analytical, technical writing and project management skills. You will have the opportunity to make an impact globally on how companies in the financial services sector respond to the key environmental challenges of climate change, water and deforestation.

About CDP:

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 7,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the over 750 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit or follow us @CDP to find out more. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Senior Technical Manager for Financial Services in day-to-day tasks related to developing and delivering questionnaires and guidance on climate change disclosure for companies within the financial services sector (with a focus on banks, insurers and asset managers);
  • Conducting desk studies and working in collaboration with several teams to draft new sector-specific questions and reporting guidance for the financial services sector;
  • Analysing response data in Excel to inform the questionnaire revisions and new development;
  • Writing and proof-reading reporting guidance and other technical documents;
  • Supporting the Senior Technical Manager for Financial Services in running working groups and managing stakeholder relationships within the financial services sector.
  • Inputting questionnaires and guidance into CDP’s online systems and supporting IT testing if required;
  • Responding to internal technical queries on the climate change questionnaire and guidance;
  • Preparing presentations and presenting information to colleagues and companies.

Required skills and experience:

  • A relevant academic qualification in a financial discipline and/or 2 years+ professional experience in the financial services sector or related industry;
  • An understanding of the financial services sector with a passion for sustainable finance;
  • A good understanding of climate change, water and forests issues and their relevance to financial services businesses; Excellent qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis skills;
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a simple and concise way;
  • Strong prioritization, time management and organizational skills, with ability to work effectively under pressure, whilst still paying attention to detail and maintaining a strategic overview;
  • Technologically competent: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and an excellent standard of written English;
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working, personable and ability to work to deadlines.

Desirable skills (one or more of the following would be an advantage):

  • Experience in sustainable finance and/or environment, social and governance (ESG) risk management;
  • Awareness of the Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the Paris Agreement
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gas accounting standards;
  • Familiarity with the CDP climate change questionnaire;
  • Previous experience with environmental reporting frameworks applicable to the financial services sector;
  • Advanced level of Excel data analysis skills.

This is a full-time role based at CDP’s Central London office reporting to the Senior Technical Manager for Financial Services. The successful candidate will be provided with a contract for a fixed term of 10 months, with the potential to extend, subject to further funding.

Salary and benefits: £27,000 - £30,000 per annum, annual discretionary bonus, 24 days’ holiday (increasing to 30), generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and others.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK.

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To apply please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages, to with “Senior Technical Officer, Financial Services in the subject. The applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of midnight (GMT) on 28 February 2019. Please note that while all applications will be reviewed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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