Associate Director, Data


London / Berlin / New York
£55,000 - £65,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Friday, 3rd May 2019  

Job Purpose and Background

CDP is looking for an individual who is passionate about the power of data to solve environmental

issues. Leading a growing global team of data managers and data analysts, the post-holder will build on the team’s work providing the highest-quality data to CDP’s broad stakeholder base. The cleaned and modelled data is used for Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) analysis, international policy support, and the identification of high impact companies.

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.

The Data Team’s primary remit is to improve the usability of the climate change, water, forests and cities data disclosed to CDP by developing and applying robust and transparent methods for data cleaning and modelling. It supplements this work with harmonized data collected from external sources and seeks to enhance accessibility for CDP’s stakeholders. The team

produces value-adding analyses that help internal and external stakeholders better understand these

vital environmental data and make better decisions from them.

More information regarding one of the major projects you will be responsible for can be found here -

Key responsibilities include:

  • Be a key contributor to the development of an organizational data vision and strategy that can be executed with enhanced analytics, data visualizations and analyses to present a coherent economy-wide picture leveraging CDP’s time-series data;
  • Oversee the team’s definition and implementation of CDP’s data review procedures related to the systematic analysis of the CDP dataset to ensure its completeness, accuracy,

timeliness and overall fit for the purposes intended;

  • Lead a global team of data analysts (currently 8 and expected to grow) responsible for systematic analysis of the CDP dataset, identification of data quality issues, supporting users in their use of data and estimation of appropriate alternative figures;
  • Supervise CDP’s modelling activities to estimate GHG emissions of non-responders,

specifically, corporates and cities;

  • Oversee data and analytical work to progress the international climate action movement, demonstrating the contributions of non-state and subnational actors;
  • Oversee data-related work pertaining to low-carbon scenarios and associated analyses;
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with other teams in CDP to ensure coordination and collaboration for key annual deliverables and special projects;
  • Oversee the production and delivery of bespoke curated datasets as contractually stipulated to uphold key data partnerships; and
  • Act as a data expert for CDP with external stakeholders.
  • The precise description and nature of your job may be varied from time to time and you may be required to carry out other duties as necessary to meet business needs.

Required skills and experience:

  • Strong team leadership skills and experience of building effective working relationships with peers across an organisation;
  • Proven abilities in data management, regression modelling and data visualization and a strong desire to solve complex global issues using these skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of environmental issues, especially relating to corporate and cities


  • Detailed comprehension of GHG accounting practices by non-state and subnational actors;
  • A strong grasp of economic sectors and associated sectoral processes and how these

translate to environmental impacts, risks and opportunities;

  • Cognizance of capital markets and capital market actors, including their ESG data need;
  • The ability to communicate complex data approaches to other audiences; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English

Desired skills and experience (optional)

  • Experience in producing national, subnational and/or corporate GHG inventories;
  • Experience of verification and assurance practices;
  • Knowledge of data analysis and modelling tools, ideally R and SQL
  • Previous applications of scenario analysis using low-carbon scenarios and a firm understanding of scenario sources, e.g. IPCC, IEA; and
  • Experience with developing and deploying environmental input-output models.

This is a full-time role which can be based at either CDP’s London or New York office.

Salary and benefits: £55,000 - £65,000 per annum, annual discretionary bonus, 24 days’ holiday (increasing to 30), generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and others for UK based and local-market appropriate equivalents for other locations.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in either the United Kingdom or U.S.A

Before you apply

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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 ‘Associate Director, Data’ in the subject. The deadline is 6 PM London time on Friday, 3 May.

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