Sustainable Business Project Analyst


£28,073 pa, inclusive of London Weighting

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 7th March 2021  


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.

Role Profile

The ZSL Sustainable Business programme (ZSB) works to achieve a world where business practices protect & enhance biodiversity. The Project Analyst will be responsible for coordinating and conducting in-depth ESG assessments of company policies and commitments, disclosures of their operations, and progress reporting for the SPOTT project. The position will also provide additional research support on the Sustainable Business & Finance teams, including but not limited to researching media reports on SPOTT companies, communicating with companies on their assessment results, and other research and communication tasks to support the assessment process.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The role is part of ZSL Sustainable Business (ZSB) programme’s project team. The role is line managed by the ZSB Project Manager based in the UK and supported by a second Project Analyst, Communications Coordinator and Database Manager.

This project analyst position will lead on coordination of SPOTT assessments for palm oil and coordination of natural rubber assessments shall be shared between Project Analysts. Therefore, the role will gain an understanding of sustainable agriculture issues and corporate commitments in the palm oil sector primarily. Key duties include:

  • ESG assessment & coordination
  • Engagement & Outreach
  • Internal Reporting & Support

Person Specification

All criteria in this person specification are essential unless otherwise stated as desirable.

Qualifications & Experience

  • BSc/BA in a relevant subject or relevant experience (Environmental Sciences, Biology, Geography, Conservation, Human Rights, etc.)
  • MSc/MA in a relevant subject or relevant experience (desirable)
  • Experience working on projects related to the palm oil sector (desirable)
  • An understanding of sustainability issues, particularly as they relate to palm oil, timber and pulp, natural rubber or other tropical agricultural commodities
  • Understanding of sustainable agricultural practices, issues and concerns
  • Understanding of CSR and corporate sustainability reporting best practice

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent research and data management skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Working proficiency in relevant languages (Indonesian, Malay, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and/or Mandarin) is (highly desirable)
  • Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • An ability to manage and respond to competing priorities and diverse research needs is important
  • Well-developed skills in using MS office packages, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with using databases (desirable)
  • Attention to detail 

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To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV plus a covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 07 March 2021

Expected interview dates: 12th March 2021

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