Senior Manager Sustainable Finance

CDP Worldwide

London / hybrid working
£46,000 - £60,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, water & hydrology

Closing date: Wednesday, 18th May 2022   1 day left

Job purpose and background in summary

Are you passionate about climate action? Do you have a deep understanding of the interaction and impact of financial streams and institutions on such action? If so, CDP is the perfect place for you. Working at the nexus of private and public sectors, you will contribute to the defining of the pathway to a zero-carbon economy.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who thrives in a fast-paced, varied, and autonomous environment to support the creation of thought leadership and to coordinate across CDP’s teams in the delivery of our sustainable finance strategy. This is an excellent opportunity to make an impact globally on how banks, insurers, and asset managers & owners respond to environmental risks across CDP’s three themes of Climate Change, Water and Forests; and how they align with best practices to meet the different goals of the Paris Agreement.

The successful candidate will utilise their specialist experience in environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues in the corporate sector, combined with their knowledge of the global finance sector, to support CDP’s thought leadership and insights creation to ensure that the finance sector takes the appropriate actions to align with the Paris Agreement. This work will include research, data analysis, stakeholder outreach, and thought leadership. The role requires the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within CDP and externally, as well as an understanding of the relevant external players and standards in the finance sector. This role sits within CDP’s Climate Change team, as part of our Environmental Practice, sitting within the Impact Department and provides a critical contribution to CDP’s mission. The role holder will report directly to CDP’s Associate Director for Climate Change.

About CDP

CDP is a global 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 over 590 institutional investors with assets of over US$110 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 13,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2021. This is in addition to more than 1,100 cities, states and regions that disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. 

Key responsibilities include:  

  • Contributing to CDP’s thought leadership on how the finance sector can best align with Paris Agreement and other relevant issues relating to the environment, specifically around the thematic issues of water security and deforestation, and help in identifying emerging cross-thematic relevant issues;
  • Leading and supporting CDP’s content creation and presentations in a concise and compelling manner, both in terms of reports and speaking engagements;
  • Coordinating with CDP’s Disclosure teams and supporting the continued evolution of our financial sector related questionnaire, reporting and scoring methodologies for financial institutions;
  • Helping CDP grow the business case for urgent action on Climate, Water Security, and Forests as well as their emerging cross-cutting issues such as adaptation, resilience and biodiversity in the finance sector;
  • Acting as an expert in the financial services sector within CDP’s broader environmental practice department and with CDP’s stakeholders, such as investors, banks, and companies;
  • Actively coordinating with other CDP teams regionally and globally to engage efficiently and in an organized manner with stakeholders;
  • Research and data analysis on outputs from CDP’s financial sector related questionnaire to decipher insights emerging on how this sector is evolving on addressing environmental issues and lead internal capacity building and coherence around sustainable finance and its broader meaning and different, evolving standards and institutions emerging from global developments such as GFANZ and relation with existing standards such as PCAF.

You will have the following skills and experience: 

Essential criteria 

  • Specialist knowledge of ESG issues, specifically focused on environmental issues, including strong general knowledge of climate change, and accounting for environmental factors as it relates to the finance sector and public policy;
  • A thorough understanding of the financial services sector with a passion for sustainable finance;
  • Understanding of relevant financial reporting mechanisms and standards including TCFD, PCAF standard, Target Setting methodologies for Financial Institutions and more;
  • Highly desired is prior experience or a good understanding of corporate disclosure on environmental issues as well as the relevant standards and frameworks;
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a simple and concise way;
  • Strong prioritization, organizational and project management skills;
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • An academic qualification in a financial discipline and/or 5+ years relevant experience in the financial services sector or related industry.

Desirable criteria (optional)  

  • Working knowledge of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the Paris Agreement as well as the evolving ecosystem;
  • Awareness of climate change issues in the context of financial services businesses;
  • Previous experience with environmental reporting frameworks applicable to the financial services sector;
  • Familiarity with the G20’s Financial Stability Board, Network for Greening the Finance System (NGFS), UNEP-FI, etc.;
  • Awareness of water security and forests issues in the context of the financial sector.

The role will be temporarily remote and hybrid tied to the central London Office.

Salary and benefits 

Competitive, annual £46,000-£60,000 dependant on experience. 30 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, generous non-contributory pension provision, annual discretionary bonus (depending on company performance), Employee Assistance Programme, life assurance, training and development, flexible working opportunities and other benefits.

Before you apply 

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How to apply:

Please visit our website to upload your CV in the application form along with a covering letter as an additional document setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages. The deadline is 23:59 GMT, Wednesday 18th May.

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