Project Coordinator, Policy and Industrial Transformation

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21 Jan 2022

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy.

Our work has never been more relevant as leaders in business and government look to ‘build back better’ from the Covid-19 global pandemic.  In our eyes, this means an economic recovery which prioritises investment and innovation in solutions to climate change, the restoration of nature, whilst delivering inclusive, resilient societies.

About the role

  • Do you want to help contribute to a better future?
  • Do want to work on a variety of projects in an exciting field - specifically involving business and industry, working on climate and sustainable finance policy?
  • Do you enjoy working with others and sharing a common enthusiasm to get the job done?

This exciting, entry-level role is based in University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)’s Brussels office. It is an opportunity to join a dynamic and fast-paced team that engages with senior business leaders and European policy makers to unlock new climate change policies and support the transition to a net zero economy.

CISL’s  Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation’s (CPIT’s) Brussels office works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include Corporate Leaders Group Europe and the EU Green Growth Partnership. We work closely with a number of partners through being a founding partner of the We Mean Business Coalition. 

We are looking for our next change agent to support our European work programme, working as part of CISL’s Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation. The successful candidate will support projects across the team, covering engagement between businesses and MEPs, ministers, policy makers, commissioners and academics, as well as new content development, communications management, new business development and fundraising in related areas.

The role involves assisting with the planning, logistics and preparation of materials for project related events and meetings (including our regular Green Growth Partnership Summit, liaison with members, external stakeholders and suppliers), supporting the development of resources (e.g. briefings, presentations, social media content), undertaking routine financial administration, record keeping of client relationship (CRM) and carrying out research. To note this is an atypical role for a University Project Coordinator – more focused on outreach campaigns and engagement than academic research projects.

Ideally you have gained an understanding of the Brussels policy context and you have a strong interest in climate policy and some understanding of issues around sustainable finance.  You will work alongside the Team Director, the Head of the Brussels office, the Brussels Chairman and team Programme and Project Managers.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • First rate administrative and organisational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to maintain relationships with key senior professionals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrating a high proficiency in English.
  • Previous experience working in a fast paced environment as part of a project team and ability to manage a number of tasks effectively at the same and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and be flexible
  • Some experience of event management, ideally including webinars and in-person meetings.
  • Some experience of digital communications (Twitter/LinkedIn etc.)
  • Ability to work pro-actively toward project deliverables and deadlines.
  • Ability to manage project budgets
  • Qualification to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Competence across standard software packages including Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook plus experience of working with a Client Relationship Management system.
  • Commitment to the values that underpin CISL’s work and a keen interest in social and environmental responsibility.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Understanding and experience of the business sector.
  • Experience of European climate, industrial or sustainable finance policy.
  • European language skills, in addition to English.
  • Basic research or analysis skills
  • Understanding of EU policy development and opportunities to engage in shaping it.

To submit your application, please email your CV and cover letter to by Sunday 30th January 2022.


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