Job Purpose and Background
Are you looking to join the global race to transition to a sustainable economy? Are you looking for a role that combines your professional experience with an ethical focus? An essential component of CDP’s recently released strategy to 2025 is to drive corporate action on plastics pollution through environmental disclosure, and we are looking for the right individual to join our team to support this vision.
As our new ‘Technical Manager, Plastics Disclosure’ you will have the technical, scientific and analytical expertise to create Plastics questionnaire content and reporting guidance using best-practice standards and scientific benchmarks to drive positive action by the private sector, capital markets and cities to eliminate plastics pollution. This is an exciting opportunity for a research-focused individual with experience in corporate sustainability performance to develop your knowledge of CDP disclosure and the subject matter expertise that supports it.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The world’s economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest and most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city action. In 2021 we launched our new five-year strategy: Accelerating the Rate of Change - find out more here. Visit https://cdp.net/en or follow us @CDP to find out more.
About the Questionnaire and Scoring Evolution (QSE) – Disclosure Content Team
The Disclosure Content teams are responsible for the development of CDP’s questionnaires, reporting guidance and scoring methodology materials which provide environmental information to investors, customers and other data-users, and drive companies’ actions to catalyse the transition to a sustainable economy.
To develop CPD’s approach to the disclosure of information related to plastics production and use and support colleagues across other environmental areas, such as climate change, forests and water security. This includes:
·Analyzing and mapping relevant frameworks, standards and initiatives to CDP’s disclosure framework.
· Building and maintaining technical external relationships (with advisory panels, reporting standards etc.) and representing CDP externally as a plastics expert.
· Facilitate and organize CDP’s Plastics Disclosure Technical Working group.
· Conducting desk-based research into emerging and key plastic-related issues.
· Ensuring that the new plastics questionnaire content and reporting guidance requests relevant in-formation to drive action on plastics within corporates, is aligned with CDP’s disclosure principles as well as existing thematic strategies, data products and initiatives.
· Providing subject matter expertise and analytical support across CDP’s broader activities related to plastics and other environmental themes, including:
- contributing to projects (e.g., funded projects, publications, engagement events etc.).
- supporting other teams within CDP to deliver CDP’s annual reporting cycle.
- reviewing emerging frameworks and contributing/coordinating responses to external consultations.
- providing internal technical support on Plastics disclosure
· Working in collaboration with the Environmental Practice teams to enhance CDP’s strategy for action on plastics and support its implementation.
The precise description and nature of your job may vary from time to time, and you may be required to carry out other duties as necessary to meet business needs.
Required skills and experience:
· A degree level qualification in environmental science, engineering or sustainability related discipline (MSc degree preferred), ideally specializing in plastics/corporate sustainability/circular economy.
· Demonstrable experience (academic and/or professional) in a sustainability related role - ideally from within industrial firms, financial institutions or policy bodies related to plastics issues.
· Familiarity with corporate disclosure standards and initiatives relating to sustainability (e.g., GRI, TCFD, WBCSD’s Circular Transition Indicators, EMF’s tools e.g., Global Commitment).
· Previous experience of researching and producing written outputs to an excellent standard (preferably for a corporate audience) and with a proven ability to pay attention to detail.
· Demonstrable experience of chairing/facilitating project/working groups.
· Demonstrable experience managing projects.
· Evidence of qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills, and advanced Microsoft office skills, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
· Strong communication skills, including a high standard of written English and the ability to present complex information in a simple and concise way;
Desired skills and experience
· Familiarity with CDP’s corporate disclosure framework.
· Work experience ideally from within or supporting corporates within a sector with high plastics use or production e.g. Food, Beverage & Tobacco, Manufacturing.
This is a permanent role based at CDP’s London office with options for remote/hybrid working and will report to the Associate Director, Questionnaire & Scoring Evolution.
What we offer
Salary and benefits: £37,600-£47,000 dependent on experience, with 30 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance, flexible working opportunities, and other benefits.
Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK. We cannot sponsor this role.
Before you apply
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How to apply:
Please 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. Applications willbe reviewed on a rolling basis.