Local recruitment: Senior Manager (Oceans)


London, UK 🇬🇧

Job Purpose and Background in summary 

 Are you looking to join the global race to stabilise both the environment and the economy? Are you looking for a role that combines your professional experience with an ethical focus? CDP is where business leaders, financiers and policymakers turn for innovative, systemic solutions. This is an exciting, impact-oriented role working on a globally significant issue – the ocean crisis. You will be responsible for leading the development of CDP’s Oceans Strategy. You will be empowered to lead on the production of plans that will enable CDP to mobilise the world’s largest coalition of non-state actors to tackle the ocean crisis. Ultimately, you will be working to put oceans at the heart of business, financial and policy decision-making.  

The successful candidate will work with various teams across CDP and external partners to ensure the highest impact is achieved; deliver key interventions such as strategy development, capacity building and engagement; provide day-to-day coordination of activities across internal functions and teams; and will own relationship management and reporting back to the project coordinator.

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 9,600 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is in addition to more than 940 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 is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit https://cdp.net/en or follow us @CDP to find out more.   

About the team:

CDP’s innovative Environmental Practice Team has driven a step change in the way in which the private sector engages with freshwater, Climate and Deforestation issues. As we turn our sights to the future, we are seeking a dynamic individual to work alongside the Global Director, Environmental Practice to provide the support and insights needed to develop and deliver CDP’s Oceans Strategy globally.

Key responsibilities include:  

CDP is seeking a highly motivated individual to help us to understand how we can use transparency to drive positive private sector action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. You will assist in all aspects of strategy and operational planning, identifying the best way in which CDP can play a unique role on tackling this urgent agenda. The work will focus in four main areas:

  • The development of CDP’s Oceans Strategy, Operational Plan and Budget that identifies the changes we need to drive, the actions we need to take to succeed and the short, medium- and long-term objectives we should meet;
  • Mapping the relevant frameworks and initiatives in this space
  • Building awareness and buy-in for the Oceans Strategy amongst CDP’s key stakeholders;
  • Building Oceans-related understanding and capacity of key CDP internal teams to enable them to support the execution of the strategy; and
  • Early phase design suggestions of what a corporate oceans-disclosure framework would look like.

If you are a motivated self-starter who enjoys taking ownership of a project and you want to contribute significantly to the vital work of CDP in catalysing ocean action, this is the role for you.

You will have the following skills and experience:  

  • Demonstrable expertise in ocean conservation issues, and an understanding of CDP’s unique contribution to the challenge.  
  • At least 3 years’ experience of working to drive environmental change within the private sector – ideally in industrial firms or financial institutions.
  • Strong experience of leading the development of program strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • A high level of self-motivation and drive.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • Fluency in English

This is an exciting role in a burgeoning program that has the potential to expand rapidly across the globe.

This is a full time role, currently fixed-term for 12 month based at CDP’s London office reporting to the Global Director, Water Security.  There may be potential to extend based on future funding.

Salary and benefits:  From £53,000 per annum, depending 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.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK. We cannot sponsor this role.

Before you apply 

We’ll only use the information you provide to process your application. For more details on how we use your information, see our applicant’s privacy notice. By uploading your CV and covering letter, you are permitting CDP to use the information you have provided for recruitment purposes.  

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.  The deadline is 23 January 2022.

Additional information

  • Remote statusTemporarily remote




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