Local recruitment: Senior Financial Analyst (Water Security)


London, UK 🇬🇧


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 a new, impact-oriented role working on a globally significant issue – the global water crisis and the role of financial sector in solving it. You will support the production of cutting-edge research, advocacy and innovation to mobilise the world’s largest coalition of non-state actors to tackle the global water crisis. You will be responsible for leading delivery of at least one funded project. Ultimately, you will be working to put water at the heart of business, financial and policy decision-making.

About CDP 

CDP is a global non-profit that pioneered environmental disclosure in 2003, and today operates the world’s only integrated environmental disclosure system, now covering climate change, water and forests. You will be joining one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations, as our disclosure platform is a touchstone tracking the environmental performance of more than 13,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization, supported by our signatory investors who collectively represents US$110 trillion of assets under management. Added to this set of constituents are 1,000 cities, states and regions, making CDP’s disclosure platform one of the most comprehensive sources of data and insights. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and impact are a way of life.  

About the Water Security Team

Established a decade ago, CDP’s innovative Water Security initiative has driven a step change in the way in which the private sector engages with water issues. As we turn our sights to the future, we are seeking a dynamic individual to join our Water Security Team, support the delivery of CDP’s Water Security Strategy globally as it pertains to the financial sector. This year saw the release by CDP of the first ever water disclosure results from the financial sector (banks, investors and insurers) and this role will be instrumental in strengthening this workstream. For our latest insights, visit Water – CDP for our latest insights.

Key responsibilities include:  

  • Cooperating with teams across the organization, including CDP’s regional offices, to achieve our objectives on water security, as set out in the global water security strategy, with a focus on: a) Supporting CDP’s Capital Markets team with effective investor engagement and action. b) Supporting CDP’s global policy and public affairs team, with a focus on the role of the financial sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Supporting the development of the financial sector water security questionnaire, scoring methodology and accompanying guidance.
  • Supporting the development and execution of CDP’s water security strategy for the financial sector through carefully planned research, data and insight gathering. This includes leading on annual analysis and production of CDP’s financial sector water (and nature) reporting output (s).
  • Organizing, executing and supporting CDP’s water security work, presenting at selected events and preparing and giving webinars where appropriate
  • Collaborating on projects and initiatives both within and outside of CDP, that advance our water security strategy pertaining to the FS sector
  • Building water-related capacity with investors via webinars, workshops, briefing notes and public speaking.
  • Engaging networks and convening and attending workshops.
  • Leading relationship management with the project team and partners.
  • Supporting donor reporting requirements for CDP (including performance reporting).
  • Tracking progress against planned outcomes
  • Support fundraising efforts for CDP’s work on water security (for the financial sector) globally.
  • Conducting data analysis and cutting-edge research that informs FS’ best practice, mobilises institutional investors and engages policy makers.
  • Lead / manage small project teams

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:

  • An academic qualification in a financial discipline, with at least 4 years applied professional experience in the financial services sector or related industry.
  • A good understanding of banking, insurance or asset management with a passion for sustainable finance.
  • Demonstrable knowledge / awareness of water issues, the role of corporations and financial institutions.
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills and experience in using and maintaining databases.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a high standard of written English, with previous experience of producing written research outputs (preferably for a corporate audience)
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • An ability to quickly process complex information and bring new perspectives to solve challenges.
  • Passion, confidence, and initiative. A self-starter who can work independently and part of cross-functional teams in a matrix organisation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and efficiently with team members of different technical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent and/or advanced experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • At least 3 years demonstrable experience in managing projects.

  Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience in sustainable finance and/or environment, social and governance (ESG) risk management.
  • An understanding of the corporate reporting landscape and investor expectations around water security (e.g., CDP, GRI, TCFD).
  • Experience of working in a global, non-profit organization.
  • Effective influencing skills.
  • Strong diplomacy skills and experience in working across multiple teams.
  • Experience in projects as it pertains to budget reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

Role details

This is a full time, permanent contract based at CDP’s headquarters in Central London, UK; reporting to the Associate Director – Water Security. Flexible working is fully embraced by the organisation and we encourage you to explore this at interview.

Salary and benefits: range £37,000 to £40,000 dependent on experience, annual discretionary bonus scheme (dependent on company performance), 30 days’ holiday excluding bank holidays, a generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance, and others.

Before you apply

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK. CDP does not sponsor visas.

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 (maximum 2 pages) in the application form along with a covering letter (maximum one page) as an additional document setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities.

This role will be open until the right candidate is found, with the role to start as soon as possible. Please note that while all applications are reviewed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Department: Water Security: Freshwater

Locations: CDP Worldwide – London

Remote status: Hybrid Remote





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development