Managing Director (maternity cover), Climate Disclosure Standards Board

As Managing Director (maternity cover) you will be responsible for managing the CDSB Secretariat’s day-to-day operations including strategy and operational plan delivery, fundraising, advocacy and communications activities.

Job Purpose and Background

This fixed-term senior post will position the successful candidate to be at the forefront of the development of non-financial reporting agendas globally. As Managing Director (maternity cover) you will be responsible for managing the CDSB Secretariat’s day-to-day operations including strategy and operational plan delivery, fundraising, advocacy and communications activities. This role has become available at a crucial time for CDSB which will be developing its activities in response to the recommendations of the FSB Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, as well as other important developments around integrated, natural capital and financial disclosure.

About CDSB

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) is an international consortium of business and environmental NGOs. We are committed to advancing and aligning the global mainstream corporate reporting model to equate natural capital with financial capital. We do this by offering companies a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigour as financial information. In turn this helps them to provide investors with decision-useful environmental information via the mainstream corporate report, enhancing the efficient allocation of capital. Regulators also benefit from compliance-ready materials.

Key responsibilities include

  • Managing a team of seven people, developing team strategy and implementing a work program to support the team in achieving CDSB’s ambition;
  • Working closely with CDSB’s Board and Board member organisations, and with CDP as the organisation hosting and managing the Secretariat;
  • Securing the necessary resources to deliver CDSB’s work program through identifying and developing funding opportunities;
  • Representing CDSB on various international working groups, advisory bodies and partner / stakeholder committees;
  • Managing a stream of work which both informs and at times directly engages with policymakers and regulators who are responsible for corporate disclosure rules; and
  • Acting as an external spokesperson as required, and speaking at events.

Required skills and experience

  • A relevant professional qualification;
  • At least five years work experience of managing medium/large teams in a fast-paced and changing environment, of developing high-performing, diversified teams, and of carrying out strategic planning;
  • Ability to develop and execute project plans and budgetary processes;
  • Experience in securing funding from a variety of sources
  • Strong English language skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability to develop and execute project plans and budgetary processes;
  • Experience in securing funding from a variety of sources
  • Strong English language skills, both oral and written;
  • Able to prioritise, effectively manage and deliver on a large and diverse workload, to tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to influence and motivate others; able to act on own initiative;
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas to various audiences in a way that demonstrates subject-matter knowledge, confidence and facilitates comprehension;
  • The ability to negotiate with others, to liaise with a wide range of people, and to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy;
  • Good understanding of how policy and legislation is developed;
  • Understanding and commitment to the missions of CDSB & CDP.

Desired

  • Knowledge of latest developments in corporate disclosure rules and regulations in multiple geographies, and a network of contacts in this field;
  • Knowledge of latest developments in natural resource accounting;
  • An understanding of integrated reporting and the changing environmental trends and policies that will affect companies including wider business and societal impacts;
  • Experience of working with large multi-national companies or complex organisations;
  • Experience with coordinating international advisory working groups.

This is a full-time role, commencing no later than mid-June based at CDP’s office in the City of London. This will be a fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave, initially for 9 months with the possibility of further extension. The post-holder must be willing to travel internationally and to represent CDSB outside of business hours. The contract of employment will be with CDP which hosts the CDSB Secretariat as well as being one of CDSB’s Board members. Secondments will be welcomed.

Salary and benefits

£45,000-£55,000 per annum depending on experience, annual discretionary bonus, 24 days’ holiday, generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and others.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages, to with ‘CDSB Managing Director’ in the subject.

The deadline is 9am on Friday 19th May. Interviews will take place on 23rd and morning of the 25th May. Please specify a preference in your cover letter.