Technical Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) Secretariat (maternity cover)

Salary: Up to £55,000 | Deadline: Friday 28 July 2017, 5pm GMT

Job Purpose and Background

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Director (maternity cover) to lead, deliver and expand its technical work programme, with a focus on activities which will relate to the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) final report recommendations, published in June 2017, with the aim of making corporate reporting fit for purpose.

This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on the corporate reporting landscape. The successful candidate will have a relevant professional qualification, proven analytical and writing skills, possess the ability to solve complex technical challenges, provide leadership to a growing technical team and be confident in leading CDSB’s internationally renowned technical work programme. 

About CDSB 

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. 

About the role

Working closely with CDSB’s Technical Working Group, the successful candidate will lead CDSB’s technical work across a number of national, European and international projects and will represent the organisation on various working groups, advisory bodies and partner / stakeholder committees.

You will be responsible for managing and growing the technical work programme and resources, which will include project management, facilitating the work of its international technical advisory group, and hands-on technical drafting within the CDSB Secretariat. The role requires collaboration with leading national and international policymakers, international businesses, institutional investors, the accountancy industry, NGOs and academics. It also entails line management of the Senior Technical Officer. 

This role will provide you with valuable experience across a broad range of international initiatives (such as the International Integrated Reporting Framework); regulatory developments including the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive and stock exchange listing requirements.

CDSB is an international award-winning initiative and this senior position in the global Secretariat provides the successful candidate with a platform for thought leadership and the opportunity to be at the forefront of the development of global non-financial reporting. 

The successful candidate will have:

A relevant professional qualification and at least 7 years’ working experience in two or more of the following disciplines: financial management, accounting and reporting, corporate governance, assurance, environmental reporting, technical writing, law, policymaking, investment, research;

Good understanding of how policy is agreed and how legislation is developed, including at national and international (e.g. EU and G20) level;

Strong English language oral and written skills;

Ability to co-ordinate and work across diverse project teams, and to develop and execute project plans with a high level of attention to detail;

Proven analytical skills;

The ability to communicate and liaise with a wide range of audiences;

An understanding of integrated reporting, the changing environmental trends and policies that affect companies, including wider business and societal impacts;

A team player, who can work in collaboration, and is enthusiastic and supportive;

Willingness to travel internationally and represent CDSB outside of business hours;

Understanding of and commitment to the missions of CDSB and CDP; and

Permission to work in the UK: CDP cannot assist with work permits or other immigration requirements.


Experience of working with large multinational companies or complex organisations;

Experience with coordinating international advisory working groups;

Experience of working within or with relevant regulatory bodies, e.g. Financial Stability Board and its members, OECD, stock exchanges, IASB;

Knowledge of current discussions on natural resource accounting. 

Start date:  

This is a full-time role, commencing no later than early September based at CDP’s office in the City of London. This will be a fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave for up to 12 months. We welcome secondments for this role.

Salary and Benefits: 

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

How to apply:

Please send a copy of your CV, a recent example of your technical writing and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this role, how you meet the required skills and experience to:  

Secondments will be considered.

Deadline for applications:

Friday 28 July 2017, 5pm GMT.

Interviews will take place in early August.