Senior Project Manager, EU ESG Reporting, CDSB Secretariat

(Berlin-based, linked to 2-year contract – secondments welcome)

CDSB is seeking a Project Manager with a robust understanding of the ESG/Sustainability reporting landscape.

Job Purpose and Background

The CDSB Secretariat team is ambitious, dynamic and works to build environmentally and socially resilient capital markets through the inclusion of environmental, social and climate information into mainstream corporate reporting. We achieve our mission through close collaboration and engagement with companies, policymakers and other key stakeholders in sustainable finance, across the world.

The sustainable finance and ESG reporting landscape is evolving at a refreshing pace, which includes a shift from voluntary reporting to mandatory ESG reporting, strengthening of corporate governance codes and policies and convergence of reporting frameworks and standards. Europe is a key region within CDSB’s engagement activities, with our own research demonstrating that the quality of corporate reporting in line with existing EU regulations on climate and sustainability information is falling well short of the intended purpose and decision usefulness for investors. To address this, CDSB is currently finishing up the second year of the 4-year, €2.9 million FinAction Project to scale up nature-related financial disclosures across Europe through corporate and policy engagement, supported by rigorous research and technical thought leadership.

To continue to grow this activity, CDSB is seeking a motivated Project Manager with a robust understanding of the ESG/Sustainability reporting landscape, ideally in the European context. This role will manage this project and play an important role in supporting its delivery, including contributing to policy, corporate engagement and communications related activities, as necessary.

CDSB is an international, award-winning initiative and this position in the global Secretariat provides the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to make your mark on the corporate reporting landscape, helping to ensure the crucial interface between financial and non-financial information related to climate, the broader environment, as well as social issues.  

The successful candidate will have a relevant professional qualification and a proven track record in this area, with proven project management skills, entrepreneurial flair and solid understanding of ESG/sustainability disclosure and reporting practice.

CDP hosts the global Secretariat, and the roles will be based in CDP Europe’s offices in Berlin (with current working from home policy in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

About the role

Working closely with CDSB’s Policy & External Affairs Director and collaborating with the wider CDSB and CDP Europe team, the successful candidate will:

  • Oversee day to day management of the remaining 2 years of CDSB’s 4-year, €2.9 million FinAction Project;
  • Responsible for the successful delivery from A to Z of the FinAction project, which includes overseeing the day to day activities, technical and financial grant reporting as well as HR and administrative matters to ensure a smooth delivery of all aspects of the project;
  • Responsible for securing outstanding co-funding in coordination with the CDP Development team; and
  • Act as the line manager for a team of 5 staff located in Berlin and Brussels.

This new role role offers opportunities for advancing and influencing corporate ESG/sustainbaility reporting in Europe and globally through the coordination of an enthusiastic international team. The successful candidate will be working with a broad range of national and international initiatives, as well as regulatory developments including the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, stock exchange listing requirements, and efforts to achieve mandatory reporting of climate and natural capital in different jurisdictions worldwide.

The successful candidate(s) will have:

  • A relevant professional qualification and at least seven years’ relevant experience in a related role;
  • A proven track record of managing project teams and complex multi-year programmes;
  • Experience in corporate engagement/consulting in a sustainability related role;
  • Strong English language verbal and written communications skills;
  • A working understanding of the TCFD/EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and corporate reporting/disclosure requirements related to non-financial information;
  • A solution-oriented mindset;
  • Knowledge of the links between climate/environmental/social and financial risks and related information;
  • An intellectual curiosity; 
  • Experience planning and delivering stakeholder engagement strategies and supporting working groups;
  • An enthusiastic and supportive team player, who can work effectively in collaboration with others;
  • Organised approach to plan and deliver against a varied workload, with competing priorities under your own initiative and to strict deadlines; and
  • Understanding of and commitment to the missions of CDSB and CDP.


  • An understanding of natural capital accounting;
  • A network in ESG reporting;
  • Experience of working in a complex multi-stakeholder environment; and
  • Knowledge of current discussions on sustainability and non-financial reporting.

What we offer:

  • Exciting and challenging tasks in a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated team;
  • Working with many dedicated and passionate people for a good cause;
  • Competitive NGO salary and annual bonus (depending on company results);
  • Company pension with Allianz;
  • 30 days annual holidays; and
  • Monthly contribution to public transport ticket.

The contract of employment will be with CDP (Worldwide) Europe gemeinnützige GmbH. Some international travel may be required, once it is safe to do so.

The successful candidate will work five days per week and must be able to work legally in Germany. This full-time role will be located at our office in Berlin, Germany. The successful candidate will work closely with global CDSB Secretariat, notably the CDSB Policy & External Affairs Director and report to the CDP Europe Deputy Director for Corporate Engagement.

Deadline for applications:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; early application is encouraged.

Start date: 1. July 2021

Interested? Interested candidates should submit their complete application documents (motivation letter addressed to Michael Zimonyi, CV, references/certificates and salary expectations) in English, as a single PDF file and via email to with “CDSB Senior Project Manager, EU ESG Reporting – First name Last name” in the subject line.

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