Project Manager, CDSB Secretariat

(Berlin-based, 1 year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension)

Applications for this role are now closed.

The CDSB Secretariat team is ambitious, dynamic and works to create the enabling conditions for companies to disclose high-quality climate and environmental information to their investors, contributing to financially resilient capital markets worldwide.

As a Project Manager, you will be responsible for driving CDSB’s ambitious corporate and regulator engagement programme across the European Union. Specifically, you will be in charge of project managing an international project team working to create the enabling conditions for high-quality information reported to investors by companies on their climate change and environmental performance in Europe.

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

The successful candidate will have experience in project management and management accounting. Experience with the administration of EU LIFE grants is highly desirable.

CDP hosts the CDSB Secretariat, and the role will be based in CDP Europe’s offices in Berlin and will report to CDSB’s Policy & External Affairs Director in Berlin.

Project Manager responsibilities include:

  • Transformation of funding proposal into 4-year project plan, with the guidance of the project team;
  • Keeping the team on track to achieve deliverables and KPIs on time;
  • Liaising with the project team to ensure deliverables are on track, on budget and meeting KPIs;
  • Presenting regular updates to the Policy & External Affairs Director on progress against delivery plans, spending and flagging up areas of concern;
  • Implementation and management of standardised time tracking, travel claim/processing and other administrative systems for the project team globally, in line with CDP Europe’s processes;
  • Preparing reports to the funders, in collaboration with the grant compliance manager and the Policy & External Affairs Director.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Project management experience;
  • The ability to work independently and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Meticulous attention to detail and rigour;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong written and oral knowledge of English
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Some financial administration/accounting experience;
  • Strong excel skills;
  • Common sense and can-do attitude; and
  • An understanding of and desire to work proactively to promote corporate sustainability.

Please note that some international travel may be required.


  • Project management qualification such as Prince II or similar;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Project, Asana or other project management software.

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;
  • Monthly contribution to public transport ticket.

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

Deadline for applications: Monday 15th July 2019.  

Start date: As soon as possible.


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 “Project Manager – First name Last name” in the subject line.

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