Technical Manager, CDSB Secretariat

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

The CDSB Secretariat team is ambitious, dynamic and works to build environmentally resilient capital markets through the inclusion of environmental information into mainstream corporate reporting. 

As Technical Manager you will be responsible for delivery of key aspects of CDSB’s technical work programme through the development of substantive high-quality and technically robust, practical training and capacity-building materials for companies and regulators on climate, forests/biodiversity and water-related risks and opportunities in line with the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive’s requirement to report material risks and opportunities in the mainstream corporate reports. 

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.  

CDP hosts the global Secretariat, and the roles will be based in CDP Europe’s Berlin offices. 

About the role

Working closely with CDSB’s Technical Director and collaborating with the wider CDSB team and Technical Working Group, the successful candidate will undertake research and produce knowledge resources, successfully blending theory and practice. The successful candidate will have a relevant professional qualification and track record in this area, proven analytical and technical-writing skills, a solid understanding of the regulatory/policy context. They should possess the ability to broker practical solutions to complex cross-cutting technical challenges. 

The role requires collaboration with leading national and international policymakers, international businesses, intergovernmental organisations, institutional investors, regulators and stock exchanges, the accountancy industry, professional associations, NGOs and academia.

This role offers opportunities for engagement in a broad range of national and international initiatives and legal and regulatory developments including the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, stock exchange listing requirements and efforts to achieve mandatory reporting of climate and natural capital in different jurisdictions. 

The role will report to CDSB's Technical Director, based in London.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A relevant professional qualification and at least 4 years’ professional experience in at least two of the following disciplines: financial management, accounting and reporting, corporate governance, audit and assurance, environmental management, ESG, law, policymaking, and investment;
  • Knowledge of the links between climate/environmental and financial risks and related information;
  • Experience developing capacity-building and training resources and publications for a professional audience; 
  • A proven track record in technical writing and analysis, including the ability to digest large volumes of information and complex technical concepts and distil into key messages;
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills;
  • A team player, who can work in collaboration, and is enthusiastic and supportive; 
  • Organised and methodical approach to plan and deliver against a varied workload, among competing priorities under your own initiative and strict deadlines;
  • Ability to coordinate and manage technical inputs; 
  • An intellectual curiosity; and
  • Understanding of and commitment to the missions of CDSB and CDP.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of current discussions on natural resource accounting and natural capital: 
  • A working understanding of the TCFD Recommendations, EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive and the CDSB Reporting Framework;
  • Experience of working in a complex stakeholder environment; and
  • Experience of working with large multinational companies or complex organisations and multiculturally.

Please note that some international travel may be required.

Deadline for applications: Friday 19th July 2019. 

Start date:  As soon as possible. 

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 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 Technical Director, based in London.

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

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