Director, Redefining Value

Location London, United Kingdom
Closing Date December 12, 2016
Contract Fixed-term
Job Level Director


Job title: Director - Redefining Value

Location: Central London

Benefits: Competitive salary. 25 days holiday plus closure between Christmas and New Year

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global CEO-led coalition of forward-thinking companies striving to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. We use thought leadership, effective advocacy, and collaborative action to generate business solutions for a sustainable world. The WBCSD comprises around 200 companies from over 35 countries and 22 sectors, collectively representing an estimated:

  • 19 million employees
  • 8.5 USD trillion annual revenues
  • 6 USD trillion market capitalization

The WBCSD is seeking an experienced, qualified, highly motivated, hands-on, self-starter and well-networked individual to direct and manage WBCSD’s reporting, risk, decision-making and governance work as part of the ground-breaking Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative (CFMI) as a sub-project of the WBCSD’s Redefining Value Program, and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This is a full-time, fixed-term position for the duration of the Grant (completion in 2020). The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director - Redefining Value and Education.

The CFMI project on enhanced disclosure for effective decision-making goals are ambitious and wide-ranging. It aims to achieve tangible, visible, scalable change, that contributes to the world envisaged by the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and by central bankers who now recognize corporate sustainability as being crucial for financial stability.

Harnessing the momentum for changes to be made to the financial system, the initiative sees the opportunity to move financial markets toward accounting for externalities and accelerate the pace and scale of this change through systemic changes built around transparency that support a strong business case for sustainability in corporate decision-making, as well as capital allocation. This work seeks to align the influence of financial markets such that they operate to encourage companies to mitigate and eliminate exposure to unsustainable practices and rewards companies accordingly. The change we seek must be truly transformational - not simply an adjustment to existing practice or policies - but change that sees the emergence of new norms, orthodoxies and worldviews.

The project intersects with work being done by many other organizations on how the business and financial systems and mechanisms within them (including reporting and decision-making) can be adapted to support sustainable outcomes. Working in partnership with others we aim to make a specific contribution to creating the enabling environment for the project goals to be achieved through a focus on the role of internal decision-making within and the provision of information to markets through external reporting by companies.

The applicant will be responsible for:

  • Leading the implementation of WBCSD commitments under the innovative Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative.
  • Managing budgets and generating monthly reports on both project progress and budget.
  • Managing on a day to day basis 2 to 3 full time staff and interns as necessary.
  • Providing strategic advice and direction of project deliverables as necessary.
  • Seeking new opportunities and innovative ways to engage WBCSD members and potential members in the Redefining Value Programme and CFMI.
  • Disseminating WBCSD’s and CFMI key messages, for example, through reports and briefings to help inform better reporting decision-making.
  • Writing responses to relevant consultations on relevant areas of interest to WBCSD and CFMI, as well as writing or contributing to reporting and risk - related journal articles, press releases, blogs, twitter, Linked-In discussions, etc.
  • Supporting the Managing Director - Redefining Value and Education.

The successful candidate will be:

A qualified accountant and/or finance professional with extensive experience of both mainstream corporate reporting and sustainability reporting with working knowledge of Financial Reporting Standards, policy-making and sustainability reporting standards and frameworks. The absence of a formal professional qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on experience and other academic qualifications.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Practical experience in Enterprise Risk Management process and disclosure, including appropriate COSO and ISO standards and internal control systems and decision-making processes.
  • Working knowledge of Auditing and Assurance Standards.
  • An up-to-date understanding of policy developments on key sustainability and reporting issues, including international climate change, energy efficiency, water, sustainable cities and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Previous experience of working with and leading a multidiscipline project teams.
  • Experience of working on an international basis (e.g. to deal with differing languages, time zones and cultural expectations).
  • Confidence to present at events and to interact with senior people from different sectors, presenting key messages eloquently and concisely.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work alone or with others, as well as working across different teams, functions and cultures within the organisation.
  • Strong prioritisation, time management and organisation skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure, whilst still paying attention to detail and maintaining a strategic overview.
  • Strong budget setting and expenditure management skills.
  • Excellent track record and experience in project management, as well as good research, writing and drafting skills.
  • An understanding of the aims and objectives of WBCSD and CFMI, as well as a passionate desire to drive forward reporting and decision-making outcomes.

Language Skills & Travel:

Excellent written and spoken English is essential. Skills in other languages would be an advantage. This position will require the successful candidate to travel internationally. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV with a cover letter by the application deadline, December the 12th - outlining their suitability for the role.