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Manager, New Energy Solutions

Location Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date November 12, 2018
Contract Fixed-term
Job Level Manager


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing combined revenues of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, both in 2015, we are now entering an exciting phase of work in the Climate & Energy Program at WBCSD. Ambitions are high across all our business solutions and we have made real progress on our action plans aiming to transform the economy. The flagship program under Climate & Energy is the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).

Our latest addition to the LCTPi is the New Energy Solutions project. The project supports companies in creating and implementing Paris-compliant energy strategies, decarbonizing and electrifying their power, heat and transport end-uses. The project is unique in its value chain approach considering the complexity of solutions for combined low-carbon energy provision: it brings together the stakeholders needed for successful analysis and implementation of new business models and fosters cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships.

In 2019, the project will publish a guideline for energy users on how to develop an integrated energy strategy. This publication will be accompanied by numerous business cases. Looking beyond, the project will evaluate and build innovative business models to increase deployment of low-carbon heat technologies for buildings and industrial processes as well as enabling technologies in the power sector.

The Climate & Energy Team is hiring a full-time Manager for the New Energy Solutions project. The contract period will be one year with the possibility of renewal and the employee will be based at the WBCSD offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Main tasks include:

  • Manage the New Energy Solutions project: refine and implement the existing work program for individual workstreams, organize and run webinars and workshops, ensure targets and milestones are met, facilitate member engagement and project contributions, collaborate with WBCSD projects on transport, cities and buildings. The Manager will also be responsible to develop new workstreams on heat for buildings and industrial processes as well as enabling power technologies, e.g. storage or demand side response.
  • Delivery of project materials (such as business cases, guidelines, reports), i.e. collecting intelligence, drafting text, facilitating agreement between members, working with the WBCSD communication team for publications, etc.
  • Collaborate with WBCSD member companies and Global Network partner organizations in outreach activities on the New Energy Solutions project
  • Represent WBCSD within the business community, among policymakers and other stakeholders at key events incl. WBCSD Liaison Delegate and Council Meetings, IEA, Clean Energy Ministerial, etc.
  • Scan, analyze and report on key developments in the energy business landscape.

Key competencies include:

  • Background and experience:
    • Master’s university degree level education with a technical/science (engineering, energy) or an economical/financial background
    • Ideally 5-7 years’ professional experience gained in a relevant industry setting (utility, developer, technology provider or consultancy)
  • Knowledge and expertise:
    • Strong understanding of heat and power sectors and new technologies, ideally with knowledge of emerging business models across the energy value chain and necessary regulatory changes
    • Given the specific focus on heat for buildings and industrial processes, previous exposure to those topics will be beneficial
    • Knowledge of power markets and different forms of storage technologies is an advantage.
  • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement: Evidence of successfully aligning different stakeholders and the ability to create effective relationships with new partners or stakeholders. Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate.
  • Project management: Evidence of successful project management and effective facilitation of different perspectives towards a common objective. Capacity to work independently by setting priorities within own work streams, identify and proactively address problems and work to deadlines. Experience of working on an international basis (e.g. to deal with different languages, time zones and cultural expectations).
  • Communication: Engaging communicator both in person and in writing, ability to adjust style of communication to suit audience (e.g. present technical topics to a non-technical audience). Ability to build, nurture, and work effectively in teams as well as across different teams, functions and cultures within the organization.
  • Multi-Tasking: Ability to manage own projects and ad hoc demands simultaneously, set priorities, effectively utilize available resources, identify and address problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Language skills: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage.

WBCSD offers competitive employment conditions and salary, a flexible working environment and the chance to join a team of professionals who share the motivation to deliver business solutions for a sustainable world.

The WBCSD will organize the Swiss working permit application for the successful candidate and this process is simplified for candidates who are Swiss or EU nationals, or currently holders of a valid Swiss working permit. Other candidates should be aware that a working permit is subject to approval by the Swiss authorities.

We will be screening and interviewing candidates continuously throughout this job posting period. The position will be filled as soon as the right candidate has been identified, so do not wait until the deadline to send us your application. Please also note that the WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.


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