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Director, Engagement and Action (Tire Industry Project)

Published 20 July 2022
Location Geneva, Amsterdam, London, United Kingdom
Category Permanent  
Job Type Director  


Deadline for application: 21 August 2022

WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.

We do this by engaging executives and sustainability leaders from business and elsewhere to share practical insights on the obstacles and opportunities we currently face in tackling the integrated climate, nature and inequality sustainability challenge; by co-developing “how-to” CEO-guides from these insights; by providing science-based target guidance including standards and protocols; and by developing tools and platforms to help leading businesses in sustainability drive integrated actions to tackle climate, nature and inequality challenges across sectors and geographical regions.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been 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 creating a world in which 9+ billion people are living well, within planetary boundaries, by mid-century.

The Tire Industry Project (TIP) is a CEO-led forum for tire manufacturers to contribute to a sustainable future. Its mission is to anticipate, understand, and address global environmental, social, and governance issues relevant to the tire industry and its value chain. TIP acts by commissioning independent research of the highest standards, collaborating on sectoral solutions, and engaging with external stakeholders.

The project currently includes ten members (Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Toyo and Yokohama), representing more than 60% of the world's tire manufacturing capacity, and is co-chaired by Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin.

TIP was created in 2005 and operates under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as a sector project.

Job Overview

TIP is seeking an Engagement and Action Director to complement its secretariat. The role is a job creation, reporting to the TIP Executive Director.

The Engagement and Action Director coordinates the definition of strategy and action on key ESG topics relevant to the tire industry. He/she plays a key role in maximizing TIP outreach and impact by engaging stakeholders and animating the network of trade associations on those topics.


The Engagement and Action Director:

  • Facilitates the articulation of TIP strategy and actions on key ESG topics relevant to the industry (e.g., decarbonization, nature, diversity & inclusion)​
  • Has accountability for project management of sustainability tools and frameworks (through direct report) and coordination of action-related Task Forces made up of representatives of member companies​
  • Organizes and facilitates Global Dialogue with trade associations (affiliates) under the sponsorship of the TIP Executive Director​
  • Develops and updates key messages on ESG topics relevant to the industry in collaboration with Communication, and coordinates advocacy​
  • Coordinates interaction and engagements with international organizations (e.g., United Nation, OECD, World Health Organization)​
  • Contributes to TIP sensing function by identifying trends and relevant developments on ESG topics in various regions (with input from TIP affiliates and other stakeholder organizations) to inform strategy and global coordination ​
  • Supports the TIP Executive Director as a key outward-facing ambassador of the organization at public events, conferences, meetings​
  • Has management responsibility for one Project Senior Associate​


We are seeking a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sustainability, law, public affairs/communication or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.​
  • 10+ years in corporate sustainability or external relations. Experience with federations, sectoral collaborations and regulatory processes a plus​
  • Advanced project management skills. Successful experience leading sustainability initiatives, with development of novel projects and approaches​
  • Track record of leading and engaging diverse teams

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Ability to engage at all levels and build trust with various stakeholders (including senior industry leadership, governments, civil society) and drive change through consensus. The position requires leadership coupled with effective facilitation of different perspectives and interests towards a common objective,
  • Strong communication skills, with ability to synthetize complex topics in multi-cultural environments, articulate challenges, and present to various audiences,
  • Project management: track record and demonstrated experience in project and resource management,
  • Self-starter with a can-do attitude who is comfortable navigating in unchartered territories and establish structure and processes​,
  • Global mindset and experience working across geographies to build and nurture relationships with diverse groups and cultures.
  • Languages: Fluency in English, mastery of other languages a plus (e.g., French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean)

The position is full-time and based in Geneva (Amsterdam and other WBCSD locations can be considered) and will require international travel.

WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterised by diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.

The Work Environment

WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Delhi, London, New York and Singapore
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Regional or International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives

Please also note that WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.