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Manager, Manager, Circular Economy

Location Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date April 30, 2018
Contract Fixed-term
Job Level Manager


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

In January 2018 WBCSD launched its circular economy program, Factor10. Factor10 goes beyond a company’s sustainability department and penetrates all operating functions, across sectors into full value-chains and beyond high-level principles into actionable business practice. More information on the program can be found at

Factor10 has four workstreams, developed by and for member companies, including:

  • Circular Performance Metrics & Measurement
  • Sector Deep Dives: Built Environment, Automotive, Capital Equipment, etc.
  • Circular Policy Recommendations
  • Secondary Plastics Demand-Supply Alliance (scoping)

The Circular Economy Team is seeking to employ a Manager to work across the Factor10 program at WBCSD. The manager is expected to spend around 75% of her/his time on managing two of the sector deep dives and 25% on scoping the Demand-Supply Alliance for Secondary Plastics. This position is for a fixed term of 12 months with the possibility of changing to a permanent position depending on performance based at the WBCSD offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Main tasks include:

  • Project management of 2-3 work streams, including sector deep dives on the built environment and automotive sectors as well as supporting the delivery of the draft circular metrics framework.
  • Ensure high member engagement through regular communication with working group members via email, phone, webinar and workshops.
  • Organize and chair webinars and workshops with the working groups as necessary. Coordinate with working group as necessary to prepare agendas, slides, etc.
  • Conduct research, analysis and engage stakeholders as needed to collect the insights and information needed to make deep dives compelling and tangible
  • Liaise with WBCSD Circular Economy team, internal communications, secondments, advisory group members and other organizations to ensure effective delivery and communication of the projects
  • Manage the scoping, development and implementation of the next phases or new projects that evolve out of the current projects.
  • Identify key events that WBCSD and its members should consider approaching for promoting project outcomes. You may be asked to represent WBCSD in some of these events, often requiring a speaking role.
  • Some travel may be required for working group meetings and attending relevant conferences. Most travel will be done within the Schengen area.

Sought competencies include:

  • Education: Master’s university degree level education in circular economy, industrial ecology, chemical engineering, materials science, sustainable business or similar desired. MBA a plus.
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience, of which at least 4 years in a private sector multinational company (or private sector-facing organization).
  • Well-versed, passionate and confident about the circular economy, particularly in speaking with experts from business, government, academia and NGOs.
  • Strong project management experience with success demonstrated when managing both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Evidence of successfully engaging with different stakeholders and creating shared vision across groups. Ability to find and make relevant new contacts. Evidence of high emotional intelligence across cultures.
  • Capacity to work independently, proactively address problems and meet deadlines.
  • Engaging communicator across cultures 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 manage multiple project tasks and ad hoc demands simultaneously.
  • Thrives when working in a collaborative environment and understands that the ebb and flow of team priorities may require “all hands on-deck” at times.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English are critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage.

In terms of work environment, we offer a competitive and modern working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in New Delhi and New York City
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State of the art facilities and ICT enabled working tools
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives
  • Annual community service

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

More information: WBCSD’s Circular Economy work: