Manager, Tire and Road Wear Particles Research

at WBCSD
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Date Posted 22 February 2021
Category Fixed-term
Job Type Manager

Description

Deadline for applications 31 March 2021

Established in 2005, the Tire Industry Project (TIP) works under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as a sector project. The purpose of TIP is to anticipate, study and determine potential environmental and health issues relating to the whole life cycle of tires that could impact the tire industry globally, and communicate results to the appropriate stakeholders. This project is chaired by the three largest tire manufacturers – Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Michelin – and currently includes a total of eleven companies representing more than 60% of the world's tire manufacturing capacity.

Job Overview

We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Program Manager for a 7 months maternity-leave replacement to coordinate research-oriented activities of TIP, including the TIP Tire and Road Wear Particles research program. Opportunities for permanent positions will be assessed at the end of the contract.

Tire and road wear particles (TRWP) are tiny debris produced by necessary friction between tires and road surface; improving the scientific understanding of the properties, fate and potential risks associated with TRWP is a TIP priority.

The Program Manager will facilitate TIP Working Groups (WGs) (including the TRWP and Nanomaterials WGs) and will be expected to lead and manage independently the execution of a multi-year research program involving 10 different organizations (consultants, academics, experts) on Tire and Road Wear Particles – including scope, schedule, budget and resources, risks and quality.

Responsabilities

The Program Manager will:

  1. Facilitate TIP Working Groups (WGs), comprised of experts of member companies. This includes:
    • Driving meaningful discussions among WG Co-Chairs and WGs, and organizing efficient calls and meetings (defining agendas, meeting objectives and discussion points with WG Co-Chairs, and facilitating and synthetizing the discussions)
    • Maintaining updated project documentation (meeting minutes and next steps, updated timeline and charters, sharepoint maintenance etc.)
    • Ensuring - with the WG Co-Chairs - that project milestones are aligned-on and clear, that appropriate decisions are taken and the project stays on track and that deadlines are respected
    • Coordinating optimal communication of project progress internally (within WGs and to project leadership for updates and decision needed), and externally
    • Functioning as the main liaison between project consultants and TIP WGs, including the management of consultants and administrative matters (incl. contracts, invoices, etc.)
    • Managing budget
    • Anticipating and solving potential issues associated with all of the above
    • Helping define future projects proposals for 2022 (drafting project scope, budget estimates)
  1. Lead the execution of a multi-year research program involving 10 different organizations (consultants, academics, experts) on Tire and Road Wear Particles. This includes:
    • Organizing and facilitating workshops / events with the consultants involved
    • Overseeing activities and progress of the organizations and individuals involved in the research project (consultants, academics, experts), and maximize quality of deliverables
    • Foster collaboration and facilitate interaction between the consultants, and between the consultants and the TIP WG
    • Ensuring robustness of overall project deliverables by leveraging internal and external resources (WG members, consultants, experts, Assurance Group)
    • Anticipate issues and seek to resolve them
    • Collaborating with the communication team to coordinate communication on the topic (conferences, website, publications etc)

 Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a technical / environmental science / scientific discipline
  • Minimum 8 years relevant work experience
  • Background in chemistry or toxicology a plus

We are seeking a candidate that can demonstrate strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Project management: track record and demonstrated experience in project management and effective facilitation of different perspectives towards a common objective. PMP certification or equivalent a plus
  • Organization: exceptional ability to manage own projects independently, set and manage priorities efficiently, effectively utilize available resources, and be resourceful to meet deadlines will be key to be successful in this role
  • Problem solving: ability to synthetize input efficiently, identify and proactively address problems
  • Teamwork: evidence of successfully working across teams and diverse interest groups
  • Interest in scientific and environmental topics
  • Growth mindset: the candidate should be motivated by learning and challenges
  • Communication: clear, concise, and to the point. The candidate should be able to take very technical information and communicate it in a non-technical way, and vice-versa
  • Global mindset coupled with hands-on experience working across geographies to build and nurture relationships with diverse groups and individuals

Language skills: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential, additional languages beneficial.

The position is a 7 months contract, full-time, based in Geneva (can also consider location in the UK or US).

It will require some international travel once the pandemic allows it.

WBCSD is a purpose-driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterized by the 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 London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
  • 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
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives

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