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Senior Associate, Climate Action

Published 22 April 2022
Location Amsterdam Netherlands, London UK, Geneva, Switzerland
Category Permanent  
Job Type Associate  


Deadline for application: 06 May 2022

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 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. For over 25 years, 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: with a vision of a world where more than nine billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

Job Overview

Safe Operating Space 1.5 (SOS 1.5) is WBCSD’s flagship program on Climate Action. 70+ member companies are working within seven workstreams to accelerate decarbonization.

WBCSD is seeking a Senior Associate to work in the Climate Action team with a focus on bespoke content creation and dissemination. The Masterclasses are based on the SOS 1.5 roadmap providing a maturity framework for companies. The objective is to support and enable our member companies to accelerate their Climate Action journey. The work focus may broaden depending on the further evolvement of the Climate Action program. The position will report to the Climate Action Manager.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Shaping the content of WBCSD’s Climate Action Master Class series in collaboration with external partners
  • Connecting with all SOS 1.5 workstreams and further relevant WBCSD projects to align and to source relevant content for the Master classes
  • Supporting facilitation of round table groups
  • Ensuring high Member Engagement and retention regarding participation in the master class series
  • Creating actionable outcomes of the Master Classes that can be used in different settings and formats
  • Support on other workstreams as the Climate Action program rapidly evolves


  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent in environmental science or sustainability.
  • 5-6 years of experience in sustainability and/or decarbonization project delivery, working with formal and informal teams.
  • An understanding of the current “state of play” of global decarbonization and the challenges of corporate decarbonization, as well a passion to transform this.
  • An action orientation with evidence of mobilizing stakeholders to deliver results.
  • Excellent communication skills in person and in writing, with the ability to adjust style of communication to suit audience.
  • Strong PowerPoint presentation capabilities.
  • Highly organized and proactive with the ability to effectively prioritize and work across multiple workstreams.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, other languages welcome.
  • Good team spirit and the ability to build, nurture and work effectively in teams of partners/stakeholders, able to interact with senior representatives of member companies.

The position is permanent and full-time and based in London United-Kingdom, Amsterdam Netherlands or Geneva, Switzerland

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


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

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