Programme Director - Sustainability - 12 MONTH CONTRACT
12 month Maternity contract opportunity with University of Cambridge (CISL) Hays is excited to be working in partnership with The University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) who are a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy. They are looking to appoint a Programme Director which is a 12 month Maternity contract and is a pivotal appointment where you will be joining their senior leadership team. Their work has never been more relevant as leaders in business and government look to 'build back better' from the Covid-19 global pandemic. In their eyes, this means an economic recovery which prioritises investment and innovation in solutions to climate change, the restoration of nature, whilst delivering inclusive, resilient societies. This is an exciting and visible role for an experienced individual to take responsibility for building and growing commercial initiatives with new companies in accordance with market needs and the strategic objectives of the team. In addition, the role holder oversees the growth of existing initiatives such as the Natural Capital Impact Group. The Programme Director will work with senior leaders, including Board-level sponsors, from progressive companies, including household names, with significant land footprints and dependencies upon nature. You will establish and build upon relationships with clients and work closely with individual companies to help them develop responses to nature-based risks and create nature-positive strategies. The portfolio consists of two distinct areas: supporting companies with complex global supply chains in becoming nature positive through strategy development and operational decision making; and supporting companies with large land footprints who are exploring how to invest in nature for commercial, social and environmental benefits, primarily in the UK. The ideal candidate will have experience in both or either areas are encouraged. You must be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience: * Proven ability to identify potential business opportunities and turn them into active revenue generating projects. * Experience and proven ability to build, grow and maintain commercial and funding relationships with key leaders from business and government. * Experience in preparing bids and proposals to secure new business and funding. * Experience of working in fields related to nature and biodiversity and having an understanding of how these and related issues can be applied by business. * Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills. * Proven ability to manage creative and dynamic teams. The following attributes are desirable: * An active network of contacts within the sustainability field, and in particular in the business and nature space. * Experience in facilitating groups of executives in a related area. * Experience of use of research and evidence in driving business innovation. * Experience in turning one-off projects into repeatable projects. For more information about the role and organisation please contact me for an informal discussion on M: 07595968599 or click apply now with your up to date CV. This role is to start immediately so early applications are encouraged.