Are you passionate and knowledgeable about sustainability? Are you a strong stakeholder manager with excellent engagement and organising skills? Then the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is looking for you because we are recruiting for an:

Engagement Manager

With a passion for financial system transformation and multi-stakeholder relations

WBA is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone. The private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the SDGs, but to boost companies’ motivation, there needs to be real change in the way that their impact is measured. That’s why we are assessing the progress of thousands of companies through publicly available and free rankings of corporate performance. We strengthen, support and complement our benchmarks through active engagement with different stakeholders – including civil society organisations, financial institutions, business networks, policymakers and regulators so that our benchmarks are relevant and used by all, accelerating a race to the top.

The role of the Financial System Engagement Manager is to enable WBA’s Financial System Benchmark to be relevant, recognised, aspirational and useful. You will be responsible for a broad set of responsibilities including stakeholder relations activities, partnerships and coalition building, project management, and events, to ensure that the Benchmark is effectively utilised by stakeholders as we build a movement towards increased corporate sustainability leadership and accountability. This will include management of issues focused on governance and strategy, climate change and biodiversity, and social inclusion. You will work closely with the Financial System Transformation Lead and ensure alignment of communications and approaches with WBA’s other systems. Part of WBA’s Engagement Function, you will also play a role in supporting WBA’s institutional engagement activities during key global moments.

What you will do:

  • Ensure balanced, multi-stakeholder engagement throughout the benchmark development process;
  • Build relationships with key organisations – such as investors, civil society, academia – to help create and manage collective engagements around benchmark data, advocating for evidence-led transformation;
  • Organise global and regional events with diverse groups of stakeholders, leading on concept and objective setting, building narratives, identifying and briefing speakers, ensuring effective follow-up;
  • Consult and collaborate closely with WBA’s engagement, research, and communications colleagues in the development of the Benchmark narrative and engagement strategy with key stakeholder groups;
  • Share learnings and best practices with other engagement managers to ensure alignment, troubleshoot issues and support larger organisational priorities, such as the UN General Assembly or the WEF;
  • Work closely with the Financial System Transformation Lead and help socialise and build the reputation of the Benchmark, by speaking at external engagements, writing research reports, or leading on cross-functional projects or initiatives;
  • Provide support for engagement with financial services institutions in the scope of the Benchmark;
  • Support WBA’s monitoring and evaluation and learning from the finance system perspective, as well as quarterly/annual reporting and funding proposals.

What we are looking for:

  • 4-5 years working experience in engagement-related roles;
  • A degree of familiarity and experience of working with the financial system and/or in the sustainable finance space, including working with or amongst asset managers, banks, insurance companies, or pension funds;
  • Passion for sustainability with knowledge and understanding of the SDGs;
  • An outstanding relationship/stakeholder manager, capable of building relationships of trust and communicating clearly;
  • Is flexible working in an evolving and fast changing environment, a self-starter that has a positive attitude and is able to plan and set priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, including ability to distil and translate complex data into relevant insights for a broad range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work across different virtual teams and global cultures, comfortable in an evolving ‘Teal’ working environment that promotes flexibility, self-management and wholeness;
  • Experience of running collective engagements would be an advantage.

Our offer

An inspiring and dynamic role, with room to grow in a purpose driven team focused on impact, ambition and teamwork. We stimulate personal growth and believe in flexible working arrangements. We have a physical presence in Amsterdam and London, alongside many employees who work across the world. You can be based anywhere for this role as inclusivity is one of our values. You will receive market-based employment benefits.

Interested?

Send your resume to careers@worldbenchmarkingalliance.org addressed to Charlotte Reeves (Engagement Manager) with a brief cover letter explaining why you want to join the WBA and how you meet the ‘Our Engagement Manager’ bullets. We are happy for you to apply as soon as possible but at latest by 8 February 2022. First virtual interviews will be held in w/c 14 February. For more information about us and what we do, see our website or follow @SDGBenchmarks.

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