Programme Manager
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England, GB
2d ago


The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy.

Achieving sustainability is the greatest challenge of our time and outstanding leadership will be crucial if we are going to meet this challenge successfully.

CISL draws on the intellectual breadth of the University of Cambridge and an international network of leading thinkers and practitioners to help individuals and organisations understand and act on pressing issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion and inequality.

The role

We are seeking two Programme Managers to join our Executive Education portfolio. One role is focused on the real economy, whilst the other is focused on the finance sector.

Our Programme Managers collaborate with colleagues across CISL, the wider University and our international network to develop and deliver a range of face-to-face and online education programmes.

You will regularly engage with clients to understand their unique needs and priorities in relation to their sustainability journey.

You will also be required to consult thought leaders and experts to inform the content of our education programmes and maintain leading edge insight into evolving approaches to delivering high impact educational experiences and insights in sustainability and leadership.

Essential skills and experience

We are looking for two highly motivated individuals with the following skills and experience (the full list of criteria for this job application can be found via the link below) :

  • Experience of supporting or enabling business action on sustainability or leadership development, through education, consultancy or strategic advisory programmes.
  • Experience of designing and delivering impactful education programmes or creating effective new propositions, products or services.
  • Experience in delivering presentations and briefings and facilitating meetings with a strong, engaging narrative to clients, partners and learners.
  • Excellent relationship-management skills and a proven ability to build, grow and maintain relationships with clients, delivery partners, sponsors and other external contacts.
  • Excellent written communication skills and an ability to influence others through powerful verbal and visual narratives, highly proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment, leading project teams to deliver high quality outcomes.
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and manage competing priorities.
  • A demonstrable understanding of sustainability and how it relates to business.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of working in fields related to sustainability issues and having an understanding of how these affect and are affected by the financial services sector (finance role only).
  • The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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