Senior Project Manager – Industry

The Climate Group

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Senior Project Manager – Industry


We are seeking a dynamic Senior Project Manager to develop and drive forward our heavy industry corporate commitment initiatives such as SteelZero that will accelerate ambition and investment in zero carbon steel and low carbon or alternative cement/concrete.

Despite technologies existing for production to be decarbonised, cement and steelmaking are currently some of the biggest emitters of CO2 globally – accounting for ~7% and ~8% of global emissions respectively. As recognised by the EU in its long-term strategy, heavy industry sectors will play a key role in reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, and our projects are focused on developing compelling demand signals for low carbon materials to drive forward change in priority heavy industrial sectors.

The ideal candidate will be adept at strategically developing projects within a complex stakeholder environment. The candidate must be comfortable engaging with people at all levels across businesses and project partners. Reporting to the Climate Group’s Head of Energy Productivity Initiatives, the role will develop close working relationships with our project partners as well as colleagues working across the Climate Group’s Industry system, including members of our communications team as well as international offices and partner organisations worldwide.

About the Climate Group

The Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.

We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action.

We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition.

About the role

The Climate Group drives low carbon industry innovation. We do this by building and showcasing demand for low carbon or alternative cement/concrete and zero carbon steel. We also bring together key players from business and government to discuss, collaborate and share knowledge that supports industry action and encourages clear and supportive policies.

The primary focus of the role is to manage our heavy industry corporate commitment initiatives to drive low carbon industry innovation by building and showcasing demand for low carbon or alternative cement/concrete and zero carbon steel. This includes the day to day running and continued development of our SteelZero project in addition to the design and implementation of complementary industry initiatives. SteelZero is a global initiative bringing together forward-looking organisations to speed up the transition to a net zero steel industry, led by the Climate Group in partnership with ResponsibleSteel.

This role sits within the Business Action team as part of the Climate Group’s portfolio of Industry projects.

Core responsibilities will include: 

  • Day to day project management of our heavy industry corporate commitment initiatives, including oversight of the overall workplans and budgets;
  • Engaging with current and potential business members of our initiatives and coordination of the membership communities;
  • Developing materials to progress the goals of each initiative;
  • Developing the overall approach to strategic communications and engagement, working in collaboration with the Climate Group’s communications team and other stakeholders;
  • Coordinating the overall work programme of SteelZero and similar initiatives, including leadership of selected workstreams, especially those focused on campaigning and engagement, and government and policy influencing;
  • Liaising with the We Mean Business coalition secretariat and its members to maximise learning and engagement with these partners and contribute to the overall WMB sector strategy;
  • Working closely with senior representatives from project partners and networks such as ResponsibleSteel and the Mission Possible Partnership;
  • Preparing reviews of project progress, including reports to funders;
  • Identifying additional fundraising opportunities to support the growth and continuation of our initiatives, as well as developing funding bids in collaboration with the Climate Group’s fundraising team.


Other responsibilities: 

  • Line management of one team member, and additional staff as the projects grow;
  • Play a key role in the Business Action and Industry teams. Willing to take a flexible approach and help drive forward critical projects for the team wherever required.

The role offers significant opportunity for professional development for an ambitious person with a passion for creating a sustainable future.

About you


  • Commitment to the mission of the Climate Group and our business action campaigns;
  • Experience working in or in partnership with the private sector including senior/board level personnel;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge and experience of energy and climate issues;
  • Proven success in developing and delivering impactful projects or campaigns within a global setting;
  • Appreciation of commercial and financial drivers for businesses and NGOs;
  • Experience of working with international colleagues across multiple time zones;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships across a range of cultural contexts;
  • Demonstrable aptitude in project and budget management;
  • Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and ability to multi-task in order to meet strict timelines and budgets;
  • Proactive and able to work independently and unsupervised to deliver tasks and achieve project objectives;
  • Team player with the ability to identify where support is needed and comfortable delivering an administrative workload where necessary alongside more strategic activities;
  • A strong desire to develop skills and experience in line with the needs of a rapidly developing initiatives;


  • Knowledge and experience of heavy industry sectors, although detailed engineering or manufacturing knowledge is not a requirement of this role.


You will be employed at our London headquarters. Since COVID-19, our London office has been working mostly from home but you will also have the use of an office near Borough for key meetings with colleagues. We are also in the process of moving offices to a new permanent London location. Until then, this role can be done remotely but will require the post holder to be based in the UK. Post COVID-19, occasional international travel will be required.

Terms & Conditions

This is a full-time fixed-term position initially for two years, with the potential for renewal based on funding. The salary for this position is £37,600 – 42,300 per annum based on experience.

In addition to the salary, the role holder will benefit from:

  • 25 days’ holiday pro rata, plus public holidays; additional leave following three- and six-years’ service
  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme following three months’ service
  • Private healthcare and Cash Plan on completion of probation
  • Life Assurance
  • Wellbeing allowance
  • Season ticket loan
  • Bike loan
  • Volunteering day on completion of probation

How to apply

Use the ‘Apply’ button to apply for this vacancy. Should you require further information, please contact Jenny Chu, Head of Energy Productivity Initiatives at

Applications for this position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter. The expected closing date for submitting your application is 22nd March 2021.

We are an inclusive employer who welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

The requisite eligibility criteria, or work visa to work in the UK are a requirement for this position and no relocation and/or sponsorship costs will be borne by the Climate Group.