CDP is seeking a highly motivated individual to support its global efforts to reduce corporate deforestation and who thrives in a fast paced, varied environment. The successful candidate will help to shape forests disclosure requests, with a particular focus on how soy and cattle-related commodities drive deforestation, gaining understanding of current trends and best practice in corporate forest stewardship, as well supporting the broader forests program. The role requires the ability to analyze data, trends and think innovatively.

You will be part of the Technical Team, which supports the development of questionnaire content and guidance for companies reporting environmental information to investors and customers. You will report to the Technical Manager for forests in the Technical Reporting team and liaising with forests and supply chain teams. You will be responsible for company sample setting, analysis of forests and supply chain disclosures, writing guidance and examples of disclosure for companies, and responding to technical enquiries particularly as they apply to different industry sectors. You will also support the inclusion of the forests questions in CDP’s online disclosure platform. You will need to find a balance between completeness, transparency and quality of disclosure on the one hand, with the practicality, resulting effort and lead time for companies to collect and collate new data sets in their organization and throughout their value chain.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Technical Manager for forests in delivering and developing questions and guidance on forests disclosure that apply to companies, both specific to an industry sector and general across multiple sectors;
  • Ensuring writing, development and delivery of technical documents and sector overviews, and owning for one or more clusters of sectors and technical areas (e.g. thematic specific targets, verification) within forests;
  • Working in collaboration with several teams and stakeholders to develop and evolve CDP’s forests supply chain questionnaires;
  • Ensuring presentations are created and delivered to colleagues, companies and other stakeholders to support more informed disclosure;
  • Inputting questionnaires into CDP’s Online Response System (ORS), the IT system used by companies to respond to CDP;
  • Conducting rigorous IT testing of the ORS to ensure the system is ready to go live;
  • Planning, budgeting and project managing the development of soy and cattle-related projects and questionnaires for the forests programme across lifecycle to successful delivery;
  • Writing and proof reading technical documents;
  • Analyzing responses and literature to develop case studies and best practice corporate examples for inclusion in the global forests report;
  • Analyzing global deforestation risk as well as restoration, afforestation and reforestation, opportunities and strategy data for each of CDP’s targeted industry sectors;
  • Delivering internal and external communications materials.
  • Supporting the Technical Manager for forests in running working groups and managing stakeholder relations with relevant sectors, particularly in agriculture and with an emphasis on soy and cattle commodities.

Required skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years of academic (post-graduate) and professional/NGO experience in deforestation, how it affects businesses and their supply chains, in particular to soy and cattle commodities, including knowledge of these issues as they apply regionally in Asia and/or Africa;
  • An interest in environmental issues, including commodity-driven deforestation, and familiarity with CDP’s Forests program: https://www.cdp.net/en/forests
  • The ability to understand, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
  • An ability to quickly process complex information, and demonstrable IT experience, including proficiency in producing power point presentations and use of excel for data analysis;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and an excellent standard of written English;
  • An ability to quickly process complex information, and demonstrable IT experience, including proficiency in producing power point presentations and use of excel for data analysis, experience with databases (e.g. SQL) and CRM;
  • Flexible, friendly and diligent working style with a proven record of working within a team to deliver projects successfully.

Your success will be built upon applying your experience and skills quickly, and being flexible to adjust work plans within a dynamic environment. CDP operates a fast-moving, friendly and diligent working place.

This is a full-time contract role for 12 months based at CDP’s Central London office, and benefits include competitive NGO salary and 24 days per annum leave.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages, to recruitment@cdp.net with ‘Technical Manager, Soy and Cattle Commodities, Forests Reporting’ in the subject. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of midnight (GMT) January 31, 2018. Please note that, while all applications will be reviewed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 5,800 companies with some 60% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2016. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change.

Addressing deforestation, which accounts for 10-15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, is critical for the mitigation of climate change, as well eco-system services. Businesses’ production and procurement decisions have the power to alter global demand for the agricultural commodities that are the primary drivers of deforestation and forest degradation: soy, palm oil, leather, beef, timber and pulp.

With the issue of commodity-driven deforestation rising fast up the political agenda, CDP’s forests program was launched in 2009 to remove deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains by providing critical deforestation-risk data from the world’s largest corporations to inform the global market place on investment risk and commercial opportunity, and to catalyze action. CDP is looking to continue to grow its technical knowledge and experience in corporate deforestation.

CDP’s Technical Reporting Team (within the Technical Team) leads the development of the information companies are requested to disclose in support of CDP’s strategic goals; including the provision of the environmental data to investors and other data users and the building of a sustainable economy.