Project Manager, Zero Carbon Steel


We are seeking a dynamic Project Manager to design, develop and drive forward a major new initiative that will accelerate ambition and investment in zero carbon steel production amongst major steel companies.

Steel is a key sector in the energy transition. It is the world’s largest materials industry with a turnover of 1 trillion US dollars, and is 10 times larger than the aluminium industry, more than seven times larger than the copper industry and four times that of the cement industry. 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 this project will be focused on developing a compelling demand signal for zero carbon steel. A further ambition is to develop a replicable approach and model that could be used to drive forward change in other priority heavy industrial sectors, including cement and chemicals.

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an international not-for-profit organisation with a mission to accelerate ambitious climate action. Our goal is a world of no more than 1.5oC of warming. We bring together networks of businesses and state and regional governments to shift global markets and policies to this end. We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale, and we use the power of communication to build ambition and pace. Our priority is to focus on the greatest global opportunities for change. Founded in 2003, we are headquartered in London with offices in New Delhi and New York.


About the role

The primary focus of the role is to design, develop and co-ordinate a ‘steel buyers’ alliance’ and, via this group, to initiate an engagement approach with manufacturers and policy makers that starts to drive a major shift in the global market for steel.

Over an initial 18 month period the role will bring together companies with an ambition to procure zero carbon steel, including leaders in the automotive and construction sectors, and support them in developing a powerful commitment to lower carbon steel alongside a roadmap of action and an approach to reporting on their progress. The steel buyers’ alliance will start informally and will then explore how to build a platform that works at scale across multiple sectors and locations. 

Working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Business Development Director of ResponsibleSteel, the role is responsible for: 

  • Day to day project management of the initiative, including oversight of the overall workplan and budget.
  • Coordinating development of the steel buyers’ alliance’s commitment framework.
  • Engaging with potential members of the alliance and coordination of the alliance membership community.
  • Developing the overall approach to strategic communications and engagement, working in collaboration with The Climate Group’s communications team.
  • Coordinating the overall alliance work program, 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;
  • Preparing a review of project progress and developing next step materials.
  • Preparing reports to the funder.
  • Liaising with key players/coalitions such as the Energy Transition Commission and the World Economic Forum on the development of the steel buyer’s alliance to ensure alignment with complementary initiatives and workstreams.
  • Identifying additional fundraising opportunities to support the growth of the program and its continuation into a second phase, as well as developing funding bids in collaboration with The Climate Group’s fundraising team. 


About you

 We are seeking a dynamic Project Manager to work within our business action team, based in London and working in close collaboration with our international offices and partners. The post holder will be responsible for designing, developing and driving forward a major new project, led by The Climate Group in partnership with the not-for-profit ResponsibleSteel, that will seek to accelerate ambition and investment in zero carbon steel production amongst major steel companies.

Reporting to The Climate Group’s Head of Energy Productivity Initiatives, the role involves close working relationships with ResponsibleSteel as well as colleagues within The Climate Group’s business action and communications teams, as well as international offices and partner organisations worldwide.

The role offers significant opportunity for professional development for an ambitious person with a passion for creating a sustainable future. International travel will be required.


  • Commitment to the mission of The Climate Group and our business action campaigns.
  • Experience working in or in partnership with the private sector and ideally with senior/board level personnel. 
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of heavy industry sectors (detailed engineering or manufacturing knowledge is not a requirement of this role), as well as other 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 campaign.  



You will be based in our London head office, in County Hall, which is a five-minute walk from Waterloo station. Occasional international travel will be required.


Terms & Conditions

This is a fixed term 18-month position, with the possibility of renewal. This is a full time role but we will consider applications for 4 days a week as part of our flexible working approach. The salary for this position is £33,000 per annum or more based on experience.

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

  • 25 days’ holiday pro rata, plus public holidays
  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme following three months’ service
  • Private healthcare and Cash Plan on completion of probation
  • Life Assurance
  • Subsidized gym membership
  • Season ticket loan

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

Applications for this position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter. The closing date for submitting your application is 7th October 2019. 

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.