Program Leader, Industry Transition & Trade, London or Brussels

This post, based in the EU, will lead and shape E3G’s work to accelerate industrial decarbonisation and transform trade policy in line with the transition to a climate-neutral economy. This position is programmed for one year in the context of a maternity cover and would ideally be based in E3G’s London or Brussels offices.  


E3G is an independent European climate change think tank with a global outlook. We are world leading strategists on the political economy of climate change, dedicated to achieving a safe climate for all.  

We work on the frontier of the climate landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action. 

E3G values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. 

E3G is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most influential environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.  

The successful candidate will lead E3G’s work to accelerate industrial decarbonisation and transform trade policy in line with the transition to a climate-neutral economy. The role will focus on connections between industrial decarbonisation, trade and climate policy and the cross-cutting institutions and policies needed to deliver clean, climate-neutral economies in Europe and beyond. The Program Leader will be based in E3G’s Clean Economy Program, leading a small multi-location team across E3G’s European offices.    

This position is programmed for one year from April 2022 to March 2023 in the context of a maternity cover.  

Key Responsibilities  

  • Develop outcome strategies, set strategic direction, and lead forward planning and horizon scanning for E3G’s Industry Transition & Trade Programme in cooperation with the Associate Director for Clean Economy. 
  • Lead and deliver strategies to shape the transformation of European industrial and trade policy, including developing delivery plans. Key activity areas will include driving change in Brussels institutions, building support for reform among Member States, and facilitating Europe’s ability to drive cooperation on industry transformation and trade in international forums. 
  • Develop expertise and profile and contribute thought leadership inside and outside E3G in core areas, to ensure E3G remains at the cutting edge of climate action. 
  • Lead and manage a small multi-location team based in E3G’s European offices (Brussels, Berlin and London) in line with E3G policies and practice, working closely with colleagues working on other European issues, as well as those working in non-EU locations. Ensure that the team operates within a supportive environment with positive wellbeing and fostering a positive team working, collaboration and E3G culture, working with heads of office, senior management team and human resources. 
  • Develop relationships and engage with partners, networks, actors, and experts relevant to delivering outcomes. Build and manage a network of key stakeholders including representatives of the private sector, key institutions, government, and civil society. 
  • Manage set up, delivery, tracking and reporting of a >€800K portfolio of grants including planning, allocating and overseeing resources and work, working with team to set objectives and priorities, and ensuring risk management and course correction in response to emerging challenges and opportunities.  
  • Represent the organisation externally with partners, funders and with media and in public forums as appropriate. 
  • Plan and engage in fundraising in their area in cooperation with associate director, including forging relationships with key funder contacts and monitoring emerging funding opportunities.  
  • Participate in and contribute as part of E3G’s senior management team to the Funder Management Group and the Strategy and Outcome Delivery Group to help ensure E3G has the capacity, capability and culture to deliver its mission.
  • European travel may be required, but we are open to discussing this if this would otherwise become a barrier to your application. 

Experience and Skills  

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Experience identifying and delivering strategic priorities for a portfolio of work that includes multiple projects, providing strategic oversight and guidance to colleagues as well as taking a practical role to directly support delivery. 
  • Understanding and experience of working on industrial decarbonisation, industrial policy and/or trade policy, combined with a track record of thought leadership on and an understanding of the cross-cutting institutions and policies needed to deliver a clean, climate-neutral European economy.   
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including experience of convening and chairing discussions, and of engaging with high-level policy stakeholders. A strong network of contacts in the field of industrial decarbonisation and trade policy both in Brussels and in Member States.  
  • Previous team management experience including experience of line management, delegation, team building, remote management, and performance management.  
  • Experience of budget management, project management and program management, preferably in the context of grant-funded work. 
  • Excellent written and spoken English, and preferably also strong skills in French, German or another European language. 

Expect a salary competitive in the non-profit sector based on qualifications and experience. E3G is open to discussing flexible working arrangements. 

How to apply 

Please email your application in English to Please write ‘Program Leader Industry Transition & Trade January 2022′ as well as your first name and surname in the subject line. 

Please include: 

  • A CV of maximum two pages 
  • A cover letter of no more than one page outlining why you are applying for this role and when you would be able to start. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. 

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK or the European Union. Within Europe, E3G has offices in London, Brussels, Berlin and Dublin.  

The deadline for applications is 6th February 2022.  

We will not be able to reply to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, we will not be shortlisting you on this occasion. 

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