Director, Carbon Investment Funds

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all six continents, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

The Fund Management team is responsible for developing and managing sustainable impact funds, as well as other facilities, vehicles and platforms for investments in climate action. Our scope of expertise covers a variety of topics related to sustainable land-use, low-carbon energy, climate-smart cities and/or clean technology, to name just a few. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!


Job summary:

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our century. To achieve a net-zero economy by 2050 we need to reduce global carbon emissions by 30 billion tons in just 9 years. South Pole is a global leader in financing emission reduction projects, with a special focus on nature-based solutions. We aim at launching a number of carbon funds, to invest in underlying projects with the view of generating high-quality carbon credits. 

As the Director of Carbon Funds, you will develop a carbon fund strategy, launch, market, set up and implement a family of carbon funds in tight collaboration with the Funds & Platforms Business Line leader. You will also define and develop the positioning of Carbon Funds in line with South Pole’s overall vision and strategy including guiding and supervising an international team of carbon fund and investment managers. You will take accountability for the quality as well as the commercial success of the funds and help South Pole to become a leading provider of sustainability solutions. 


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead the structuring and establishment of new carbon funds in alignment with South Pole’s vision and strategy
  • Raise funding for new and existing carbon funds by developing, building and nurturing long-term commercial relationships with clients from both the private and public sector 
  • Supervise the management on operating ongoing carbon funds, including deal sourcing, due diligence, transactions and portfolio management
  • Build and lead the carbon funds team by:
    • Directly manage a team of carbon fund and investment managers in a multi-stakeholder and multi-geographies context.
    • Provide guidance and technical leadership on carbon fund & investment management
  • Establish, manage and control the carbon fund practice budget 

Requirements:

Essential -

  • University degree, ideally at a Master’s level or higher, in a sustainability-related field
  • Relevant work experience (the expectation is a minimum of 12 years) in technical and/or commercial roles focused on carbon markets, fund and investments management within the sustainability field, including several years of due diligence and investment knowledge
  • Profound understanding of carbon markets, investments and fund management
  • Experience in building, leading, mentoring and developing high-performing teams across geographies and cultures
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to establish a compelling vision for the growth of our Carbon Funds practice, enabling South Pole to identify and seize opportunities in a challenging and competitive market environment
  • Strong business acumen and business development skills, with the ability to understand the specific needs of our clients and translate these into effective investments into our funds
  • Excellent commercial skills and strong business sense so as to be able to identify and seize opportunities in a challenging and competitive market environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work towards deadlines and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with specific experience in dealing with senior decision makers (such as C-Suite) and external stakeholders
  • Experience in product innovation and product development
  • Proven experience in leading remote teams
  • National or holder of a valid permit

Desirable - 

  • Experience with investments in land use and/or energy space
  • Practical experience in change management and sustainability strategy development
  • Good working knowledge of all Google Suite applications and MS Word / Excel
  • Diligent, reliable and proactive
  • Fully comfortable operating in a fast-paced high-growth international environment
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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