Manager - Structure, Finance & Implementation

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.

Our Project Sourcing team works hand in hand with project owners and developers, active in the carbon markets and renewable energy space, to identify, negotiate and contract new emission reduction projects. By acquiring new projects within our portfolio, we ensure that South Pole always has the right mix of carbon credits available to meet the demands of our clients. If you’re an ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, this position may be right for you!


Job summary:

As a Manager in our Structure, Finance and Implementation (SFI) Unit you will coordinate with teams at South Pole to develop new Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and household carbon project opportunities that we can offer to clients. As in many cases these projects require upfront investment, as part of this role you will work under the guidance of the Head of Structure, Finance and Implementation (SFI) to undertake all the due diligence necessary to identify and mitigate risks and with our sales team to create all the necessary documentation to present projects to clients and investors. Your ultimate goal will be to work with Sourcing Managers globally to create a robust portfolio of investment-ready opportunities that drive more early stage financing into carbon projects, globally. 


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities include developing two distinct investment opportunities for clients: 
    • Working with global Sourcing Managers to create a portfolio “Flagship Tailor-Made Projects (TMPs)”, a portfolio of ready-made offerings that our Key Account Managers (KAM) can offer to clients; 
    • Leading Sourcing Consulting mandates for the SFI Team, through which clients hire us to design projects for their specific needs. 
  • Working closely with KAMs responsible for client relationships and the Carbon Portfolio team, on submission of proposals to clients
  • Working with other teams at South Pole to create documentation on each specific project opportunity
  • Working with external partners, to develop project investment plans and liaising with other members of the SFI team on project financial structuring (preparing of budgets and financial models)
  • Contributing to client presentations for each project opportunity
  • Completing all the necessary due diligence (risk assessment, financial models, etc) to ensure investment-ready projects
  • Completing other related deliverables for Sourcing Consultancy mandates 

Requirements:

Essential -

  • A University degree in Finance, Economics or related field, ideally with evidence of a focus on environmental or sustainability issues. A Masters degree would be an advantage. 
  • 5-7 years of relevant commercial experience, preferably in climate change or related field 
  • Strong track record in financing modeling and forecasting, ideally in project finance 
  • Proven ability to work across multiple teams, in multi-disciplinary projects
  • Entrepreneurial and proactive mindset, willingness to take initiative 
  • Fluent English, Spanish or French proficiency. Other language skills are a plus.

Desirable - 

  • Knowledge of and experience emission reduction project-based carbon standards, technologies and project development processes 
  • Knowledge and experience of working in Nature-based Solutions (NbS) or household devices such as cookstoves, water filters, home solar or household biogas opportunities
  • Experience working with a multicultural and ethnically diverse global company

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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Flexible location in North or South America

10007 New York Directions

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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