Junior Project Coordinator

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, 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:

South Pole mitigates the impact of climate change by developing high quality emission reduction projects and consultancy mandates all over the world. These projects are developed under international as well as national carbon standards such as the ISO, CDM, VCS, Gold Standard as well as Swiss FOEN standard, PURO etc. In this role you will focus on the successful and efficient development and implementation of Swiss compliance and voluntary emission reduction projects. As a Junior Project Coordinator, you will be contributing to the carbon markets of tomorrow by implementing and managing these projects with access to direct client relationships in Switzerland and the DACH region. If you are also not shy of working independently on the development and delivery of accurate, timely, and high quality products and services, then this might be the new opportunity you are looking for.


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Provide support in assessments and review of incoming leads for emission reduction projects
  • Supporting the development and preparation of such projects for certification and registration with the Federal office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Focus will be on Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), timber construction, plastic recycling, wastewater treatment, mobility and opportunities in the agricultural sector
  • Participate in the implementation and management of these emission reduction projects in Switzerland, including drafting project design documents, validation, monitoring and verification support under the Swiss national carbon schemes and international standards
  • Support business development activities, including the development of proposals for new clients and managing business relationships with project owners, cooperatives and auditors
  • Assist with market research on emerging new topics in the sustainability sector and provide support with project sourcing

Requirements:

Essential 

  • A Master's degree in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Agronomy, Forestry, Economics or sustainability-related disciplines 
  • Relevant work experience of minimum 1 year (incl. internships) 
  • Excellent analytical competency with Excel and other analytical tools and, as an advantage, experience with project finance 
  • Proficient in German and English 
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with a can-do attitude 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced international environment

Desirable 

  • Previous greenhouse gas related experiences with at least one of the following: NETs, timber construction, plastic recycling, wastewater treatment, mobility or agriculture
  • Knowledge of carbon products and markets would be strong plus, preferably including one or more of the following: 
  • Project-based carbon standards (CDM, VCS etc.), technologies and project development processes, global carbon and/or reporting standards (e.g. CDP, GHG Protocol)
  • Ideally, you already gathered knowledge in technical carbon dioxide removal projects, such as Direct Air Carbon Capture & Storage (DACCS), Bioenergy Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS), Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) with biogenic CO2 sources including CO2 mineralisation, and occasionally non-technical removal technologies such as biochar or certain soil carbon interventions
  • Proficiency in French is considered an asset

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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