Senior Sourcing Manager Carbon Projects

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:

In this role within the Portfolio Management unit, you will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and building new partnerships to develop emission reduction projects. You will develop business with local implementation partners globally with a focus on Europe. This position requires commercial acumen, transnational capability and a technical understanding of nature based solutions. Furthermore, you will work closely with the project implementation team to assess project opportunities and their viability.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Originate and structure new emission reduction projects eligible under voluntary and compliance carbon schemes 
  • Grow the network of project developers, implementation partners and grass route NGOs 
  • Create a strategic and compelling carbon project portfolios for meeting the demand of our broad set of corporate and public sector clients 
  • Collaborate with Key Account Managers to understand the clients’ needs for certificates and provide market-related feedback 
  • Analyse client needs, gather market intelligence and identify industry trends   
  • Represent South Pole in different forums on carbon markets in order to generate business


Essential -

  • A University degree in Economics or Business Administration, ideally with evidence of a focus on environmental or sustainability issues 
  • 5-7 years of commercial experience working in carbon markets preferably in origination 
  • Knowledge of and experience in carbon products and markets, preferably including: 
    • Project-based carbon standards, technologies and project development processes 
    • Global carbon reporting standards (e.g. CDP, GHG Protocol)  
  • Strong track record in generating new business opportunities, closing deals and meeting customer needs
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, clients and team members 
  • Excellent written and oral command of English

Desirable - 

  • Legal and contract management skills are a plus  
  • Entrepreneurial and proactive mindset, willingness to take initiative 
  • Fluency in German, French and/or Spanish are advantageous

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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