Senior Project Manager - Sustainability Outcomes and SDG's

Contract Type
Not For Profit
£66,000 - £74,000
Expiry Date
This role will support projects that aim to gain a better understanding on how signatories currently invest with sustainability outcomes/impact.

Job Description

Senior Project Manager - Sustainability Outcomes and SDG's
Principles for Responsible Investment

Team: Sustainability Outcomes
Grade: Senior Specialist
Salary: £66,000 - £74,000
Location: Preferably UK (Other EU locations may be considered)
Closing: 6:00pm, 22nd May 2022 BST


About the PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society. The PRI is truly independent. It encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policymakers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations.

Working at the PRI provides an opportunity to engage with highly motivated, culturally diverse professionals on a wide range of cutting-edge issues, such as income inequality, through the lens of sustainable finance. The PRI provides scope for development at all levels with opportunities for project leadership and management working alongside some of the most influential signatories and leaders across financial markets and economies. In combination with a supportive culture that encourages continuous learning and flexible working policies, PRI is a highly engaging place to work on truly transformative issues.

Job Description

This role will support projects that aim to gain a better understanding on how signatories currently invest with sustainability outcomes/impact, what they consider as the related challenges/opportunities and what existing tools they use and new ones they need.

This newly created position will sit within the Sustainability outcomes and SDGs team that leads these projects and works in collaboration with other teams across the PRI to deliver them. The role will focus on research and analysis, and will contribute to publications and guidance. It will also include managing projects involving representatives from PRI signatories, such as organising workshops.

This role reports into the Director of Sustainability Outcomes and SDGs, and sits within PRI’s broader content department of approximately 80 staff [ES1] covering projects on investment practices, stewardship, sustainability issues, policy and sustainable markets.

Whilst the role is being advertised at Senior Specialist level, we are also considering an appointment at a more junior level, dependent on skills and experience. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet the full competencies and experience.

Core Responsibilities:

Provide support to the PRI sustainability outcomes projects and activities. These include projects led by the Sustainability outcomes and SDG team, as well as projects led by other PRI teams and projects led by partner organisations.

Conduct research on sustainability outcomes, including on SDGs, human rights, climate change and other sustainability issues of interest for the PRI, including research on relevant investment practices.

Leading the organisation of workshops with signatories at the regional level, as well as podcasts, webinars, briefings, analysis and publications focused on sustainability outcomes.

Support signatories to expand expertise on sustainability outcomes and relevant practices and requirements.

Support internal collaboration on sustainability outcomes across the content team, including among the sustainability, policy, stewardship and investment practices teams and beyond the content team, including with the signatory relations team.

Participate in external events, fostering relationships with relevant external stakeholders (including think tanks, research institutes, civil society organisations and industry initiatives).

Perform other ad hoc tasks as required, including to support activities of wider sustainability team.

Provide coaching and mentoring to more junior members of the team, including sharing technical knowledge and expertise where appropriate.

Support the Director of Sustainability Outcomes and SDGs in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget.

Provide regular reporting to the Director of Sustainability Outcomes and SDGs and Chief Sustainability Officer as required.

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at a ‘Senior Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:


Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights

Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions

Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)

Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business Awareness

Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture

Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work

Knows when and how to challenge senior managers

Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions


Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels

Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs

Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement

Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation

Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences


Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing

Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in

Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand

Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations


Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed

Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation

Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI

Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach


Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver

Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance

Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities

Translates project objectives into own work plans

Technical Competencies & Experience:


Very good programme management skills, with experience in delivering successfully, including directing others that may not be your direct reports. Proven track record of managing projects in an international environment and of collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Experience organising conferences/panels/roundtables.

Subject matter expertise and education:

Relevant knowledge and professional experience of environmental issues and/or social issues (including human rights) and SDGs, and understanding of their application to the private sector.

Experience within, or relating to, the private sector.

Ideally Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, and/or relevant and equivalent training or work experience in:

Corporate sustainability/responsible business conduct; and/or applying hard law and soft law norms related to corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility/ESG/business and human rights; and/or

Investment/responsible investment/sustainable investment.

Interdisciplinary education/experience strongly encouraged.

Additional skills:

Ability to engage in critical thinking and think in an interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial way, including by making connections between various disciplines and sustainability issues. Ability for reasoning on complex and cutting edge questions in relation to sustainability issues.

Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills.

A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others and committed to fostering an inclusive environment.

Excellent networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills.

IT/system skills: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, website management systems, CRM, social media, etc.

Fluent in English with excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills. Proficiency in other languages desirable.

Proactive attitude, strong attention to detail, and ability to learn quickly.

Diplomacy, tact and ability to work well in teams.

As this is a global role, international travel may be required.

Willing to occasionally take part in meetings in different time zones outside normal working hours.

Motivated by the mission of the PRI, interested in sustainability issues and how they relate to companies and investors.

Eligible to work in UK or location specified on JD

We particularly welcome candidates from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian, and other ethnic minorities, those with visible or non-visible disabilities, LGBTQ+ candidates and those who are neurodivergent