Commercial Sustainability Finance Partner

Location
16 Summer Lane
Salary
£54,371 - £61,194
Posted
11 Oct 2021
Closes
31 Oct 2021
Job Ref
WMCA00463
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Are you able to turn ideas into fully funded projects? Do you have knowledge of and a passion for the environment and sustainability? If yes, we have a new role as Commercial Sustainability Finance Partner where you will play a key part in the WM2041 climate change strategy.

 

What will you be doing? 

  • Lead the WMCA work programme to develop a wide range of projects and programmes focused on carbon emissions reduction and natural capital into fully funded operational projects
  • Provide technical and thought leadership in your areas of strength, for example, net zero, responsible investment, climate risk, ESG strategy
  • Develop and present commercial business cases for projects which address specific sustainability issues/opportunities and attract investment from a wide range of sources
  • Identify and secure the viable funding source(s) for each project, particularly blended public and private sectors funding solutions
  • Submit funding bids to Central Government to unlock finance to create a more green and inclusive regional economy
  • Identify and engage relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector who can accelerate investment into the region’s green projects

Our Finance & Business Hub provides essential high-quality, responsive, and agile enabling services to the West Midlands Combined Authority and its directorates in areas such as human resources, procurement, commercial investments, assurance and appraisal, financial control and administration, and financial and business planning and performance reporting.

We are a cohesive team of forward thinking, insightful, innovative and high-performing professionals who, through our consultative and business partnering approach, influence, support and coach managers and senior leaders to help them achieve business objectives. By doing so, we help to ensure sound decisions are made and it is in this capacity that we are seen as a respected point of contact within the organisation.

You will work with various teams across the WMCA to develop and commercialise new and existing ideas into funded operational projects, which will move the region into net zero carbon by 2041. There are already some ideas waiting for you to take them forward, these include: domestic and commercial heating, transport and EV charging infrastructure, smart energy systems, to name just a few.

Whilst experience in a similar role is essential, particularly the areas of green finance and sustainability, you do not need to be an accountant for this role as there is a team of Finance Business Partners who will do the heavy lifting for you.

If you are interested in having an informal chat please get in touch, you can find a full role profile and how to apply at the bottom of this advert.  This role is fixed term for two years

About us

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria.

We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation and are committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace which is representative of the communities that we serve.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a local government pension scheme.

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying. 

If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable adjustment please contact the Resourcing Team by email (careers@wmca.org.uk).

Supporting documents
Commercial Sustainability Finance Partner Sept 21.pdf

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