EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.
We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.
Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.
Purpose of the role
Deep Demonstrations are a key part of our Transformation, in Time strategy, intended to show that fast and large-scale change is possible to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen resilience in cities, regions, countries and businesses. They are intended to deliver climate impact as individual programmes and as the core of our work for transformation of economic paradigms and business models, global and regional value chains and local ecosystems.
Transformation of this scale requires large amounts of investment capital. Those capital needs span different asset classes, including private equity (incl. venture capital), corporate debt, and project finance, and target investors include institutional asset owners (including banks, insurers, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds), public sector bodies (e.g. European finance institutions such as the European Investment Bank), corporations, endowed foundations, family offices, and high net-worth individuals.
Whilst markets for climate finance have expanded rapidly in recent years, we believe that the paradigms, structures, and practices of today’s financial sector are ill-suited to support system transformation in the real economy.
The Investment Architect Deep Demonstration role is to actively lead and guide this effort.
- Identify and source funding and finance, both from within the country or region (e.g. Ireland, Slovenia, Gipuzkoa) and from European public and private sector investments, to activate the portfolio of innovation interventions, including:
- A regional investment plan for Climate Action.
- New business models fostered along relevant value chains.
- Investible business entrepreneurship programme to support new ideas.
- Scouting for, identifying, engaging, and coordinating investment advisors and other financial intermediaries for selecting assets, structuring of investment instruments and vehicles, raising capital, and closing transactions.
- Managing relationships with Deep Demonstration partners, collaborating on topics of blended finance, and on matters related to investment capital.
- Contribute to the Climate-KIC business plan and take a leadership role in reporting activities and results to Climate-KIC’s funding bodies.
Required background and qualifications
- Experienced investment professional in investment banking, multi-asset-class asset management or investment advisory, or a similar field
- Grant management – Experience in public sector and philanthropic grant-making, understanding how grants can operate effectively alongside – and in synergistic alignment with – investments
- Growing network in the world of institutional investment capital, ideally with previous experience working with multilateral financial institutions
- Experience in raising institutional capital, ideally in the context of climate finance
- Experience developing novel investment products is a plus, as is experience in developing and managing strategic partnerships
- University degree in finance, business administration, economics, law, or a related field
- Entrepreneurial mindset, strong sense of curiosity, and a deep-seated interest in pushing boundaries
- Proficiency in English
- Systems thinking – especially as applied to and derived from experience with real world change.
- Seeing patterns of connection and difference; using diverse perspectives to catalyse breakthrough thinking, reflection and learning; culturally aware and skilled in working with diversity and inclusiveness.
- Accountability: good at taking decisions with a consideration of risk and following through on commitments to completion.
- Highly-developed adaptive leadership / leadership in complexity skills, emphasizing listening to learn, empathy, human-centred design, agility, empowerment, and collaboration.
- Familiarity and proficiency in coaching others; able to build capacity by investing in the development of others and in the development of self.
- Fluency in English, excellent written and verbal communication skills
Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach
- Articulate and dynamic, with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
- Growth mindset; highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
- Customer service ethos and commitment to continuous improvement.
- Solutions focused, with a “can do” attitude; willing to undertake a range of tasks to meet needs.
- Deeply curious, perceptive, respectful and resilient; oriented toward networking with people and teams and sharing expertise.
- Gravitas with an ability to build trust.
- Proactive, commercial approach, entrepreneurial
Our application and recruitment process
Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.
Your application should be written in English and consist of:
- a full curriculum vitae
- a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
- your current salary
- where you saw this role advertised.
Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.
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Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.
Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.
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