Senior Manager, Business Engagement

Business Planning, Measurement and Innovation · Canada, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, UK, USA , New York
Department Business Planning, Measurement and Innovation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation CAD 53,574 / DKK 522,109 / MXN 731,988 / R 753,223 / GBP 49,922 / USD 74,099 (if NYC based)


C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.

C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in Los Angeles.  


The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.


Diversity Statement

C40 is committed to supporting and promoting equity and diversity and creating an inclusive working environment for everyone. We believe that when people with different life experiences are involved in decision-making, we deliver better. 


We believe having a diverse workforce ensures we connect better with all the different communities and people affected by the climate crisis. This enables us to make better decisions which lead to better outcomes in the work we do through increased creativity, productivity, greater global impact alongside a broader perspective and approach to our work.


We welcome applicants that are diverse in terms of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is for C40 to be an environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish and can be themselves whilst contributing to our mission. If you identify as a person with a disability, we work to provide reasonable appropriate measures and any additional support needed to provide an equitable working experience. If you are living with a disability, chronic illness or neurodiversity please inform us, to provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.


C40 promotes a work culture where staff can input to improve equity, diversity and inclusion through staff-led groups and formal forums. We know that creating our ideal working environment is a learning process and we are committed to the ongoing effort.

Department Description

C40’s Business & Innovation team was created to act as a service to member cities in overcoming a number of existing barriers to climate action implementation. It runs programmes that help present the economic case for climate action and enhance collaboration with the private sector to drive innovation and deliver city climate targets.


These programmes include the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), a joint initiative of C40 Cities, CDP and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), launched at the C40 World Mayors Summit in October 2019. The CBCA operates a two-tier global model: closely supporting cohorts of cities in building local city-business partnerships from conception to long term self-sustainment, while convening a wider network of cities and global businesses to share expertise, advocacy and learnings.


As part of its local work, the CBCA is also leveraging the C40 City Solutions Platform (CSP) methodology, which facilitates early engagement between cities and international solution providers through a co-creation process addressing priority climate challenges.

Position Description

The Senior Manager - Business engagement will lead on onboarding and supporting select CBCA cohort cities in developing their local city-business collaboration efforts. This global role will include providing dedicated technical assistance to cities and leveraging lessons learned to run peer-to-peer knowledge sharing events for the wider CBCA Global Network, with a focus on the high impact sectors of buildings, energy, mobility and waste.


  • Act as main point of contact for CBCA cohort cities, tailor and implement the CBCA blueprint to support them in:
    • Identifying internal and private sector stakeholders to engage to deliver priority climate actions;
    • Facilitating alignment and buy-in through workshops, assessments and mapping tools;
    • Developing a sustainable operating model allowing for focused, trusted, non-commercial collaboration on co-designed climate targets and projects;
    • Ensuring local collaboration efforts are underpinned by a strong communication, reporting and monitoring strategy.
  • Develop thought-leadership on city-business collaboration to drive climate action and scale impact:
    • Capture learnings from all city typologies into dedicated publications and tools for wider dissemination;
    • Leverage lessons learned at city level to run peer-to-peer knowledge sharing events in collaboration with CBCA cohort cities.
  • Coordinate with C40 specialist teams to leverage internal resources and capabilities, ensure the CBCA acts as a mechanism to deliver city Climate Action Plans and commitments (e.g. C40 Declarations), and co-create funding proposals
  • Lead on internal CBCA measurement and planning processes and track CBCA cities’ cross-sector collaboration efforts in line with the C40 Leadership Standards
  • Lead on the management of the C40 Climate Solutions Platform (CSP) methodology, including the CSP website and implementation partners, and develop dissemination strategies and funding opportunities to expand its use
  • Support the Head of City Business Climate Alliances with the day-to-day management of the CBCA as needed


Person Specification:

  • Experience of successfully managing global, multi-stakeholder programmes or partnerships
  • Experience of successfully leading on complex initiatives from initial challenges to the delivery of successful outcomes – including leading scoping discussions, engagement of stakeholders, and workshop facilitation
  • Experience in working with a range of different companies or business associations or partnerships, including an understanding of the interests, drivers and constraints of private sector partners with respect to climate and/or urban agendas
  • Knowledge and experience in city engagement and excellent relationship management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to engage professionally with a variety of stakeholders
  • Delivery-oriented, with problem-solving and strategic thinking capabilities and attention to detail
  • International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones, would be preferred
  • Strong English language skills required with preference to candidates speaking one or more languages from C40 cities.


Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country where they apply. Moderate travel might be required as part of the role.

Location: Canada, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, UK, USA

Salary: CAD 53,574 / DKK 522,109 / MXN 731,988 / R 753,223 / GBP 49,922 / USD 74,099 (if NYC based)

Term: Indefinite Contract

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 13 August 2021.


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  • Location
    Canada, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, UK, USA , New York
  • Department
    Business Planning, Measurement and Innovation
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    CAD 53,574 / DKK 522,109 / MXN 731,988 / R 753,223 / GBP 49,922 / USD 74,099 (if NYC based)