Portfolio Manager, Europe

Job Title: Portfolio Manager

Department: Theme- Decision Metrics, and Finance

Salary: Competitive

Reporting to:   Decision Metrics, and Finance Director

Location:  Any of our EU locations*
Start Date:  ASAP
Apply by: 9th March 2016 1200 hrs GMT

Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC)

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.

We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, decision metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Decision Metrics and Finance

This theme is cross-cutting among the five themes of Climate-KIC. Within this area we focus on developing and integrating innovative climate metrics, climate finance, and decision-making mechanisms to enable diffusion, replication and scaling of climate-friendly innovation. This challenge is huge and exciting: to achieve a low carbon future, the investment needed by 2030 is estimated at €85 trillion: an unprecedented level of spend in any human endeavour.

Please find below a few exciting examples of initiatives in our current portfolio:


The Role

We are currently looking for a talented, highly dynamic, and motivated portfolio manager for our Decision Metrics and Finance theme.

This is a central role for the theme and will ensure that the consistency, the quality, the impacts, and the growth of the portfolio of activities of the theme. This individual will ensure that the wider Climate-KIC community maintains an overview of all activities relevant to the theme, is driving the portfolio toward impact, and – of special importance – captures the value from our ongoing investments by building knowledge assets that Climate-KIC can use to develop further programmes with new partners and funders.

Key Responsibilities

In your role as portfolio manager you will be responsible for:

Portfolio overview and development of synergies: To deliver impact beyond the individual activities, it is essential to continuously provide an accessible overview of the portfolio and potential synergies among activities for Climate-KIC employees, partners and as basis for outward communication

Performance and quality management: This includes the KPI-based (e.g. climate benefits, jobs created, finance leveraged) planning, preparation and participation of selection and stage gate review processes.

Identification of gaps and targeted portfolio growth: In order to meet the strategic objectives of the theme, the portfolio manager collaborates closely with the theme leadership to identify gaps in the current portfolio and supports updating the priorities for engaging new partners and activities.

Building knowledge assets: In order to provide added value to partners and especially future funders it is essential that we capture lessons learnt and develop knowledge assets that we can “sell”. This includes collaborating with the director and business development lead on developing new bids.

Main Working Relationships

The portfolio manager reports to the Theme Director and is part of a small core team including a flagship program manager, a business development lead, a communication officer and an analyst who supports the team. The role cooperates with geographic teams and other theme portfolio managers to develop a consistent portfolio and ensure cross-cutting projects are well managed. In addition, the person collaborates with the Project Management Office to ensure consistency and interacts with Climate-KIC partners as part of managing the activity portfolio.

Your profile & our requirements

This is a role that requires an experienced and enthusiastic portfolio manager who can develop, grow, and steer a great innovation portfolio across geographies, and is passionate about driving innovative climate solutions in close collaboration with end-users. The position requires a flexible, proactive, and collaborative working approach, and a good team player. The following qualifications, capabilities and experiences are important to us:

  • Strong technical and economic expertise with regard to the agenda of climate metrics and climate finance
  • Relevant and extensive experience (5-8 years as a minimum)
  • Track record of project delivery within an international product development environment
  • Ability to engage with and influence multidisciplinary / international project teams
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, ideally proficient in at least one more EU language
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder management, excellent interpersonal, communication skills


Our offer

We offer a vibrant working environment in an inspiring community of climate innovators across more than 140 partner organisations in Europe. The post-holder will be based at the candidate’s preferred Climate-KIC location throughout Europe but travel within Europe is required for this position. This is a fixed-term (2 year) position.  Starting date will be negotiated but should be as soon as possible.

Terms of employment

This is a fixed-term 2 year position

*Our EU locations are: London & Birmingham, UK; Paris, France; Berlin & Hessen, Germany; Utrecht, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Emilia Romagna, Italy; Valencia, Spain; Lower Silesia, Poland; and Budapest, Hungary.

Further Information

For more information please contact recruitment@climate-kic.org

Application 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.

Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) and an application letter in English (maximum 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the role highlighting relevant experience to support your application.

Please send your full application to recruitment@climate-kic.org.

Deadline: 09th March 2016

Interviews will be held via Skype.