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Sustainable Development Lead

BeZero Carbon


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join the climate action revolution as a Beyond Carbon Lead at BeZero Carbon, a pioneering force in the Voluntary Carbon Market.


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Remote UK (London HQ)

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Organisation summary - BeZero Carbon is at the forefront of scaling investments in environmental markets towards a sustainable future. As the leading carbon ratings agency, we empower top organizations with the necessary insights for superior climate decisions. Our team of over 160 professionals, including a robust analytical team with 70+ climate and data science experts, utilizes a blend of scientific, financial, and technological expertise to drive impactful climate action. We're expanding our reach beyond carbon, incorporating sustainability and co-benefits into our ratings, and we want you to be a part of this transformative journey. Learn more at

Role Summary:

  • Lead the development and execution of our Beyond Carbon workstream, focusing on sustainable development, safeguards, and biodiversity ratings.
  • Formulate a comprehensive strategy that aligns with the evolving demands of the carbon market.
  • Facilitate collaboration across Ratings, Product, and Marketing departments to integrate Beyond Carbon features.
  • Direct a talented team of analysts in research and ratings related to sustainable development attributes of carbon projects.
  • Work alongside Rating and Geo teams to design and implement risk assessments on non-carbon benefits and impacts.
  • Act as the company's primary expert on sustainable development and represent BeZero Carbon at key industry events.

Role Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in sustainable development, social science, or a related carbon market field.
  • 5-10 years of experience in the carbon market and/or sustainable development project evaluation.
  • Proven track record of managing teams.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary with equity options in a fast-growing, VC-backed startup.
  • Opportunity for professional growth alongside a diverse set of experts.
  • 25 days of leave plus additional breaks for holidays and birthdays.
  • A comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, critical illness cover, and more.
  • Health and wellness cash allowance and enhanced parental leave.
  • Regular social events and the flexibility of nomad working during the summer.

We champion diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About us:

BeZero Carbon’s Mission is to scale investment in environmental markets that deliver a sustainable future. We are a carbon ratings agency. We equip world-leading organisations with the knowledge, tools and confidence to make better climate decisions. BeZero Carbon is the largest global ratings agency for the Voluntary Carbon Market. We are driving climate action through carbon ratings.

We distribute our ratings via our SaaS Product, BeZero Carbon Markets, informing all market participants on how to price and manage risk. Our ratings and research tools support buyers, intermediaries, investors and carbon project developers with mission-critical data.

Our 160+ strong team combines climatic and earth sciences, sell-side financial research, machine learning, technology, and public policy expertise with world-class commercial and operations teams.

Curiosity, technical know-how and a research-first mindset sit at the heart of BeZero. We combine traditional capital markets research practices with expertise in environmental sciences and technology. Our 70+ analytical team of climate and data scientists, geospatial experts and financial market analysts comes with the highest academic credentials, a tenacious approach to scientific inquiry and a dedication to climate action through science.

Why you’ll love it here:

  • Career defining work - come and work on some of the most cutting edge problem sets, and do something you’ll be proud of for the rest of your career
  • World-class analysts - spend your time among the best of the best; 70% of our analytical team have PhDs, and have worked across some of the top global institutions
  • Compensation and benefits - competitive compensation and a broad benefits package
  • Live your life - flexible time off, and opportunity for remote working
  • Room to grow - many of our roles didn’t exist in the market 2 years ago, and there’s plenty of room to chart your own course

Job Description:

BeZero is poised to extend its sophisticated carbon risk assessment framework to new areas in Beyond Carbon, including environmental and social safeguards and co-benefits. Carbon market actors are increasingly asking for more intel and diligence around how carbon projects are contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and providing co-benefits such as biodiversity. Similarly, they are asking what safeguards carbon projects are employing to mitigate risks of social and environmental harm. BeZero has already launched some Beyond Carbon features in its ratings and on the BeZero Carbon Marketplace, and over the next year we will be significantly increasing our offering. We are looking for an experienced subject matter expert in sustainable development to lead our Beyond Carbon workstream, from research through execution. Job responsibilities include:

  • Lead ongoing safeguard and sustainable development ratings and research.
  • Develop a comprehensive Beyond Carbon strategy for sustainable development, safeguards and biodiversity ratings offerings for carbon market 2.0.
  • Lead cross-department initiatives between Ratings, Product and Marketing.
  • Manage a small team of analysts to deliver ratings and research on sustainable development attributes of carbon credit projects around the world.
  • Partner with scientists from Ratings and Geo teams to design and deploy risk assessments on non-carbon benefits and impacts of carbon projects.
  • Be BeZero Carbon’s lead subject matter expert on sustainable development.
  • Represent BeZero Carbon at important industry events and interface with clients and prospects.

You will be our ideal candidate if:

  • Graduate degree in sustainable development, social science or relevant carbon market topic.
  • 5-10 years working in carbon market and/or evaluation of sustainable development projects.
  • Experience managing a team.

What we’ll offer:

  • Competitive salary and equity in a rapidly growing VC-backed start-up through share options.
  • Ability to learn and develop alongside a range of sector specialists from the worlds of science, economics, business, finance and more.
  • 25 days leave (with additional time off between Christmas and New Year, and for your birthday).
  • Benefits package covering private medical insurance, dental, critical illness cover, income protection, life assurance, medical cash plan and cycle to work scheme (or a comparable package if you’re based overseas).
  • Health and wellness cash allowance.
  • Enhanced parental leave.
  • Regular social events.
  • Nomad working over the summer, allowing you to work from another country.

We value diversity at BeZero Carbon. We need a team that brings different perspectives and backgrounds together to build the tools needed to make the voluntary carbon market transparent. We are therefore committed to not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, age, or disability.


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