Nature System Transformation Lead

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Department Engagement
Employment Type Fulltime (or at least 80%)
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Are you passionate about the role of the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for holding them account for their actions and commitments? Are you a strategic thinker with excellent influencing and leadership skills? Do you have significant experience working on nature-related issues, either with companies, civil society or with financial institutions? The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is now recruiting a:

Nature System Transformation Lead


WBA is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone. The private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the SDGs, but to boost companies’ motivation, there needs to be real change in the way that their impact is measured. That’s why we are assessing the progress of thousands of companies through publicly available and free rankings of corporate performance. Our benchmarks are used by investors, civil society, governments and companies to accelerate a race to the top.


The Nature System Transformation Lead will drive forward the strategy and vision for the WBA’s Nature Benchmark. You will be responsible for the overall conceptualisation, execution, and follow-through of the strategy, working with research and communications colleagues to deliver a benchmark that holistically assesses the sustainability performance of the world’s most influential companies on their impact on nature. Part of the WBA’s engagement function, you will lead engagement efforts on nature system transformation with a broad range of stakeholders within the growing nature and biodiversity ecosystem, including companies themselves, as well as relevant industry associations, civil society organisations, financial institutions and policymakers. You will help grow the movement WBA is building, lead others through our global Alliance, and understand the pressure points for influencing the ecosystem to drive impact. Ultimately, holding companies accountable for their impact on nature. You will also play a leadership role internally, aligning approaches with institutional priorities, and contribute to organisational strategy development, including fundraising.

What you will do 

  • Own the overall strategy development and execution of the Nature System Benchmark, working with research, communications, and engagement colleagues to deliver on key research and stakeholder engagement priorities;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with companies in scope of the benchmark, creating a Community of Practice and supporting peer to peer learning;
  • Help build a movement to hold companies to account, by leading on external engagement with a broad-range of stakeholders, including those within WBA’s Alliance;
  • Drive prioritisation of issue areas and engagement with key stakeholders to facilitate the launch of a Nature Collective Impact Coalition;
  • Lead on potential funding opportunities and donor commitments in collaboration with the funding team;
  • Motivate and empower colleagues, engage proactively internally across benchmark and transformation teams, advising on best practice, contributing to WBA wide learning and ensuring continual process improvement.

What we are looking for 

  • 12-15 years’ relevant experience preferably with different stakeholder groups;
  • Strong strategic and leadership skills with proven expertise and networks in sustainability;
  • Ability to multi-task and perform under pressure, often with competing deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, including ability to distil and translate complex data into relevant insights for a broad range of stakeholders and across various public arenas;
  • Experience of working with philanthropic and government funders is an advantage
  • Ability to work across different virtual teams and global cultures, comfortable in an evolving ‘Teal’ working environment that promotes flexibility, self-management and wholeness.

Our offer

A dynamic role with room to grow in a driven team focused on impact, ambition and teamwork. We stimulate personal growth and believe in flexible working arrangements. We have a physical presence in Amsterdam and London, alongside many employees who work across the world. You can be based anywhere for this role as inclusivity is one of our values. You will receive market-based employment benefits (the equivalent of the annual compensation range €110,000 – €125,000 for an employee based in the Netherlands).



Send us your resume by clicking the 'apply for this job' button addressed to Pauliina Murphy (Engagement & Communications Director) with a brief cover letter explaining why you want to join the WBA and how you meet ‘What we are looking for’. We are happy for you to apply as soon as possible but at the latest by Fri 7 October. First virtual online interviews will be held in the week of 17 October. For more information about us and our benchmarks, see our website or follow @SDGBenchmarks. 

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  • Employment Type
    Fulltime (or at least 80%)
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor