Central London, Greater London
£46,000 - £52,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job Purpose 

Are you ambitious and solution-focused? Do you have strong attention to detail to build the necessary systems and processes? 

CDP’s Global Development Team is ambitious, dynamic and at the heart of everything CDP does. As Senior Manager for Grants and Compliance you will lead the set-up of a new, small but critical unit within the Development Team, responsible for building the systems and processes required to manage a growing portfolio across both philanthropic and government income; implement systems to build winning budgets and manage them effectively and to donor requirements; ensure timely compliance reporting and coordinate effective due diligence for CDP and our partners; be responsible for providing insight and analysis on income and progress against targets to the Director of Development; and set best practice on budgeting and grant management. Working with colleagues across the organisation to secure their input and coordination across teams, you will help to maximise the strategic value of development funding to the organisation. 

This new role will develop CDPs’ capability in this area to ensure continued growth and success. To succeed in this role you must be detailed-orientated but also able to see the big picture, relish responsibility, be able to cope with challenges and communicate well. As with any expanding organisation there is a need to build and embed sustainable systems. You will be determined, tenacious and solutions-focused, able to design and implement the long-term vision for excellent grant management across all CDP offices. 


About CDP 

CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 590 investors with over $110 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 10,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2020, including more than 9,600 companies worth over 50% of global market capitalization, and over 940 cities, states and regions, representing a combined population of over 810 million. Fully TCFD aligned, CDP holds the largest environmental database in the world, and CDP scores are widely used to drive investment and procurement decisions towards a zero carbon, sustainable and resilient economy. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. 


Main duties and responsibilities 

Line management and team performance 

  • Support and line manage team members to perform to their highest levels of ability. 

  • Build excellent internal working relationships to engage staff at all levels to support donor reporting and grant management including capacity building of staff as needed. 

Budget development and management 

  • Develop and maintain budget development processes, working with finance and Project Management Office colleagues, to ensure donor requirements / cost eligibility criteria are understood and met; to ensure a consistent approach to building budgets with specific attention to co-funding requirements and implications for staffing. 

  • Support the preparation of budgets during proposal development and review project financial reports ahead of submission to donors to ensure donor reporting requirements are being met. 

  • Maintain an overview of budgets across the grant portfolio to support understanding of project and programme funding and analysis of funding gaps, and ensure a consistent approach to budgeting across grants. 

Grant compliance 

  • Oversee due diligence and compliance processes for CPD and our partners 

  • Ensure timely reporting to bodies such as IATI 

  • Work with teams across CDP to ensure we have the required policies and procedures in place to meet donor requirements 

Grant and contract management  

  • Develop and maintain a global grants management system to support accurate grant tracking and reporting, in close cooperation with counterparts based in CDP North America and Europe.  

  • Work with CDP’s finance and legal teams to manage grant and contractual processes including sub-granting to partners and between CDP entities. 

  • Provide grant management analysis for senior leadership across global philanthropy and government funding. 

  • Communicate with donors to resolve problems and address grant management information requests. 


Person specification 

  • Experience in philanthropic and government grant management, including: 

  • identifying compliance issues and developing tools, processes or procedures to improve compliance. 

  • Donor contract and budget management, reporting and cost eligibility and compliance and a clear understanding of co-financing.  

  • Experience using resource management and planning skills to develop efficient systems and processes. 

  • Excellent financial management skills including budget development and reporting and tracking, reporting and analysing income. 

  • Experience of line management and building teams to perform at their best. 

  • Excellent attention to detail and general administrative skills.  

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.  

  • Strong organisational skills with a methodical approach to working on several tasks simultaneously and meeting deadlines.  

  • A strong team player under pressure.  

  • Evidenced ability to work and initiate solutions independently.  

  • Strong ICT skills essential especially in excel, and proficiency with fundraising databases desirable. 

This is a full-time, permanent role based at CDP’s Central London office reporting to CDP’s Global Development Director. Flexible working will be considered and staff are currently working from home due to Covid restrictions. 


Salary and benefits:  

£46-52k per annum dependent on experience, annual discretionary bonus, 30 days’ holiday, generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and other benefits. 

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK. We cannot sponsor this role. 

Posted on: 27 July 2021
Closed date: 06 August 2021
Tags: Management, Business Development

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