Location England
Job-type Permanent
Salary £35,000 - £40,000
Reference ACRE-12141

Location: Remote with regular meetings in London

Are you looking for a new challenge to build your experience in responsible sourcing and sustainability policy within the critical mineral space? Wishing to join an influential industry organisation with a strong focus on professional development and learning?

The Cobalt Institute

The Cobalt Institute (CI) is a global trade association that represents the cobalt value chain - including producers, refiners, recyclers, traders and users of cobalt. They promote the safe, responsible and sustainable production and use of cobalt in all its forms and applications. They do this by acting as a knowledge centre for governments, agencies, industry, academia, the media and civil society on all matters concerning cobalt and cobalt-containing substances.

Cobalt is a core component in the production of Lithium-ion batteries, which are the dominant technology for storing energy in electric vehicles and renewable energy systems. Due to its unique properties and the increasing demand for clean energy solutions, cobalt is a critical mineral in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

To support the growth of the CI, it is now looking to appoint a Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Associate. Reporting to the Head of Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability, you will be providing project and administrative support to the RSS team. You will be gaining exposure to a varied range of projects, from coordinating high-profile global events that would move the dial on the entire cobalt value chain, to facilitating knowledge sharing amongst CI members.

Main activities and responsibilities of the role include:

  • Coordination of the Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability Committee (RSSCOM) and its working groups - including organising meetings; preparation of agenda, slides, papers and minutes; external speaker invitations etc

  • Coordination of the Cobalt Learning Group - a peer learning group for members to build capacity of environmental and human rights due diligence through workshops, webinars, tools, etc

  • Coordination of data collection for the Cobalt Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

  • Managing the RSS stakeholder engagement plan

  • Coordination of RSS communications, including Cobalt Institute's Member Intranet, social media posts, press releases

  • Coordination of RSS panels at the annual Cobalt Congress, including inviting panellists, preparing briefing notes, etc

  • Translating technical and policy information into relevant, concise and effective reporting for internal/ external audiences

  • Support the RSS team and undertake related ad hoc tasks and projects as required

In this role, you will be able to leverage the following skills:

  • Writing skills and the ability to distil complex information into a concise and clear format

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills

  • Knowledge of the responsible sourcing or sustainability policy landscape, particularly through a social lens, either through academic studies or work experience

  • Knowledge of ESG frameworks, standards, and reporting tools would be highly welcomed

  • Ability to operate independently in a largely remote working environment

The Cobalt Institute is an organisation delivering long-term value for its members and those operating in the cobalt value chain in some of the most complex geographies globally. If you want to gain exposure to a wide network of senior stakeholders and learn from a highly qualified team of sustainability professionals, all whilst building your experience in responsible sourcing and sustainability policy, look no further.

Please note that this role would be mostly home-based, with monthly team meetings in London. You should, therefore, be based in the UK within commutable distance to London. There will also be occasional opportunities for international travel.

The Cobalt Institute believes that diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world's talent. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Please reach out to Canace Wong at canace.wong@acre.com for more information on the role.