Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) Innovation Hub Manager




Grade 8, £43,414 to £51,805

Closing date: Friday 7 October

Do you have innovation and commercialisation experience and a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree in physical sciences, economics, or any other quantitative discipline? Do you have an interest in climate change and sustainable finance issues, with an understanding of the international web of private sector actors engaged in tackling climate change?

The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) is a national centre established to accelerate the adoption and use of climate and environmental data and analytics by financial institutions internationally. It will unlock opportunities for the UK to lead in greening finance and financing green. It involves several Universities (Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Reading, Leeds), research institutes and many stakeholders from the finance and investment sector.

CGFI will act as a platform to connect wider UK science and innovation with financial institutions, providing a route by which needs are understood and the latest climate and environmental science is made accessible, commercialised, and exported globally, placing the UK as global hub for climate and environmental analytics (CEA) for financial institutions.

Through these activities, the CGFI will:

  • Enhance the solvency of individual financial institutions in the UK and globally and so contribute to the resilience of the global financial system as a whole for all, as well the efficient pricing and reallocation of capital away from assets at risk to those that are more resilient;
  • Underpin the development and the growth of UK green finance-related products and services;
  • Enable a vibrant ecosystem of UK enterprises providing climate and environmental analytics into financial institutions and realise the opportunity for UK plc of being a world-leader in the creation and provision of climate and environmental services.

To support the above activities and enable a vibrant ecosystem of “Green/Climate Fintech” businesses in the UK, CGFI is establishing physical innovation hubs in Leeds and London. These hubs will act as physical meeting, translation, and business support hubs where climate and environmental analytics businesses can meet or collaborate when needed, and will act as focal points for CGFI researchers, fellows, end users, and to meet and run events to build a vibrant community of businesses, researchers, and financial institutions. These will be deeply anchored in local ecosystems and networks, building on the wealth of experience that is already available within Leeds and Imperial College.

The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) is looking to appoint an Innovation Hub Manager to lead the development of its Leeds Innovation Hub. The Manager will take responsibility for delivering outcomes associated with innovation and ecosystem building within CGFI, as well as supporting analytics businesses within this ecosystem. To achieve this, the Manager will be working closely with the CGFI academic and stakeholder communities, and with colleagues at Imperial where a second Innovation Hub is being configured. Engagement with stakeholders is key to ultimately ensure effective use of environmental data to guide finance and investment decisions. The position will be employed at Leeds University Business School. The Innovation Hub Manager will also be formally connected to the Priestley International Centre for Climate, and the Innovation Hub will be located in Nexus.

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