Position Description

Director, Global Battery Alliance
Job category Temporary Employee
Group Centre for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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(Initial fixed-term contract until June 2021)
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Why we are recruiting
The Forum is seeking to recruit a Director of the Global Battery Alliance to oversee the alliance’s secretariat. The Global Battery Alliance is a global public-private partnership initiated at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos 2017 and publically announced at the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2017. It seeks to catalyse, connect and scale-up efforts to ensure that the battery value chain is socially responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable and innovative.
The secretariat of the Global Battery Alliance is currently hosted by the Centre for Global Public Goods at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.
Reporting lines and interactions
The Director will set the alliance’s strategic direction in collaboration with the principal-level Supervisory Council and with the VP-level Executive Board. The Director will report to the Deputy-Head of the Centre for Global Public Goods.
The Director will be expected to collaborate closely with relevant initiatives at the World Economic Forum, such as the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE).
The successful candidate will be assessed on
  • Ensuring that the alliance objectives and deliverables are met
  • Establishing the alliance as the globally recognized, leading platform for action to bring about a sustainable, responsible and innovative battery value chain
  • Raising the alliance’s global public profile and growing its membership
  • Mobilizing additional funding for the secretariat and project implementation
  • Overseeing delivery of public-private action partnerships and ensuring impacts are measured, reported and widely communicated
Preferred requirements and experience
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in project management and people leadership capabilities related to sustainable business strategy, international stakeholder engagement and partnership building
  • Several years of work experience at a leading management consulting firm
  • A deep understanding of the battery, electric mobility and storage industry, with in-depth knowledge of sustainable supply chains and relevant battery value chain impacts, including the global economic and political dynamics in which these are taking place
  • A master’s degree in business strategy, engineering, resource management issues, sustainability, environmental economics, finance, public policy or related areas
  • Experience with working in an international and multicultural environment and strong knowledge in raising funds for, as well as building and delivering innovative and effective global public-private partnerships
  • A deep commitment to the objectives of the alliance and the Forum’s mission
  • Perfect command of written and spoken English; fluency in at least one other language with relevance to the battery value chain is an advantage
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills; be a positive team player, hardworking and an inspirational leader
  • Experience and pleasure in high-profile media interviews and be able to moderate and facilitate high-level discussions
Why work at the Forum
The World Economic Forum believes that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.
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