Experienced Research Lead
At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy. We are a social enterprise with an international team that develops practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly both in the Netherlands and around the world through strategic partnerships with governments, cities, and businesses. We offer Circle Scans to businesses, cities and nations, drawing on deep expertise, including in the areas of textiles, the built environment, finance, circular design, and on jobs and skills in the circular economy.
We want to accelerate the transition toward a circular economy with actionable insights for nations, cities and businesses. We understand that as the circular economy gains global traction, it can be difficult to know where to begin, how to align sustainability commitments with commercial ones, how to know what social impacts circular strategies might have or how to track circular progress against set goals. We offer a range of Circle Scans grounded in scientific methodologies that translate complex data on energy and material flows into tangible decisions for your country, city or business. This involves developing insights, from identifying the sectors which require circular solutions to analysing how the circular transition may impact labour markets.
Your role in the Circle Economy team
As an experienced research lead, you will own, innovate and continuously improve the calculation methodologies and data modeling work across the organisation. While simultaneously building out the capabilities of the analysts team (of currently 2 analysts) within the organisation. On top of carrying out high quality analysis, you will help to innovate and develop new cutting-edge methodologies for understanding the impact of the circular economy. Externally you will collaborate with analysts and organisations to support this innovation process and expand the reach of our frameworks and methodologies. Internally, you will work in collaboration with analysts, researchers and project managers working across the organisation to support cities, nations and businesses understand the impact of circular strategies.
Who You Are
We are looking for a sharp and highly motivated research lead who can be the driving force behind conducting and developing cutting-edge quantitative analysis on an extremely relevant topic. You have the ability to work on both the micro and macro level, adapting your approach to the task at hand. You have experience both utilising and innovating quantitative research methods and a commitment to using analysis to drive action by decision makers.
On the content level, you have a clear understanding of and affinity with the circular economy, environmental sustainability and scientific research methods. You have a track record of applying research methods to complex social and environmental issues and eager to contribute your experience to driving the uptake of the circular economy by businesses, cities and nations.
You are practical, knowledgeable and skillful, and looking for a challenge to make an impact. You are passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice, and eager to lead a team conducting cutting-edge research, advisory and advocacy work. You want to get your hands dirty to create practical interventions to ensure a positive transition to the circular economy for work and workers.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Skills and Competencies
We are a team of 45+ driven and ambitious professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds and from more than 20 different countries, sharing the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a culture of getting things done while having fun, and apart from friendly and open team dynamics, you can expect a drink in your hand every other Friday by 4pm.
As a team we have guiding principles that define our mindsets and are inherent in the way we work each day, especially in the way we treat each other and others. Our values are a compass to guide our culture internally and shape our impact externally, they further our greater mission and don’t impose ideology but enable ideas.
What we offer you
For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 32 to 40 hours per week. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn continuously and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a non-profit, startup organisation, based in Amsterdam. To apply please respond with your CV and a motivation letter. Applications will be closed on Sunday 16 May 2021.