Junior Circular Economy Analyst - Circle Cities Programme

  • Action & Impact
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Junior Circular Economy Analyst - Circle Cities Programme

Job description

You will join the Circle Economy team as a junior analyst in the Cities Portfolio team. You have 1-3 years relevant works experience with a background in urban sustainability, and an understanding of the circular economy and systems thinking, you are a critical thinker who can apply this background in working with city stakeholders to identify circular opportunities. You will bring strong content expertise, communication, and execution skills to the team, working to deliver high quality and actionable insights to cities around the world. Detail orientated, you will work on a project basis, while always keeping oversight of the bigger picture.

In this role you will have the opportunity to channel your expertise and knowledge into practical and scalable solutions that will directly support cities in moving toward a circular economy. You will also be responsible for maintaining and building strong relationships with our clients and partners.

About Circle Economy
At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy. Circle Economy is a social enterprise. Together with our members, local governments and world leading partners, we create industrial systems that are restorative by design by decoupling growth and resource needs. We accelerate the transition towards a circular economy by providing insights into what a circular future might look like for a company, a city/region or even worldwide, and by taking them on a journey to get there coming up with scenarios for how to get there. Moreover, we provide a powerful network, frameworks, tools, and experience to the community of our social enterprise to turn these scenarios into reality.

Our Culture

We are a young team of 45+ driven and ambitious professionals, 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.

What we offer you

For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract based on full time employment, which may be extended depending on the performance of the job holder and funding opportunities. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team in a pioneering organisation. We will coach you to put your skills and ideas to work in order to have an impact. We recognise the importance of growth and work with our team to help find and develop opportunities for growth for each team member. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a non­profit, start­up organisation.



  • Project execution: Effectively managing your time against the projects allocations, overviewing the full scope of your deliverables and coordinating well with other members of the project team. Ensure that your deliverables are submitted on-time, with high quality. Always have an overview of the budget and planning.
  • Research and analysis: Conduct necessary research and data analysis, design business models, pilot projects and systems-level solutions, interpret and process data to be used effectively in projects. Create practical and scalable solutions that will directly support cities in moving toward a circular economy. Provide the team and clients with analysis and research outputs, distilling down to the key takeaways.
  • Client engagement: Maintain strong relationships with our international clients and partners. Ensure client/cities satisfaction throughout the projects.
  • Communication: Provide clear narratives in written reports or in presentation. Extract key insights and tailor the messages communicated to different audiences. Support the hosting and facilitation of professional workshops and multi-stakeholder events (both in the Netherlands and internationally).


Skills and Competencies

  • You have between 1-3 years of work experience in the field of sustainability consulting, or project management in the sustainability field
  • You are a high achiever with a very strong focus on achieving set targets and objectives
  • You are an expert on the circular economy and urban sustainability topics and enjoy putting your theoretical knowledge into practice
  • You are a natural systems thinker who loves to explore problems from a holistic perspective, follow innovation processes to generate insights, and translate those insights into compelling solutions
  • You have a relevant academic degree such as industrial ecology, urban environmental management, environmental science, sustainability innovation & business, environmental economics, or matching practical experience
  • You are analytical and detail oriented and are fully capable of navigating data to pull out key insights
  • You are confident and flexible with experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • You are an excellent verbal and written communicator in English, with the ability to develop clear narratives out of complex topics.
  • You have experience in liaising with government organisations, NGOs, corporations, etc. and can speak all ‘languages’
  • Experience with impact assessment (ie. LCA) and material flow analysis is preferred