Background to the initiative

The Plastics Pacts are a network of national or regional initiatives driving action towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics. Led by a local implementation organisation, each Plastics Pact brings together front-running businesses, governments, NGOs and others to work towards a set of ambitious circular economy targets by 2025. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Plastics Pact network facilitates the development of Pacts around the world and enables the exchange of circular economy insights and best practices across countries.

Role and Responsibilities

You will work with a variety of stakeholders ranging from companies, policymakers, NGOs and others to set up Plastic Pacts in various countries across the world, and co-shape the development of the unique global Plastics Pact network.

This will involve the following activities:

Representing the New Plastics Economy externally. Being a representative of NPEC in meetings or on stage at events and conferences, able to clearly explain and convey our vision and to engage and advise stakeholders.

Stakeholder engagement. Working with and building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders ranging from companies, policymakers and cities to NGOs academics and others from various different geographies, engaging them, advising them or collaborating with them.

Supporting existing Plastics Pacts, as well as advising the development of new market initiatives globally. Addressing individual local challenges and adaptation needs, while ensuring that overall success criteria are met. Identifying common challenges, as well as relevant insights and success stories to share and exchange across geographies.

Facilitating pre-competitive, multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops. Designing and planning the agenda and content of multi-stakeholder meetings, and effectively navigating group conversations to productive outcomes.

Capacity building & knowledge transfer. Actively contributing to developing the Foundation’s and the Plastics Pact Network’s expertise, with a focus on implementing solutions for a circular economy for plastics in various different markets. Packaging knowledge and insights into reports, case studies, and other assets and tools.

Your profile

· You will have the intellectual capacity and analytical skills to understand the principles of the circular economy and to apply them to the global plastic packaging system (relevant industry experience is a plus).

· Evidence of recent relationship management experience and excellent communication skills: the ability to interact effectively with individuals at various management levels across a variety of organisations and geographies; evidence of having written engaging documents.

· Methodical, analytical and robust in your thought processes, with the ability to actively contribute to internal and external problem solving in meetings; you will flourish with minimal guidance and be able to handle ambiguity.

· A good academic record and degree level qualifications in business, economics, science, political science, or other relevant discipline.

· A minimum of 2-3 years of previous work experience is essential for this role. Recent experience within a business or consulting environment is preferred.

· Additional language skills to English are a definite plus in this role given the range of stakeholder engagement. Extensive travel will be required.

What we do

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an innovative not-for-profit organisation with a mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation works with the world's largest organisations and the emerging innovators that are bringing a circular economy to life. If you would like to learn more about the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or the circular economy, please visit

Please apply with CV and covering letter and salary expectation

Desired starting date: January 2020

Closing date: December 20th 2019

Salary package: Competitive within the charity sector and with generous holiday allowance, gym membership etc.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

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