Data Lead

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Global Canopy

Oxford, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£50,000 - 70,000

Global Canopy is a data-driven think tank that targets the market forces destroying nature. We do this by improving transparency and accountability. We provide innovative open-access data, clear metrics, and actionable insights to leading companies, financial institutions, governments and campaigning organisations worldwide.

A major new project, Aligned Accountability, sits at the heart of our Corporate Performance programme and of Global Canopy’s wider strategy and work. With 5-year support from the Norwegian Government, and working in partnership with ZSL SPOTT, the Accountability Framework Initiative, and other partners, the project will focus on bringing together existing data sets on company performance on deforestation. Partnering with SEI and Neural Alpha this dataset will be connected to the Trase and Trase Finance databases and the project team will work closely with the finance sector and ESG service providers to improve metrics on deforestation. These will ultimately guide more sustainable investment, improve risk management, support due diligence, and enable green product innovation.

Sitting at the heart of Global Canopy’s strategy and work, the new Data Lead will help connect the dots across Global Canopy’s data initiatives, laying the foundations for improved innovation, scale and efficiency. They will build out an impactful data strategy focused on the needs of our key targets in the private sector, government and civil society. This will ensure both excellence within individual data initiatives as well as a consistent approach across different initiatives, and with multiple external partners and suppliers. They will also have a deep understanding of commercial issues, as well as an appreciation for the issues and challenges around leadership on corporate disclosure and open data.

We are therefore looking for a talented leader who brings together strategic, technical and management skills required for this role, as well as a passion for the mission of Global Canopy.

To be successful in this role, these are the things that will matter the most:

  • Successful track record of designing data architectures and managing complex databases. Working with corporate data or ESG service providers a positive.
  • Leadership and strategy skills, and the ability to coordinate and motivate colleagues, partners and supporters to align behind a common strategy.
  • Impact-orientation and agility, bringing new technologies and approaches to help our team rapidly and effectively access, visualise and share our data and insights, limiting reliance on external suppliers.

At Global Canopy, we value diversity and inclusion. You can read our diversity statement on our website. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team with a diverse set of skills, experiences and abilities. We are committed to reducing systemic barriers in our recruitment processes. We strongly encourage those from diverse backgrounds to apply and not self-reject based on the listed criteria in the job pack.

Global Canopy works on issues of tropical deforestation. We are particularly interested in strengthening our team to include those with a background from forest regions such as Latin America and South East Asia. We would welcome applications from people from these regions and we will sponsor visas or consider a fully remote work arrangement.

Global Canopy is an inclusive employer and accommodations will be made to allow anyone who requires additional support to apply for this role. Please get in touch with us if you require any additional support.

To find out more, download the recruitment pack or visit our website.


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