Data Team Lead

Temporary, Full or part-time · Circle Economy Foundation
45,000 - 52,000 € per year
Your mission
We're currently seeking a talented individual to join us as a Data Team Lead. In this pivotal role, you'll be instrumental in guiding our team of industrial ecologists, data analysts, and quantitative researchers towards impactful outcomes in the field of circular economy and sustainability.

Team Leadership

  • Lead and manage a team of 3-7 industrial ecologists, data analysts and quantitative researchers. 

  • Provide coaching to and build the capacity and learning trajectories for your team.

  • Create a work environment and data culture for your team to flourish.

Content Management

  • Keep up to date with the latest research, methodologies and reporting requirements in the field of circular economy and related, and ensure your team is up to date too.

  • Collaborate with the team on the development and implementation of new methodologies

  • Implement proactive quality management plans across multiple projects and within the organisation. Track performance to identify root causes of issues and implement remedial actions. Serve as the escalation point for unresolved data issues

  • Maintain a data workflow that spans the various quantitative approaches applied

Delivery Management

  • Meet with Project Managers on a regular basis to ensure milestones are met and high quality outputs are delivered, and to ensure appropriate resources are assigned to meet project deliverables

  • Support the development of a data culture, nurture strong communications with your team, functional leads, project managers and all other stakeholders

  • Across projects, with clients and internal team members, manage process improvements, issue escalations, workloads and provide technical expertise to junior team members

  • Support the team in developing a strong data workflow

Client Relationships

  • Represent CE and your team at talks with clients and stakeholders, when necessary.

  • Alongside a project lead, act as the primary point of contact with clients on data deliverables. Support negotiations with clients on defining data deliverables, suitable work plans and budgets.

Your profile

Skills and Competencies

  • You are an experienced quantitative researcher or analyst with 5+ years of relevant experience, with some commercial experience, and can demonstrate experience in the coaching and management of colleagues. 

  • You have a background in data and analysis, applied economics, applied econometrics more generally but demonstrated work experience and exposure to industrial ecology, sustainability analysis and reporting OR You have a background in industrial ecology, environmental engineering, ecological economics, or related domains with work experience in data management and analysis

  • You can demonstrate some experience in managing projects, workflows and budgets, and in working with clients. You are eager to support the development of more junior researchers and analysts in this direction.

  • You are familiar with Python and SQL, and data workflows/management

  • You are practical and hands-on; the success of this role lies in its realised impact.

  • You can demonstrate some knowledge about key methods of environmental analysis (e.g. Material Flow Analysis, Life Cycle Analysis and Input-Output Analysis)

  • You  can demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of upcoming legislation such as the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD, CSDD, Taxonomy) 

  • You are able to work on and apply standards and frameworks such as SBTn, LEAP, GRI and/or CTI

  • You have excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;


  • Experience with machine learning approaches

  • Experience with software or digital product development

  • Knowledge of a variety of numerical modeling skills will be handy

  • Experience contributing to academic or non-academic publications

Why us?
We are a team of 55+ 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.  
This is a full-time position (32-40 hours per week) based in the Netherlands, with our office conveniently located in central Amsterdam. Candidates should be prepared to work primarily from our office, contributing to our monumental work environment while enjoying the vibrant culture of this 
beautiful city.
If you're passionate about driving positive change through data-driven solutions and are ready to 
take on a leadership role in a dynamic team, we'd love to hear from you. Join us in shaping a 
sustainable future through innovation and collaboration. Apply now to be part of our mission!
Applications will close on 1  June 2024 and we will interview people on a rolling basis.
About us


Circle Economy is an impact organisation combining research, tools, and advice for the greater good. We were founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. With nature as our mentor, we accelerate circularity. We help businesses, cities, and nations with data-powered roadmaps for change. We are an international team of excited experts based in Amsterdam.


Earth, our home, needs to be healthy, safe, and just for generations to come. We harness the world’s intelligence and collaborative drive to restore its balance. It can and must be done; we pave the way.


A circular economy meets the needs of people in harmony with nature. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems. It’s a balancing act with nature as our mentor.


We are a global impact organisation with an international team of passionate experts based in Amsterdam. We empower businesses, cities and nations with practical and scaleable solutions to put the circular economy into action.

Our vision is an economic system that ensures that the planet and all people can thrive. To avoid climate breakdown, our goal is to double global circularity by 2032. We do this by creating:

  • An Impact-Driven Data and Evidence Base;

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economical, and social indicators

  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations, and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology, economy, and society

Actionable and Practical Strategies;

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment—operational, financial, and political—towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • A Digital Environment to Scale Adoption;

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools

  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms

We are an international team of ambitious and highly driven (young) professionals who share 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 friendly and open team dynamic and a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Circle Economy welcomes applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity,as governed under our Gender Equality Plan. Circle Economy encourages our candidates to refrain from attaching their profile photos and gender details in their resumes to mitigate any potential subconscious bias.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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