Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative - Lead

Permanent employee, Full or part-time · Stichting Circle Economy

Your mission

Circle Economy’s impact goal is to double global circularity by 2032. Our work with nations is crucial to achieving that goal. The Circularity Gap Reporting initiative (CGRi) offers a globally recognised method for benchmarking national performance on the circular economy, while also enabling a strong evidence base to support governments in establishing circular transition agendas. To date we have published a total of five Global Circularity Gap Reports, and an additional ten national and regional reports. To reach our impact goal of doubling global circularity, the CGRi aims to deliver analysis and monitoring for 100 countries by 2032.

The Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative Lead role combines team, programme and budgetary management with business development and stakeholder management to realize the long term vision and expansion of the CGRi program. Working in collaboration with colleagues across the organization to drive an ambitious strategy for scaling Circle Economy’s products and services in delivering impact within nations.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Programme Management & Development

  1. Lead the programme’s day-to-day operations of the CGRi team;

    1. Oversee the planning and implementation of the programme working across Circle Economy’s teams to ensure stakeholders' requirements are met

    2. Direct the implementation of CGRi projects to ensure the project manager meets the stakeholders' expectations and that the project delivers within scope, budget and timelines allocated

    3. Execute working practices in line with the organisation’s Project Management Office, legal, administrative and financial controls. Input into the development and agreement of policies and procedures and ensure implementation within the programme.

    4. Manage the programme budget (revenue) and secure yearly positive results.

  2. Drive the strategic development of the CGRi:

    1. Drive the development of the CGRi strategy with your team’s Senior Strategists and the Research and Development team at Circle Economy to ensure your program’s strategy is in line with the organisational long term strategy and the ambitions of other thematic areas.

    2. Regularly review programme positioning, services and products, and lead on their development in line with stakeholders needs, opportunities and contextual relevance.

    3. Initiate, build and maintain strong relationships with partners,institutions and donors, to strengthen the programmatic impact. Secure funding for the programme’s continuity by creating and delivering proposals for funding organisations.

Communications & Advocacy

Ensure communications & advocacy efforts build external visibility the CGRi:

  1. Represent the organisation at external events to raise the profile and reputation of the CGRi

  2. Oversee key messaging and language in public information and throughout our Marketing and Communication activities

  3. Ensure key information is disseminated through publishing the work of the programme to its national and international audience.

Line Management

Line Management of assigned employees

  • Be a good manager, ethically driven, kind and supportive of the staff of whom you are responsible, modelling professionality and competence, while sustaining a healthy, respectful and trustworthy environment and promoting a good work/life balance.

  • Nurture team working and shared ownership of an ambitions portfolio of projects

  • Agree responsibilities and objectives of the team members and support the alignment and development of their role within Circle Economy to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation’s human resources

  • Agree yearly OKRs, individual and programme KPIs 

  • Carry out continuous performance management to help employees reach their potential

  • Align individual professional development plans with company objectives

  • Ensure competencies and skills within the teams are in line with the programmatic goals

  • Prioritise work plans and advise/mentor/coach team members as required

Your profile


  • A Masters Degree is required, preferably in a field related to the circular economy (e.g.industrial ecology, environmental science, life cycle analysis, etc.) 

  • Knowledge of:

    • Resource efficiency and circular economy and how these concepts can be applied to deliver environmental and social benefits at a national level

    • Managing budgets

  • Demonstrated experience:

    • Managing and growing programs, specifically in the impact sector 

    • Business development, proposal writing, fundraising

    • Presenting and showcasing the work of CGRi and Circle Economy at high level forums

    • Ability to manage a team, encourage individual growth, and ensure a healthy work life balance

Your work style

  • Self­-starter (proactive and independent) with a proven ability to prioritize different assignments and tasks to meet deadlines

  • Experience in working cross-functionally across multiple stakeholders 

  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while being flexible to evolving responsibilities and last-minute changes

  • Comfortable working in a collaborative environment

  • Ability to think outside of the box and creatively problem-solve

  • Excellent English written, visual and oral communication skills. Other business languages are a plus.

Your interest

  • You get up every morning with the ambition to make a positive impact on the world

  • You are familiar with the circular economy and sustainability concepts, and thrive when putting your knowledge into advancing these ideas in society

  • You are a natural systems thinker who loves to explore problems from a holistic perspective, conduct analyses to generate insights, and translate those insights into compelling solutions

Why us?

For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 32-40 hours per week, which may be extended depending on performance 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 career development 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 foundation.

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!
Thank you for your interest in Circle Economy Please fill out the following short form. Should you have difficulties with the upload of your data, please send an email to

Please upload your CV, recent certificates and a short cover letter (max. 20 MB in total).

Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop
Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop
Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop

Uploading document. Please wait.