Lead : Circle Finance Program

Permanent employee, Full-time · Stichting Circle Economy

Your mission

We are looking for a visionary, highly motivated, and experienced team lead with profound knowledge of the financial sector to join Circle Economy in Amsterdam. Circle Economy is a social enterprise with an international team that develops practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly due to our global reach, thought leadership and our partnerships with governments, cities, and businesses.

Circle Finance Programme

To drive the transition to a global circular economy at the speed and scale necessary, transnational cooperation and significant targeted investment are fundamental. The Circle Finance Programme has a proven track record in supporting both the Dutch and international financial institutions in becoming a force for the circular economy transition. Our work with international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, European Investment Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as private banks to unify efforts to fund circular projects is leading the global agenda on how to fund the circular economy transition; tap into the business opportunities of the circular economy while mitigating GHG emissions and resource scarcity. While engaging with a broad array of financial sector participants, we have a strong focus on IFIs and strategic collaborations with multilateral development banks (MDBs).

We are now looking to take our efforts to the next level with the help of a visionary team lead who can support us in our ambition to spur the financial sector to drive the circular economy transition. 

We see opportunities for:

  • Supporting IFIs and private financial sector participants in agenda setting and the development of strategies that help integrate the circular economy in their funding practices. 

  • Developing data-driven solutions and digital tools that provide financial institutions with the information they need to drive change in their investment portfolios. 

  • Inspiring financial sector participants and policy makers by highlighting the opportunities for large scale innovation through our thought leadership reports.

  • Mainstreaming circular economy objectives across financial institutions’ strategies, investments and technical support.

We are looking for someone who has experience, expertise, and depth of knowledge, and can drive the Finance Programme’s current projects as well as further increase its impact in the global financial ecosystem.

Your profile

Who you are

  • You have 6+ years working experience in the financial sector where you have established a broad network with key stakeholders and individuals and acquired insights into key issues in transitioning to sustainable practices in the sector.

  • You have experience with partnership development and working with multilateral institutions.

  • You have a proven track record and want to further develop your ability to coordinate project teams, strategy development, team management, and relationship management.

  • You are an innovator that knows how to combine a inspiring vision, business acumen and a sense of social and environmental justice in the creation of new projects, content, and value propositions 

  • You have an active interest in sustainability and the circular economy and would love to contribute your skills and knowledge to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future.

  • You are a self-starter, a quick learner and able to deal with unexpected new situations

  • You have experience working in and managing multicultural teams in an international environment, and are fluent in English, and preferably Dutch.

Your role in our team

You will be responsible for the daily management and long-term growth of the Circle Finance Programme project portfolio. You will also have the opportunity to further build the dedicated team, currently consisting of three direct reports, over time.

Examples of the activities and tasks you will be required to perform are:

  • Driving the strategic development of the Circle Finance portfolio by identifying game changing offerings and projects

  • Supporting team members during their work on individual projects and as their line manager

  • Aligning with other team leads on shared projects and resources, with the management team on finances and strategy, and with supporting staff on legal, HR, communications, and other topics

  • Actively reaching out to and inspiring stakeholders in the financial sector through one-on-one conversations and as a speaker on stage

Why us?

What we offer you

This is a full-time role (32-40 hours per week). We offer a challenge for a passionate person who is impact-driven and loves to learn and take on responsibilities within a vibrant and talented team in a pioneering organization. We firmly believe that you will have a chance to make a global and lasting impact for good through your work with our Circle Finance team.  Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a social enterprise. EU work authorisation is required for this role.

To apply

The role is based in Amsterdam, NL. Please apply with your CV and motivation letter. Applications can be addressed to Ruth Harvey. We will review applications 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.


It is our mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our global economy is only 8.6% circular today, leaving a massive Circularity Gap. To avoid climate breakdown, we aim to roughly double global circularity from 8.6% to 17% by 2032 in a safe and just way. 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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