Lead Climate Policy Officer EU (80-100%)

Ready to join a team of visionaries who is dedicated to solving one of humankind’s greatest challenges?

Get to know Climeworks

Climeworks removes CO₂ from the air to fight global warming and protect future generations to come.

We develop, build and operate direct air capture (DAC) machines which capture CO₂ directly from the air. The captured carbon dioxide is removed from the air by safely storing it underground, permanently.

Founded in 2009 by engineers, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks was built with a mission to inspire 1 billion people to remove CO₂ from the air, and is now spearheading the DAC industry globally. It has the world’s largest DAC facility and storage installation in operation and a team of over 300 Climeworkers determined to contribute to a net-zero future.

A true climate pioneer, Climeworks is featured as a TIME100 Influential Company 2022 and Global Cleantech 100 Company 2022, driving a revolutionary technology engineered to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

We foster a dynamic environment and are building a global purpose driven team. We are looking for disruptive thinkers, passionate achievers and inspiring leaders that are ready to take on the world’s greatest challenge.

Will you join us? 

Your mission

Job description
  • Your mission at Climeworks is to lead efforts to favorable conditions for Carbon Removal Market regulations and enable EU government CDR funding beyond current EU IF and Horizon Europe in Brussels.
  • You develop, expand and cultivate relationships with EU policymakers, relevant government agencies, and interest groups in order to ensure a favorable regulatory framework for DAC.
  • You diffuse and differentiate knowledge about CDR/DAC with key political stakeholders.
  • You are in charge of driving the implementation of EU level funding/procurement programs and shape EU carbon market removal regulation and global market mechanisms.
  • You ensure strict environmental regulations and avoid DAC becoming a means of undermining emission reductions.
  • You ensure stringent and carbon accounting standards in the EU and facilitate a favorable regulatory framework for DA.

Your story

  • You have completed a bachelor's degree in political science, Economics, Law, Engineering or any other related discipline.
  • You are a true expert in EU climate policy & advocacy with at least 5 years of experience in Energy and Climate, ideally Carbon Capture and Storage and/or utilization (CCS/CCU), or, even better, in Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). Knowledge in Direct Air Capture and experience in relevant industry associations is a strong plus.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of the relevant EU policies.
  • You are based in Belgium, ideally in Brussels and come with a large network in Brussels (EC, EP, Council).
  • You are self-organized and are able to structure your projects in alignment with the policy department in Zurich.
  • You have a strong ability to meet deadlines and are a persuasive and efficient communicator.
  • You are fluent in English and are open to travel 10-30%.

What we offer: A horizontal organization, a great team, an improvement-oriented approach, and a scale-up venture with an innovative technology. Sounds like you? We are looking forward meeting you! Apply now by filling in the online application form and uploading your complete dossier to our careers portal: https://www.climeworks.com/careers.

Our promise: At Climeworks, you are accepted for who you are. As part of our ongoing journey towards creating a diverse and inclusive environment - we encourage everyone to apply! All qualified applicants are considered for positions, so bring along your knowledge, personal experiences, and fresh perspectives, and together we can solve one of humankind’s greatest challenges. We look forward to getting to know you!

Disclaimer: The percentage in the job title means that for this vacancy, you can decide if you want to be employed on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on what works best for your needs.

We do not accept candidates from agencies for our positions.

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