Executive Director (Professor in Practice)

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Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment


Executive Director (Professor in Practice), TPI Global Climate Transition Centre


Salaries will be on the appropriate salary scale and will be competitive to reflect experience, and the salary scale starts at £76,196 per annum. The salary scale can be found on the LSE website 


This is a fixed term appointment for three years initially, renewable subject to funding


We are now recruiting for the first Executive Director of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) Global Climate Transition Centre, a new Research Centre at LSE that aims to be a global hub for research and open-access data on the transition to a low-carbon economy in the corporate and financial world.


TPI is an asset owner-led initiative launched in 2017 and supported by 130 investors with over $50 trillion of assets under management and advice. The Grantham Research Institute has hosted the TPI research programme since then and is now scaling it up into a centre.


The successful applicant will be an established or emerging leader in a field related to the Centre’s activities, such as climate finance, ESG, or responsible investment. You will have extensive professional experience in senior management/strategy, building and maintaining stakeholder relationships, and you will have strong analytical and quantitative skills, with a track record of contributing to rigorous, research-based, investor-focused analysis.


Key responsibilities include:

  • leading Centre strategy and governance;
  • leading development of the Centre’s research agenda by identifying key research questions and impact opportunities, working closely with the Centre’s Research Director;
  • ensuring long-term financial sustainability of the Centre, including cultivating high-level relationships with external funders, and identifying opportunities for commercialisation of the Centre’s data;
  • identifying opportunities and risks in relation to the Centre’s future direction, keeping abreast of developments in climate/sustainable finance, ESG, and responsible investment;
  • building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders with a view to strengthen the Centre’s positioning in the wider ecosystem of climate finance, especially with asset owners, asset managers and other relevant actors in financial markets such as ESG data providers;
  • engaging external audiences at the highest level, such as by serving on advisory bodies, providing expert opinion and commentary, building high-level networks, and giving invited presentations at national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops;
  • leading development of the Centre’s annual work plan and ensuring its timely delivery through high-level planning and coordination, working closely with the Centre’s Deputy Director.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email gri.hr@lse.ac.uk  


The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 November 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.