Head of Industry, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy

London, England, United Kingdom · Hoffmann Centre expand job description ↓


Chatham House is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading policy institutes. Based in London, with a full-time staff of over 160 - and with a network of 150 associate fellows - we provide rigorous and independent analysis on how to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and justice world not just for now but for the long term.

Chatham House’s Hoffmann Centre works at the intersection of policy, business and research to accelerate the decoupling of resource use from economic growth. It catalyses new cross-sector, cross-border initiatives; undertakes innovative research and partnerships; and engages key influencers in government, business and academia. The Hoffmann Centre is looking for an individual with proven interest in, and knowledge of resource efficiency, circular and sharing economy, industrial transformation and emerging technologies. Could you be who we're looking for? If so, please read on.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to play a key role in the delivery of the Hoffmann Centre department’s ground-breaking industry agenda. We have an opportunity for an Industry lead to join this Centre. He/she will design and deliver innovative research and project initiatives as well as ensuring their successful implementation. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual with demonstrable knowledge and experience. They will be a proven leader and team player in a dynamic and multi-disciplinary environment. The candidate should have strong quantitative and analytical ability, excellent writing and communication skills and proven experience of successful project implementation and delivery.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


Principal Responsibilities


  • Shaping the Centre’s industry agenda and help identify new business models and avenues (e.g. circular economy or substitution strategies) for an industrial transformation that contributes to deliver a sustainable resource economy.
  • Designing and delivering innovative research and initiatives on sustainable digitalization (IoT and AI in particular), and automation.
  • Implementing and leading specific projects of the Hoffmann Centre, in collaboration with relevant staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining links and networks with key individuals, businesses, and institutions on relevant issues.
  • Advising the Executive Director on strategic issues on industrial transformation such as development of new research areas and opportunities, recruitment and resourcing and the long-term goals of the Centre.


  • Leading the production of agreed research outputs, liaising closely with relevant internal staff and external publishers.
  • Contributing to online articles, research papers and promotional material.
  • Supporting the delivery of outreach and influencing strategies with internal and external stakeholders, consultants and partners.

Generation of Funding:

  • Identifying potential funding opportunities for the Centre’s research and develop new research projects and grant applications on the topics related to the industrial transformation and sustainable resource economy
  • Helping to maintain relationships with funders, involving them in relevant meetings and providing special briefings.

Supervision of Staff:

  • Supervision of project interns and Research Associates as appropriate.

Personal Specification

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master degree in a relevant discipline and long-term experience working in issues relating to sustainable resource economy.
  • Proven experience in working with high level individuals and major organizations.
  • Proven experience in managing the delivery of high profile outputs and events.


  • Excellent writing skills demonstrated by publication track record
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Ability to manage a wide range of tasks and deliver to tight deadlines
  • Excellent presentation and networking skills
  • Experience with private sector (manufacturing, construction or other heavy industries) desirable
  • Ability to use initiative and decision-make effectively under pressure.

This is a full time role of 35 hours per week - Monday to Friday 9.30-5.30pm however flexibility is required

Salary: £44,000- £61,000 dependent on experience

We will continuously look at CVs and interview on an ongoing basis until we find a suitable candidate therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can.


Benefits include 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, staff canteen providing complimentary tea and coffee and lunch and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.

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