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Head of Sustainable Finance Execution

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jul 5, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Barclays Overview

Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customers and clients, and by geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds.

It is the policy of Barclays to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.

Working Flexibly

We're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment for you to work in. This environment recognises and supports ways to balance your personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business. Providing the opportunity for all our employees, globally to work flexibly empowers each of us to work in a way that suits our lives as well as enabling us to better service our customers' and clients' needs. Whether you have family commitments or you're a carer, or whether you need study time or wish to pursue personal interests, our approach to working flexibly is designed to help you balance your life. If you would like some flexibility, then please discuss this with the hiring manager, and your request will be reviewed subject to business needs.

About CIB Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance is a rapidly growing field that focuses on integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into financial decision making with the aim of promoting long-term sustainable development and mitigating the negative impacts of economic activity on the environment, society and economy.

Barclays' Corporate and Investment Bank is uniquely positioned to develop a market leading sustainable finance franchise through the delivery of a full suite of products, solutions and expertise to our clients as they navigate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

------------------ Overall purpose of role

The primary responsibility of the Head of Sustainable Finance Program Execution is to oversee and manage the implementation of multiple projects that are key to Barclays ambition to deliver USD 1trillion in sustainable and transition finance and a market leading sustainable finance franchise. The role will lead a team of execution resource focusing on a book of work across CIB Sustainable Finance that will lead to rapid scale up of the business and ensure flawless execution across project delivery

Key Accountabilities

Leading teams of colleagues focusing on the industrialisation of Sustainable Finance origination and other critical projects, including:

• Rollout of new businesses such as Carbon Markets

• Developing client content replication/knowledge library

• Managing Sustainable Finance framework generation for clients

• Supporting Sustainable Finance product development and review including the navigation of Barclays' governance process to launch products to market

• Leading training content development and cohort management based on market updates and trends and working in partnership with the relevant teams,

• Enhancing Greenwashing governance, working alongside relevant colleagues

• Supporting the development of an ESG and Sustainable Finance data management strategy

Stakeholder Management and Leadership

• Drive performance development expectations and contribute to the development of individual employees

• Incorporate team building as an active part of business strategy

• Support Sustainable Finance leadership and be an advocate of training and mentorship

• Support the building of a working culture that is conducive to promoting a positive work environment

Decision-making and Problem Solving

• Act as a trusted advisor across different group of stakeholders, supporting the sustainable finance agenda and the overall education and awareness of stakeholders

• Develop innovative and bespoke solutions for Barclays' clients

Risk and Control Objective

Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with regulatory requirements, Enterprise-Wide Risk Management Framework and internal Barclays Policies and Policy Standards.

Person Specification

• Seasoned business leader and change driver with a passion for Sustainable Finance

• Experience of Sustainable Finance or ESG products, regulations and transactions

• Demonstrate assertiveness and the ability to communicate with others in a manner that promotes mutual understanding

• A success track-record of implementing change in a large organisation,

• Highly organized and analytical

• Strong communication skills

Essential Skills/Basic Qualifications:

• Seasoned business leader and change driver with a passion for Sustainable Finance

• Experience in programme management

• Experience working in a matrix organisation, showing confidence managing their own team whilst leveraging broader business resources through partnership and influence

• Ability to build effective working relationships with individuals, organisations and clients

• High degree of personal drive with the motivation to succeed

• Strong team player with first class management and leadership skills

• Highly developed written and verbal communication; strong drive and an ability to influence at senior levels

Purpose and Values

We deploy finance responsibly to support people and businesses, acting with empathy and integrity, championing innovation and sustainability, for the common good and the long term.

Our values underpin everything we do: Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship.


We harness the power of diversity and inclusion in our business, trust those we work with, and value everyone's contribution.


We operate with honesty, transparency and fairness in all we do.


We act with empathy and humility, putting the people and businesses we serve at the centre of what we do.


We champion innovation, and use our energy, expertise and resources to make a positive difference.


We prize sustainability and are passionate about leaving things better than we found them.

Our Mindset shapes how we take action, living by our Values, driven by our Purpose, always with our customers and clients at the heart of what we do; our Mindset is to Empower, Challenge and Drive.


Trust and support each other to deliver. Make decisions with those closest to the topic. Include diverse perspectives. Celebrate success and learn from failure.


Question whether things can be done better. Use insights based on data to inform decisions. Be curious about how we can adapt and improve. Speak up and be open to alternative viewpoints.


Focus on outcomes. Deliver with pace. Be passionate and ambitious about what we do. Take personal responsibility. Actively build collaborative relationships to get things done

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