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Senior Product Development Officer: Carbon Asset Ratings

Location: City, London

As part of expanding the capability of The Carbon Rating Agency to meet the current demands from our public and private sector clients, we are seeking an exceptionally skilled Senior Product Development Officer for our Carbon Asset Ratings Division to lead product development in the ratings of NAMAs, carbon/energy efficiency trading schemes, sectoral programmes (e.g. REDD+).


The Carbon Rating Agency (CRA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the IDEAglobal Group. It is the world’s only ratings agency focused on carbon and energy efficiency asset ratings. Its mission is to enable the creation of carbon as an asset class. It provides a suite of ratings and analytical products including carbon ratings, energy efficiency ratings, ratings of NAMAs, trading schemes, PoAs, sectors and indices. The principle role of these products is an enabler of climate finance, risk sharing between public and private stakeholders and for the construction of legitimate instruments necessary for this new asset class to crowd in private capital. The CRA’s products have been built using both financial and environmental market experts such as current UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and former UN Under-Secretary-General Nitin Desai. The CRA has benefitted from testing its suite products with IDEAglobal’s network of Sovereign Wealth Funds, institutional investors and investment banks, as well as multilateral organizations and leading corporations. This has enabled the creation of risk metrics and tools with strong foundations for comparability with other asset classes and legitimate accounting and valuation of carbon as an asset for voluntary, compliance and investment purposes. In June 2008 Lord Stern (then Vice Chair of IDEAglobal Group), Shandi Modi (Founder and Chairman of IDEAglobal Group) and Ian Johnson (Chairman, The Carbon Ratings Agency) officially launched the CRA at the London Stock Exchange.

The ideal candidate should have:
• Very strong numerical and analytical capabilities
• Science/engineering/climate finance background
• Direct experience in the energy, transport, infrastructure or other relevant sector
• Experience working in different international geographies
• Proven creative skill set with regards to product development
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

We are specifically looking for candidates with:
• Analytical work experience that has resulted in actual financing in areas such as carbon, energy efficiency, infrastructure, etc. Please provide examples in cover letter.

We offer a competitive base salary dependent on level of experience with a benefits package that includes a performance bonus scheme and participation in the company’s stock options plan.

Interested candidates should submit their application (cover letter and CV) to Please note that due to high response rates from previous recruitment, the closing date may be moved forward, so early application is highly recommended. Closing date is 30th November 2013.


Due to the high response of applications, we cannot respond to you all individually. If you do not hear from us after four weeks from the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful.

We keep all C.V.’s on file for a period of six months, and will contact you to apply should new vacancies arise and your skill and experience are relevant. If you do not wish your C.V. to be kept on file, please state at the time of application.


Experienced Hires

We welcome applications from industry specialists looking to work and lead on an exciting range of international projects. The candidate background we look for is a proven track record in assessing climate projects, particularly the array of risk factors which impact their capabilities. Highly numerate and naturally inquisitive, we also welcome applications from those with team management experience.



We look for graduates with first class academic records who want to use their intimate knowledge of the global climate market to help drive positive change. We like to delegate instant responsibility to our new starters, which is why we feel it is important that we select those with the best experience and proven adaptability in new surroundings.



To enquire about positions or send in your CV and cover letter as a speculative application, please email Barbara Young at The Carbon Rating Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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