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Lead Strategic Partnerships

5840 Circle Economy Vast 40 uur p/w

For her client, Circle Economy, Dux International is searching for a Lead Strategic Partnerships for 40 hours per week.

Organisatie | Organisation

At Circle Economy, we are committed to establishing a circular economy; an economic system that
facilitates economic, social and environmental prosperity. As an impact-driven organisation, we
combine practical insights with scalable approaches to lead businesses, cities and governments in
making the systematic shift from linearity to circularity. The circular economy is a concept gaining
rapid traction. The dominant model of consumption worldwide follows a “take-make-waste” pattern,
but its degradative environmental impact is increasingly clear. Moving to a circular economy entails
the transition to a circular way of consumption, which is restorative and regenerative by design.
Countries, national governments and businesses are progressively shaping their strategies to support
investment towards circular economy agendas. Accelerating this transition is at the heart of Circle


Our mission is to empower a global community of businesses, cities and nations to accelerate
the transition to the circular economy through practical and scalable insights and solutions that
address humanity’s greatest challenges.


The ambition of CE is to accelerate the required transition of the economy, from linear to circular
by doubling the Global Circularity Gap to 15% to meet a 1,5 degree world by 2030. To this aim, our
impact goal is to build resilient economies that use resources intelligently, while contributing to
thriving societies. The outcome of our work is to increase the number of nations, cities and businesses
implementing just and safe circular solutions. Our strategy to reach these short term outcomes is to
guide Business, Cities and Nation States through a circular scan process to identify,
map, evaluate and prioritise circular strategies to close the circularity gap.

We do this by:

Impact Driven Data and Evidence Base

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economical and social
  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology,
    economy and society.

Actionable and Practical Strategies

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies;
  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment – operational, financial and political – towards the implementation of circular strategies.

Digital Environment to Scale Adoption

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools;
  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms.

Founded in 2011 in Amsterdam, Circle Economy Foundation currently has 50 members consisting
of NGOs and businesses and has a 2 tier board. Important funding sources include trusts &
foundations, as well as public and private revenue.
Our team consists of 50 employees, of which 55% are women and 25 different nationalities are
represented, from diverse academic backgrounds and career experiences. We have an inspiring
supervisory board and are led by an experienced management team.


We are a young team of about 50 driven and ambitious professionals, sharing the belief that the
circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open
office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have friendly and open team
dynamics and a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Functie inhoud | Tasks and responsibilities

Job Description

This is a new position to provide senior capacity within the fundraising team in order to make
the ambitious impact goals of Circle Economy happen by securing substantial unrestricted
and restricted grants and donations. The Lead Strategic Partnerships will refine the long-term fundraising strategy and lead the ambitious plan to elevate the organisation to the next level.
(S)he will ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation through increasing and diversifying the
mix of revenues for the organisation.


Reporting directly to our Chief Executive Officer the role will include:

  • Prospecting. Identifying potential funders through a variety of approaches including research,
    networking and collaboration with project teams. Including attendance/presenting at events.
    Likely to include regular overseas travel over time;
  • Relationship development and management. Develop relationships with potential funders and
    organisations leveraging all appropriate opportunities to develop strong and mutually beneficial
    relationships at a senior level while maintaining a strong relationship with existing donorbase;
  • Storytelling. Shaping strong and compelling proposals and reports together with the project teams;
  • Inspirational pitching. Presenting proposals through presentations, conversations and informal and
    formal written formats;
  • Developing capability and capacity. Contribute to the development of the organisation’s approach,
    capacity and capability to meet its funding needs.

Wij zoeken | Job requirements

Your Profile

  • 10+ Years of experience. In a relevant field in fundraising, business development, strategic
    partnership development, donor management in an international NGO or philanthropy
  • Track record. Successfully raising and managing substantial funds globally;
  • International network. Bring a global network and perspective of philanthropic donors on a senior
    level and thorough knowledge of grantmaking bodies in Europe, ideally in the field of circular
    economy, environment and/or society;
  • Strong financial and business acumen and proven leadership skills (including good understanding
    of programme development, logical frameworks and theories of change);
  • Relationship development. Proven experience in building positive and fruitful relationships with a
    wide range of stakeholders, networking, partnership, and relationship management at a senior
    level and in different geographies;
  • Communication. You have very strong communication skills, both written and verbal, excellent
    written and spoken English.

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