Chief Executive Officer

Ref: 5409

Built by Nature

Amsterdam, the Netherlands (potential flexibility)

Role Managed by:

Kristoffer Burck

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 09 343


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 19/11/2021

Formal Interview Date: January 2021

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Accelerating the timber building transformation across Europe and establishing a built environment that works in unison with nature.

Built by Nature (BBN) is a new and visionary non-profit organisation, backed by philanthropic funding, aiming to accelerate the timber building transformation in Europe. As a network, it connects industry and city leaders and as a grant-making fund, enables research, innovation, demonstrations, city-scale projects, and advocacy. Built by Nature also amplifies powerful stories to inspire the creativity and ingenuity needed across the value chain to enable the transformational solutions required to tackle both deep emission reductions and carbon removal at scale.

Built by Nature launches in the run up to COP26 and is powered by founding partner Laudes Foundation, which launched in 2020 as part of the Brennikmeijer family enterprise, to inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good.

Built by Nature is seeking its founding CEO to help shape, lead and scale it into a truly impactful organisation. The CEO will lead BBN’s efforts to grow a thriving ecosystem of innovators and donors who are scaling timber transformation, radically reducing carbon-intensive construction materials, safely storing carbon in structures, and ensuring the carbon removal power of forests is safeguarded and enhanced.

The CEO is responsible for the overall strategic, financial, and operational success of the organisation. Reporting to and collaborating with BBN’s board, the CEO will have the opportunity to refine the strategy and vision, build and lead a team of experts, and develop effective partnerships across sectors and disciplines. As the public face of BBN, the CEO will be responsible for nurturing effective relationships with key stakeholders across Europe and beyond.

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual who shares and lives the values and mission of Built by Nature. The successful candidate will demonstrate entrepreneurial strategic vision and leadership and be an engaging and inspiring communicator, with excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills. Ideal candidates will bring a deep understanding of the built environment and sustainability, and ideally, demonstrate a strong track record of building impactful collaborative initiatives. Most importantly, the successful CEO will bring tremendous energy, creativity and professionalism to build a visionary and impactful organisation.

The preferred location for the role is Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with potential flexibility to be based within one of the large European hubs. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the experience required.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to quoting reference 5409. The deadline for applications is 09.00 am CET on Friday 19th November 2021.

Built by Nature is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse team. It strongly encourages applications from candidates with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

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