SFC Job Opportunity: Program Manager

Amsterdam, 21 December 2021 - Are you passionate about reducing the climate impacts originating from multiple industry sectors involved in transport, freight and logistics? What about working alongside some of the largest companies and NGOs in the world to drive their initiatives towards a decarbonized planet? To help achieve our mission, we need more highly skilled and motivated people to join our international team.

FTE: 32 hours/week
Starting date: As soon as possible
: Amsterdam (or a suitable home location)

About Smart Freight Centre

Smart Freight Centre (SFC) is an NGO that has gained a lot of attention during the past 8 years by leading the way to an efficient and zero-emission global freight sector. We drive transparency and mobilize multinational companies and their logistics partners to take action through the adoption of globally harmonized guidelines which enable companies to calculate, report and reduce their emissions.

One of SFC’s new initiatives is the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA) which aims to meet the growing demand of shippers to understand their transport, freight and logistics carbon footprint, and to provide them with the tools to firstly measure and then reduce it in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. This is achieved through the implementation of supply chain-based initiatives and the creation of a demand signal for low and zero-carbon solutions to accelerate the shift to net-zero across all modes of transport. Smart Freight Centre (SFC) has developed and continues to administer SFBA in collaboration with BSR and the World Economic Forum (WEF). We have a long history of successful collaboration with these partners and their initiatives, and SFBA helps us to bring that to the next level.

About the position

Your role is to manage the “Collaboration Catalyzer” component of the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA). You will be working closely with the SFBA Director and other team members on building and tracking concrete freight emission reduction collaborations. SFBA’s Collaboration Platform will enable SFBA members to find matching projects and partners for freight emission reduction projects and initiatives. Working in a small and internationally oriented team interacting with multiple external partners, your initial task will be to identify the right framework and process to kick-start the online Collaboration Catalyzer, with the help of a couple of test project. Once this has been established, your role will be to identify emissions reduction projects and opportunities that have potential for collaboration among SFBA members and partners. Once qualified and approved by stakeholders, you will be responsible for promoting these initiatives across the SFBA’s Collaboration platform and, post implementation, to track and report the positive impact achieved.

We ask you to:

  • Engage with relevant freight transportation and logistics initiatives and multinational partners to identify concrete projects that can be added toward the SFBA’s Collaboration Catalyzer
  • Design and update a framework and supporting process for assessing potential collaboration focused projects and to evaluate their expected decarbonization impact for companies
  • Write and execute collaboration focused proposals in response to opportunities discussed and agreed with partners.
  • Manage relationships and relevant requirements with collaboration partners
  • Manage the Collaboration Catalyzer component of SFBA’s online platform
  • Engage and initiate communications related tasks to other projects relevant to SFBA (e.g. writing case studies, blogs, or news items)
  • Represent SFC at external partnerships, events and meetings

As an ideal candidate you can demonstrate:

  • 5+ years’ work experience in the sustainability/climate change space, preferably in the freight/logistics sector
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement, management and communication skills, with track record
  • Ideally experience with designing (logistics) collaboration projects amongst multinationals
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to make technical content accessible to a broader audience
  • Fluent in English, comparable to a native English speaker
  • Proactive, organized and innovative work attitude – since we are growing fast the role leaves room for some autonomy to innovate; improve our contact database and make suggestions to our communications approach
  • Ability to work independently but also within a team, easily adapt to changing situations and prioritize accordingly, work in a structured and logical manner
  • Motivation to make a difference in the world and ready to join a very passionate team driven by purpose


Interested applicants should e-mail their CV and motivation to Lily Ouyang at