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Carbon War Room Operation Lead, Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Carbon War Room
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The Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Operation Lead will be accountable for achieving the outcomes established for Carbon War Room's SAF Operation (see summary below).  The Operation Lead will manage and ensure the successful development and implementation of the operational strategy.  The Operation Lead will also assume a key role in development and stewardship of funding and strategic partnerships critical to the operation's success.  Specifically, the Operation Lead will:

  • Direct strategic planning, together with the Director of Global Projects, for the SAF operation
  • Work with subject matter experts and stakeholders as appropriate to develop and communicate project strategies with high impact, clear targets, measurable outcomes, and likelihood of successful implementation.
  • Create and lead a strong team for implementation of the SAF Operation.  Establish goals and benchmarks for project completion, and manage performance.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key strategic partners, including airlines, airports, aviation industry organizations (e.g. IATA, ICAO, SAFUG, CAAFI), environmental NGO’s, technology partners, legal firms, academic institutions, key individual thought leaders, and business partners/funding sources.
  • Be the face of CWR operation in the aviation industry; including developing presentations and representing  CWR at key industry events and conferences.
  • Identify external funding opportunities.  Make presentations and assist Development Team in securing project funding.
  • Develop metrics, presentations and reports demonstrating strategic impact of the operation to Board, Governance Councils, potential partners, strategic advisors, and funders. 
  • Assist with budget development for funding proposals.
  • Monitor and manage project implementation budgets.
  • Oversee project management plans for the Operation’s projects, including Regional Takeoff and Global Propeller.
  • Establish and ensure maintenance of strong data management and information sourcing systems for the Operation.
  • Establish goals and benchmarks for project completion, and manage performance.
  • Manage relevant interaction and collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute program teams and Managing Directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, Postgraduate degree preferred
  • 15+ years of direct relevant experience in, or associated with the aviation industry
  • Successful experience with strategic planning, budget development and monitoring, financial analysis, development of metrics, and reporting
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Technical knowledge and experience in aviation, and – ideally – climate change / sustainability / environment projects
  • Excellent writing skills, strong command of analytical tools and methods
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills
  • Ability to travel 25% internationally

CWR’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels Operation:

The goal of Carbon War Room's Sustainable Aviation Fuel Operation is to drive a sustainable reduction in the industry's carbon footprint by accelerating the displacement of conventional Jet-A fuel with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The Operation currently focuses on building industry support for airport-level SAF blending requirements, and the development of a local ecosystem to provide the fuel consistently, sustainably, and cost-effectively. In the near term, the price gap will be covered by either a local government grant, a landing fee applied to airline customers, or other funding, but over time as the industry scales, the gap will be reduced.

The Operation will work towards three overarching impact goals.  By 2025:

  • represents  SAF represents 10% of the North American and European commercial aviation jet fuel market, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 20 million tonnes annually
  • 250,000,000 commercial aviation passengers per year are flying in planes that use a blend of sustainable aviation fuel
  • Industry-wide incentives and mandates lead to greater economies of scale, resulting in the elimination of the cost gap between SAF and Jet-A

By 2018 the following outcomes, directly traceable to CWR’s efforts, will be achieved:

  • SAF is being blended into the Jet-A fuel supply at three major airports at approximately 10% blending ratio. All commercial planes refueling at the airports receive the blended fuel. Policies/processes are established to recover the cost premium via an airline neutral approach such as landing fees.
  • Reliable, cost effective SAF supply chains meet this new demand for sustainable aviation fuel
  •  4–6 airports are evaluating equally ambitious plans to require and support SAF-blended fuel

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