Finance Manager

Finance Manager

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The Gold Standard Foundation



The Finance Manager supports the CFO in all accounting matters and oversees the Geneva office administration.


Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects. It was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered sustainable development benefits. Today, our standard, ‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’, allows climate and development initiatives within carbon markets, corporate supply chains, and sustainable finance to manage, measure and maximise their impacts toward the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that these results are measured and verified, enabling credible impact reporting. ISEAL Code Compliant and backed by a broad NGO Supporter Network, Gold Standard has 2000+ projects underway in over 90 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.



For almost 20 years, Gold Standard has shown how carbon finance can achieve its highest potential. We’ve created innovative new standards, programmes and tools that raise the bar for quality across a broader range of applications than carbon markets. We focus on those that have the most promise to contribute to our vision and mission, bringing them to market with the requisite planning and resources.


We build on our reputation for quality and rigour with more robust measurement of outcomes, stronger safeguards and greater impact across the Sustainable Development Goals. Our objective is to make rigour simpler and more achievable at scale.


We work with key partners who share our goals and complement our strengths. Our partnership strategy aims to move beyond working opportunistically as a delivery partner in favor of collaborating in long-term strategic synergy.


We were established to bring confidence, trust, and accountability to carbon markets. We will continue to take strides to improve transparency in our own processes, in the broader market and in non-market mechanisms.

The Gold Standard Foundation is looking to build our team with exceptional people who are excited and driven to shape and deliver this ambition and uphold our values.  We are now seeking a Finance Manager to join our team.


  • Overseeing daily bookkeeping activities and processing outgoing/incoming payments and journal entries accordingly
  • Ensuring accuracy of financial accounts and a smooth monthly closing cycle
  • Managing and overseeing the monthly payroll process for the organisation (Switzerland and international), and securing optimal payroll solutions for new countries when required
  • Responsible for regional and/or country specific financial reporting (in anticipation of future regional offices)
  • Maintaining and optimising the organisation’s Chart of Accounts
  • Preparing quarterly VAT returns for Geneva tax authorities by reconciling VAT GL accounts
  • Preparing quarterly reconciliation for the project marketplace transactions and related transactions to project owners
  • In charge of a year-end closing and preparations for the annual audit
  • Regular training of all staff and direct reports on finance related policies
  • Interacting with tax authorities, insurance companies and federal foundation supervisory authority


  • Bachelor degree in Business, Finance or Accounting
  • At least 7+ years of experience in a similar position in a fast moving office environment
  • Strong analytical skills, experience with Swiss GAAP a plus
  • Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and desire to probe further into data
  • Proven record of efficiency improvements to existing processes
  • Outstanding and demonstrated stakeholder management skills and the ability to develop strong working relationships cross- functionally.
  • Ability to work independently, on own initiative and to deadlines
  • Leadership skills and the ability to manage and motivate others.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and enthusiasm for the environment
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal – along with fluency in written and spoken English, French is a plus


The salary range for this role will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Other benefits to working at Gold Standard include:

  • A mission-driven organisation working at the leading edge of climate and sustainability
  • Rewarding work in a dynamic non-profit environment
  • A collaborative workplace within a multicultural team
  • An ambitious, agile and flexible environment


Applications for this role will close on 3rd July 2022. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Please submit a 1-page cover letter explaining why you want to work for the Gold Standard and a CV through our recruitment portal.


Gold Standard provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. We are dedicated to an inclusive culture and we strive to create a workplace where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.