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We are looking for a: IT project manager (80-100%)

We are seeking a motivated and energetic colleague to lead and manage data analysis, data handling and software development projects. You will work with both external implementation partners and in-house collaborators.

About ecoinvent

ecoinvent is the world's most consistent and transparent life cycle inventory (LCI) database used in environmental assessments such as carbon footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), as well as in Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The database is an information source for sustainability experts, product designers, policy-makers, researchers and others. It is sold and used worldwide, with over 7500 licences provided to businesses, consultants, academics and public entities, and many tens of thousands of users. ecoinvent is organized as a not-for-profit association with close ties to the ETH domain, with funding coming from license sales. With 12 employees and located in central Zurich, ecoinvent offers a great work environment for someone looking to work on an innovative and meaningful challenge.


What the job involves

ecoinvent maintains and publishes a database on industrial and other processes and products to allow a detailed assessment of their environmental impacts along the whole supply chain and/or life cycle. ecoinvent has significant and diverse needs for software and code – to support data providers, to handle, analyse and review data internally, and to provide data to the users in various forms. Traditionally ecoinvent has worked with external implementation partners for larger projects and handled only small tasks in-house with.

ecoinvent is now looking to extend and update its software portfolio and we require a dedicated coordinator of existing tools and new developments. Your role will have two major components. First, you will specify, coordinate and supervise external development projects for the several tools ecoinvent maintains, plus new ones in planning and development. Second, you will manage the in-house portfolio of tools and code and you will coordinate and contribute to their development and maintenance. You will have the support of LCA experts with IT experience.


What you can expect from us

Despite looking back on 20 years of history, ecoinvent is a young, innovative organization with a technical and scientific background. You will learn much about sustainability assessments and LCA, and you will work on a complex database that aims to model the global interactions of processes, products and wastes with each other and the planet. You will have the opportunity to lead ecoinvent’s IT and software portfolio. You will work closely with sustainability experts with coding and IT experience at ecoinvent as well as with external developers and implementation partners on a variety of projects. You will also contribute directly to the development of our portfolio in internal projects. ecoinvent is a flexible organization and you will be able to shape your role with us.

What we expect from you


Experience & Qualifications


As an ideal candidate you have a degree in computer science, information systems or related fields with several years of experience in IT project management and coordination. You are convincing in specifying development projects and supervising their successful conclusion. Experiences and skills in data handling and analysis are very relevant. At least basic experience with Python is essential, and stronger skills are important, while experiences with C# and the .NET framework are helpful.

It is not required but beneficial if you have experience in the sustainability industry and with working in a small enterprise environment. An excellent command of English (both written and oral) is a must. Being fluent in German is a strong asset and other language skills are an advantage.




As an ideal candidate you are pro-active, structured and organized. You can create innovative ideas and concepts and then follow through on them. You will be working with collaborators of very mixed backgrounds, so you have good interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude. Managing various, diverse tasks at the same time does not phase you.

Finally, you enjoy working in a diverse and international team and are an interested learner and can pick up new concepts quickly.




Ideal starting date: February 2018





We offer you an attractive position within a small sustainability organization with global relevance.

We look forward to receiving your online application. Please send any questions or your application to Emilia Moreno Ruiz at moreno@ecoinvent.org including a cover letter, your CV, references and possible starting date. For all communication, please use the subject line: “Job opening: IT project manager”.