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27 July 2022

Becoming a Circular Economy Manager

Circular Economy Manager is a promising job for the future, in reality it is an impact profession which operates in favor of the environment. With the European Green Deal, nearly 700,000 local, sustainable and non-relocatable jobs will be created around eco-design, the economy of functionality, waste prevention and recycling, the next few years.




What is a Circular Economy Manager’s role?

The Circular Economy Manager is the leader of the sustainable growth in the company. Their role is to manage the continuous development and implementation of the circular strategy in order to reduce the environmental impact throughout all stages of the product development cycle.

To help their company to become a zero-waste and closed-loop business, the Circular Economy Manager supervises the relationships between all the stakeholders (product managers, technical teams, providers, etc.). They identify the upgrade opportunities and set improvement goals. Then they have to follow the steps as a project manager and to implement actions if necessary.

Finally, they are usually drivers of innovation so they have to take all the issues in account. They can face resistance but their role is essential in the positive development of the company: their point of view truly weights in the decision making of the executives.


Where does the Circular Economy Manager work?

The Circular Economy Manager can work in industrial or service companies in the extraction, transformation or production sectors. They can also work in research departments or consulting firms.

The main sectors of activity are recycling, textiles, construction, wood, automotive, electronics, etc.


What qualities and skills should a Circular Economy Manager have?

  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Strong analytical mind
  • Open mindness
  • Flexibility and versatility
  • Organizational skills
  • Communication

To become a Circular Economy Manager, an entrepreneurial mind is necessary. They have to lead projects on the long term so it requires an ability to forecast and to anticipate every situations. Otherwise a strong analytical mind can be very helpful as a major part of this job consists in adapting to the environment that surrounds the company.

Leadership skills are also necessary in the management professions such as Circular Economy Manager. Indeed, they collaborate with many stakeholders every day and they must be good communicators to manage the relationships between all of them.

Thanks to their organizational skills, the Circular Economy Manager is always there when needed. They are flexible and versatile which will allow them to face the upcoming challenges of circular economy.


What is the typical salary of a Circular Economy Manager?

The salary of the Circular Economy Manager begins at 20k per year at the beginning of their career, then this salary can quickly increase to 30k or even 40k in some cases.


Which qualifications do you need to become a Circular Economy Manager?

Train to become a Circular Economy Manager in 5 years, with the ESDES Master of Science (MSc) in Circular Economy and Sustainable Innovation.

This one-year specialization is available after a BBA or a Master 1 (equivalent to 240 ECTS) in France or abroad. The MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation is 100% taught in English. It prepares students to face the actual and upcoming challenges of their generation and to create a more sustainable economic model. In accordance with the concepts of the circular economy, this program is made for all those who aim to contribute to change, for the generation that is committed to a better world and who is curious to better understand its environment.

Get ready for green growth and join ESDES, the school of responsible natives.



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