Industrial Ecologist Data Analyst


Circle Economy is an impact organisation combining research, tools, and advice for the greater good. We were founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. With nature as our mentor, we accelerate circularity. We help businesses, cities, and nations with data-powered roadmaps for change. We are an international team of experts based in Amsterdam.


Earth, our home, needs to be healthy, safe, and just for generations to come. We harness the world’s intelligence and collaborative drive to restore its balance. It can and must be done; we pave the way.


A circular economy meets the needs of people in harmony with nature. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems. It’s a balancing act with nature as our mentor.


It is our mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our global economy is only 8.6% circular today, leaving a massive Circularity Gap. To avoid climate breakdown, we aim to roughly double global circularity from 8.6% to 17% by 2032 in a safe and just way. We do this by:

Impact Driven Data and Evidence Base;

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economic, and social indicators

  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations, and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology, economy, and society

Actionable and Practical Strategies;

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment - operational, financial, and political - towards the implementation of circular strategies

Digital Environment to Scale Adoption;

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools

  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms



We are a young team of ambitious and highly driven professionals, sharing the belief that the circular economy can create prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a friendly and open team dynamic, and a culture of getting things done while having fun.


You will join the Data Team as an Industrial Ecologist with a flair for technology and data analysis. You will focus on data gathering and analysis across a variety of complex multi-stakeholder projects, and translating these datasets and methodologies into structured scripts, models and APIs, that eventually feature in a range of digital products.

In this role you will have the opportunity to channel your expertise and knowledge into developing practical and scalable solutions that will directly support companies, cities and nations in moving toward a circular economy. Within the Data Team, your primary focus will be on cities or subnational analysis, and drawing links to companies and nations.

You will bring strong data expertise and analytical skills to the team, working to deliver high quality and actionable insights. You will take the lead in identifying and bringing together various sources of publicly available and company or city-specific data, interpret and process this data to be used effectively in projects and products.

You will work with researchers and domain experts on the one hand, to construct the models, and on the other hand with technology and development teams to translate and pipe the data into a structured architecture.


  • Define data needs to deliver specific analyses and insights on projects and products regarding circular economy and its impacts at different scales

  • Gather and structure data from public and private data sources, identify data gaps, and establish partnerships and collaborative projects with data companies to fill data gaps

  • Contribute to the development of methodologies related to analysis of bill of materials, material flows and stocks, life cycle impacts, macroeconomic assessments, etc

  • Contribute to research and the development of structured analysis in our Built Environment program, Textiles program, and Finance program, as well as consulting projects with companies in various industries

  • Communicate and explain results to translate data analysis into understandable insights

  • Develop scripts in Python to standardise data processing to deliver insights and enable integration of data analysis methods in online tools and digital products




  • A Masters Degree is required, preferably in a field related to the circular economy - industrial ecology, environmental science, life cycle analysis, etc. - and/or data science, statistics, mathematics, computer science, etc.

  • Knowledge of:
    • Input-Output analysis and databases such as EXIOBASE, World Input-Output Database (WIOD), as well as a system of national accounts data

    • Sub-national level (e.g. city-level or region-level) Material Flow Analysis techniques and systems thinking

    • Life Cycle Analysis, life cycle inventories, and impact databases to calculate environmental impacts, embodied emissions, etc. from bills of materials data and other material flow data

  • Demonstrated experience:
    • Data analysis and visualisation

    • Manipulating datasets and exchange transform load processes

    • Collaborative data science i.e. git, documentation, quality assurance

    • SQL, Python and cloud databases (AWS experience is great!)


Your work style

  • An understanding of agile and scrum methodologies

  • Analytical and detail-oriented, and fully capable of navigating and combining various datasets to pull out key insights

  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while being flexible to evolving responsibilities and last-minute changes

  • Self­-starter (proactive and independent) with a proven ability to prioritize different assignments and tasks to meet deadlines

  • Comfortable working in a collaborative environment

  • Ability to think outside of the box and creatively problem-solve

  • Experience in working cross-functionally across multiple stakeholders

  • Excellent English written, visual and oral communication skills to translate the data into understandable insights


Your interest

  • You get up every morning with the ambition to make a positive impact on the world

  • You are familiar with the circular economy and sustainability concepts, and thrive when putting your knowledge into advancing these ideas in society

  • You are a natural systems thinker who loves to explore problems from a holistic perspective, conduct analyses to generate insights, and translate those insights into compelling solutions


For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 32-40 hours per week, which may be extended depending on performance and funding opportunities. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team in a pioneering organisation. We will coach you to put your skills and ideas to work in order to have an impact. We recognise the importance of career development and work with our team to help find and develop opportunities for growth for each team member. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a foundation.


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  • Application deadline: Oct 15, 2021
  • Circle Economy
  • Data Analysis
  • Amsterdam
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