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Head of Sustainability and Environment

Head of Sustainability and Environment

The Client:

With vast investment and an expanding portfolio of subsidiaries, this firm have set sights on utilising their 150,000 strong workforce to reach world-leader status in the zero-carbon transition. This is an opportunity to join a multinational market leader in the energy and utilities sector, currently projected for revenues of over £60 billion in 2022.


Role Purpose:

This is a senior management position within the Responsible Business team with line management responsibilities for environmental manager (Reporting) and environmental manager (Manager Systems). The role will lead on the net zero carbon systems including compliance, environmental reporting and validation, environmental training development and delivery, and monitoring and reporting of non-financial indicators across the business. The role will also cover all environmental compliance obligation and management system. These measures will be used to inform management decisions for driving improvements and innovation into the organisation and promoting best practice at all levels to drive the achievement of our Responsible Business objectives and targets.


Key responsibilities:

  • Lead on Net Zero Carbon Strategy managing five NZ workstreams, action plans including implementation, governance and action planning for Board reports

  • Provide Exec level progress reporting against NZ plan (working closely with procurement and finance functions)

  • Lead in the creation of fully costed business cases for carbon reduction initiatives, energy, travel, circular economy/ zero waste, water, biodiversity

  • Lead NZC governance and action planning

  • Work alongside finance for NZC financial reporting and budget requirements

  • Lead engagement with the procurement team and supply chain partners to further develop Scope 3 reporting

  • Lead and process data inputs for the Net Zero Carbon Plan

  • Deliver internal carbon literacy training

  • Conduct onsite energy assessments and advise on environmental improvements for operations

  • Produce carbon reduction business case proposals

  • Lead on Carbon Trust / SBTi certification

  • Develop environmental strategies on material topics including energy and fuel, travel, circular economy/ zero waste, water, biodiversity etc

  • Manage mandatory carbon disclosure reports including PPN06 Carbon Reduction Plan SECR, ESOS, TCFD

  • Respond to Group reporting requirements

  • Responsible for the management of external audits in relation to ongoing ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certification



  • Experience in management and implementation of net zero carbon strategies, including engagement with senior business stakeholders to implement net zero carbon strategy

  • Experience of liaison with relevant external certification bodies

  • Good knowledge of current energy, carbon, and environmental legislation including requirements related to non-financial reporting (SECR, TCFD)

  • Extensive experience in operational carbon footprinting, preferably in FM, construction and energy sector

  • Exceptional collaboration and stakeholder engagement skills, and experience in working across all levels of an organisation

  • Experience of robust environmental reporting and validation with proven ability to analyse, interpret and present environmental data at appropriate levels for different stakeholder groups