Sustainability Manager

Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern

Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire
£35,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent Louise Clarke

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Background to Berkeley

Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern is a Division of The Berkeley Group, a developer of residential-led, mixed-use schemes, with a history of creating successful, sustainable places.

Berkeley builds homes and neighbourhoods in its core market of London and the South where its knowledge, experience and proven track record, with over thirty years of experience in this market, give it an unrivalled ability to deliver new homes and communities.

We believe we should make a vital contribution to the landscape, to the communities we help create, and to the environment as a whole. We aim to achieve this through our commitment to excellence in design, sustainability, and addressing the needs of our customers and their neighbours. The plan for the business, Our Vision, sets out our approach.

Current developments within Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern include Taplow, Woodhurst Park and The Brackens, Ascot to name a few examples.


The role will be based in our regional offices for Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern in Farnham Royal, and will involve frequent travel and visits to our construction sites and office locations across the South.

Key areas of responsibility

You will assist Berkeley Oxford and Chiltern with the management of sustainability and ‘Our Vision’ in order to meet local aspirations and to help the business work towards its aim of being a world-class company. The key areas of responsibility will be:

  • Adopting a proactive approach to improving performance by engaging with the management team and all staff
  • Raising awareness of sustainability and the Group’s Our Vision framework via both formal and informal training of staff
  • Working with project teams throughout the whole development process from land buying to design, the purchase of goods and services and build, through to sales and customer service
  • Undertaking frequent visits to construction sites to assess compliance with the in-house environmental management system and making recommendations for improvement
  • Assisting in the accurate collation, analysis and reporting of data (such as waste volumes and utility use) to enable the assessment of performance against sustainability targets
  • Keeping up-to-date with the sustainability agenda, new legislation and best practice guidelines and understanding how they may affect the company
  • Preparing guidance to assist project teams in managing sustainability
  • Preparing reports and attending meetings with management to discuss sustainability performance
  • Working as part of the Group’s Sustainability Committee to drive good practice and implement commitments
  • Compiling written reports on sustainability performance


The Sustainability Manager will be the lead person in this part of the business dedicated to sustainability and therefore it is essential that the candidate is self-motivated, able to work independently and can manage their own workload. They will benefit from frequent contact with a wider network of sustainability managers and advisors across the Group and for the support of a sustainability coordinator within the business.

The right candidate will hold a degree in a relevant subject and will have several years of experience in an operational sustainability role, preferably within the built environment. You will be motivated and enthusiastic about promoting sustainability. You must also be confident, articulate and resilient in your approach, with the ability to apply sustainability principles in a commercially focussed manner.

The right candidate will also have:

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Confidence in influencing and working with people at all levels in an organisation
  • The ability to motivate people to change their behaviour
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Good knowledge of sustainability issues, preferably within the construction/house building industry
  • A broad view of sustainability, focussing not only on environmental issues, but also the relative importance of social and economic impacts of our activities 

Please note our standard working hours are 8am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 

To apply 

Please submit your CV and answers to the following questions to :

  • Berkeley Group’s core values are: integrity, passion, respect, creativity and excellence through detail. Give an example of a time when you have demonstrated one or more of the values. (300 words maximum)
  • Which of Berkeley developments interests you the most and why? (300 words maximum)
  • Which of the ‘Our Vision’ commitments interests you the most and why? (300 words maximum)
  • Why do you want to work for Berkeley and what sets us apart from our competitors? (300 words maximum)

Selected applicants will be invited to interview. Those successful at the first interview will be required to undergo a second interview, including a presentation, before being offered a role.

Please note that applications which do not include answers to the four questions noted above will not be considered.

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