Environmental Performance Project Manager

Bristol City Council

£28,672 - £38,890 pa

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, environmental management, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 1st February 2021  

Environmental Performance Project Manager

Part Time 18.5 hours/Permanent

Bristol is a recognised leader in the field of sustainability and climate change. This exciting role provides the opportunity to be part of a council and a city at the cutting-edge of the response to the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.

Bristol City Council has a successful track record of climate and environmental performance. We have cut our Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by over 80% and are one of only a few UK councils to be accredited to IS014001. We now need to use our environmental management system to deliver our corporate environmental policy commitments, and additional targets including carbon neutrality, climate resilience and ecological improvements. 

This Role

You will use your excellent team working skills and experience to work effectively with your job-share partner and colleagues across the Sustainable City and Climate Change Service and whole Council to help them achieve best practice and continually improve performance.

You will have an excellent understanding of environmental management systems and experience of applying them effectively to improve corporate environmental performance.

You will have a good technical and practical understanding of the range of environmental issues relevant to a large city council and set out in our environmental policy. You will be able to effectively work with a range of technical specialists to help translate theory into practice. 

Turning policy into action

There’s a lot to be done to turn our environmental policy and strategy commitments into effective action quickly. You will draw upon time management skills and significant project management experience to organise your work and that of colleagues and partners. Successful delivery will require you to work with determination and creativity to deliver these outcomes whilst negotiating and balancing with other priorities.

Fair and collaborative

The One City Climate Strategy places fairness and collaboration at its heart. The transformation of the city to become carbon neutral and climate resilient provides huge opportunities to address existing inequalities in the city. However, it also creates risks that we make matters worse if we don’t represent everyone through the process of planning and implementing change or ensure that everyone is able to take advantage of the opportunities the transformation will create. You will bring a commitment to being fair and collaborative in everything you do that is as strong as your commitment to tackling climate change.

Innovation and evidence

You will have specialist knowledge of key area identified in the role. You will use this knowledge in conjunction with the knowledge of colleagues to ensure that the Council’s work benefits from sound, yet cutting edge evidence.

You will be able to translate your knowledge and data to give professional and technical advice to ensure that decision makers have the right evidence to support action.

You will have experience of gathering information, monitoring, analysis, reporting and reviewing of key issues, opportunities, risks and performance.

There is no instruction manual on how to achieve the scale and pace we need, so with support of your manager and colleagues, you will need to learn from others’ experience, experiment, take some risks and continually improve what you do.

Influencing and supporting

You will have experience of using technical information and your interpersonal skills to influence policy and strategy and/or organisational processes/management systems, ideally to deliver more sustainable outcomes.

You will have the curiosity and interpersonal skills to understand colleagues’ and partners’ needs so that you can support them to deliver the collective ambitions of the climate strategy and the Council’s targets through their respective roles and teams.


To open this post to the widest possible range of candidates and to enable career progression, this post is a career grade post and you will be appointed on a salary from one of three Bristol Grades (BG10-12) depending on your experience. The Person Specification provides details of the requirements for each grade which will be assessed via your application form and at interview. The salary ranges for the grades are: BG10 (£28,672-£32,234), BG11 (£32,910-£34,728) and BG12 (£35,745-£38,890). 

We plan to hold interviews by video link in the fortnight commencing 15 Feb 2021.

Find out more

You can find out more by visiting our website: www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-sustainable-city Once you have read the information on these pages you would be welcome to have an informal discussion about the roles. 

Please contact Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager at [email protected] and he will arrange a conversation with the appropriate manager for you, after 4 January 2021.

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please visit our website.

Please do not send CVs as we can only consider applications through our formal application process.

Closing date: 1 February 2021.

We plan to hold interviews by video link in the fortnight commencing 15 Feb 2021.

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the City we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community.

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