Lead Carbon Adviser

Yorkshire Water

Leeds / hybrid working
£33,033 - £41,291 pa (depending on experience)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Thursday, 18th August 2022   3 days left

Note: The deadline for this role has been extended.

Lead Carbon Adviser

Salary: £33,033 - £41,291 (depending on experience) + 25 days hols + 8 BH + Pension + Bonus

Location: Livingstone House, Leeds – Flexible Hybrid working

Purpose of the role

To shape and embed sustainable and net zero carbon approaches across Yorkshire Water and its supply chains in order to manage priority short- and long-term opportunities and risks so that we can guarantee our essential water and wastewater services for the long term, at an affordable cost to customers. Working with the Manager of Net Zero Carbon, this role will drive the business to be a leader in carbon management that achieves its bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions and deliver net zero operational carbon by 2030.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with the Manager of Net Zero Carbon to provide expertise on carbon and communicate this expertise to drive progress across the business. This will include:
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate the Company’s high level carbon policy, strategy and objectives/targets to help achieve our goal of reaching net zero by 2030. This will align with activities led by others, such as the Quality and Environmental Policy, Energy Strategy, Asset Management Policy and Strategy, and more specific carbon strategies.
  • Be the technical secretary to Yorkshire Water’s operational carbon working group to facilitate and drive the business to achieve our carbon commitments and continually mature our approach to measuring, reporting and managing all forms of our carbon emissions and those associated with our supply and value chain.
  • Provide high-quality carbon data for use in external publications, including reports for regulators and investors, based on Yorkshire Water’s Carbon Accounting Workbook, the standard water industry tool for carbon reporting.
  • Lead and support the business to obtain and maintain compliance with carbon standards and frameworks such as PAS2080, ISO14064-1 and PAS2060. This will involve working with colleagues across the business who will own specific elements of the requirements of any standard, including, for example, supporting procurement colleagues to influence our supply chain and the Integrated Management Systems (IMS) Team who will facilitate the construction of any IMS-style systems associated with such standards.
  • Continually develop knowledge to be a company expert on sustainability best practice, legislation and science, especially carbon management. Use this knowledge to provide specialist advice, activities and to raise awareness to drive business performance.
  • Lead, support and influence projects, strategies, policies, procedures, processes, training and communications to develop best practice sustainability, risk management and commercial opportunities across Yorkshire Water and its supply chains.
  • Support the Company’s sustainability agenda in other activities as required.

Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Substantial expertise and experience in leading, supporting and influencing carbon management and accounting activities.
  • Knowledge and experience of carbon accounting standards such as ISO14064-1
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills, with proven ability to produce and communicate presentations, reports and publications on technical sustainability matters in ways which are accessible to different audiences.
  • Experience of analysing data and apply findings, for example to make the case for change.
  • Experience of leading, supporting and influencing sustainability assessments, projects and/or strategies to drive best practice and ensure legal compliance.
  • Experience of engaging and influencing colleagues at all levels of authority.
  • Passionate about sustainability; committed to driving change for the better; innovative and resilient in the face of obstacles; and open to being challenged and ready to constructively challenge others.
  • Knowledge of sustainability legislation, management issues and best practices.


  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the UK water industry Carbon Accounting Workbook (CAW)
  • Knowledge and experience in the wider water industry.
  • Knowledge and experience managing and improving sustainability matters relevant to the water industry.
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional body.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply online and complete the application process. If you could also, please upload an up to date copy of your CV and cover letter outlining your relevant experience for the role.

If successful for the role, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that will include a Basic Disclosure Check, carried out through a Third Party Company, prior to commencing employment. Depending on the role, you may also be required to go through the security vetting process for either a Counter Terrorist Check or Security Check clearance

Advert End Date: TBC

What's in it for you?

We are committed to attracting and developing the best people across our business. Our success relies on our ability to provide a supportive, inclusive and motivating environment where everyone has a role to play in supporting the delivery of outstanding service to our customers.

We offer excellent career opportunities to our colleagues, in an environment that is challenging and rewarding.

We are looking for highly talented people who can demonstrate an affinity with our values to help us achieve our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'. In return, we offer a lively and diverse environment in which people can build a long and varied career, rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package.

Company Information

Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire we make sure that all 5.2 million people living in the region have clean safe drinking water on tap and their waste water taken away. But for us it's so much more than this.

We care passionately about the environments and communities in which we work; we always look for new innovative ways to do things that deliver great value for our business and deliver the service our customers want and expect.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do and how we do things. We work best as a company to deliver this when we work together - team work, creativity, enthusiasm and passion are inherent within our 3000 people who work 24/7 365 days a year to keep Yorkshire's water flowing.

We are a business that has its eye on the future, planning ahead to look after Yorkshire's water, today, tomorrow and always.

Yorkshire Water values equality, diversity and inclusion we celebrate and support difference and believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Yorkshire Water reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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