Sustainability Projects Manager

University of Greenwich

London / Hybrid
£42,369 - £48,247 pa (incl. London Weighting)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

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

Closing date: Monday, 4th March 2024   1 day left

The university is proud to be seen as a sector leader in sustainability and we want to do much more. This new position, Sustainability Projects Manager, will have a key role in driving forwards further improvement. The post holder will have responsibility for leading and managing key projects including our circular economy, sustainable procurement and reporting. They will work in collaboration with teams across the institution, bringing expert knowledge, innovation and inspiration. The role is based at our low carbon and nature rich Avery Hill Campus, although the role requires working periodically at all three campuses. You will be working with a small and effective team, sitting within the Estates and Facilities Directorate and delivering high impact sustainability improvement that contribute to our high rankings in a number of national and global awards.

Find out more about us and our work here: Sustainability | University of Greenwich

Purpose of the Role:

Reporting directly to the Sustainability Manager the post holder will assist with the promotion and implementation of key elements of the university’s Sustainability Policy and forthcoming Strategic Sustainability Action Plan. They will contribute to the effective management of the university’s environmental impacts, raising awareness about and encouraging the adoption of sustainability best practice opportunities across the university.

The key focus will be on the development, management and delivery of projects that will help meet our sustainability and corporate KPIs. These projects will cover a broad range of areas including, for example; the circular economy, sustainable procurement, reporting, data, living labs and partnerships. They will be expected to assist with the implementation of other initiatives e.g. environmental management system, education and research for sustainable development and help maintain our sustainability excellence in areas such as the provision of sustainable food. The university wants to make further improvements in its operations so is seeking someone who is innovative and able to deliver successful projects that deliver positive impact. The post holder must possess a broad knowledge of sustainability issues and a high level of confidence in dealing with a wide range of university stakeholders.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with and report to the Sustainability Manager and lead on the creation, development and delivery of institutionally strategic sustainability programmes. These will have high impact and will be aligned with the forthcoming Strategic Sustainability Action Plan, our Sustainability Policy and our corporate and sub strategies and will to contribute towards organisational change.
  • Collaborate with the Sustainable Development Unit team, Estates Directorate staff and other key university stakeholders to lead and manage projects that will emerge in response to needs and opportunities. The postholder will be expected to bring innovation and find ways to motivate and engage partners to deliver success.
  • Developing and maintaining systems for monitoring and delivering programmes and their supporting projects, including coordinating and managing resources to support with programme delivery, ensuring that projects are managed effectively, meeting outcomes on time, in budget and to quality standards.
  • Deliver specific programmes of work that deliver improvement. For example: delivery of a circular economy inspired waste management programme that creates alignments with sustainable procurement.
  • To create and enable partnerships to flourish that bring together our communities including external partners to deliver sustainability value. This will include managing our living labs initiatives and sustainable labs programmes
  • Work with the Sustainability Manager in the accurate collation and analysis of data, producing reports and information as appropriate.
  • Have responsibility for producing our Annual Sustainability Report and provide evidence for relevant league tables we contribute to.
  • Responsible for providing specialist advice and securing senior level commitment and support for sustainability projects, policies and initiatives, to include attendance at university committees and preparation of supporting papers. Represent the university on strategic external groups and networks, effectively presenting the university’s position in order to influence events and decisions.
  • Supporting communication and promoting awareness across the UoG population of staff, students and service providers to deliver cultural and behavioural change. Actively engage and liaise with stakeholders to promote the university’s sustainability plans, provide good practice advice and support the practical implementation of innovative ideas on campus.
  • Supporting UoG to meet its statutory and regulatory environmental obligations
  • Assist with the implementation and operation of the university’s Sustainability Management System to ISO14001 standard. Support the development, management and maintenance of appropriate environmental monitoring systems, surveys and audit processes and their incorporation into existing systems and procedures and records.
  • Undertake environmental audits and reviews to support the monitoring of the university’s management of significant environmental aspects & impacts.
  • Coordinate press and promotional initiatives in conjunction with the SDU’s Engagement Officer and the university’s communication team, and develop effective and impactful engagement programmes.
  • Provide expert sustainability advice for university contractors and review products with a sustainability impact where relevant.
  • Recruit and manage additional staff including student sustainability volunteers and interns.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of sustainability training for staff and students, e.g. new staff inductions, staff sustainability champions, departmental training, student lectures and workshops.
  • Plus othe expctations set out in the Job Description.

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