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Head of Sustainability

  • £60,000 - £80,000
  • Permanent
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 17414

Salary Competitive Salary with potential progression to £80,613 a year.
In addition the University offers a wide range of benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme
Location Edgbaston (Hybrid)

An exciting opportunity to be the professional lead for sustainability, with a wide-ranging remit to lead and coordinate ambitious sustainability goals and priorities across a university ranked in the top 100 universities globally.

The University of Birmingham is seeking to appoint to the newly created post of Head of Sustainability, a senior role with a wide-ranging remit to lead and coordinate delivery of the sustainability goals and priorities across the University, as set out in our Birmingham 2030 Strategic Framework.

Working with members of the University Executive Board, Professor David Hannah our Executive Lead for Sustainability, senior academics, the Directors of Estates, Campus Services, Finance and their teams, and staff and students across the institution, you will support the University to deliver our sustainability ambitions.

This is an exciting opportunity to be the professional lead for sustainability in a large and complex institution. You will develop an overall plan to deliver our ambitious sustainability targets, ensure we are collecting and monitoring the data we need, and provide expertise and positive challenge to ensure we achieve our targets. You will work with academics who are at the forefront of tackling climate change and will support culture change amongst staff and students across the University to enable us to operate more sustainably.

We are seeking a passionate sustainability professional with a proven track record of leading the development and implementation of policies which have brought about operational and cultural change within large complex organisation. Strong project management skills and confidence in working with, analysing and presenting data is vital. You will possess the intellectual confidence, gravitas and communication skills required to work collaboratively with a wide range of senior colleagues and to act as an external ambassador for the University.

Above all, you will make things happen.

The University of Birmingham

Ranked in the top 100 universities globally, Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group and a founding member of the Universitas 21 global network of research universities. The quality of our research has grown significantly, as demonstrated in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework results, where we ranked 10th, having enjoyed the biggest rise of any institution in the Russell Group. We rank highly amongst employers seeking to recruit graduates.

Our heritage as the original ‘redbrick’ is combined with an ambitious agenda to continue the transformation of the University. In recent years, we have significantly increased our recruitment of leading academics, and have undertaken a £1 billion renewal of the campus estate. We have our own non-selective secondary school and sixth form serving the diverse communities of Birmingham, and have recently opened our new campus in Dubai. We take our role seriously as an anchor institution for the UK’s diverse, youthful, and dynamic second city, and are one of the largest employers in the region. We played a central role in the success of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Through our Birmingham 2030 Strategic Framework we have set an aspiration to become a top 50 global institution. We recognise this is a genuinely challenging aim, which will require a vibrant, intellectually exciting, and diverse University community for research and education, as well as working closely with our partners in Birmingham and around the world.

Birmingham 2030 strengthens our commitment to sustainability as one of the core pillars of our activity. We will use our research and education to make a major global contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and have set out a headline aim to be net zero carbon for scope 1 and 2 by 2035 and overall by 2045. As a research-intensive University founded on social responsibility, we have the expertise and partnerships to play a significant role in tackling global sustainability challenges.

For further particulars or a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partners Sian Gardiner and Michael Hewlett

Closing date for applications is Sunday 13th November 2022.

The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.

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