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Head of Sustainability and Energy

  • £61,823 - £61,823
  • Permanent
  • Durham, UK
  • 17274

Head of Sustainability and Energy

To £61,823 plus excellent benefits, relocation support and hybrid working

Durham University is seeking to recruit to the role of Head of Sustainability and Energy.

As one of the UK’s leading and world top 100 universities, Durham is also one of the most distinctive universities. It is a residential collegiate university with a welcoming community of more than 20,000 students and over 4,300 members of staff.  Our academics and students are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work.  Set within the historically rich City of Durham in the North East of England, which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is an undeniably beautiful place in which to base your work and home life. 

The University has an incredibly diverse estate in Durham City. It comprises over 320 buildings ranging in age from 1076 A.D. through to new, state of the art buildings.  Durham Castle and the buildings around Palace Green are part of World Heritage Site, 3 properties are scheduled ancient monuments, 4 properties are listed Grade 1, 79 properties are listed Grade 2 and 60 properties are within the City's conservation area. Approximately 17% of the University's estate is over 150 years old, yet we have married this with the development of new cutting-edge facilities such as our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building and our new Teaching and Learning Centre.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate is responsible for delivering the Estate Strategy and Masterplan that ensure that Durham has an academic and College estate that is fit for purpose, affordable and supports our world-class activities in line with our 2027 Strategy.

In this crucial and influential role within the Estates and Facilities Directorate the Head of Sustainability and Energy will take responsibility for the University’s environmental sustainability and energy commitments, providing leadership and strategic direction, in relation to sustainability and energy initiatives.  Responsible for driving innovation enabling the University to be at the forefront of sustainability and energy, this role leads the Sustainability and Energy team and will play a key role creating and implementing sustainability and energy activities, to achieve the University’s agreed targets and objectives.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in a sustainability and energy management role at a strategic and influential level, gained across a large-scale, complex and diverse organisation.  Candidates will have experience of strategic planning in a relevant context, as well as a track record in delivering strategies resulting in demonstrable improvement in environmental performance.  We are seeking an individual with excellent management skills, as the role leads a growing team of sustainability and energy management professionals.

By joining Durham University, you will get the chance to work across a renowned estate portfolio with an industry-leading organisation that offers a fantastic staff benefits package.  To learn more, visit the candidate brochure at

For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors David Craven ( / 07932 717 438) and Ben Duffill ( / 07976 125 010) of MRG.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to

Interviews are scheduled for early to mid October 2022.


At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force, including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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