Net Zero Manager

Durham County Council

Do you have the passion and persuasive skills to guide the Council, its community, and businesses
on a path to carbon net zero?

We are looking for a strategic manager to lead our award-winning low carbon team and champion
corporate and community awareness and involvement in a wide range of low carbon initiatives.

We are serious about change. We have committed to reaching Net Zero by 2030 with an 80% real carbon
reduction to our emissions.

Guided by our Climate Emergency Response Plan, we are well underway with a programme of building
decarbonisation, renewable energy schemes, fleet adaptions, and charging infrastructure, alongside
improvements to our environment from peatland restoration to tree planting schemes.


As Net Zero Manager you will strategically develop and implement the County’s Climate Emergency
Response Plan, and lead and guide the work of the low carbon team.

You will play a key role in driving and influencing performance, as well as supporting countywide
reductions in emissions. You will embrace partnership working and maximise opportunities through

We actively promote a positive work/life balance and carbon savings with our hybrid working
approach, enabling you to work some of your time at home.

We encourage you to contact Oliver Sherratt (Head of Environment) for an informal discussion about
the role. Please email [email protected] to


We are looking for an experienced strategic manager, with considerable knowledge of climate change,
and able to advocate across a wide range of stakeholders. You will have experience of overseeing
the successful delivery of a wide range of projects and have proven experience of shaping the
future through policy and plan development.

You will need:

  • A degree level qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject; or able to demonstrate
    equivalent experience as outlined in the person specification
  • Experience of working at a senior level in an environmental management/climate change field

Take a look at the person specification on our website for the full criteria.


In line with the County Council’s Recruitment and Selection Policy, please note that we are unable
to accept CVs. Applications must be submitted on-line via the Northeast Jobs portal.

Please use the ‘Person Specification’ section of your application form to demonstrate that you have
the essential and where possible, desirable experience, skills, and knowledge. Candidates who do
not evidence that they meet the essential qualifications and experience listed on the person
specification will not be short-listed.


Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday 15 June 2023.

We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants that can show they meet all the essential
criteria and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or
a veteran.

If you have any support needs or require assistance when applying for this role, please contact the
Payroll and Employee Services Team via email [email protected] or telephone 03000 264469 / 264798 / 264764
/ 264778.


We can offer you a range of employee benefits including competitive salaries, a generous leave
entitlement of up to 32 days, a government pension scheme and various flexible and hybrid working
options (benefits are subject to individual Terms and Conditions).

If you would like to know more, please follow this link.


Durham County Council currently operates a hybrid working policy where a model of 2 days in the
workplace and 3 days at home/remote will apply. This model is pro-rated for part time roles and
arrangements are at managers discretion, alternatively you can work all of your contracted hours
within the workplace if you prefer.


We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse
talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and
improvements to services.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide
support throughout the recruitment process, for more information please refer to the Equality,
Diversity, and Inclusion page on our website.

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