Sustainability Manager


This post will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen.

JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in
the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from
our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact
balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview
and offer stages.

Who are JNCC?

Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor on issues affecting the natural
environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four
Governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision
making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led
by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair.
Support is provided to the Committee by approx. 270 people who bring together scientific and
technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and
skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough
and Aberdeen.


Our vision is a nature positive UK at the heart of resetting the global relationship
with nature. We’re small enough that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big
enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. Our
staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world through nature
conservation and recovery. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational

You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension
benefits, professional and personal development opportunities as well as an exciting job in an
unique environment.

Hours of work: Full-time

Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period,
Monday to Friday.

Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.

Annual Leave:

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years
service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this
on a pro rata basis. 

Short Summary: Post background

JNCC’s core purpose is to provide scientific advice for nature conservation and recovery across
the UK and internationally. This purpose brings together and inspires our staff, building on
their commitment and capabilities, and connects them with our partners across governments,
industry and civil society. The recent focus on nature protection and recovery for tackling
climate change at COP27 and ambitions of COP15 mean that JNCC’s work continues to grow in scale
and importance, with an increasing external profile to match.

We are looking for an experienced manager with expertise in sustainable operations to work
closely with the Head of Organisational Development. You will lead the project to achieve
ISO14001 accreditation and other initiatives that support the continuous improvement of the
sustainable way that the organisation is run.

This is a new role for JNCC, so although there are key outcomes you will have the opportunity
to innovate and advise on the next steps.

Job Description: Post Duties

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Review current practices against the ISO14001 expectations and provide a gap analysis and
    project plan including targets and milestones for achieving the accreditation and beyond
    towards being an exemplar in this field.
  • Refresh the JNCC Environmental Policy in line with best practice.
  • Provide regular reports to the executive leadership team and quarterly to the JNCC Audit
    and Risk Assurance Committee, as well as the sustainability section of the Annual Report and
  • Audit JNCC’s environmental impact and create a sustainable operations plan to complement
    the new JNCC Strategy ‘Together for Nature 2023-2030’.
  • Advise the Head of Organisational Development on simplifying processes and ensure
    compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of hybrid working on sustainable operations and
    provide advice to the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Work with counterparts in Quay House (Natural England, Defra, Environment Agency and HM
    Passport Office) to build a green community hub, initiate sustainable and climate friendly
    activities and practices and collectively work with the Defra Group Property Agency on
    environmental issues.
  • To be a proactive lead member of the JNCC Greening Group and link up with the other tenants
    in Quay House, Peterborough and Inverdee House, Aberdeen.
  • To help drive sustainability into staff culture and the importance of this in the conduct
    of JNCC business.
  • Provide an introduction to sustainability within the induction for new staff and provide
    training as required to all staff.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Experience of the sustainable management of organisations and/or the ISO 140001
    accreditation process.
  • Project management skills with evidence of successfully delivering impactful projects.

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships across a
    broad spectrum of teams and organisations.
  • Excellent judgement and the ability to spot and resolve risks and issues.
  • Experience in writing formal reports and informal.


  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the
sift based on the Lead Behaviour of Changing and Improving

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade.

Nationality requirements 

This job is broadly open to the following groups: 

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply
    for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the
    Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Sunday, 12 March 2023

The anticipated interview date will be the week commencing Monday, 20 March 2023

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