Imperial - Sustainability Coordinator


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges. Our multi-site portfolio includes our main estate in the historic South Kensington area and ranges from extensive medical teaching and research space with NHS partners across Central and West London through to a rural campus in Ascot and our new state-of-the-art campus in White City. At this crucial time for climate action, the Sustainability Manager will play a key role in ensuring the implementation of Imperial College’s Sustainability Strategy 2021-2026 is realised along with our net zero carbon 2040 goal. In the context of global efforts and agreements on climate change and growing emphasis on sustainability in higher education, you will work with staff and students across the College, from our word-leading sustainability research institutes to key operational staff, as well as external partners. We are seeking an individual with experience of shaping, planning and delivering strategies that enhance an organisation’s sustainability performance. Whilst playing a key role in strategy development and evolution, you will be delivery and impact focused, with a track record of leading the delivery of projects and programmes (such as behavioural change, investment projects, transformation) resulting improved sustainability performance. Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills are essential due to the highly influential nature of the role. A motivation to lead and develop a team is also key, as the Sustainability Manager will be tasked with growing the Sustainability team to Imperial has the necessary resource and skills to meet its targets. Information about our wider strategy can be viewed at:





Mission and Strategy Unprecedented challenge abounds in 2020 and beyond. Our mission, to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society, is more important than ever. Read about our Strategy 2020 to 2025 here. Imperial College London’s mission is to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society.

Our People Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak. Recognition of this ground-breaking work has come in the form of 14 Nobel Prizes, 81 Fellowships from the Academy of Medical Sciences, 77 from the Royal Academy of Engineering and 73 from the Royal Society.

Our Work Imperial brings together intersecting disciplines, industries and sectors across four major areas to further our understanding of the natural world, solve major engineering problems, lead the data science revolution and improve health and well- being. Emerging areas of research include the development of low-carbon technologies, stem cell therapy for stroke and how to turn light into matter.

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.




Introduction to the Strategy from our Provost We are living in a rapidly evolving world.

The societal, economic and technological consequences of the UK government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 cannot be overstated. Universities like Imperial must step up to provide the solutions, collaborations and skills necessary to help us get there, while also working to make society fair and equitable. Our new Strategy outlines how we plan to address these environmental challenges to create a sustainable university for the future and become a carbon net-zero institution by 2040. Sustainability will shape Imperial’s plans and activities at all levels and across all campuses. The College’s Sustainability Strategy Advisory Group was established in 2020 to ensure that we turn this notion into reality and, in the context of our considerable but finite resources, set a credible roadmap for its delivery. Our vision for the Strategy can be viewed here .

progress we have made through ‘ Greening Imperial ’ and the work of our Estates team to improve the sustainability of our campuses, and through our outstanding multidisciplinary research centres such as the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment and the Energy Futures Lab. Framing a strategy is merely the first step. We are launching our strategy at a time when our attention is directed to managing through a global pandemic and it might be tempting to downgrade or delay commitments to other things. We know we must instead seize the opportunity to accelerate our progress on climate action. Experience tells us that Imperial responds well to challenges and I am convinced that 2020 will prove to be a turning point in our collective endeavours and will see the College as a leading driver for the enormous changes that must come. I look forward to working with the extended Imperial community and our partners as we set out to achieve this ambitious set of objectives, and to sharing our progress with you. Professor Ian Walmsley FRS Provost, Imperial College London

Societal vulnerability in the face of climate and environmental change is serious and undeniable. The UK government has committed to an ambitious target of 2050 for net zero carbon emissions. The societal, economic and technological consequences of this challenge cannot be overstated, and it is universities like ours that must step up to provide t≠he solutions, collaborations and skills necessary to help us get there. If this challenge wasn’t enough, we have the equally serious transition to make society fair and equitable. As we launch our strategy for the next five years, we must bear in mind that the world will change in unexpected ways, as we found this past year. We must have a clear vision, and be prepared to adapt and be agile. Science and technology, and their translation to business, the public and decision makers, are critical to achieving net zero carbon and building a resilient and equitable society. The development and deployment of technical solutions to respond to changes in the natural world is based on our ability to continually monitor the environment. Rolling out new approaches in every sector demands smart application of science and clear assessments of impact. We also must equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to make informed decisions that will drive the necessary action. Imperial College London is already at the forefront of research and learning on many of the most pressing challenges we face. The challenge is great, yet we can go further and do more. Our new sustainability strategy places the transition to zero pollution at the heart of what we will achieve in the coming years in research, training and innovation. We will also focus resources to transform our campus and communities into a testbed for new ways of working and living. Our strategy marks an important step for the College. It builds on the



South Kensington is our main campus and it is here that most undergraduate and postgraduate activity takes place. It’s a compact site in the heart of ‘Albertopolis’ and is home to a huge range of architectural styles from the Edwardian Royal School of Mines building to the ultra-modern Norman Foster-designed Business School. There’s plenty of green space too, including a beautiful landscaped square, with our famous Queen’s Tower at one end. Imperial’s White City campus is a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of a vibrant area to live, work and play. The College is driving this evolution with a £2 billion investment in a new 23-acre integrated collaborative campus. As a central pillar of this vision, the Molecular Sciences Research Hub is the first facility to host Imperial research and teaching staff. Silwood Park is located about 25 miles West of Central London, near the village of Sunninghill in Ascot, Berkshire. Situated in about 100ha of natural parkland, it has been part of Imperial College since 1947. It was first famous as a centre for applied entomology before developing a world-wide reputation as a centre for excellence in pure and applied ecology. Since the 1990s research interests have expanded to include evolution, biodiversity and conservation. We also have an extensive network of medical teaching and research campuses in partnership with leading NHS Trusts at the following locations: • Charing Cross Campus, Hammersmith. Based around Charing Cross Hospital. • Chelsea and Westminster Campus. Based around Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. • Hammersmith Campus. Based around Hammersmith Hospital. • North West London Hospitals Campus. Based at Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals in Harrow and Central Middlesex Hospital in North Acton. • Royal Brompton Campus, Chelsea. Based around the Royal Brompton Hospital. • St Mary’s Campus, Paddington. Based around St Mary’s Hospital.


Our capital programme is one of the most ambitious in the global HE sector to support our goal to remain a world-leading higher education institution. Our programme, which currently runs at annual investment of c. £100m, sees our Estates Projects team manage the delivery of an incredibly diverse range of projects. Notable recent projects include: • £130m Sir Michael Uren Building to create a Biomedical Research Hub • £8.5m Early Years Education Centre • Over £25m of investment in the refurbishment of teaching and research facilities • New link bridge and observatory at South Kensington • Refurbishment of Student Common Room Looking to the future we have bold plans, including: • A major programme of investment in new facilities to house our world-leading Faculty of Medicine • A new building at the White City North campus to house our world-leading School of Public Health • A complex programme of infrastructure projects to enable the developåment of our White City South Campus • The refurbishment of the iconic Queen’s Tower at South Kensington • Further investment in learning and teaching spaces across the estate • Creation of Quantum Photonics and Quantum Technologies laboratory spaces • Works to maintain listed properties • Data Centre Refurbishment project • Infrastructure upgrade programme




Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator


Estate Operations

Campus location:

South Kensington

Job Family/Level:

Professional Services, Level 3a

Responsible to:

Sustainability Manager

Line Management responsibility for:


Purpose of the Post Imperial College is focused on becoming a sector leader in sustainability and ensuring key aspects of our operations meet and exceed sector wide best practice. The Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator has a key role in supporting this through coordinating the implementation of LEAF, Green Impact, and other initiatives to demonstrably improve the College’s environmental performance. This is a people focussed post backed up sound scientific knowledge with the purpose of supporting key operational staff to improve the College’s sustainability performance along with enabling our net zero carbon, resources, waste and biodiversity goals. Key Responsibilities • Assist with the developing a rolling annual programme of focused sustainability initiatives focused on staff that seeks to address key areas of the College’s environmental impact • Coordinate and support colleagues to implement the LEAF programme (or equivalent) to improve the sustainability of Laboratory’s • Coordinate and support Faculty sustainability teams through the provision of timely and relevant environmental information and guidance • Support the Sustainability Manager

Key Working Relationships (internal):

Estates Operations Academic Leader for Sustainability Sustainability Strategy Director Sustainability Manager Sustainability Strategy Committee members Sustainability champions across Imperial College Campus Services Imperial College Union Green Impact and LEAF teams, Imperial College NHS Trust, (EAUC) The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS)

• Coordinate and work with colleagues to implement the Green Impact programme (equivalent) to improve the sustainability across the College • Working with Campus Service team to ensure a successful Sustainable Halls campaign (run by SOS-UK) engaging staff and students as appropriate • Work with Imperial College Union to support the development of engagement initiatives for our students to inspire and educate them around Sustainability • Maintain a register of initiatives by Faculty/Department/activity and their impact on the Colleges overall sustainability impact • Assist the Sustainability Manager and Estates Operations Communications Officer in creating and nurturing a sustainability culture through targeted communications • Assist the Estates Communications Officer in developing the Estates Operations internet pages with relevant environmental and sustainability information • Work with Campus Services on Sustainable Catering intiatives including reducing plastics, and towards membership of sector standards such as the Sustainable Restaurant Association accreditation

Key Working Relationships (external):

Contract type:

Full-time, permanent. Campus based with the possibility of hybrid working.

in the development of the Estates operations Sustainability Action Plan leading of initiatives to support it’s implementation


Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post- holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviors framework . Our values are: • Respect • Collaboration • Excellence • Integrity • Innovation Employees are also required to comply with all College policies and regulations paying special attention to: Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, Financial Regulations, Health and Safety, Information Technology, Smoking, Private Engagements and Register of Interests. They must also undertake specific training and assume responsibility for safety relevant to specific roles, as set out on the College Website Health and Safety Structure and Responsibilities page. As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at: or by telephoning 03000 200 190. You may also wish to view the College’s DBS webpage for policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Requirements Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following

Essential (E) Desirable (D)



Educated to undergraduate degree level


Educated to Masters level (or equivalent) with a specialisation in a related Sustainability field


Working in the Higher Education or related sector on Sustainability or Sustainability related initiatives Developing, supporting and coordination of the implementation of environmental intiatives including LEAF, Green Impact, SOS Evidence of active commitment to promoting action on sustainability and implementing sustainability initiatives Supporting communications and other teams to promote sustainability and develop a culture of sustainability






Up to date knowledge of sustainability issues and climate change including Science Based targets LEAF, Green Impact, SOS or other sector specific initiatives to improve sustainability and drive environmental performance Environmental Law, Sector Best Practice and other requirements that must be factored into any sustainability initiatives Achieving effective targeted communications within large organisations with the goal of increasing engagement in sustainability





Skills and Abilities

High degree of computer literacy user with a detailed understanding of Microsoft Office products, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook High level project management – ability to initiate, progress and monitor projects by utilis - ing excellent organisation and time management skills Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and positively influence a wide range of stakeholders and colleagues at all levels, within and across teams Strong written and spoken professional communication skills and knowledge of writing for web, newsletters and other means of internal communication


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Why work for us? Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities, based in a diverse and exciting capital city. Working at the College means that you join generations of Imperial staff who have contributed to solving problems on a global scale. Furthermore, it offers you a competitive salary and a package of attractive terms and conditions of service, along with many optional benefits, which we hope you will take advantage of. In our 2019 survey, 85% of our staff were proud to work for the College. In addition to 31 days annual leave (25 days annual leave and 6 College closure days in addition to public holidays) and generous pension scheme, Imperial offers a diverse range of employee benefits, including: • Discounted Bupa private medical insurance • Imperial Perks – a range of exclusive discounts on goods and services • Childcare vouchers • Access to the Imperial’s diverse range of sports facilities • Interest-free season ticket loan • Interest-free cycle loan and bike pool scheme Further information about the Benefits at Imperial College London can be found here. Further information about the USS pension scheme and the benefits it provides can be found at The College is committed to developing you by offering a wide range of programmes and support to suit your individual career aspirations.


For a confidential conversation please contact our advisor: Craig Douglas 07355 093 394 Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV and covering letter and be sent to Closing date for applications is: Sunday 11th July 2023



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