SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER CANDIDATE INFORMATION PACK
About Imperial College London
The Imperial Estate
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.
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: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/strategy/
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.
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER About Imperial College London 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.
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.
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER Sustainability Strategy 2021 - 2026 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.
Introduction to the Strategy from our Provost We are living in a rapidly evolving world. 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 the 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 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 prepared to adapt and be agile. Science and technology, and their
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 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
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER The Imperial Estate 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.
Capital Programme 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 • Data Centre Refurbishment project • Infrastructure upgrade programme 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 development 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
JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title:
Campus location: Job Family/Level:
Professional Services, Level 4
Head of Engineering, Energy and Environment with dotted line responsibility to the Academic Leader in Sustainability
Line Management responsibility for: Key Working Relationships (internal):
Estates Operations, Academic Leader in Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Strategy Committee members, Campus Services, Procurement and finance teams, Imperial College Union, Academic and professional staff in academic centres specialising in sustainability research UK and international university sustainability teams, Imperial College NHS Trust, Local and national stakeholders e.g., local councils, London boroughs Full-time, permanent. Campus based with the possibility of hybrid working.
Key Working Relationships (external):
Purpose of the Post 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. Working closely with all areas of the Estates Operations team and the Academic Leader for Sustainability, you will provide crucial oversight and organisation for priority initiatives, including: • Creating and nurturing a sustainability culture and community for staff and students, to ensure that sustainability is embedded in all day-to-day College operations (for example, construction, greening of campuses, catering, teaching and learning, student accommodation). • Engaging internal and external stakeholders and raising awareness of sustainability activities across operations, research, education and innovation. • Creating and implementing an action plan to deliver the Sustainability Strategy and monitoring progress in achieving these targets. • Developing a long-term action plan to reduce the carbon emissions of the College Estate. Job Description
• Improving reporting and communication of sustainability activities, goals and achievements by contributing to informative and regular communications. • Aligning sustainability activities with the College’s UN Sustainable Development Goals aspirations. • Promoting and facilitating collaborations between the academic and the operational aspects of the University such that our campuses become living labs for applications of world-leading Imperial College expertise.
Key Responsibilities Strategic
• Work closely with the Estates Operations team and the Academic Leader in Sustainability to formulate and develop strategic proposals for approval by the Sustainability Strategy Committee. • To develop, maintain and manage aspects of the Sustainability Strategy implementation. • Identify, adopt and manage Estates Operations standards to ensure sustainability requirements are available. Finance • Budget management: • develop costed masterplans to support delivery of the key objectives • manage budgets when undertaking project management • support Estates Operations teams on the provision of full life cycle cost analysis to support sustainable activities. Management • Oversight of priority projects, such as the sustainability engagement programme and champion’s network. • Managing contracts and liaising with external bodies and consultants to coordinate key projects, such as developing science-based targets. • Lead the implementation of improvement plans. • Ensure delivery and continual improvement of appropriate management and maintenance monitoring systems, surveys and audit processes and their incorporation and integration into existing management systems. • Support Projects in developing a sustainable construction policy to influence the design, installation, commissioning and handover of building projects. Communication • Engagement and liaison with colleagues across the College on a diverse range of projects, particularly working closely with Estates and Campus Services. • Support the practical adoption and implementation of innovative sustainability ideas. • Promoting improved collaboration between researchers in College and those involved in College operations, in particular Estates and Campus Services Horizon scanning for funding opportunities and writing grant proposals for sustainability funding. Reporting • Coordinate and contribute to the timely and accurate submission of mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements such as the yearly Estates Operations Carbon Management and Sustainability report. • Assesses how changes in sustainability legislation and policy need to be implemented within College.
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER PERSON SPECIFICATION
Requirements Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following
Essential / Desirable
Education Educated to undergraduate degree level
Experience Managing high-level and complex projects with multiple workstreams and priorities, ideally in a sustainability and/ or higher education context
Working in a sustainability-related area or industry
Demonstrable leadership skills and capability to drive new initiatives
Evidence of active commitment to promoting action on sustainability and implementing sustainability initiatives
Working in the higher education sector
Knowledge Up to date knowledge of sustainability issues and climate change
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office and software systems to support workflow management and document control
D D D
Project management experience evidenced by a relevant qualification
Achieving organisational change
Understanding of the higher education sector context and operations
Skills and Abilities High level project management – ability to initiate, progress and monitor projects by utilising excellent organisation and time management skills
E E E E E E E
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
Ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and across organisational barriers Ability to lead on projects and present findings in different formats according to audience and purpose, including at a senior level Ability to quickly grasp and understand full range of College policies and processes
Multitasking and managing multiple priorities Coordinating in-person and online events
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: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agen- cies-public-bodies/dbs/ 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.
FURTHER INFORMATION 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 www.uss.co.uk The College is committed to developing you by offering a wide range of programmes and support to suit your individual career aspirations.
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