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Sustainability Manager

Sustainability managers, are responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

They develop, implement and monitor environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development.

Sustainability managers examine corporate activities to establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organisation.

Sustainability managers have a wide remit and will review the whole operation, carrying out environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving environmental problems and ensuring necessary changes are implemented.

They also carry out important staff training and ensure all members of the workforce recognise and understand their own contributions to improved environmental performance.


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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service.

What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

developing and implementing environmental strategies and action plans that ensure corporate sustainable development;
taking the lead on sustainable procurement for all goods and services;
coordinating all aspects of pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy;
leading the implementation of environmental policies and practices
ensuring compliance with environmental legislation and keeping up to date with UK, EU and international regulation and legislation
liaising with relevant bodies such as local authorities, public bodies and competent bodies;
auditing, analysing and reporting environmental performance to internal and external clients and regulatory bodies;
carrying out impact assessments to identify, assess and reduce an organisation's environmental risks and financial costs;
promoting and raising awareness, at all levels of an organisation, of the impact of emerging environmental issues, whether legislative or best practice, on corporate, ethical and social responsibility
developing and implementing environmental management systems to continually improve the impact of the organisation on the environment;
coordinating public hearings and consultations on environmental matters
managing relations with the board of directors, senior management and internal staff
training staff at all levels in environmental issues and responsibilities
participating in environmental education and research
negotiating environmental service agreements and managing associated costs and revenues
writing environmental reports, assuming the lead responsibility with the company
being proactive about corporate social responsibility issues and taking action to ensure these are met
setting organisational sustainability targets, and developing plans to meet those targets and oversee their delivery

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Although this is a career open to all graduates, it would be useful to posses a degree or HND in one of the following subjects:

Entry Requirements

earth sciences
environmental engineering
environmental health
environmental sciences or management
engineering with a sustainability focus

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

understand and utilise systems thinking to carry out problem solving
show initiative to recognise emerging problems and pro-actively develop solutions using methods such as systems thinking
negotiate and organise
stimulate and manage change
demonstrate strong leadership and influence
demonstrate a high level of computer literacy
show commercial awareness and an understanding of business
be self-motivated and be able to motivate staff at all levels
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
manage projects as well as produce and deliver presentations
establish effective networks within the company and with external organisations.

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Typical starting salaries: £18,000 - £30,000
Experienced Sustainability Manager : £30,000 - £50,000
Senior Sustainability Manager: £50,000+
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