NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Head Office
Reference Number IRC252470
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 14 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 January 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £38,318 - pro rata
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Fixed Term, 6 months
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th January 2020
Interview Date: 14th February 2020

About us

NERC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI brings together nine organisations to create one single, independent entity with a strong voice, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

NERC is the UK's leading funder of environmental science. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends – from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space. The science we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a safe, healthy, productive nation. Many programmes involve collaborations with national and international partners to tackle large-scale environmental science challenges, including those faced by developing countries.

The NERC Sustainability Team have responsibility for delivery of the NERC approach to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. This role will be responsible for implementation of the environmental components of the NERC’s approach to sustainability and associated reporting. You will work closely with the NERC Social Responsibility Reporting Manager and Interim Head of Sustainability to ensure delivery of a holistic approach to sustainability at NERC.

Background:

This role will be responsible for implementation of the environmental components of the NERC’s approach to sustainability and associated reporting. The position will work closely with the NERC Social Responsibility Reporting Manager and Interim Head of Sustainability to ensure delivery of a holistic approach to sustainability at NERC.

The challenge will be to find ways to sustain our world-class science and operations (including NERC research ships, aircraft and Antarctic bases), while using our skills and research experience to enhance our positive impact on the environment and minimise harm associated with our operations.

Role purpose:

  • To be part of a leading team that will demonstrate NERC leadership and drive by helping to develop, implement and champion NERC’s approach to sustainability
  • To drive continual improvement in how we manage and use environmental data and ensure compliance with government environmental reporting
  • To turn NERCs long term ambitions for environmental sustainability into deliverable targets and action plans
  • To ensure good practice, sharing learning from inside and outside NERC and UKRI, and to bring innovative approaches to managing NERC’s environmental impact while sustaining our investment in world-class science and operations
  • This role will report to the Interim NERC Head of Sustainability in the Corporate Affairs Directorate. 

Primary tasks:

Manage

  • Translate NERC environmental commitments into meaningful targets and action plans and work with key stakeholders to deliver these
  • Take a lead role for ensuring environmental data collection is efficient, delivers continued compliance and can be used effectively to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Work with the Sustainability Team and key stakeholders to identify and development business cases for interventions needed to sustain carbon reductions across NERC
  • Manage co-ordination of sustainability performance reporting for NERC and for the sustainability section of the annual report for UKRI
  • Provide functional management, upskilling and ongoing development opportunities to the Sustainability Reporting Officer.

Influence

  • Support and promote cross-NERC groups e.g. environmental professionals group (EPG) to ensure effective delivery of NERC approach, commitments and actions
  • Build effective networks to ensure NERC shares and keeps up-to-date with good practice and bring innovative approaches to managing NERC’s environmental impact while sustaining our investment in world-class science
  • Working with the Sustainability Engagement Manager, shape and communicate for our environmental sustainability ambitions; engaging NERC staff, stakeholders and grant-holders to drive behaviour change
  • Share and promote best practice in environmental sustainability across UKRI including liaison with UKRI partners, joint building services at Polaris House and reverent external parties
  • Contribute to the delivery of relevant UKRI/NERC mission and priorities as required.

What we offer

In return, this role will broaden your skills and develop ideas on what leadership for environmental sustainability looks like in practice. Your role will be varied, building relationships with universities, government partners and industry; managing and delivering NERC sustainability approach.

We also a flexible approach to work with opportunities for professional development.

This post is advertised for a 6-month contract, with the potential opportunity to extend or make permanent.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the largest funder of environmental science in the UK. We invest £300 million each year in research, training and innovation through UK universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the whole planet from pole to pole, from deep Earth and oceans to upper atmosphere and space. Through collaboration with scientific partners, business and policy-makers, our science supports sustainable economic growth and improves public wellbeing. Our Headquarters in Swindon provides the corporate policy, planning and administrative focus for NERC.

Essential Criteria

  • Professional qualifications and/or membership and experience in an energy management/sustainability field, together with demonstrable experience of current thinking and best practice in corporate responsibility and environmental management (including but not limited to ISO14001, ISO50001, BREEAM and the Carbon Trust Standard, environmental auditing)
  • An member of IEMA or an equivalent professional body recognised by the Society for the Environment
  • Sound analytical skills, strong IT proficiency and the ability to articulate complex information clearly and concisely; experience in providing technical information and advice, in relation to environmental sustainability reporting; an ability to make robust judgements to identify and resolve issues
  • Demonstrable knowledge of environmental/CSR legislation and associated statutory reporting requirements
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understand how NERC science and innovation contributes solutions to the economy and society – our ‘offer’ – and how managing our own sustainability performance is a key factor in this
  • Expertise, influence, relationships and communication: able to build effective partnerships among stakeholders, including universities, colleges and businesses, to ensure we keep pace, and where relevant, set good practice
  • Effective personal working, planning, organisation and delivery; able to balance corporate, team and individual priorities; work proactively with minimal supervision; work under pressure; build strong, effective teams, sort problems and achieve success
  • Attitude – agile, ‘can do’, willing and able to get out and about (this role involves travel and face-to-face relationship-building)
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to develop professionally and enhance the current skills and knowledge of the NERC Sustainability Team
  • A flexible approach to work and willing to travel on occasion.

Person specification – Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working within the research and innovation sector including work within universities and colleges
  • Working knowledge of the Carbon Disclosure Programme and experience of implementing carbon management plans
  • A chartered member of IEMA or an equivalent professional body recognised by the Society for the Environment.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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