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Environment & Sustainability Advisor

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Environment & Sustainability Advisor
BGS Risk and Assurance Team
Location: based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Salary: £34,905 to £37,173 per annum (depending on qualifications, skills, and experience)
Hours: Full-time – 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available, including a small amount of remote working, although this role is mainly based on-site)
Contract type: Permanent 
Closing date: 3rd March 2024


Please note that internal UKRI applicants will currently be subject to the UKRI Pay & Reward Policy & Guidance to determine their starting salary

 

A great benefits package is offered!, including an outstanding pension scheme (with a very generous employer contribution – on average 27% of your pay), 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi-time

 

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a capable and enthusiastic environmental management professional to join the BGS Risk & Assurance Team to work with staff and management across BGS to deliver sustainable and net-zero geoscience.

 

As the Environment & Sustainability Advisor you will participate in the development and implementation of a strategy to achieve our targets in areas including energy, travel, and waste.

 

Reporting to the Head of Risk & Assurance, you will be responsible for managing the operation of our accredited environmental management system and will also provide advice to projects and senior management on environment and sustainability requirements, assist in implementation and provide assurance on performance and compliance.

 

This role is part of a small team working across all BGS sites and activities to lead in the areas of quality, environment, safety, and risk management. The key duties / responsibilities for this role include:

·       Advising senior management and BGS Environment & Sustainability Working Group on development of E&S strategy in order to meet BGS legal obligations, public commitments and government targets including: UN Sustainable Development Goals, UK Greening Government Commitments and Net-zero and carbon reduction targets.

·       Leading the implementation, operation, maintenance and further development of the BGS Environmental Management System (EMS) across all sites, ensuring the EMS remains aligned with the requirements of our ISO 14001 certification.

·       Ensuring provision of required regulatory permits and consents; evaluation and management assurance of E&S legal compliance.

·       Development and implementation of sustainable, net-zero geoscience delivery initiatives, working with science project teams to reduce environmental impact of geological fieldwork, survey and laboratory practices whilst maintaining high-quality research.

·       Engagement with Estates engineering teams on sustainability and net-zero decarbonisation of geoscience infrastructure and facilities.

·       Project and budget management of some E&S improvement initiatives, including preparation of funding applications for NERC/UKRI E&S capital and seed funding schemes

·       Coordination of E&S performance monitoring and reporting including compilation and analysis of performance data including energy management and carbon emissions associated with science activity and infrastructure; maintenance of data reporting systems and preparation and delivery of regular management reports.

·       Operation of a structured programme of E&S audits of site operations and science project activity as part of BGS internal audit programme.

·       External representation of BGS interests on E&S matters at NERC and UKRI level.

·       Coordinating with and supporting other members of the Risk & Assurance team working in other areas.

About you

Candidates should be educated to degree level in a relevant subject e.g. Environmental Management, Environmental Science, or a related field at 2:2 or higher and we are also looking for someone who holds or is working towards a recognised professional qualification in environmental management e.g. IEMA Certificate.

 

Candidates should have a good amount of practical experience of working in environmental management or a similar role. You should also have experience of energy, water, carbon and waste management, monitoring, and reporting – as well as experience of carrying out environmental auditing and surveys.

 

Please note – you will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during your employment.

 

Please also refer to the additional specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

 

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that belongs to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey whose core mission is to advise government of science related to the subsurface and to undertake applied research to solve earth and environmental issues, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI, as well as through research grants and private sector contracts.

 

We strive to promote equality and diversity across our organisation in order to continuously improve our scientific and organisational efficiency! As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our dedication to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

 

How to apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process.

 

A well thought through application providing evidence and examples of how you meet the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

 

Please apply online, if you experience any issues applying for this role, please contact Recruitment@ukri.org.

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3rd March 2024. Interviews are expected to be held in late March 2024 in Nottingham.

 

Environment & Sustainability Advisor: Skills Specification

Criteria to be assessed at Shortlist ‘S’ and Interview ‘I’ Stage

 

Qualifications

Essential

·       A degree in a relevant subject e.g. Environmental Management, Environmental Science, or a related field at 2:2 or higher (S)

·       Hold or working towards a recognised professional qualification in environmental management e.g. IEMA Certificate (S)

 

Desirable

·       Membership of relevant professional body e.g. PIEMA or equivalent (S)

 

Experience

Essential

·       A good amount of practical experience of working in environmental management or a similar role (S)

·       Experience of energy, water, carbon and waste management, monitoring, and reporting (S&I)

·       Experience of carrying out environmental auditing and surveys (S&I)

·       Experience of influencing outcomes and organisational performance through persuasion and engagement with staff and customers (S&I)

 

Desirable

·       Experience of working to the ISO 14001 standard (S&I)

·       Application of environmental management in a scientific, research or comparable context (S&I)

·       Experience of environmental and sustainability policy and strategy development (S&I)

·       Project and/or budget management experience (S&I)

 

Knowledge

Essential

·       Knowledge of environmental legislation, including implementation and compliance (S&I)

·       Knowledge of sustainability, net-zero, and circular economy principles, including established and developing business approaches, practices and opportunities (S&I)

·       Knowledge of sustainable travel approaches and electric vehicle charging infrastructure (S&I)

·       Knowledge and proficient use of Microsoft Office 365 and other web-based applications and data systems (S)

 

Skills & abilities

Essential

·       Strong written, verbal and presentation communication skills (S&I)

·       Comfortable building working relationships and communicating with staff and collaborators at all levels (S&I)

·       Analysis, manipulation, interpretation, and presentation of data (S&I)

·       Able to both use own initiative and work independently, whilst also being an effective teammate (S&I)

 

Personal qualities

Essential

·       Flexible, adaptable, and personable (I)

·       Capable of working under pressure to meet timescales (I)

·       Willing to undertake off-site travel to other sites including occasional overnight stays (I)

·       Demonstrates an enthusiasm for the work of BGS/UKRI and our core values of impact, impartiality, and knowledge (S&I)

·       You will be committed to a diverse and inclusive approach to work in the geosciences (S&I)

 

Desirable

·       Full driving licence (S)

 

Motivation

Essential

·       Displays a passion for the role and a desire to develop this further within BGS (S&I)

·       Strong dedication to personal Continuous Professional Development (S&I)

About The British Geological Survey (BGS)
 
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.  It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts. 
 
BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people.  It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.  BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year. 
 
How to Apply  
 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for BGS and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 
 
About UKRI  
 
UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). 
 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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
 
Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.
 
The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.
 
How we support EDI in the workforce 
 
At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
 
Disability Confident Employer 
 
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

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