Head of Sustainability

Location York
Discipline: Health & Safety
Job ref: 005662
Published: about 1 year ago

Why Portakabin?

Creating precision-engineered buildings, we believe that our people are the key to exploring greater possibilities across our industry, thinking beyond products, to solutions and beyond customers, to the people and societies they serve.

With more than 60 years of expertise, decades of growth and a business that has more than doubled since 2012, Portakabin profitability is strong in both the UK and Europe and our future ambition is to continue this compelling track record of growth.

We put our people at the heart of everything we do, and you will experience job security and development opportunities that are rare in the current climate, so why not join us, and be a part of our continuing growth and success?

About the Opportunity

We have a proud legacy of innovating in modular building, and we are using this creativity to focus on our sustainability. Do you want to join a business that is committed to reducing its impact on the environment?

If you are a motivated and passionate leader that has a proven record of establishing and delivering sustainability strategy, programmes and targets, we’d really like to talk to you. We’re looking for an enthusiastic Head of Sustainability to lead the development and implementation of the company's sustainability strategy and initiatives. This role will require a strong understanding of sustainability principles and best practices in the construction industry, as well as the ability to develop and execute on a vision for sustainability within the company.

Role Responsibilities

  • Create, implement and evolve the sustainability vision and strategy

  • Act as the senior subject matter expert on sustainability, natural and social capital, circularity, climate change and carbon emissions

  • Set strategic sustainability roadmaps and policies using data to develop short, medium and long-term targets. Manage the performance of all sustainability workstreams

  • Work with key internal stakeholders to embed sustainability and empower the business to take a proactive approach to sustainability

  • Oversee the development, collation and delivery of internal and external sustainability reporting including annual sustainability reports

  • Monitor emerging global trends in sustainability, innovation and regulation and develop strategies to maximise opportunities and minimise risk

  • To devise innovative ways to incorporate sustainability into regular operations, determining how to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact while maintaining our business’s ability to provide the highest quality products / services and grow profitability

  • Oversee implementation of a robust certification process ensuring rigorous transparency and compliance

  • Contribute to the development of circularity from concept (design) to end-of-life

  • Recruit and manage a team of technical and subject matter experts who collaborate across functions to progress sustainability initiatives. Support with the development of team members; coaching and fostering a passionate, inquisitive, and engaged workforce. Manage and coordinate training and induction programmes

  • Manage sustainability investment department budget

Role Details

  • Role based: York, YO32 (plus flexible working)

  • Contract type: Permanent

  • Annual leave: 25 days plus bank holidays

Benefits & Opportunities

  • Car Allowance 

  • Option to buy 5 days of annual leave

  • Contributory pension

  • Family Private Medical Insurance

  • A range of dedicated health and wellbeing services

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • A chance to give back to your community with an annual Volunteering Day

  • Fully funded professional qualifications and membership

  • Employee Benefits Platform

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

There is also great opportunity for career progression within Portakabin. Roughly one third of our roles are filled by internal candidates!

Our Ideal Candidate

A knowledgeable and passionate leader with a proven record of delivering sustainability strategy. Previous experience and a good understanding of a wide range of sustainability / ESG topics.

The successful candidate must have key leadership skills such as stakeholder management, excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to build effective partnerships with external organisations.

Ideally, they would be educated to degree level with a sustainability-based BA or MBA.

It would be valuable but not essential, if the successful candidate also has experience of the following;

  • Knowledge of B Corp assessment and certification

  • Experience in using environmental and ESG reporting platforms, frameworks and environmental systems

  • Experience of working in a FTSE 250 international organisation

Even if you do not match all of our ‘ideal’ criteria we would still be very keen to receive your CV as we love developing our people and may feel that you could be developed into this role.

Apply Now!

We’re keen to get someone started in this role. If you think this sounds like the ideal job for you, please apply as soon as possible as we may close this job advert early if we receive a high number of applications.

If you’d like to discuss the role please contact heather.christmas@portakabin.

Real the full Role Profile here: Head of Sustainability