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Head of NET Zero and Environmental

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 13 days ago

  • Sector: Renewables
  • Contact: Victoria Hyland
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01942 323277
  • Start Date: 2022-08-03
  • Expiry Date: 02 September 2022
  • Job Ref: 1042335

NRL are currently recruiting for a Head of NET Zero and Environmental working on a remote basis (with occasional travel to the London area) on a permanent basis.

Purpose of the Job:
This is a senior management position within the Responsible Business team with line management responsibilities for Environmental Manager (Reporting) and Environmental Manager (Manager Systems). The role will lead on the Net Zero Carbon Systems including compliance, environmental reporting and validation, environmental training development and delivery, and monitoring and reporting of non-financial indicators across the business. The role will also cover all environmental compliance obligation and management system. These measures will be used to inform management decisions for driving improvements and innovation into the organisation and promoting best practice at all levels to drive the achievement of our Responsible Business objectives and targets.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead on Net Zero Carbon Strategy managing five NZ workstreams, action plans including implementation, governance and action planning for Board reports

  • Provide Exec level progress reporting against NZ plan (working closely with procurement and finance functions)

  • Lead in the creation of fully costed business cases for carbon reduction initiatives, energy, travel, circular economy/ zero waste, water, biodiversity

  • Lead NZC governance and action planning

  • Work alongside finance for NZC financial reporting and budget requirements

  • Lead engagement with the procurement team and supply chain partners to further develop Scope 3 reporting

  • Lead and process data inputs for the Net Zero Carbon Plan

  • Deliver internal carbon literacy training

  • Conduct onsite energy assessments and advise on environmental improvements for operations

  • Produce carbon reduction business case proposals 

  • Lead on Carbon Trust / SBTi certification

  • Develop environmental strategies on material topics including energy and fuel, travel, circular economy/ zero waste, water, biodiversity etc

  • Manage mandatory carbon disclosure reports including PPN06 Carbon Reduction Plan SECR, ESOS, TCFD

  • Respond to Group reporting requirements

  • Responsible for the management of external audits in relation to ongoing ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certification

  • Responsible for the implementation of consistent measurement tools to capture non-financial objectives across the business, including management of environmental apps used for data collation

  • Lead on trend analysis of environmental KPIs to inform progress on Net Zero milestones and ensure fulfilment of reporting obligations

  • Responsible for internal and supply chain audits to verify environmental compliance

  • Lead in the preparation of applications for external awards

  • Provide business development support as a net zero SME

  • ISO14001 compliance (Environmental Policy and processes, forms including management review)

  • Responsible for environmental audit and review of non conformities

  • Conduct onsite environmental assessments / audits

  • Supporting completion of environmental permits and waste licences

  • Responsible for inhouse IEMA certified environmental  training delivery  for SHEQ and operational teams

  • Responsible for environmental training covering “AIMS reporting” for contracts

  • Responsible for Incident Management – onsite when required, review of minors to identify trends

  • Responsible for Supply chain compliance - auditing suppliers (waste management companies)

  • Responsible for complete external certifications Ecovardis, Achilles, other client requests

  • Responsible for providing business development case studies and support

  • Responding to external assurance audits and actions (Ernst & Young etc)

Outcome, Results and Key Performance Indicators:

  • Ensure ongoing certification to standards relations to net zero carbon

  • Improve environmental compliance across the business aligned with ISO14001

  • Integrate system for supply chain Scope 3 reporting, moving away from spend conversions

  • Manage robust frameworks to support Net Zero

  • Support business carbon literacy through developement and delivery of training.

Dimensions of Job:
The role will have a UK scope with divisional and functional engagement. There are two direct report, the Corporate Environmental Manager (Reporting) and Corporate Environmental Manager (Management System).

Key Relationships:

  • The role works with the NZ Working Groups including Leads at an Exec level, Responsible Business and SHEQ Leads and external partners in relation to NZC.

  • Engagement with senior SHEQ team will also be required.

  • You will also work with operational stakeholders to implement decarbonisation measures, and embed action to deliver on environmental metrics and KPI’s set by the divisions in support of corporate targets.

  • Wider engagement will include business and external carbon data providers, as well as third party data validation auditors.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in management  and implementation of net zero carbon strategies, including engagament with senior business stakeholders to implement net zero carbon strategy

  • Experience of liaison with relevant external certification bodies

  • Good knowledge of current energy, carbon, and environmental legislation including requirements related to non-financial reporting (SECR, TCFD)

  • Extensive experience in operational carbon footprinting, preferably in FM, construction and energy sector

  • Exceptional collaboration and stakeholder engagement skills, and experience in working across all levels of an organisation

  • Experience of robust environmental reporting and validation with proven ability to analyse, interpret and present environmental data at appropriate levels for different stakeholder groups


  • Degree level education (ideally in an environmental, sustainability, science, or business-related subject) or equivalent experience 

  • Member of a relevant professional Institute e.g. IEMA

 Behavioural Capabilities:

  • Prepare the Future 

  • Develop and roll out clear action plans and strategies

  • Clearly explains the vision and strategy of the company

  • Share Resources and Knowledge

  • Cultivate and Give Responsibility

  • Share Resources and Knowledge

  • Empower Others

  • Build Harmonious working relationships

  • Act and Challenge The Status Quo

  • Cooperate with people inside and outside the Team

  • Take the time to regularly interact with stakeholders

  • Deliver Results

  • Tackle work and projects with High Standards

  • Constantly improving working methods

  • Adapt behaviour and practices to different situations

About NRL:

NRL connect global engineering companies with the right people to bring their projects to life. As we progress your application our team of talented recruiters will be on hand to support you to secure your next role.

We welcome applications from every walk of life, and are committed to driving diversity and inclusion within the industries we support. That’s why our Member Committed to Diversity status with the Association of Professional Staffing Companies is so important to us.

For temporary workers and contractors opting to work with us through our Pay As You Earn (PAYE) payroll service, we’re delighted to offer a wealth of benefits including access to virtual and telephone GP appointments 24/7, health and wellness resources, gym discounts and retail savings.