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09.06.2022

Head of Sustainability & Environment

  • Department: Environment
  • Reporting to: Director of Sustainable Marine Operations
  • Grade: 1
  • Salary Range: £79,911 - £88,205 per annum
  • Base: Gravesend, Kent (London / Agile working available)
  • Closing date: 30 June 2022
  • Interview date: TBC

The leading UK port has an exciting new role for a Head of Sustainability and Environment.

You will be joining the UK’s largest and growing UK trust port, where you will focus on sustainability and environmental strategy and improvement programmes.

You will have the ability to shape the role and become a leader in an organisation who can offer you full support and excellent resources.

There is access to key stakeholders within the business and sector, giving you an excellent opportunity to influence change and make a real impact on environmental performance.

The role offers a fantastic leadership opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to play a key part in the continuing and future success of the Port and its wider role in the region and the maritime sector.

This role will drive the organisation’s sustainability strategy to become a Net Zero business. Reporting to the Director of Sustainable Marine Operations, the postholder will lead the Port’s drive to improve its environmental performance across all of its activities.

An experienced senior leader, you will be a strategic thinker, able to develop a wide Sustainability and Environmental strategy, plan, review and develop management systems and evaluate compliance with legal and other obligations.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of shaping, planning and delivering strategies that enhance an organisation's sustainability and environmental performance. You will be focused on delivering measurable impact through the delivery of projects and programmes, such as behavioural change programmes and infrastructure investment projects.

To be a success in the role you will need to be proactive, enthusiastic, innovation and results-focused, with excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing abilities. You will possess the experience and confidence to report at Board level and across a diverse range of stakeholder groups.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be educated to degree level with a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline such as Environment Management or Sustainability.
  • Hold a professional qualification, to chartered level (CEnv, MIEMA etc) in an environmental sustainability related discipline.
  • Have evidence of leading environmental sustainability in a large complex organisation, with a proven ability to shape, plan and deliver a strategic vision for enhancing sustainability and environmental performance.
  • Have proven people management experience and the ability to lead, develop and influence to build cross functional relationships across corporate functions to influence process or policy changes, successfully engaging colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Have proven knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, legislation and its application in a large complex organisation.
  • Be able to build and maintain effective working relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Have excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to communicate complex information to both technical and non-specialised audiences.

Benefits package:

  • 30 days annual leave
  • Private medical insurance
  • Generous pension
  • Company Car Cash Allowance
  • Onsite parking with electric charging
  • Membership to MyGymDiscounts
  • Access to Occupational Health, Mindfulness, Counselling and Physiotherapy
  • Workplace Nursery Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme

Additional information

For further information or an informal discussion contact Jackie Elvin, PA to Director of Sustainable Marine Operations on 01474 562323 or 07707 275515.

Full job description

To apply, please complete an application form (Word, PDF) and send it to [email protected] before the closing date of 30 June 2022.

You are required to have a Right to Work in UK, as currently the PLA is not a sponsor employer, therefore an offer of employment cannot be made unless you currently hold the rights to live and work in the UK.

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