University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Sustainability Manager - Environment

United Kingdom

Closing in 21 days

Sustainability Manager - Environment Salary: Grade 8 (£45,585 - £54,395 p.a. depending on experience)

This role will be based on the university campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Do you want to play a key role in creating a truly sustainable university? Do you have a proven ability to lead and manage others, as well as significant experience of working in environmental sustainability? Are you passionate about having a positive impact on society whilst effectively driving forward institutional change?

Sustainability is at the core of the University of Leeds, with our economic, social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities a priority alongside our commitment to education and research excellence.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to play a leading role in the delivery of our environmental portfolio in support of the University's Enabling Strategy and Climate Plan. You will have significant experience in delivering environmental sustainability, demonstrating excellent communication, stakeholder management and networking skills to influence and engage a diverse and vibrant community within the University and beyond.

With leadership at its heart, you will work with a diverse and inclusive team in the Sustainability Service and wider Facilities Directorate to drive forward key environmental programmes of work which have both institutional and national/regional scale and impact. You will work closely with professional and academic colleagues as well as students across strategic priorities including net zero, biodiversity, circularity, procurement and travel, whilst ensuring environmental compliance and continual improvement.

The role forms part of the Sustainability leadership team, supporting the strategic direction and ensuring excellent and efficient management of the Service. You will also lead and manage team members, providing them with the support, guidance and development required to deliver their programmes and projects, ensuring a collaborative and effective team.

What we offer in return

• 26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!

• Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 21.6% of salary

• Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.

• Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.

• Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please


Thom Cooper - Head of Sustainability

Email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Facilities Directorate School/Institute: Sustainability Category: Professional & Managerial Grade: Grade 8 Salary: £45,585 to £54,395 per annum Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Ongoing Release Date: Monday 20 November 2023 Closing Date: Monday 01 January 2024 Reference: FDSUS1059 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Sustainability Manager - Environment


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


November 21, 2023

Application deadline

January 01, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Business and Economics,Geosciences,Physics

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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