Principal Sustainability Consultant (Part-Time)

Turner & Townsend
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Company Description

At Turner & Townsend we're passionate about making the difference because we recognise our responsibility to lead the creation of a better industry and the journey to Net Zero. We are driven to help build a world where opportunities are open to all, people can live healthy, safe lives and society has a positive impact on the natural world around it. Through the commitment, capability and care our team brings, we build trust, deliver better outcomes for our clients, help our people to realise their potential, and do our part to create a prosperous society.

Our team is dynamic, innovative and client-focused, supported by an inclusive and supportive company culture. Our clients value our proactive approach, depth of expertise, integrity and the quality we deliver. As a result, our people get to enjoy working on some of the most exciting projects in the world.

Our vision is based on the interconnected strands of being 'Green, Productive and Inclusive' and we are now looking to expand our growing Net Zero capability in the UK to meet the increasing demand across our varied and diverse client base.

Our team

Our Sustainability team specialises in helping client organisations to measure, manage and reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and achieve wider sustainability aims.

Our services include:
  • Delivery of city/regional carbon reduction programmes;
  • Development of carbon management strategies, including net zero strategies;
  • Carbon footprint and greenhouse gas reporting;
  • Identification and assessment of energy savings;
  • Estates decarbonisation plan and heat decarbonisation plans; and
  • Net zero programme management and delivery.

Job Description

The successful candidate will deliver high-quality sustainability, net zero, energy efficiency consultancy advice. For this you'll need experience and understanding of some or all of the following subject matters:
  • Corporate net zero programmes and strategy
  • City or regional sustainability, net zero programmes and strategy
  • Ability to scope retrofit projects and identify potential technical solutions, including a costed decarbonisation roadmap for building assets and estates
  • Ability to review, analyse and benchmark energy performance in the built environment
  • Low carbon & sustainable design & certification for new construction
  • Knowledge of embodied or whole life carbon calculation or strategy on refurbishment and new build projects
  • Climate risk assessment and / or climate resilience strategy
  • Programme and project management and leadership, including managing budgets and project teams
  • Commission management including defining scope with the client and quality control of deliverables and outputs
  • Experience of service and business development including preparing proposals
  • Understanding of the Climate and decarbonisation policy landscape in the UK

  • Suitably qualified in a related subject or appropriate industry experience;
  • Client and stakeholder relationship management experience;
  • Competent user of data management software (Excel at least but other skills beneficial) and systems for data cleansing, management, analytics, and quality assurance;
  • Demonstrably excellent analytic and communication skills - we believe in the use of quality data to drive objective decision making;
  • Good understanding of low and zero carbon technologies and strategies to reduce emissions in buildings (e.g. Renewable energy, heat pumps and fabric measures);
  • Relevant chartership or professional membership (e.g. CIBSE, IEMA, IEE) EPC, ESOS and DEC certified (desirable);
  • Experience/Interest in conducting building energy audits to an approved standard (desirable);
  • Understanding of public sector procurement regulations and climate change policy applied to the UK (desirable);
  • Knowledge of SBTI and GHG Protocol (how to collate organisational scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions) is useful
  • Attention to detail in service delivery, communications, and working with others;
  • Good commercial awareness including the ability to articulate business decisions within the wider context and market trends - our clients are spending £millions and trust us to get the best possible returns for such investment.

Responsibilities and behaviours

As a member of Turner & Townsend's Sustainability team you are:
  • A cooperative team member supporting team members in the successful delivery of projects;
  • Capable of independently completing tasks and activities and taking responsibility for your own time management and ability to work towards overall project timescales and potentially tight deadlines;
  • Expected to support business generation activities where required, such as bid writing and developing proposals;
  • Capable of building strong, professional client relationships and identifying and resolving client's issues;
  • Able to analyse information quickly and efficiently, choose or recommend from a range of options and make decisions where the parameters are unclear and judgement needs to be exercised;
  • Aside from accepting personal responsibility for the quality and commercial delivery aspects of your work you will be expected to develop skills and share knowledge within the whole consulting practice; and
  • Well organised and methodical, with good attention to detail.
  • Able to manage commissions, including client liaison, team resource management and budget management;
  • In time, line managing junior consultants and playing a key role in their professional development and facilitating them to deliver excellent work.

Additional Information

Our inspired people share our vision and mission. We provide a great place to work, where each person has the opportunity and voice to affect change.

We want our people to succeed both in work and life. To support this we promote a healthy, productive and flexible working environment that respects work-life balance.

Turner & Townsend is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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SOX control responsibilities may be part of this role, which are to be adhered to where applicable.

SOX control responsibilities may be part of this role, which are to be adhered to where applicable.

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