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Group Sustainability Lead

Essential Information

  • Location:London, UK
  • Sector:Sustainable Business
  • Salary:GBP £75,000.00
  • Publish date:23/06/2023
  • Job ID:32103

Group Sustainability Lead

  • Would you like to play a critical role in creating a connected, healthy, zero carbon world, contributing to local prosperity and growth and helping to reduce carbon emissions?
  • Does developing and implementing sustainability strategies within a large FTSE 250 organisation at the heart of the decarbonisation agenda interest you?
  • Do you enjoy working with a range of colleagues across the UK, all committed to sustainable transformation from executives through to operational levels?

If so, look no further…

An influential position has arisen for a Group Sustainability Lead to join FirstGroup plc, a leading private sector provider of public transport.

The Group Sustainability Lead will contribute to the Group sustainability framework, Mobility Beyond Today, driving its delivery in terms of environmental commitments within a complex business environment.

This role will report into the Director of Corporate Responsibility and work with the Group Corporate Responsibility Team to take accountability for the monitoring, reporting and benchmarking of environmental performance across the group, whilst continually innovating and strengthening the approach to the wider sustainability agenda including procurement and biodiversity.

Why the Group Sustainability Lead position is something you should apply for:

  • FirstGroup is committed to playing a leading role in the decarbonisation of public transport services in the UK, and has set ambitious goals such as achieving a zero emission bus fleet by 2035.
  • Working for a prestigious FTSE 250 listed organisation, with scale to make a tangible difference, the role will have opportunity to deliver across and throughout FirstGroup’s operations.
  • The position will work alongside nearly 30,000 like-minded colleagues across all levels of the organisation and all committed to sustainable transformation, particularly working with dedicated sustainability resource within business units and operating companies.
  • Corporate Responsibility, as a function, reports directly into the CEO within FirstGroup, ensuring it is given the support, funding and relevance it requires.
  • With an established baseline of sustainability and responsible business performance, this role is a career defining opportunity to accelerate this even further.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a dynamic self-starter with experience implementing and delivering policy across a large, corporate and ideally matrix business.
  • Have expertise working with UK regulatory requirements, along with industry frameworks, standards and carbon reporting tools. This includes the requirements of TCFD, DJSI, CDP and FTSE4Good.
  • Be used to dealing with a wide range of senior stakeholders who have competing priorities and demands, translating complex technical requirements into operationally understood and deliverable objectives.
  • Be happy to work both operationally and strategically, to deliver on the required goals and outcomes.
  • Hold a relevant degree or equivalent working experience.
  • Work from their London office a minimum of two days per week.

In return, the successful candidate will receive an attractive compensation package consisting of:

  • Competitive Salary (negotiable based on experience)
  • Family private medical insurance
  • Up to 4 x base annual salary life assurance cover
  • Matched, salary sacrifice ELSP pension scheme - match up to 10%
  • 25 days holidays, plus 8 UK bank holidays
  • Free bus travel on their network (after qualifying service)
  • Significantly discounted rail tickets (after qualifying service)
  • An invitation to participate in any BAYE/SAYE share schemes that may be operating at that time
  • Relevant professional subscriptions paid for by the company
  • Plus a huge amount more

If this could be of interest, please apply now through our retained partners and ESG / sustainability executive search organisation GS2 Partnership.