Principal Environmenal and Sustainability Officer

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    North West England, England

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    £61429 - £72440 per annum

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Job Title: Principal Environmental and Sustainability Officer

Location: Flexible across the North of England but with a requirement to regularly work from the Manchester office.

Salary: £61,429-£72,440 per annum plus benefits

Role Purpose

Lead the development of the client's environmental and sustainability strategy and policy across all the cross-cutting programmes aligned to the Strategic Transport Plan, building extensive, impactful networks and relationships, both internally and externally.

Lead on the client's ambition for the transport network to be net zero before 2050, ensuring climate change mitigation and adaptation is fully considered across all of the client programmes and areas of influence.

Initiate and lead on the development and implementation of new and existing environmental and social strategy and policy initiatives and support our on-going evidence base developments.

Key Accountabilities

Lead, motivate and engage team members, monitoring performance, to ensure a high-performing and cohesive team which works in a collaborative manner consistent with the client's values.

Act as the designed deputy for the Head of Policy, Strategy, Economics & Research providing the necessary guidance to other team members and supporting the seamless on-going delivery of the section's key priorities and outputs in their absence.

Lead in promoting environmental and sustainability and support the consideration of the environment within all business and programme case development activities and outputs.

Identify and make recommendations to strategy and policy development for the organisation, including focusing on ways implementation can be achieved more effectively and efficiently.

Develop and maintain strong, constructive relationships with critical stakeholders, both internally and externally, in order to ensure and influence the successful delivery of initiatives and policy positions.

Analyse external factors and emerging policy areas in order to identify potential opportunities and risks, always focused on the North's inclusive, sustainable growth agenda.

Contribute to the development of and lead the control of relevant budgets to ensure value for money and cost.

Qualifications, skills and experience

Relevant degree or other specialist post-graduate qualification or the equivalent level reached through experience.

Professional qualification, chartered status or equivalent experience.

Skills and experience

Significant relevant experience of advising on environmental and sustainability issues and principles.

Understanding of national and regional transport policy context.

Understanding of national and local transport policy and regulatory frameworks.

Specialist knowledge and experience in the evaluation, interpretation and application of environmental legislation.

Significant experience of working across transport strategy and policy, with the ability to align outputs from a number of specialisms.

Significant experience in working in complex strategy and policy situations for the development and approval of business cases and outlining implementation.

Significant experience of co-ordinating a range of cross cutting, complex strategy and policy initiatives into a cohesive output.

Significant experience of planning and organising own work and the work of others (internal or external) over the medium term.

A confident communicator at a senior level who is able to influence a wide range of stakeholders, partners and senior colleagues.

Experience of managing complex budgets and undertaking accurate monthly project and programme reporting.

An ability to critically analyse and interpret technical data, proposals or standards.

Acts as a subject matter expert, and regularly leads small teams of internal/external specialists.

Requires enough strategic expertise to contribute across a wider remit of transport strategies as an expert, ensuring strategies are aligned.