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Job Description

REF: 16723
Posted: 08 March 2022
Closes: 10 April 2022

With more than 8,000 staff, 38,000 students, and a turnover of c.£700m, the University of Birmingham is a leading Russell Group University. Our heritage as the UK’s original ‘red brick’ and civic university, is combined with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in higher education.

The University of Birmingham’s Strategic Framework 2030 sets out our ambition. With world-class research and outstanding global education as our core mission, we will strive to increase the volume and quality of our research to make an even greater difference to the world around us. We will be the UK’s exemplary civic university, remaining firmly committed to our foundations in the highly diverse communities, people, and economy of the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Birmingham 2030 strengthens our commitment to sustainability as one of six core pillars of our activity. We will use our research and education to make a major global contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and have set out a headline aim to be net zero carbon for scope 1 and 2 by 2035 and overall by 2045. As a research-intensive University founded on social responsibility, we have the expertise and partnerships to play a significant role in tackling global sustainability challenges.

The Head of Sustainability is a new senior role created by the University with a wide-ranging remit to lead and coordinate delivery of the sustainability goals and priorities across the University set out in our Birmingham 2030 Strategic Framework. Working with members of the University Executive Board, senior academics, the Directors of Estates, Campus Services, Finance and their teams, and staff and students across the institution, you will support the University to deliver our sustainability ambitions.

This is an exciting opportunity to be the professional lead for sustainability in a large and complex institution. You will develop an overall plan to embed sustainability in all we do; to deliver our ambitious targets, ensure we collect and monitor the data to demonstrate improvements, and provide expertise and positive challenge to ensure we achieve our goal. You will work with academics who are at the forefront of tackling climate change and will support culture change amongst staff and students across the University to enable us to operate more sustainably.


We are seeking a passionate sustainability professional with a proven track record of leading the development and implementation of policies which have brought about operational and cultural change within a large complex organisation. Strong project management skills, confidence in working with data and skills in written and oral presentations is vital. You will possess the intellectual confidence, gravitas and communication skills required to work collaboratively with a wide range of senior colleagues and to act as an external ambassador for the University.

Above all, you will make things happen.

For further particulars or a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partners Sian Gardiner sian.gardiner@mrgpeople.co.uk and Michael Hewlett michael.hewlett@mrgpeople.co.uk

Closing date for applications is Sunday 10th April 2022.

The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.