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Head of Sustainability

Projects (Estates)

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £55,487 to £67,712 per annum - including London Allowance
Appointment at the higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 10 April 2023
Reference:  0223-085

Full Time, Permanent.

The Estates department is in the process of developing the Colleges historic estate to provide a 21st century campus and user experience that meets the increasingly contemporary needs of the people studying, working, and visiting here. The Estates Department is in the final stages of a post pandemic restructure and the Head of Sustainability role is a key enabling part of this new structure. 

This challenging and exciting role will see you take a leading role in the ongoing development and embedding of the University’s Sustainability strategy to create an actively engaged and lived University sustainability culture.   This will include being a pro-active champion for the physical, technical, and cultural changes required to animate the Carbon Management and Sustainability Strategies for the University as a whole.  Compliance with European and UK energy and carbon legislation; and initiatives to drive reduction in the institutional carbon footprint and critically minimizing the recurrent expenditure on utilities will be amongst its core objectives.  

Identifying and communicating expert technical and practical advice on sustainability issues and, specifically, carbon reduction and energy efficiency will be key to your success within this demanding and high-profile role, including enabling the staff and student body to catalyze cultural change and achieve their full potential.  In addition, we will also look to you to assist in influencing the design and specification for all new and refurbishment projects to achieve improvements in energy and carbon performance on a continuous improvement model basis. . 

Engineering solutions go hand in hand with the need for cultural and operational change and this role will be instrumental in leading that change to achieve key institutional environmental and sustainability performance objectives. A degree or HNC qualified services engineer, or an alternative proven background in leading sustainability strategies within large organisations, you’ll potentially be a BREEAM Assessor and/or Certified EPC Assessor. An excellent knowledge of renewable energy options, forms of agreement and contract documentation and job costing techniques is also vital, along with the ability to identify opportunities for external funding and lead applications.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a wider range of committed and enthused champions looking to promote carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies to students, staff, and visitors alike here at Royal Holloway College. Our standards are high. In fact, we aim to be recognised as a centre of excellence for sustainability related Estates and Maintenance and, with your expert knowledge of Carbon Management and Sustainability Strategies, we’ll achieve our goal.

The successful candidate will have a positive and tested track record of working in a senior sustainability role in an HEI organisation or similar scale organisational professional service department and exhibit excellent organization, interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills with the ability to communicate with staff and stakeholders at all levels.   

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0223-085

Closing Date: 23:59, 10 April 2023

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.



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