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Sustainability Manager

Requisition ID: 43716

Domain: Energy Management/Urban Energy

Contract type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-Time

EQUANS are recruiting for a Sustainability Manager to be based in Manchester. This is a permanent full-time role working 40 hours per week. On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package.

General Overview

The main purpose of the role is to raise regional profile of energy solutions, including the development of Zero Carbon roadmaps for key client challenges., identifying and working up proposals for clients and consultants with a view to securing profitable Energy Solution offerings. Adhering to regional growth targets for the Sustainability division of the region. Providing guidance to the business on environmental and sustainability issues. This will include extensive working with different departments and teams, providing support and guidance on environment and sustainability issues. To understand, implement and adhere to the company SHEQ policy/strategy and ensure all employees reporting to you do the same and being responsible for ensuring that SHEQ requirements are upheld to the highest of standards at all times.

Key Accountabilities

  • Raise regional profile as a leading provider of Sustainability Solutions – Equans regional partners, sustainability leads to develop ‘Sustainability Solutions’’ that meets the needs/ wants of our customers and colleagues. Create effective partnerships and programs to increase the effectiveness and visibility of our Business Unit’s sustainability work. Find & Secure Profitable Pipeline– Identify, develop and secure funding offerings to secure workload with key partners in the region.
  • Develop return on investment models to deliver internal contribution and client value.
  • Define and identify a structure capable of delivering/supporting a £35M revenue steam (5 Years). Development and management of departmental Key Performance Indicators.
  • Lead sustainability behavior and cultural change at Equans NW engaging staff to participate in sustainability initiatives. Motivate and engage colleagues to ensure a collaborative culture consistent with Equans and Client’s values. Work with the senior management of business to ensure that sustainability and environmental management are embedded within the organisation.
  • Provide and receive information of complex nature relating to energy management, carbon reduction, sustainability and governance matters
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with sustainability stakeholders, influencers and Clients.
  • Drive forward innovation- promote V Charge and community heating schemes to all clients including full operational delivery.
  • Technical Sustainability Support to Region – Covering both new build and refurbishment activities in the region.
  • Understanding of Energy Sector – To have a wide knowledge and understanding of the Energy & M & E Services Sector and pass this knowledge and learning into the regional teams. Analyse external factors and emerging policy areas in order to identify potential opportunities and risks, always focused on the North West’s inclusive, sustainable growth agenda. This will include government funding opportunities.
  • Lead and control all relevant functional budgets to ensure governance, value for money and cost.
  • Support the Bid Team on technical proposals, analytics and project support.
  • Management of PAS2030/35/MCS approval and compliance to identify and disseminate information on innovation and best practice with regards to sustainability and environmental management, keeping up to date with new and cutting-edge developments in the fields of sustainability and environmental management, ensuring effective communication within Equans.
  • On a day to day basis provide guidance and advice to the business on environmental and sustainability issues
  • Develop and implement companywide initiatives with regards environmental management and sustainability
  • To assist our Health & Safety Team with matters relating to environmental management and sustainability
  • Assist the Director of Sustainability in collating and analysing data in relation to Carbon, Waste, Product Procurement and Community initiatives.
  • Supply Chain Development – Identify potential opportunities and risks in the supply chain, always focused on the North West’s inclusive, sustainable growth agenda. Managing technology assessments suitable for installation in new build and retrofit activity.
  • Respond to Business Development tender questions and provide guidance to new business managers as required.
  • Provide support and encouragement for development of the SHEQ team
  • Provide reports to the Regional & Operational Board
  • Promote Sustainable Procurement and work towards measurable targets
  • Attend divisional and departmental meetings as required
  • Client interaction as required (through reporting, training and briefings)
  • Any other reasonable management request.


What can we offer you?

On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes;

  • Pension Scheme
  • 25 days annual leave (+ public holidays)
  • Life Cover equivalent to 2 times annual salary
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Broad range of learning opportunities, such as professional qualifications, collective/individual training, and personalized support programmes

Who are we looking for?


  • Extensive operational and management experience within the social housing or Local Authority organisation. Experience of sustainability and environmental management, including best and common practice Comprehensive understanding of current and proposed UK sustainability related legislation to project solutions (Building regulations, Local Planning Policy, Zero Carbon and any future regional plans).
  • Understanding of the principles of Building Physics as relating to the fabric of existing buildings and the potential consequences of retrofit energy efficiency measures.
  • Experience of team leadership and relationship management
  • Experience of standards and systems applicable to FSC, MCS PAS 2030 etc.
  • Relevant experience of working as part of a senior leadership team
  • Up to date knowledge of UK SHEQ legislation
  • Relevant construction sector experience
  • Operation of an ISO14001, ISO 16001 and similar systems
  • Experience of waste management and Duty of Care
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) Including Report Writing
  • Track record of developing relationships with Operational leadership and site teams
  • Proven written communication skills
  • High level of numeracy
  • Computer literate in MS Office


  • Retrofit Coordinator or Equivalent
  • Extensive Regional network
  • Housing retrofit design skills
  • Worked within a large complex organisation
  • Procurement/Commercial experience
  • Knowledge of corporate sustainability requirements and implementation strategies
  • Commercial/procurement experience


Key Attributes

  • Confident
  • Self-motivated
  • Be prepared to work within a large geographical area
  • Enthusiastic
  • Creative
  • Flexible & adaptable
  • Good verbal and written communicator
  • Ability to work both alone and as part of a team
  • Resilient


Who are we?


EQUANS is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.   

In the UK & Ireland, EQUANS is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables. 

EQUANS’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live. 

EQUANS is a Bouygues group company. 

What’s next? 

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch. 

At Equans we’re committed to delivering a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you’ll find a welcoming and open workplace where you’re supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. You’ll also have access to our growing employee networks including WiE (Women in Equans), RISE (BAME), LGBTQI+, Working Parents, YPN (Young Professionals Network) and our Disability Network.  

For this role, you must have evidence of the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a re-location package with this job role.  Certain roles may require applicants to undergo a Disclosure check, as noted in the role requirements. 

The EQUANS Resourcing Team supports this job advert. Agency involvement is not required. All related enquiries must come to the resourcing team not direct to EQUANS Managers. 

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EQUANS is a multi-technical expert that offers a comprehensive range of services across facilities management, energy management and construction.

As an international market leader, we help our customers in the 3 major transitions of today: the energy transition, the industrial transition and the digital transition.