Advancing Net Zero Senior Advisor & Advisor

Advancing Net Zero Senior Advisor & Advisor roles
   
UKGBC are seeking experienced and passionate individuals with technical and practical knowledge of low carbon buildings (existing and/or new build) and global green building certification tools, strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills, and a passion for sustainability in the built environment. 

These Senior Advisor & Advisor positions offer a fantastic opportunity to play a leading role in contributing significantly to the building sectors’ net-zero transition and to gain valuable experience working with leading businesses and other stakeholders whilst working with a passionate, knowledgeable, and growing team of colleagues at UKGBC. 

We are seeking experienced and passionate individuals with technical and practical knowledge of low carbon buildings (existing and/or new build) and global green building certification tools, strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills, and a passion for sustainability in the built environment. 

These roles are ideal for experienced early-career and seasoned built environment professionals seeking to diversify their skillset and extend their network across the breadth of the built environment industry. These industry-facing roles offer the opportunity to rapidly develop and enhance skill sets in a range of areas, including project management, stakeholder engagement, communication, practical focused multi-disciplinary research and knowledge sharing. By being/becoming a technical subject matter expert the successful candidate will help shape the content of nationally applicable outputs while developing broad insight and knowledge through working across the entire built environment value chain.

Job summary 

Job title: Senior Advisor / Advisor (dependent on experience) - Advancing Net Zero
Job purpose: Lead and manage research and engagement to develop and implement key industry outputs under the Advancing Net Zero programme
Line Manager: Head of Climate Action
Type of contract: 12 months fixed term contract, with the possibility of extension or permanent contract

Key responsibilities

Research, Engagement & Implementation (c.90% of time)

• Be or become the subject matter expert in an area related to net zero carbon buildings (e.g., embodied carbon, operational carbon, retrofit, carbon pricing, renewable energy & offsetting etc.)
• Upskill the wider team by drawing upon previous experience on relevant topics and capabilities – e.g., construction, managing operation buildings, investment appraisals, constructing a business case, running collaborative projects etc. 
• Lead the delivery of industry guidance related to net zero carbon buildings and assets through engagement with relevant professional institutions, industry bodies, and UKGBC members and other groups as required
• Carry out stakeholder engagement that accounts for the diverse viewpoints of stakeholders (industry/UKGBC membership, professional, trade and NGO groups, and local and national government etc) using methods including facilitation of workshops and small working groups, one-to-one meetings, surveys, email, and good contacts management (including use of Salesforce)
• Support work to deliver guidance related to performance targets and the verification of net-zero carbon buildings
• Key account management duties for selected Gold Leaf members to ensure that they are deriving significant value from engaging with UKGBC
• Write content for and deliver high-quality reports and outputs that account for the diverse viewpoints of stakeholders
• Present and support advocacy on the Advancing Net Zero programme at external events and meetings
• Support the recruitment and reporting processes with partners, funders and other supporters
• Liaise with World GBC and other national GBCs involved in the global Advancing Net Zero campaign
• Work with colleagues on other aspects of the Advancing Net Zero programme as required
• Demonstrate agility and flexibility to perform duties that may be outside core accountabilities
 
UKGBC team activities and personal development (c.10%) 

• Take a proactive approach to your ongoing learning and development
• Take part in regular meetings related to UKGBC operations and workstreams
• Champion the organisational culture by adopting a solutions-driven, positive, and efficient attitude

Key competencies

Essential:

• Strong communication skills both verbal and written, including presentational skills
• Relationship-building & interpersonal skills
• Ability to translate often complex sustainability information
• Ability to juggle multiple projects/activities and maintain tight deadlines, organisational skills and excellent attention to detail
• Analytical & research skills (qualitative and quantitative)
• Confident and self-motivated, with good use of initiative
• High level of competence in using standard software packages (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat etc)
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team

Desirable:

• Ability to think creatively to solve problems and deliver a positive impact
• Facilitating discussions of diverse viewpoints and brokering agreements

Key skills and knowledge

Essential:

• Substantial experience working in sustainability within the built environment: Advisor role: A minimum of 3 years of experience, Senior Advisor role: A minimum of 6 years  
• Knowledge of the technical aspects of carbon reduction policy & practice 
• Experience with global building sustainability rating tools and certifications (e.g. LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge, WELL)
• Client management experience
• Experience in running workshops and roundtables with external stakeholders

Desirable

• Degree in relevant sustainability or built environment-related subject 
• Engineering, property, construction, or sustainability-related professional qualifications, such as from ICE, RICS, IEMA
• Qualified assessor or accredited professional in an existing certification system (e.g. BREEAM, LEED)
• Knowledge of energy and carbon modelling tools, including whole life carbon assessments (LCAs) of buildings 
• Understanding of UKGBC's Advancing Net Zero programme and Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition, and other relevant industry resources on net zero carbon buildings
• Experience with corporate environmental targets and reporting (e.g. GRESB, CDP)
• Experience with Salesforce or a similar CRM system

Terms & Conditions

Place of Work: UKGBC offices with remote working in place
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week normally 9am – 5.30pm; 
Holidays: 28 days per annum pro rata, plus public holidays, plus 3 days Xmas closure
Salary & benefits: Advisor £35,000 to £ 48,000 | Senior Advisor £48,000 to £55,000 (both dependent  on experience), enhanced pension contribution, and BUPA Cash Health Plan scheme 
Length of contract: 12 months fixed term contract with the possibility of extension OR permanent contract
Start date: ASAP

Closing Date:
27/07/2022

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