Sustainability Performance Officer (University Wide) Ref: 7347

School/department: Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 7347
Salary: starting at £30,497 to £34,304 per annum
Placed on: 17 December 2021
Closing date:  26 January 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 16 March 2022


Job description

Do you love monitoring and improving organizational performance and have a passion for building a more sustainable world?

In July 2021 we committed to being one of the most sustainable universities in the world. Our Strategy Sustainable Sussex, sets out our road map for achieving this goal.

The University wide Sustainability Team is now looking to recruit a talented sustainability performance officer to deliver and improve all aspects of environmental and social governance at an institutional level.
The successful post holder will:

  • Put systems in place for recording and analysing all quantitative and qualitative aspects of sustainability performance across the University (environmental, economic and social)
  • Compile the Universities Annual Sustainability Report and other publications under the editorial leadership of the Sustainability Manager
  • Gather the necessary sustainability benchmarking data for submission to relevant sustainability league tables, including the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, People and Planet League Table and the QS rankings
  • Put in place systems to measure institutional performance against the net zero, waste reduction and biodiversity targets as set out in our Sustainability Strategy – identifying gaps in knowledge, trends in data and opportunities for improvement
  • Support the sustainability manager in setting appropriate annual interim targets and key performance targets and report on their achievement to both the University Sustainability Committee and Council
  • Track progress on achieving all forty-three commitments set out in the Annual Sustainability report and report this to the Sustainability Committee and Council
  • Provide a regular monthly performance report on sustainability to the University Executive Group
  • Work with the Sustainability Manager and colleagues across the University to develop performance improvement plans for areas that require them
  • Undertake specific projects, as requested by the Sustainability Manager, in relation to achieving various accreditations, standards and awards, this may include but not be limited to – Real Living Wage accreditation, sustainable procurement accreditation, ISO or PAS standards and Green Gown Awards.
  • Support Procurement and Project Management colleagues to set appropriate KPIS in relation to sustainability within commercial contracts
  • Help embed environmental and social governance considerations in wider institutional governance arrangements, policies and procedures
  • Regularly meet with members of the supply chain and other relevant stakeholders to assess their sustainability performance and ensure that this is fed into reporting in conjunction with senior Estates and Facilities Management and Procurement Leaders
  • Create best practice case studies to showcase performance to a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Keep track on developments in environmental and social governance and associated risks and opportunities that the institution face in this area
  • Produce clear, accurate and engaging dashboards, graphs and other forms of management data representations as required by the Sustainability Manager


The successful candidates will be highly organized and analytical with excellent quantitative and qualitative research and reasoning skills. They will have a track record of putting in place effective new systems to record, interrogate and draw conclusions from a wide range of evidence sources. In doing so they will form excellent relationships with a very wide range of co-workers and stakeholders from across the institution. They will have a passion for both sustainability, data integrity and performance improvements.


Please contact s.waugh@sussex.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 7347) (PDF XKB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to profservicesrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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