Environmental Lead

Bank of England

London, , GB

Primary Location



 Human Resources



Job Posting

 01-May-2020, 5:17:18 PM

The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank. Our mission is to deliver monetary and financial stability for the British people.

The Bank of England is a diverse organisation. Each of its 4,000 plus people are committed to public service and dedicated to promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.


Department Overview

The Bank’s People & Culture Directorate aims to build an environment that attracts the best talent and enables everyone to fulfil their potential. We do this through a strategic approach to the development of people, skills and leadership – including explicit and deliberate interventions to develop the Bank’s culture. This helps us ensure that we recruit, develop and retain the diverse talent that is needed to deliver our mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom.


Team Overview
Within People & Culture, the Inclusion & Sustainability team’s scope is made up of four strands: Community, Environment, Diversity, and Wellbeing. Our aim is to build an inclusive and sustainable culture across the Bank, where we are all valued and supported, we engage with our community, and we protect our environment.

We have developed our environmental programme ‘Greener Bank’ to reduce our carbon emissions and the environmental impact of what we do, supported by a staff-led network of around 120 Green Champions. The day-to-day delivery of the programme is led by the Property Procurement and Security Division (PPSD), part of Shared Services. This includes our Energy & Carbon Manager (passionate about improving the sustainability of our buildings), and our Engagement and Communications Lead (who coordinates our Green Champions, and our internal environmental certification scheme for business areas).


Job description
We are looking for an environmental specialist to join the team on a twelve-month contract to take the Bank to the next stage of its results-oriented strategic programme. Our strategy has achieved a lot, exceeding the goals we set ourselves to reduce our carbon footprint by 2020. In addition to our longer term aims, the Environmental Lead ensures that our day to day operations are consistent with the standards set by our policy position on climate change and sustainability.

Reporting to the Head of Inclusion & Sustainability, the post holder will work in very close collaboration with our Energy & Carbon Manager, and Engagement & Communications Lead.


Key responsibilities
As Environmental Lead some of your key responsibilities include:

• You will be the Bank’s recognised specialist on environmental and sustainability issues, responsible for developing and maintaining the Bank’s environmental strategy and supporting policies.
• You will lead on establishing meaningful goals, targets and measures for the programme, working closely with colleagues to develop our environmental delivery plans. One measure of success will be by securing external recognition for environmental performance (e.g. awards).
• By keeping up-to-date with environmental issues and legislation, you will influence senior stakeholders to secure their on-going dedication to the programme.
• Working collaboratively with others, you will identify sustainability learning and training needs across the Bank. You will support a programme of training adapted to different audiences.
• You will act as a mentor to colleagues who have a desire to develop their technical expertise and influencing skills.
• You will drive the adoption of sustainability standards in our procurement of goods and services, supporting the procurement team to embed sustainability principles in all aspects of the procurement cycle. This also applies to how you will work with our contract managers for key suppliers (e.g. catering and cleaning).




Minimum Essential Criteria
• You have full membership or Chartered status of an environmental professional body (e.g. IEMA)
• You are able to prove your environmental management subject matter expertise.
• You have led environmental change in a large organisation.
You will also need to:
• Know how to get key messages across in a variety of ways to different audiences (both internal and external).
• Have the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at various levels and have an established external network that you work with to develop and/or verify your ideas.
• Facilitate the implementation of change through others – by engaging, inspiring and influencing.