Principal Sustainability and Climate Change Officer

Trafford, Greater Manchester
£39,782 – £41,675 per annum
21 Oct 2019
17 Nov 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Address –   Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH

Salary Grade –   Band 10

Job category –  Environment

Job Type –              Planning

Working Pattern –  Full Time

Working hours –   36.25 Hours per week

Contract type –         Permanent

Closing date – Sunday 17th November at 23:59pm

Interview date –   TBC


As the Principal Sustainability and Climate Change Officer, you will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of sustainability, climate change and clean air policies for the borough. You will also lead on green infrastructure from a policy and delivery perspective.

This is an exciting time for an experienced planning professional to lead and drive Trafford’s sustainability, climate change and clean air agenda to meet local, sub-regional and national requirements. Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan and the Great Manchester Spatial Framework will have wide ranging effects on Trafford and you will be at the forefront in ensuring the Council can effectively meet priorities, while setting Trafford’s own policy through the Local Plan and other strategies. Setting the policy context and improving the borough’s green infrastructure will also be a key area you will lead on. This post is of Corporate importance and you will be working at a senior level both within the Council and with external partners.

Trafford is a diverse and exciting place to work with excellent opportunities for a challenging and varied workload. You will be joining a busy, friendly, and proactive team with opportunities to work with a range of public and private sector stakeholders. Trafford is home to the Trafford Park Industrial Estate, the INTU Trafford Centre, Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Applicants must have a degree or equivalent qualification with experience and knowledge in producing and implementing sustainability related policies and strategies.

This is an excellent opportunity for a planning professional looking to take the next step in their career, or move to a dynamic and fast-paced local authority. Excellent written and communication skills are essential as you will be interacting with businesses, the general public, partner agencies, other Council officers and elected members.

Trafford’s Strategic Planning and Growth team is part of the wider Strategic Growth Service which is based at the recently rebuilt Town Hall in Stretford, and you will report to the Strategic Planning and Growth Manager. A flexible hours and working policy is in place and some unsocial hours working is required on occasions.

You will be welcomed into a friendly environment where your personal and professional development will be encouraged. You will have the opportunity to work and grow in a people-centred and values based organisation that promotes a positive permission culture. Your opinions matter so you will have the opportunity to shape how we do things here at Trafford. 

Trafford recognises the importance of staff wellbeing and offer a number of initiatives for staff including health and wellbeing events, mindfulness and running & walking groups. Our great benefits include:

  • Pension
  • Home Technology Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Simply Healthcare
  • Employee Discount Scheme – ‘Perks at Work’
  • Flexible working

Trafford the place continues to be one of the best places to live, in the country. According to statistics, the borough scores highly in terms of recycling, education, employment and crime reduction, and has a reputation of being one of the safest places to live in Greater Manchester.  It also has one of the lowest Council Tax rates. 
Trafford has some of the best schools in the country; it also has excellent transport links and is globally recognised for its, sport, culture and leisure interests.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this vacancy please contact Stephen James, Head of Strategic Growth on 0161 912 4330.

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