Principal Sustainability and Climate Change Officer

Trafford, Greater Manchester
£40,876 – £42,821 per annum
13 Apr 2021
03 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

About us

Trafford Council and its partners in the public, private and third sectors are embarking on a Vision which sees us working together to close inequality gaps and maximise Trafford’s huge potential. Our vision is working together to build the best future for all our communities and everyone in Trafford

Trafford really is a great place to work. With a positive permission culture, we embrace innovation and encourage performance. We’re keen to recruit someone with the right values and behaviours that can help us ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do

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 provision from both a policy and delivery perspective.

This is an exciting time for an experienced professional to lead on measures to address the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency, deliver Trafford’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan, and support the recently established Climate Emergency and Air Quality Commission for the borough. This agenda is a priority for the Council and you will be at the forefront of leading and coordinating an effective partnership approach involving residents and the public, private and VCFSE sectors to meet the challenge. Working at a senior level, you will also be involved in policy and strategy development, such as the Plan for Everyone and the emerging Trafford Local Plan. Setting the policy context and delivering improvements to the borough’s green infrastructure will also be a key part of the role.

About you

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.

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.

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

About the Role

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.

About the Benefits

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.

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Stephen James, Head of Strategic Growth via email to arrange: (Please do not send CVs to this email address. CVs sent will be discarded and not used towards an application for the above post)

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Closing date: 3rd May 2021 at 23:59pm.