Head of Climate Change

Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Up to £69,000 per annum
21 Jun 2021
12 Jul 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time


Southend-on-Sea is a place like no other. And what a place to live, work and play. A vibrant, entrepreneurial city of the future, with a burgeoning cultural scene, we are a place of escapism and fun, where the underground meets the mainstream.  Our vision, impact and potential are limitless.  Forget the norm.  Forget expectations.  Forget the beaten path.  Southend is the alternative seaside experience.

In 2019 we declared a climate emergency, committing to the development and delivery of radical policies to meet carbon neutrality by 2030.  Our unique situation, geographically, ecologically and environmentally, makes Southend an outstanding destination for a climate change and sustainability professional to make a career defining contribution.

As Head of Climate Change you will lead on the delivery and strategic development of all aspects of Climate Change across the Council and the Borough to achieve a carbon neutral Southend by 2030. Reporting to the Executive Director for Neighbourhoods & Environment, you will develop and deliver our Low Carbon Energy & Sustainability Strategy. 

Working with stakeholders, partners and businesses, your reach will ensure that both our own activities as a Council and our relationships across the Borough promote and deliver a net zero future.  You will design and deliver climate related projects in housing, biodiversity, open spaces, sea front, waste & recycling and transport, as well as lead fundamental reviews of Council policies to embed sustainability at their heart. 

This is an all-encompassing role, requiring a candidate able to lead, influence and inspire climate action and results, from policy and strategy development through to delivery. 

Find out more by clicking the apply button below, or by contacting Mark Bearn at HAYS Executive T 07872 672290