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Sustainability managers/co-ordinators oversee the implementation of sustainability strategies during a project.

Average salaries are in the region of £35,000.00 to £48,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Sustainability Managers/Co-ordinators oversee the implementation of sustainability strategies during a project.

What does this role involve?

A Sustainability Manager/Co-ordinator has responsibility for an integrated team that could include engineers, designers and other sustainability specialists.

In this role you would assess the environmental impacts of a project and decide the most cost-effective and energy efficient ways to remedy them. Understanding the implications of relevant legal directives and regulations is a key part of this role as all work must conform to any relevant laws.

Handling the practical logistics of the team means that a Sustainability Manager/Co-ordinator must be well organised and able to demonstrate good leadership skills, as often the team could be working on different sites and effective planning will prevent accidents or oversights.

What would I be doing?

As a Sustainability Manager/Coordinator, you would be:

  • Undertaking Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) assessments
  • Completing sustainability plans
  • Producing reports on findings
  • Initiating renewable energy assessments
  • Organising logistics
  • Advising on the latest low or zero-carbon technologies
  • Managing a team
  • Organising and chairing meetings
  • Communicating plans to all relevant staff clearly and thoroughly
  • Being accountable for team decisions

How much could I earn?

  • Newly trained sustainability managers/co-ordinators can earn in the region of £25,000£35,000
  • Trained with experience sustainability managers/co-ordinators can earn in the region of £35,000£48,000
  • Senior or chartered sustainability managers/co-ordinators can earn in the region of £48,000£60,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

How many hours would I work?

Typically, Sustainability Managers/Coordinators work around 40 hours per week, usually between 9am and 6pm. There may be times where you'll need to work overnight or at the weekend, depending on the project.

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

As this is a senior role, a BSc Honours Degree, L6 NVQ/HNC or Scottish equivalent in engineering, construction or sustainability will likely to be required.For some positions, you may also need to have a Masters Degree, or chartered status with a relevant body.

What if I don't have the required degree?

Experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered; for example, those with extensive knowledge of logistics, low or zero-carbon technology, or in depth knowledge of building regulations.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes Sustainability Manager/Co-Ordinators), every year for the period 2017 - 2021  The majority of this demand will be in Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.

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