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Buckinghamshire Council

Principal Climate Change Officer

Reference: Buc02318

Type: Permanent

Location: Aylesbury, England

Industry: Public Sector and Government

Salary: £42698 - £44888 per annum + generous pension, agile/flex working+ more

Description:

Overview

This is an exciting opportunity to help Buckinghamshire Council address environmental challenges by taking on a leading role in delivering our response to climate change. The position sits within an expanding team and is critical to helping us achieve our ‘net-zero’ ambitions.

About the role

The Energy & Climate Change team provides the energy and carbon management function for the Council and coordinates climate change mitigation and adaptation activity. The successful candidate will lead the delivery of key projects for helping us reach net zero and ensure we identify new opportunities to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. These will include our tree planting programme and other nature-based solutions, as well as engaging with colleagues to support cross council working on climate change.

Key Accountabilities

  • Taking the lead in the delivery of a range of tree planting activities, including our ambition to plant over 500,000 trees on council land as well as supporting the wider community to successfully establish new woodland/tree cover.
  • Feed into internal policymaking and support other teams and departments to address climate change in their activities
  • Work with colleagues to help manage emissions and climate impact through our procurement processes.
  • As new opportunities to address climate change emerge, we expect that the range of activities and projects will also change over time.

About you

We are looking for an experienced project manager with substantial experience in either energy management, climate change or a related sustainability field. An understanding of climate change policies is essential and experience in relation to the use of nature-based approaches to address climate change would be valuable (e.g. tree planting). Familiarity with public procurement processes and experience preparing tender specifications and managing budgets is also essential.

Other information

Closing date midnight - Sunday 19th of September.

If you have any questions regarding the role or the team’s work, please contact Alex Beckett (Alexander.Beckett@buckinghamshire.gov.uk)

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council’s land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.

It’s a great time to join one of our teams. As part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability function you will not only get to help shape the economic future of Buckinghamshire; you’ll also be involved in delivering high-profile development projects and work on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK. You will support us to deliver the results that our local residents and businesses deserve.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserve recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto-enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

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Closing Date: 19/09/2021  Location: Aylesbury

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