We are looking for a Senior Environment & Sustainability Advisor to deliver environmental management requirements and actions to support our sustainability strategy across our Rail Systems business – within London & the South East and the South West of England.

The role will provide strategic direction, support and guidance to our project teams on all aspects of environmental management, meeting legal and company standards and helping deliver a culture of continual improvement. It will support site-based project design, construction controls and mitigations, sustainability opportunities and engagement with clients, stakeholders and environmental authorities.

Specifically, the role holder will directly support the Rail Systems Environmental Manager to:

  • Work closely with project teams to deliver environmental and sustainability commitments, ensuring ongoing compliance with Balfour Beatty BMS and customer requirements, working with clients such as Network Rail.
  • Oversee monthly performance reporting against client KPIs and internal targets, seeking to make continuous improvements in process and quality of data.

What you’ll be doing

You will contribute to the strategic implementation of our Rail sustainability plan, driving actions, monitoring progress and reporting to senior Environmental Sustainability Team and Regional Leadership Team
  • Manage project environmental risks and opportunities, supporting project teams to develop and maintain local environmental and sustainability management plans and risk assessments.
  • Actively lead environment and sustainability, engaging project teams to encourage and promote sustainable behaviours and innovations, deliver positive outcomes and maintain project documentation.
  • Provide support and advice on environmental management, compliance and project specific mitigation measures including pollution control and ecology protection.
  • Support Environmental Advisors/Consultants and liaise with other group Sustainability teams to deliver best sustainability outcomes for SWES Rail Systems.
  • Direct and support teams applications for consent, licences or permits as required and ensure project environmental compliance responsibilities are maintained.
  • Upskill the project team and contractors on environment and sustainability responsibilities and controls via work package plans, toolbox talks and on-site learning and development.
  • Develop a plan for education and reporting progress.
  • Ensure upload of environmental data monthly to the sustainability portal, working with project teams to develop the most effective process.
  • Deliver monthly environmental sustainability performance reporting to the internal Rail business via Gate 6 targets review, and to the client via KPI reporting.
  • Be involved at the planning stage to support design teams to identify and control risk and identify opportunities to reduce carbon, waste and biodiversity net loss.
  • Liaise with client, regulatory bodies and subcontractors on matters of environmental management and sustainability.

Who we’re looking for

The following qualities/experience are essential:

  • Strong knowledge of environment management with the relevant experience working in a construction environment.
  • Practical experience and sound knowledge of environmental statutory requirements, including environmental legislation, ecology mitigation, environmental licencing and consent applications and regulation.
  • Understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively to obtain the best outcome.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills.
  • Determination to see tasks through to completion, with excellent planning and organisation skills.
  • Interpreting and managing data via databases, consistent record keeping and writing detailed reports.
  • Full UK drivers licence and flexibility to travel.
  • Literate in MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Professional Membership level of a relevant professional body (IEMA/CIEEM/CIWEM).
  • Experience of deputising for more senior role.

The following qualities/experience are desirable:

  • Good knowledge and practical experience of developing, implementing and improving EMSs certified to ISO 14001 accreditation.
  • Internal environmental auditor qualification.
  • Knowledge of the Construction Industry specifically understanding of the rail/construction/engineering operating environment.
  • Experience of taking on new challenges in a systematic and enthusiastic manner.
  • Managing legislative issues for clients, including planning permissions and consents.

Why join us?

As if contributing to and supporting work that makes life better for millions wasn’t rewarding enough, we offer a full range of benefits too. You’ll have the freedom to shape the package that’s right for you and your life. Here are some of our key benefits:

  • Smart working, giving you more flexibility such as staggered start and finish times, with up to 40% remote working, where roles allow.
  • 25 days paid annual leave (pro rata)
  • Family friendly policies which include 28 weeks full pay for maternity/adoption leave and four weeks full pay for paternity/partners leave
  • Pension, share incentive plan, volunteering leave, recognition schemes and much more

At Balfour Beatty we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential components of any successful, happy workplace. Through our Value Everyone Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, we are growing our diverse workforce and developing our inclusive culture where everyone is able to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their identity or background. To find out how we are making this a reality, visit www.balfourbeatty.com/diversityandinclusion

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role. For more info, visit: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/