The Sustainability Officer will work as part of a team to develop, plan and implement sustainability initiatives as part of the Trust’s Green Plan.

The role will include delivery and development of sustainability behaviour change and staff engagement programmes, supporting sustainability communications both internally and externally, and managing and delivering a portfolio of projects that support the Green Plan.


Main duties of the job

  • Deliver and support sustainability projects which support implementation of the Green Plan, including collation of data and preparation of reports.
  • Assist with ensuring that the Trust is compliant with all environmental legislation and coordinate the online register and updates to the team regarding any changes or new legislation.
  • Deliver the Trust’s sustainability staff engagement programme and support other sustainability behaviour change initiatives.
  • Help to ensure that the Trust’s Energy & Sustainability programme is communicated in a coordinated and engaging way within the Trust, regionally and nationally. This will include; writing articles, case studies, presenting at events/webinars, social media, producing newsletters, managing internal and external webpages, organising large events and entering appropriate awards schemes.
  • Plan and deliver awareness raising activities, campaigns and events to increase staff motivation in order to reduce the Trusts environmental impact.
  • Respond to enquiries from staff in relation to all sustainability work areas and develop and deliver environmental training to staff when required.
  • Contribute to development of related policies and strategies such as the Green Plan, Healthy Travel Plan and Climate Change Strategies, and the engagement of relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist with developing systems to improve the Trusts performance in its annual sustainability report and Greener NHS Reporting.


Working for our organisation

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of £2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We’re creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you’ll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We’ve also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We’re proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What’s more, we’re excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience you’ll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the ‘Supporting Documents’ heading.   So that you’re even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, you’ll need to take time to read the ‘Candidate Essentials Guide’ that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification.  This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how ‘we care for you as you care for others’.  Most importantly, it also contains critical information you’ll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post.  As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you.  If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at resourcing@mft.nhs.uk.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to GSCE level, including English and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications/ experience
Desirable criteria
  • A degree or equivalent qualification, or experience in a relevant subject area such as science or environmental management.
  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject area


Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a large public sector or NHS organisation
  • Experience of waste and energy auditing
  • Experience of engaging staff with sustainable behaviour change


Essential criteria
  • Some understanding of NHS waste guidance and UK waste and environmental legislation
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a variable workload
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work unsupervised
  • Knowledge of environmental sustainability and global climate change issues
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to identify any issues requiring escalation
  • Ability to write reports
  • IT literate
  • Research skills
Desirable criteria
  • Numerical and data analysis skills

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Commitment
  • Good communication skills
  • High Standards
  • Flexible
  • Ability to work within and meet deadlines
  • Organised, methodical and professional approach to work
  • Excellent time management
  • Team worker
  • Attention to details