Sustainability Officer

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: 38,960 - 43,602

Location: Edinburgh

Full-time, Fixed Term (9 to 12 months maternity cover)
Salary £38,960 – £43,602 per annum (pay award pending)
Plus generous benefits package
Hybrid / flexible working

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Sustainability Officer to join our team.

We are looking for a confident, personable, and adaptable professional with a passion for sustainability. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you’ve work experience in sustainability and environment sector.

You will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the delivery of the National Galleries of Scotland Environmental Response Plan. This involves delivering the strategy for NGS, co-ordinating colleague engagement to support behaviour change and managing projects to reduce environmental impact and carbon emissions. You will also ensure compliance to Scottish Government legislation for public bodies climate change duties and biodiversity duties for annual reporting and target setting.

The difference you’ll make

You will work with colleagues internally and externally to promote the sustainability work of NGS and gather knowledge on sector improvements, innovation, and best practise. Reporting to the Director of Operations you will:

Maintain our Sustainability Strategy, environmental policy, and other relevant plans, including monitoring, and annually updating them.

Oversee projects across departments, providing support with project management, research, knowledge sharing and procurement and contract management.

Administer the monthly carbon reporting on utilities, waste, and business travel, including reviewing utilities invoices, checking any abnormal consumption, counter charging third parties and seeking energy savings.

Produce accurate reports including:

Annual internal Environmental Sustainability Report for NGS audit committee.

Mandatory external public sector Climate Change Duties Reporting and Biodiversity Duty reporting.

Deliver colleague engagement sessions on targeted topics for example waste, low carbon travel, energy efficiency.

Manage our internal environmental groups, including all communications, facilitation of engagement projects and support for personal projects.

Keep project teams updated on new legislation in relation to buildings, guiding on sector advances and maintaining links between the current NGS sustainability work and the planning for buildings.

Create and maintain meaningful partnerships and managing joint projects with external organisations.

Keep up to date on relevant legislation to ensure compliance, as well as communicate to relevant contacts internally.

Responding to consultations and national and local level on behalf on NGS. Keeping abreast of relevant grants and funding opportunities.

What’s on offer for you

Our colleagues will tell you great things about working here. We aim to ensure the National Galleries of Scotland is a great place to work, where our people thrive in a culture where we are trusted, empowered, and engaged to achieve our true potential. We offer a range of benefits to promote healthy working lifestyles for all our colleagues. Details specific to this role are:

37 hours per week working 08.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 08.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on a Friday with a one-hour unpaid lunch break each day.

When you first join, you’ll get 25 days annual leave per year plus 11.5 public and privilege holidays pro-rata depending on hours. After 5 years your annual leave will increase to 30 days.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based at Modern One, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, where free onsite car parking is available. However, you’ll work across all of our Galleries based in the heart of Edinburgh – the National, Portrait, and Modern (One and Two).

We are a Civil Service Pension employer. You get to choose if you want a defined benefit or stakeholder pension. The benefits of joining the scheme include generous employer contributions to your future pension, life assurance, and options to increase your pension. If you join the alpha Civil Service pension scheme our contribution will be 27.1% for this role.

Other benefits

Family friendly working policies, free or discounted entry to various visitor attractions, staff discount at our shops and cafés, Cycle to Work Scheme, wellbeing support and services including our Employee Assistance Programme.

Application Deadline: Monday 06/11/2023