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Current Vacancy - Sustainability Advisor

Are you committed to creating a world that is zero carbon and sustainable? Do you want to work with industry leaders to make this happen? 

Sustainable NI has been championing sustainable change for over 20 years. Our ambition is simple. We want to promote and enable a sustainable future, in which people live healthy, happy lives without compromising the planet. 

Due to continued success, we have a requirement for an experienced sustainability specialist to join our team of technical experts on a full-time permanent basis.


This is an exciting new role created to develop and lead our business support programme, working with companies to help them assess their sustainability performance and support them in setting goals and creating an action plan to improve performance over time.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the development of our business support programme, delivering technical and advisory services to clients to improve the sustainability of their operations. Project delivery may include carrying out audits, training, workshops, and carbon footprinting analysis.
  • Develop tools and resources to help organisations measure and manage their environmental and social impact.
  • Produce concise, accurate, and professional reports and other outputs to clients.
  • Organise and deliver events, campaigns and projects that promote sustainability excellence in the business sector.
  • Maintain overall relationship with existing clients at senior and director level and recruit new companies to engage with.
  • Identify and secure financial resources to ensure the successful delivery of the service including responding to tenders and requests for proposals.
  • Strengthen existing relationships with key stakeholders, like-minded organisations, and government agencies; and help identify opportunities to work collaboratively with others. 
  • If the department grows, line managing project officers to ensure they develop professionally and personally and supporting colleagues on content relating to your area of expertise.
  • Keep up to date with developments from key government and industry bodies, institutions, and networks and attend conferences and seminars to develop technical knowledge and industry exposure.
  • Review, monitor, and evaluate the programme and related initiatives with a focus on demonstrating and communicating impact.

The person:

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be an expert in sustainability with more than 2 years of relevant experience. You will be experienced in sustainability strategy development and/ or net zero strategy and can offer practical advice on energy efficiency, decarbonisation, environmental management and social value to help companies move forward on their sustainability journey.

You have strong organisation skills and exceptional communication skills, with the confidence to articulate complex problems and solutions in a simple, impactful manner. As a strong influencer you can proactively engage internal and external stakeholders on the sustainability agenda.

Self-starting and motivated, applicants will also need to satisfy the following:

Essential Criteria:

  • Third level degree in a relevant technical subject (or 3 years equivalent experience).
  • At least two years’ experience within the sustainability sector.
  • A strong interest and technical knowledge of sustainability, based on personal conviction and practical experience. 
  • Experience in the development and implementation of sustainability strategies and plans.
  • Excellent organisation skills with a track record of successful project management and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, capable of persuading and influencing to win hearts and minds.
  • Excellent numeracy and research skills to create a strong evidence base, using a range of software packages to analyse and present complex data and information.

The rewards:

The post is permanent and full-time and is normally based at our offices in Belfast. We support work-life balance through flexi-time and hybrid working. 

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on experience.

Other benefits include:

  • Training & development opportunities
  • Vibrant and positive work environment
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days on completion of 5 years of service
  • Ethical pension scheme with 7.5% employer contribution
  • Flexi-time available
  • Remote working available

To apply  

Please read the  full job description in the application pack and submit your completed application form and equality monitoring form to CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 8th February.

We reserve the right to heighten short listing criteria dependent upon the calibre of response. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Sustainable NI is not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Application Pack

Equality Monitoring Form