Group Sustainability Manager

Posted 26 April 2024
Job type Permanent Full Time
Discipline Health Safety & Environment

Job description

Group Sustainability Manager


Job Purpose

As part of an exciting company expansion Designer Group are seeking a Group Sustainability Manager  to join our Sustainability Department.


About Our Company

Designer Group is a leading international mechanical & electrical provider specialising in turnkey packages for the design, supply, and installation of M&E services. Headquartered in Dublin, we work with some of the world's largest multinational companies and our common purpose is delivering ambitious, innovative and sustainable engineering solutions, building client partnerships that bear testament to the standards we uphold.


Our people are the foundation of our continued growth across all client sectors. We invest in our people and have a philosophy of continuous professional development. This investment has produced an innovative and passionate team that deliver projects for our clients safely, efficiently and to the highest standards in the industry. Our approach to everything we do is underpinned by our Values of:








This is an exciting time for Designer Group, with the fruits of our Engineering Our Future Strategy 2025 reflected in our substantial pipeline of work in Ireland, Europe, Africa and South America.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities:


*        Leading the Sustainability function which shall require driving the sustainability, efficiency, and innovation agenda across the programme and implementing the Group Sustainability Plan, to ensure it achieves the minimum sustainability targets and meets the objectives set by DG/Clients within the plan and best-in-class performance against relevant global benchmarks, while also achieving value for money.

*        Execute the DG Net Zero commitments, mapping routes and develop execution plans.

*        Periodically review Sustainability Plans established by clients, providing input and updates where necessary and leading the further development as the programme progresses.

*        Providing an interface into the wider client corporate organisation in relation to the progression of the programme Sustainability Plan to ensure that the programme is aligned with the client’s latest policies and procedures.

*        Provide client directorates with reach-back to their wider organisation to bring fresh perspectives from other jurisdictions and other major projects.

*        Provide input into the development of procurement documents and contracts as well as the evaluation of the submissions for Contracts, ensuring that sustainability targets and actions are included under the requirements for the Contracts and evaluate the responses and proposals put forward by the contractor(s)

*        Oversee Contracts to ensure that they implement their proposals and ensure they meet the targets set out in the procurement, in collaboration with the Project Delivery Partners

*        Drive the technical implementation and application of policies and procedures set out in the   Sustainability Plan across the Group, ensuring alignment with the wider client’s Sustainability Agendas throughout the life of projects

*        Be responsible for reporting to regulators and authorities regarding any requirements and controls that the client is required to comply with, ensuring that all sustainability-related obligations are adhered to throughout the delivery and lifespan of the projects.

*        Cross-functional working to identify, define and baseline areas (e.g., carbon emissions, social inclusion, biodiversity etc.) within the scheme allowing for a focus on output to realise the desired outcome

*        Support with regular and accurate reporting of performance, relating to how efficiencies are measured and reported to the client and other stakeholders.

*        Represent DG  and the projects at relevant internal and external meetings.

*        Support internal and external assurance processes to achieve successful outcomes.

*        Work collaboratively with other HSEQ personnel to coordinate activities and programmes to maximise business benefits and minimise impacts on delivery.

*        Identify BREEAM, LEED, WELL etc. (as relevant) actions and other project-specific requirements

*        Liaise with project teams to ensure adequate procedures are established within functions and are implemented.

*        Produce reports, meeting minutes and presentation material as required.

*        Support corporate environmental and sustainability activities and initiatives such as knowledge sharing and volunteering.


Requirements & Education:


*        Substantial construction industry experience, including 3+ years experience of embedding sustainability and efficiency into high-value projects, scale and complexity.

*        Degree educated in a relevant environmental or science subject (Minimum Level 8, or equivalent)

*        Experience in project, contractor, stakeholder engagement or delivering employment & skills requirements

*        Experience in developing, and/or implementing environmental management systems on projects

*        Associate or higher-level member of IEMA or similar professional body.

*        Expert knowledge of all aspects of construction environmental management & sustainability

*        Strong technical knowledge and experience in one or more relevant sustainability topics (Waste, carbon/energy, responsible sourcing, water, biodiversity.

*        Be able to translate technical topics into layperson language and articulate the value of sustainability.


You’ll Also Have

*        Chartered Environmentalist.

*        Previous practical experience in the following sectors would be beneficial: Infrastructure; Build Environment (e.g., rail, highways, aviation, defence, energy, utilities, nuclear, technology)

*        Level 9 Masters in a relevant field would be advantageous.

*        ISSSP, PMI, APM or equivalent would be advantageous.


Why work for us?


Our people are our most important asset, we take pride in the quality of our staff and provide appropriate training for our people and always look to develop them within our business ensuring we have a strong and experienced workforce that gives us exceptional self-delivery capability.


Application Process


If you are excited about this opportunity and meet the qualifications mentioned above, we would love to hear from you. Our recruitment team will review applications and reach out to qualified candidates for further consideration.


Designer Group is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.