43022 - MoJ Property Directorate - Sustainability Net Zero Carbon Lead

£43,958 - £63,500 (Salary will depend on location)
12 Months
Grade 7
Grade 7
Full Time, Flexible Working
Environment & Sustainability, Estates

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Role Overview

The Net Zero Carbon Lead is an exciting leadership role that allows you to influence and deliver the net zero carbon agenda for one of the biggest Government departments, touching the lives of more than a hundred thousand people. You will be responsible for the delivery of one of the key Ministry of Justice (MoJ) priorities – net zero carbon - across the MoJ estate. Leading a team of net zero carbon professionals, you will be working with Programme Delivery colleagues, colleagues across the Prison and Probation estate, FM partners, contractors, commercial colleagues and other key stakeholders to develop and commission carbon reduction projects. You will be overseeing the overall delivery of MoJ’s net zero carbon programme ensuring all deadlines are met, benefits are realised and MoJ is on track to meet its targets and long-term net zero ambitions. If you are passionate about sustainability and delivering carbon reduction, love working across diverse teams, enjoy using innovations and your initiative to solve complex problems and have brilliant persuasion skills we want to hear from you.

Team Overview

The Net Zero Carbon Lead will manage a team of net zero professionals within a multidisciplinary Sustainability team responsible for the development and delivery of key MoJ sustainability programmes. The MoJ intends to be a sustainability leader within Whitehall, and as such, seeks high performing and highly motivated individuals to inspire and deliver meaningful environmental improvements. We work collaboratively across our areas of expertise to deliver positive environmental outcomes across a large range of themes including:

•    Energy management & carbon reduction in line with net zero carbon ambitions
•    Meeting the Greening Government Commitment target (GGC)
•    Waste management and circular resource models
•    Water efficiency
•    Sustainable construction
•    Sustainable procurement
•    Sustainable travel
•    Biodiversity protection and enhancement.

The Sustainability Team is also responsible for embedding environmental sustainability across MoJ, its agencies (including prisons, courts and probation centers) and its Arm’s Length Bodies. This includes the department’s policy making, operations, finance, governance, estates and commercial activity. Working in a large and diverse organisation presents the team with huge scope to deliver national scale sustainability leadership

Directorate Overview

The Sustainability Team sits in the Property Directorate, which exists to enable our customers to perform to their very best. Our job is to manage one of the most diverse and complex estates in Government – our portfolio consists of properties valued at £8.5bn, and we are second biggest estate in central Government, including several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  We provide specialist services including facilities management, health & safety, fire safety and security, technical design expertise, as well as sustainability.

We continue to deliver new ways of working across the estates cluster – leading on the scale and pace of activity for central government – proposing ways to achieve, and then providing, more dynamic and flexible work space, while driving down the cost of the estate.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities –

Lead development and commissioning of MoJ’s net zero carbon programme including ensuring we meet our targets for carbon reduction in line with MoJ’s net zero carbon strategy:

Deliverables/ Responsibilities

•    Lead and manage a diverse team of net zero carbon professionals focusing on carbon and energy reduction across the MoJ estate
•    Lead, contribute to and oversee delivery of complex carbon reduction proposals.
•    Work with key stakeholders including programme delivery, external consultants, FM and colleagues in prisons and probation services.
•    Develop funding bids relating to energy and carbon management projects.
•    Lead on benefits realisation plan for the MoJ net zero carbon programme
•    Manage planed interventions to deadline ensuring benefits are realised.
•    Provide guidance and management support to support ongoing shared estate projects where carbon and energy proposals have been identified, including ongoing maintenance.
•    Review project mandates and follow up project evaluations.
•    Manage a team of net zero carbon professionals

Expectations of post holder in executing the role

We operate in a fast paced and complex environment, so you must be flexible and resilient. A big part of what we do is delivered through others, so you will need to be enabling and inspiring to bring others on board with our vision

You are expected to display a commitment to continuous improvement, leading change, and improving performance. All those appointed to new roles in the team must be wholeheartedly committed to these principles and evidence this in their application.

Strong leadership and sound programme delivery experience are critical elements of this role, as is the ability to prioritise and manage a workload, analyse complex information, present recommendations and make effective decisions.

You must provide clear direction and focus, visibly championing the changes which deliver greater efficiencies.

The Senior Leadership Team expects all leaders within the team to operate in a culture of openness and honesty, demonstrating a commitment to change through involvement and empowerment, and by delivering results.

The role may involve occasional travel to MOJ establishments throughout England and Wales.

Skills and Experience


-    Excellent net zero carbon programme development and commissioning skills along with business case development skills
-    Excellent understanding of budget and benefits management
-    Sound understanding of carbon management, project delivery and associated benefits realisation
-    Sound understanding of low carbon initiatives especially in the context of decarbonisation solutions for existing estate
-    Excellent written and oral communication skills
-    Ability to understand and interpret complex datasets, technical issues, get to the core of performance issues and explain this concisely to stakeholders.
-    Experience of managing a variety of stakeholders, demonstrate the ability to mitigate between different agendas, resolve conflict and achieve positive outcomes.  
-    Tenacity and drive, with a proven ability to resolve problems swiftly and skilfully.  Ability to exercise significant judgement to analyse situations and develop new approaches, factoring in awareness of the relevant strategy.  
-    Demonstrate commitment to the organisation’s values and behaviours, equal opportunities and diversity, service regulatory frameworks and requirements, responsibilities under Health and Safety, risk management and security, and protection of information.
-    At least 5 years environmental sustainability work including membership of a recognised body or institute status (e.g. MIEMA, CIBSE or similar).
-    Relevant qualification in a Sustainability discipline.

Highly Desirable

•    Membership of the Government Property Profession or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is desirable.
•    Good project and programme delivery experience in the context of carbon management programme for a large organisation
•    A practical working knowledge of the use of ITC packages, e.g. MS Word, Excel and Power Point. 


•    Relevant qualification in a Sustainability discipline.

Government Property Profession (GPP) Technical Skills

The GPP Framework is aimed at staff working in property or property-related roles and consider property to be their career anchor profession. This usually encompasses posts where professional qualifications and experience are directly relevant to the work being undertaken. However, it is also applicable to those who are currently not qualified property practitioners but wish to make this their profession of choice. Those with a property background at any level are encouraged to register with the GPP, which exists to support property practitioners at all levels.  Details of the GPP Framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-property-profession-competency-framework.

•    Sustainability – Level 4


We will assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

•    Leadership
•    Seeing the Big Picture
•    Communicating & Influencing
•    Delivering at Pace

Flexible working hours

The Property Directorate offers flexible working subject to local agreement.

This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time, part-time applicants will be considered under job share arrangements.

The unit is supportive of and encourages flexible working and compressed hours candidates will also be considered.

CTC level National Security Clearance is required for this role. Central Government policy dictates that applicants for National Security Clearance must be a resident in the UK for these minimum periods:

  • CTC - 3 years 
  • SC - 5 years 
  • DV - 10 years

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-     To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3-     To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.  

To be confirmed

18/06/2021, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 43022.
Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC)

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Statement of Suitability - 1000 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Technical Skills
Sustainability - Level 4
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.