81324 - MoJ - Net Zero Carbon Programme Lead

The national salary range is £54,358 - £61,585, London salary range is £58,847 - £66,670 Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
Grade 7
Grade 7
Full Time, Flexible Working
Environment & Sustainability, Estates, Programme and Project Management, Facilities Management, Property, Project Delivery


The MoJ Property Directorate is a customer focused organisation that exists to enable our customers to perform to their very best.  We do this by providing high quality, easy to use services, and working environments that our customers want to work in, which support them to deliver their individual outputs efficiently.  Our job is to manage one of the most diverse and complex estates in Government – hosted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  As of 2 April 2021, the Prisons Maintenance Group (or PMG) joined MoJ Estates Directorate and the team receives a new title, MoJ Property Directorate.   This change aligns us with our Profession – the Property Profession - and brings together a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation, and MoJ HQ and Arms Length Bodies.  We also provide property services on behalf of the Home Office.

The Ministry of Justice is committed to leading the Government’s response to the climate emergency and becoming the first Government department to be net zero.  As a Net Zero Programme Lead in the Climate Change and Sustainability Unit you will be spearheading the department’s response to climate change, influencing  delivery of the net zero carbon agenda for one of the biggest Government departments, touching the lives of more than a hundred thousand people. 
You will play a crucial role in transforming the Ministry of Justice into a net zero carbon organisation and delivering one of our key strategic objectives.  Your passion and enthusiasm for sustainability and carbon reduction will drive change throughout the department. You will use your abilities to manage projects and programmes, solve complex problems, lead and influence others and work in dynamic and diverse teams to deliver our ambitious targets.  You will be working across the MoJ estate in partnership with our Property team across the prison and probation estate, FM partners, contractors, commercial colleagues and other key stakeholders.

Team Overview

You will be part of the net zero carbon team of professionals within the multidisciplinary Climate Change and Sustainability Unit 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. 

In the last two years the Net Zero Carbon team has secured millions of pounds to deliver heat decarbonisation of the selected prisons, delivered more than 50 solar PV projects, installed over 200 electric vehicle charging points, and hundreds of energy efficiency upgrades. The Climate Change and Sustainability Unit is also responsible for embedding environmental sustainability across MoJ, its agencies (including prisons, courts and probation centres) 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
Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities 

The Net Zero Carbon Programme 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 with a specific focus on prison and probation 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 secure funding, and develop and commission carbon reduction projects. You will lead on the 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. You will also be working on developing pipeline of future projects and programmes and relevant polices to influence stakeholders across the estate and enable effective delivery of the net zero strategy. 
You will be 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.

This role will be required to:
•    Manage a diverse team of net zero carbon professionals focusing on carbon and energy reduction across the HM prison and probation estate. 
•    Develop and deploy MoJ’s net zero delivery plan which underpins MoJ’s net zero Strategy.
•    Develop businesses cases and funding bids for net zero projects and securing funding and ensuring benefits realisation.
•    Develop and oversee delivery of complex carbon reduction projects. 
•    Build partnerships and work with key stakeholders including programme delivery teams, external consultants, FM and colleagues in prisons and probation services.
•    Work with peers across government to learn and deploy best practice. 
•    Sit on the cross-MoJ net zero working group to co-ordinate activity across the department to build a pipeline of net zero projects in-line with the net zero strategy and delivery plan.
•    Measure and monitor progress against carbon related GGC targets, net zero targets and departmental performance outcomes.
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships across the department to support the transition to net zero. This will include working with key Prison and Probation stakeholders and operational staff.
•    Line manage staff and matrix manage as appropriate to the above workstreams.

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 have excellent negotiating and influencing skills 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.
•    Good knowledge and understanding of carbon management programme development & delivery are important along with the ability to 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 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 writing business cases to secure funding  
•    Excellent understanding of carbon management, project delivery and associated benefits realisation 
•    Excellent understanding of retrofitting low carbon initiatives especially in the context of decarbonisation solutions for existing estate   
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to negotiate and influence positive net zero carbon outcomes.
•    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.
•    Relevant qualification in a Sustainability discipline. 

Highly Desirable 

•    Understanding of the Greening Government strategies, and the current measures used by government to measure sustainability and net zero targets
•    Membership of the Government Property Profession or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) or the Energy Institute is desirable.
•    Good carbon management programme development experience in the context of a large organisation


•    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 Career Framework can be found at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-government-property-profession-career-framework--2

This role falls under Technical Specialisms & Assurance and some or all of the following Technical Skills will be tested during the selection process:

•    Sustainable Practice - Expert


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

•    Leadership
•    Communicating and Influencing 
•    Delivering At Pace 
•    Working Together

Flexible working hours 

The Property Directorate offers a flexible working system in many teams. 
Requests for reduced hours contracts will be considered in line with business needs.
This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time; part-time applicants will be considered under job share arrangements.
We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. We are happy to accommodate any reasonable adjustments you may require during the selection process. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

The Directorate is supportive of and encourages flexible working. Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

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.


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.


  • 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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Interview dates to be confirmed.
Interviews will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams

24/11/2023, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 81324.
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.
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Working Together
Technical Skills
Sustainable Practice - Expert
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
Additional Assessment(s)
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.