83316 - MoJ Property Directorate - Sustainability Support Manager (Synergy)

The national salary range is £39,868 - £43,535, London salary range is £45,824 - £50,039. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.
12 Months
London, North East, North West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Cardiff , Leeds , London, Manchester , Sheffield
10 SOUTH COLONNADE LONDON, E14 4PU, 102 PETTY FRANCE (MOJ) LONDON, SW1H 9AJ, JCC 17 Churchill Way Cardiff, CF10 2HH, JCC 5 Wellington Place Leeds, LS1 4AP, JSO Centre City 7 Hill St B'ham, B5 4UA, JSO York House, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ED, LAA Store Street, Piccadilly Gate, FLR 7, M1 2WD , MANCHESTER CITY MANCHESTER, M60 9DJ, NOMS DIGITAL STUDIO SHEFFIELD, Greenfield House, 32 Scotland Street, Sheffield, S3 7DQ, S3 7DQ
Full Time, Flexible Working
Environment & Sustainability, Facilities Management, Programme and Project Management, Property


Join over 79,000 staff at the Ministry of Justice and help us make a positive and meaningful impact to the lives of thousands of people and the environment.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a major government department at the heart of the justice system where we work to protect and advance the principles of justice. The MoJ has one of the most diverse and complex estates in Government – covering a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation centres and approved premises, courts as well as the offices of the HQ and Arms Length Bodies. 
In this role, you will be part of a 30-strong multi-disciplinary Climate Change and Sustainability Unit (CCSU). Our mission is to develop, deliver and embed key MoJ and wider Government sustainability programmes throughout our entire estate. We aspire to be a sustainability leader within Whitehall, and to do this we are seeking passionate, motivated people to lead and deliver meaningful and impactful environmental outcomes nationally. This is a great opportunity to cultivate an interesting and rewarding career in environmental sustainability while working with a dynamic and supportive team.

The MoJ is continuously dedicated to building staff capability and promoting staff wellbeing, with aspirations to be the best that we can be as individuals and as a directorate. We offer a range of development opportunities including accredited training courses, a work-life balance that works for you, a generous pension and staff discount voucher schemes.

Role overview

Do you want to be part of an energetic, innovative team and bring your skills to one of the biggest changes to the administration of the Civil Service in decades? We’re looking for people who are flexible, intuitive and are comfortable taking high levels of volume, speed and complexity in their stride. An exciting new sustainability role has come up in the MoJ Climate Change and Sustainability Unit to support the newly formed Synergy Programme, a cross-departmental group formed in response to Government Business Service’s request for individual departments to group together in ‘clusters’ to drive efficiencies, increase buying power and improve the quality of shared service to our end users – our people. 

The Synergy Programme is the largest of five departmental clusters, comprising the Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Home Office. The Department of Work and Pensions hosts the Synergy Programme. Your work will impact the procurement arrangements for the next 15 years, impacting over 50% of all Civil

Servants – that’s 230,000 people across the four departments and arm’s length bodies.

Success of the Programme is crucial as Civil Servants rely on shared services to provide business critical tools in human resources, finance, payroll and procurement. It affects everything we do, from joining a department as a new starter, the way we claim for expenses, how we buy goods and services such as our laptops and canteen provisions, how we make a claim for our expenses, to the way we receive our pensions when we retire. 

The UK government has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This has been underpinned by statutory change. Government sustainability commitments in public services are set out in the Greening Government Commitments  and Greening government: ICT and digital services strategy

Sustainability is at the core of the Synergy approach, from how the cluster selects the Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP) partners, to the technology and business design principles adopted, and in due course the services that will be rolled out. Synergy is currently undertaking a procurement exercise to select the ERP and Systems Integrator partners. These partners will share the Synergy

Programme’s sustainability ambitions, and will help design and deliver sustainable services, underpinned by sustainable technologies within a culture that values and prioritises sustainability. This includes:

•    Committing to a rapid transition to sustainable business practices
•    Commitment to meet net zero by 2050 (or sooner)
•    Being as resilient as possible to the impacts of climate change
•    Committing to ‘Circular ICT’ policies and strategies and to enable the Synergy Programme to meet the HMG commitment to deliver 0% to landfill with an annual increase in reuse and materials recycled
•    Having effective waste management processes for all waste types
•    Working towards 100% renewable energy and / or carbon neutral suppliers, and to measuring and reducing water consumption 
•    Approach to championing biodiversity and nature positive practices
•    Meeting transparency and accountability commitments
•    Committing to a roadmap of sustainability improvements

Sustainability is an integral part of how the cluster intends to work, but like most organisations, we are maturing our understanding with respect to sustainability stewardship. This is a unique opportunity to deploy your green credentials, at the forefront of government’s shared services strategy, and in an environment that can be sector defining.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities 

The role holder will support the development of Synergy Programme’s approach to sustainability. They will work closely with team members and other key stakeholders across the government community to leverage work already done, and to ensure effective data collection and sharing, to create roadmaps and partnerships to enable the change required. The role holder will help the Synergy

Programme achieve its strategic sustainability goals as well as support the sustainability objectives of the government departments within the Synergy cluster.

Key responsibilities

•    Understand and represent the environmental positions of the four Government Departments, identifying and helping to resolve any potential issues
•    Support the collation and presentation of sustainability information to programme board governance, working groups and to teams within the four “cluster” Departments.
•    In conjunction with key stakeholders and sustainability colleagues, translate Synergy Sustainability blueprints into definitions
•    Work closely with key stakeholders across government to support the definition and implementation of key performance indicators, based on a scientifically robust evidence base of data. 
•    Support the development of the Synergy business cases process by contributing information on environmental impacts and opportunities
•    Support the development of relevant environmental documentation eg. tender documents, specifications
•    support implementation of appropriate monitoring of the environmental performance of our shared services supplier base
•    support the co-creation of a Sustainability Knowledge Hub; enabling capture and continuous improvement of Synergy sustainability opportunities
•    Play an active role in the cross-government community to further the sustainability agenda

Skills and Experience 


•    Previous experience of supporting the development and implementation of a sustainability strategy (Lead Criteria)
•    Proven experience of supporting and influencing organisational behavioural and cultural change 
•    Effective stakeholder management skills, including experience of working with stakeholders and different levels who have diverse perspectives
•    Understanding of how sustainability principles can be embedded into new ways of working
•    An understanding of the principles of the Government Digital Service and sustainable technology.
•    Good analytical skills and experience using these skills to inform approach and decision making


•    Experience of working in the public sector
•    Understanding of the Greening Government strategies, and the current measures used by government to measure sustainability
•    Knowledge and experience of sustainability thinking and application in a Corporate Services, Shared Services or Back-office enablement setting 
•    Experience of relevant Circular Economy practices


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

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

Selection Criteria and Applications

Applications should be made via CS Jobs. We select using Success Profiles.

Initial selection will take place by sift, based on the person specification. If a high volume of applications are received, we will sift on the lead criteria.

Applicants should submit a CV and Personal Statement stating how they meet the essential criteria set out within the Person Specifications in no more than 1000 words.

At interview, we will select based on behaviours. You may be asked to deliver a short presentation, further information on topic will be provided prior to interview.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to work two days per week from allocated office. 

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

02/02/2024, 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 - 83316.

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
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
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.