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Sustainability Manager - HE

The Open University
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
£17.83 - £21.27 per hour
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Our client, is a public distance Learning & Research University and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

They are looking to recruit a Sustainability Project Manager to join their team. This role is to start asap for three months, working 37hrs a week and paying between £17.83ph - £21.27ph. This role will be working from home with the ability to visit the Milton Keynes Office and equipment will be supplied.

Key responsibilities

    • Manage the AUDE Sustainability Leadership Scorecard - managing data input and showing stakeholders across OU how to use it
    • Manage and develop the Pan-OU KPI dashboard showing stakeholders across OU how to use it
    • Work on the People and Planet action plan - supporting stakeholders across OU to evidence appropriate actions
    • Attend the EAUC Midlands regional group and use the jisc-mail system, debriefing the team as necessary
    • Working within teams on sustainability workstream including: aspects and impacts (film) risk/prioritisation, monitoring KPIs
    • Facilitate the development of sustainability policies such as the Catering Policy including no plastic bottled water
    • Manage oversight of current sustainability related policies and dates for review
    • Respond to and direct ad hoc requests to sustainability inbox (e-bike schemes, sustainability awards for staff, IT queries etc) and develop FAQ for website and provide weekly update in meetings
    • Manage and coordinate requests for ad hoc videos/slide decks for internal/external events

Skills and experience required:

    • Experience of sustainability projects delivery in HE sector
      Exceptional all-round communication skills, both written and interpersonal.
    • Significant experience of developing and delivering projects which:
      • Inclusively engage a wide range of stakeholders.
      • Acting in an advisory capacity to senior management.
      • Delivering impactful campaigns across a range of channels.
      • Influencing and positive relationship building.
      • Influence culture change.
    • Robust understanding and enthusiasm for Sustainability related issues.
    • A passion for sustainability and managing projects where there is an impact to people and planet and developing a positive culture for change.

The client promotes diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you feel this role is of interest, please apply online, email; telephone Sophie Holmes on 07483 444905 for more details.


TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

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Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

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Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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