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MoJ Property Directorate – Embedding Sustainability Lead – 43375
£43,958 - £63,500


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Membership of the Government Property Profession or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is highly desirable.

Role Overview 

The Embedding Sustainability Lead is an exciting leadership role that allows you to influence and deliver our sustainability 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 – embedding sustainability- across the MoJ estate. Leading a team of sustainability professionals, you will be working with colleagues across the Prison and Probation estate, FM partners, contractors, commercial colleagues and other key stakeholders to embed environmental sustainability across MoJ processes and procedures. 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 Embedding Sustainability Lead will manage a team of three within a wider 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 MoJ Property Directorate. The 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) join MoJ Estates Directorate and the team receives a new title, MoJ Property.   This change will align us with our Profession – the Property Profession – and brings together a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation, and MoJ HQ and Arm’s Length Bodies.  We also provide property services on behalf of the Home Office.

MoJ Property provides specialist services including facilities management, health and safety, fire safety and security, technical design expertise, and sustainability.  We also have business management teams who support the entire Directorate and each of our partners is supported by account management teams.  We are responsible for a great deal – our portfolio consists of properties valued at £8.5bn for the MoJ alone.  We are part of the Government Property Profession (GPP) and through active membership and engagement we will work with the Office of Government Property to develop the maturity of the profession and also encourage our people to join the GPP. We continue to build our capability through training and recruitment, aspiring to be the best that we can be as individuals and as a directorate.

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

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the embedding environmental sustainability agenda across MoJ which involves working with many teams across MoJ, embedding sustainability within key procurement, project, financial and policy processes and implementing communications and behaviour change programmes.

Deliverables/ Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage a diverse team to embed sustainability across the MoJ estate
  • Work with key stakeholders including programme delivery, external consultants, FM and colleagues in prisons and probation services.
  • Lead on how sustainability is represented and later reported against in key strategic documents such as the Single Departmental Plan. 
  • Lead work with Commercial and Contract Management colleagues to support the implementation of a Sustainable Procurement Policy.
  • Develop and support implementation of appropriate approaches to contract monitoring, such as devising KPIs and management information to ensure sustainability is embedded for the life time of contracts.
  • Oversee work on behaviour change and sustainability communications within MoJ
  • Horizon scanning for best practice and new technologies that would improve the environmental impact of the MoJ
  • Lead on the MoJ climate change adaptation and resilience work

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 


  • Good understanding of Government initiatives on sustainability
  • 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

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

  • Sustainability – Level 4


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating & 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.

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:

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. Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

Additional Information

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;
  2. To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;
  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.