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MoJ Property Directorate – Sustainable Construction Manager – 43423
£43,958 - £63,500


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Role Overview

This exciting new leadership role will be responsible for embedding MoJ’s ambitious environmental standards into our multi-billion pound new prisons construction programme. This includes a variety of different projects from new Category C and D prisons, new houseblocks within existing prisons, large scale expansions and refurbishments and rapid deployment cells. You will be influencing one of the most significant construction programmes in Government, with an impact spanning decades.  You will have extensive experience of both sustainable design and construction covering energy, water, waste and biodiversity and proven track record of reducing both construction and operational impacts of major infrastructure projects.

Team Overview

You will be part of a lively and creative multidisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of key MoJ sustainability priorities. You will also work closely with the construction and programme teams, as well as supply chain partners, to secure environmental outcomes aligned with MoJ and Government’s stretching environmental targets. 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:

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

The Sustainability Team is 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.

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

The role is focused on supporting MoJ’s additional prison places construction programme, and within that, responsibilities will include: 

– Advising on and setting sustainability standards and benchmarking for all new builds and refurbishments;

– Operationalising Government and MoJ environmental policies and strategies, ensuring these are applied appropriately to the programme; 

– Overseeing development of, and developing construction and design standards;

– Ensure environmental technical standards and core requirements are being applied consistently and correctly across the construction programme;

– Ensuring consistency between projects (e.g. Category C and Category D prisons, houseblock construction and refurbishments); and across the programme;

– Driving whole life value and benefits and ensuring impacts are suitably considered over the lifetime of the asset, (e.g. PAS 2080 principles). 

– Setting expectations across the programme team and supply chain; ensuring programme outcomes reflect MoJ’s environmental strategic objectives and vision;

– Apply lessons learned/drive best practice and innovation from industry, other parts of the programme and other government departments and public bodies; 

– Support development of tender specs, evaluation questions and KPIs;

– Review change requests and respond and contribute to supplier queries;

– Manage ad hoc queries/reach back into Sustainability team to ensure alignment;

– Oversite of the environmental risk management of the new build programme to ensure the relevant accountable individuals are appropriately informed of environmental risks and opportunities ahead of key decision points;

– Leading on briefings, business case development, and MoJ assurance processes with respect to the sustainability of the prison capacity programme.

– Identify sustainability skills and capability gaps within the programme team and help to resolve these

– Line management of one member of staff

Expectations of post holder in executing the roles:

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, improving performance while fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. All those appointed to new roles in the team must be wholeheartedly committed to these principles and evidence this in their application.

Strong leadership is a critical element of this role, as is the ability to prioritise and manage a workload, analyse complex information, present clear recommendations with simple, well evidenced rationales 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 will involve some travel to MoJ establishments throughout England and Wales.

Skills and Experience


  • Extensive experience of sustainable design and construction; and project and programme delivery.
  • 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.
  • In depth understanding of environmental management with experience of developing net zero carbon; zero waste; net gain biodiversity and water efficient solutions as well as climate change adaptation within existing buildings. 
  • Application of, and commitment to using a personal skill set that incorporates the corporate services principles and improves the effectiveness and delivery of a quality estate service.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex data-sets, get to the core of performance issues and explain this concisely to stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing and influencing a variety of stakeholders, demonstrating 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 a thorough understanding of the MoJ and HMPPS strategic objectives.
  • 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.

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.
  • Qualified BREEAM Assessor
  • PAS2080 practitioner; 
  • A practical working knowledge of the use of ITC packages, e.g. MS Word, Excel and Power Point.  


  • Have, or will working towards a recognised construction qualification, such as the chartered institute of building (CIOB) 

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
  • Application of Knowledge and Expertise- Level 4


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

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Leadership
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

Flexible working hours 

The MoJ Property offers a flexible working system in many teams. 

Requests for reduced hours contracts will be considered in line with business needs.

The role is a permanent full-time position, offering flexible working opportunities.

Additional Information

Membership of the Government Property Profession or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).Qualified BREEAM Assessor/PAS2080 practitioner is desirable.

This role will involve occasional travel to sites when required.

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.