Antarctic Modernisation – Sustainability Manager

Job reference:
BAS 20/69
Contract type:
4 Years Fixed-Term Contract
Starting from £38,318 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge, with possible periods of up to 6 weeks deployed to Rothera Research Station in Antarctica.
Closing date:
5 July, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


Over the last 5 years, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, part of UKRI) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have invested in an initial phase of projects, to modernise its Antarctic infrastructure. This investment has delivered a new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, new wharves at King Edward Point in South Georgia, and at Rothera, and building improvements at Rothera and on Bird Island. We are also currently building a new science and operations build, the Discovery Building, which will complete in 2023.

NERC/BAS are shortly to embark on the next exciting phase of modernisation, which will see the acquisition of a new long-range transport aircraft, hangar and runway enhancements which are needed to support it, and the trial and scale-up of renewable energy generation. Further projects are likely to include new waste management facilities, domestic accommodation and a marine facility, all at Rothera. We also intend to look at further infrastructure requirements for our Island stations and that required for our future work in East Antarctica. These projects are all being delivered under the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) Phase 2.

The AIMP projects are part of a Government capital investment for the development of sustainable and efficient infrastructure. In addition, BAS is embarking on an extensive programme of transformation to achieve a number of objectives including using resources more effectively, realising the benefits of capital investments and the integration of BAS business systems and capability with other BAS functions.

To support us in our work, NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with a Technical Advisor and a Construction Partner in order to deliver this challenging programme and BAS has set up a Programme Management Office.

This role is responsible for ensuring that AIMP makes a significant contribution to the de-carbonisation of the BAS Estate and enables future operations that can fully comply with the BAS and UKRI sustainability strategies.


To lead on the integration of the UKRI, NERC and BAS Environmental Sustainability Strategies into the AIMP projects. This role will work alongside the BAS Environment Office and BAS Estates to help reduce our overall environmental impact including achieving our 2040 Net-zero Carbon Strategy.


Environmental Science or Engineering related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent is essential.

Professional membership with an Environmental body is desirable.


• Lead on the integration of UKRI and other Environmental Sustainability Strategies into the AIMP projects focussing on the six priority areas namely:
- Decision making and engagement
- Carbon
- Procurement
- Efficient use of resources
- Fostering a healthy living environment
- Interactions with the physical environment

• Liaise and work alongside the UKRI and NERC Sustainability Teams to deliver the associated objectives from within the AIMP projects.

• Lead on the implementation of the AIMP Sustainability Strategy by working with the AIMP Sustainability Assurance Group (internal parties, construction partners and technical advisors) to set objectives and targets for each project.

• Manage a sustainability assurance function through performance analysis and reporting. This will involve collating and analysing data submitted as evidence to achieve targets and producing reports and presentations to communicate progress to working groups and senior management.

• Coordinate the BREEAM & CEEQUAL project assessment for all AIMP projects.

• Support the BAS Environment Office in achieving the organisation’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy objectives namely to;
- Lead on Antarctic environmental affairs;
- Continually improve environmental performance;
- Conserve biodiversity, science and heritage values; and
- To exceed compliance and drive best practice.

This will involve supporting in the areas of EIA, waste management, biosecurity, protected area management, hazardous materials storage and pollution prevention.

• Support the BAS Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager in achieving the organisation’s 2040 Net-zero Carbon Strategy.

• Provide advice and share best practice to the AIMP projects on energy efficiency, environmental management and sustainability.

• Understand & work to current legislation, British Standards and Antarctic Treaty requirements.

• Work as part of multidisciplinary team. Attending, organising and chairing meetings.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/69
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 5 July 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 22 July 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Explain complex concepts in an understandable way to non-experts - Essential
  • Form effective working relationships with staff of various levels of seniority and disciplines - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Excellent presentational skills - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Intermediate user of MS Office products including Project, Word, Excel and Outlook - Essential

Decision Making

  • Demonstrate independence and initiative in carrying out role - Essential
  • Organise and prioritise workload of self and others in order to meet deadlines and competing priorities - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Proven ability to identify critical business relationships (internal and external) and manage them effectively - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be able to travel at short notice and independently to Antarctica - Essential
  • Enthusiasm to progress - Essential
  • Physically capable & medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions - Essential


  • Environmental Science or Engineering related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent - Essential
  • Professional membership with an Environmental body - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Substantial experience of delivering BREEAM and/or CEEQUAL or other equivalent sustainability certification schemes on construction projects - Essential
  • Experience of developing and delivering a sustainability strategy - Essential
  • Experience of delivering projects in compliance with ISO 14001 - Essential
  • Experience of projects in complex environments with multiple stakeholders - Essential
  • Experience of producing and delivering technical reports to Boards and other senior stakeholder groups - Essential
  • Working knowledge of the UN SDG’s - Desirable [3]
  • Recent experience on de-carbonisation projects - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of providing technical support to renewable energy projects - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge of environmental management in Antarctica - Desirable [5]
  • Experience of working within a public sector organisation or higher education institute - Desirable [4]
  • Experience of working within a science-based organisation - Desirable [4]
  • Experience of working in a collaborative partnership - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of information management - Desirable [3]
  • Experience with the Energy Catapults or other similar innovative organisations - Desirable [2]

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