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Head of Sustainability

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Support & transversal

Birmingham, London, Manchester, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any


The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.


SYSTRA is a Top4 Global Engineering & Consulting Group specialising in Transportation; Rail (Passenger and Freight) as well as other forms of Public Transport and selected Infrastructure. We want to preserve the environment and help our Customers towards sustainable mobility and be a committed and responsible Employer.


We help Customers find innovative solutions to complex issues concerning the location and movement of people, goods and services. We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our Customers through our entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm whilst promoting a culture of listening, teamwork and employee empowerment.


SYSTRA Ltd is the UK & IRELAND arm of SYSTRA Group. With ambitious growth plans, this is an exciting time to join the company as we continue to grow our market share in High Speed Rail and develop our Conventional Rail and other Infrastructure businesses including Environmental Services and Highways.


Main Functions of Role


  • Head of Sustainability for SYSTRA Ltd, including connecting with SYSTRA (SA) Group Sustainability Colleagues.
  • Responsible for delivering the Sustainability Strategy in line with our mission, to Make Life More Accessible.
  • Advising the SYSTRA Ltd Exec & Management Board on any new developments industry trends and developments in the context Sustainability Strategy and Continuous Improvement


Role Duties



  • Champion and embed the UK-IRL Sustainability Mission
  • Develop and deliver the company-wide Sustainability Strategy / Road Map including smart KPIs.
  • Co-ordinate and project manage Sustainability Strategy delivery through business engagement and workstreams.
  • Promote the company’s sustainability credentials internally and externally to all key stakeholders, including annual sustainability reporting, website content, internal communications and key client engagements.
  • Represent the company at Client & Industry thought-leading forums.
  • With support from the Practice Director, advise the Exec & Management Board on Industry Trends and Innovation in the context of Sustainability.



  • Accountable for reporting progress and setting, reviewing & achieving the Home Country Sustainability KPIs and reporting progress against Group KPIs.
  • Advise on and work within an annual budget for Sustainability set by the Exec Board.
  • Providing support to the Operations Teams in order to progress against the Sustainability Mission KPIs.
  • Develop and deliver internal training seminars to enable staff to understand Sustainability principles.
  • Provide specialist support to the bid factory for prequalification and tenders. From time to time this will include hands-on response writing.


Skills and experience


  • Experienced in developing and implementing sustainability strategies and programmes in a large organisation.
  • Technical knowledge on a broad range of social and environmental sustainability issues, including but not limited to, climate change, water, inclusion, human rights, social value, biodiversity and community/charitable activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and a confident presenter.
  • Strategically minded, with good project management skills and the ability to analyse and scrutinise data.
  • Knowledge of sustainability trends, best practice and existing and upcoming legislation.


In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.


Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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