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Decarbonisation Manager - Retrofit / Sustainability

Networx Recruitment
Rushden, Buntingford
Up to £55,500 per annum 
Closing date
6 May 2024

Decarbonisation Manager - Retrofit / Sustainability 

Up to £55,500 per annum 

Hybrid - Midlands / East of England with travel across our geography as required 

Permanent, Full Time 


Are you currently working across retrofit or environmental practices within the housing sector, and looking for an exciting new role within an organisation committed to improving lives? If so, our brand-new Decarbonisation Manager role could be the perfect job for you… 


Longhurst Group is a leading housing Group across the Midlands & East of England, committed to enhancing communities and improving the lives of both our colleagues and customers. With a mission to provide quality, safe, affordable housing that build great foundations for our customers, our Environment & Sustainability team are essential for delivering and achieving our Net Zero ambitions across our portfolio. 


As a Decarbonisation Manager at Longhurst Group, you will play a pivotal role in driving our efforts to minimise carbon emissions and enhance sustainability across our organisation. Your responsibilities will include developing and implementing comprehensive decarbonisation strategies, overseeing retrofit projects, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and standards. Further key responsibilities are listed below: 


  • Develop and lead the implementation of comprehensive decarbonisation strategies aligned with organisational goals and industry best practices. 

  • Be responsible for overseeing all aspects of retrofit projects, from initial assessment and planning to execution and monitoring. 

  • Develop and implement a robust energy and environmental strategy for Longhurst Group. 

  • Support the Head of Environment and Sustainability to develop and implement a Net Zero Carbon Roadmap. 

  • Develop and manage a programme of energy efficiency improvements in our existing assets. 

  • Spearhead efforts to identify and secure external funding sources aimed at implementing energy efficiency initiatives throughout our portfolio. 

  • Assess and prioritise strategies for carbon emission reduction, encompassing enhancements in energy efficiency, adoption of renewable energy sources, and implementation of carbon offsetting initiatives. 

  • Lead the development of an energy management system leading to external certification of ISO 14001:2015. 


Our Decarbonisation Manager opportunity is a hybrid position, contracted to 36.25 hours per week. To us, this means some time working from home with an expectation of some presence in either our Rushden, Peterborough or Boston office on a weekly basis (we are open to discussion around how this is built into working weeks). A large portion of our Environment & Sustainability team are hybrid workers across our geography too. 


In order to be successful in application for our Decarbonisation Manager role, you’ll need proven experience in developing and implementing decarbonisation strategies in a similar role alongside strong project management skills, with the ability to lead numerous initiatives at the same time. Having a strong understanding of the relevant environmental regulations, standards and reporting requirements is crucial. 


This is a hugely exiting time to join Longhurst Group – not only are we continuously striving to achieve better results for our customers, but the Social Housing sector is at a crucial point with new measures, legislations and standards coming into effect imminently. Our Decarbonisation Manager opportunity will spearhead strategies to advance retrofit and decarbonisation, positioning Longhurst Group as a leader within the sector. We offer a supportive and inclusive working environment that values your contributions, along with access to ongoing professional development opportunities, ensuring your skills remain at the cutting edge of the industry. 


What you receive from us 


  • A competitive 28-day annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) 

  • Pension Scheme with contributions matched by us up to 8.5% 

  • Life Cover of three times your annual salary (as part of pension scheme membership) 

  • Membership of our Health Care Cash Plan including Employee Assistance programme and DoctorLine 

  • Access to a range of discounts, including Blue Light and B&Q Tradepoint Cards 

  • Free access to financial education service, supporting with personalised financial information on a range of topics such as mortgages, retirement planning, pensions, saving and investments, insurance and will writing 

  • Free Eye Tests 

  • Free flu vaccinations 

  • Investment in your personal development through our extensive learning and development opportunities. 

  • Professional subscription for membership fees relating to your role, paid for by us 

  • Family friendly, carers leave plus other paid leave 

  • Long Service Awards 

  • Carers Networking Group and resources to support Unpaid Carers 

How to apply 


Please click apply now to submit your CV today. In the event of high applicant volumes we reserve the right to close this advert and CV submission window early. 


We do not require recruitment agency support at this time - all speculative CV’s will be treated as a direct application. 


Vetting Requirements 


The important things - We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to live and work in the UK. All shortlisted candidates will need to verify eligibility to work in the UK at interview. If you are the successful candidate, original proof must then be provided before your first day. 


Naturally working with our customers, we need to complete pre-employment checks before you join us. This role is conditional upon receipt of two satisfactory references (one from your current employer). We also need you to tell us what you have been up to over the past 5 years as a minimum in terms of employment history. This could include carer duties, travel, seeking work, education, employment, training, or volunteering. 


Equal Opportunities 


As an equal opportunities’ employer, Longhurst Group is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. 


We pride ourselves on looking after our colleagues and as part of our commitment we are an Employer for Carers and would welcome your application if you have additional unpaid caring responsibilities. 


We aspire to have a greater diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Longhurst Group. 


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