JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION
JOB TITLE: Sustainability ConsultantREPORTS TO: Partner for Sustainable FuturesLOCATION: London, Manchester or EdinburghCONTRACT: Fixed Term Contract (12 months)SALARY: Competitive
HTA DESIGN IS A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION IN THE DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF GREAT HOUSING AND SUSTAINABLE PLACES TO LIVE.
We work across the UK, and occasionally internationally, with over 200 staff based mostly in our four studios in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.
We are architects, planners, masterplanners, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic designers, illustrators, leaders in engagement and sustainability specialists, all working in collaboration to design great projects for the clients and communities we serve.
Our aim is always to create great places to live and to achieve this we believe we need to create a great place to work. We develop the career of our people through a planned programme of learning and development, within a nurturing and supportive environment.
We aim to be profitable so that we can share the rewards through remuneration and staff benefits, and have a transparent vision for practice succession, so that all members of the team can plan career progression to share in ownership and management.
Our approach to employee development and wellbeing is both informed and recognised by over 20 year’s of being accredited by Investors in People.
HTA offers a comprehensive sustainability consultancy service to our clients across the UK. We work for developers, local authorities, private landlords, registered social landlords, contractors and manufacturers.
The Sustainability Consultant will work in collaboration with colleagues from across the practice, providing expert advice and input on projects at all stages, from the beginning, through to construction.
The Sustainability Consultant will take responsibility for completing packages of work allocated by the Partner for Sustainable Futures and achieving the required quality standards in accordance with the project plan and objectives.
• Managing the delivery of multiple projects to a high quality.• Assisting in the preparation of tenders for new projects.• Assisting in business development activities and seeking new work opportunities.• Technical consultancy on projects.
Where appropriate, all HTA staff are required to:
• Understand, demonstrate and apply our workplace Values: Creativity, Collaboration, Commercial Value, Care for each other and Continuous Improvement.• Establish good working relationships with both internal and external clients and provide a high quality service which meets their needs.• Take ownership of, and contribute to, internal and external communications activity both in their job role and as part of HTA’s overall strategic objectives.• Demonstrate a personal commitment to embracing and promoting a positive approach to the achievement of acceptance, openness, and equality of opportunity at work for people from disadvantaged and under-represented groups (i.e. such as those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities).• Promote and develop individual and company-wide activities which support and enhance environmental sustainability and health and safety objectives.• Comply with HTA’s Data Protection Policies when handling personal data in the course of employment including personal data relating to any employee, worker, contractor, customer, client, supplier or agent of the Company.
This job description is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive; it is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Appropriate degree in sustainability, environmental, building services/engineering, geo-environmental discipline or other related discipline.• Experience of working in the residential construction industry and expertise in residential design and the sustainable design of buildings and places.• Proven experience as an energy/sustainability consultant for the built environment sector, including BREEAM, HQM, LCA assessments.• BREEAM, LEED or Home Quality Mark assessor qualification is highly desirable.• Accredited Energy Assessor and/or experience of using energy modelling software e.g. SAP, SBEM and IES is highly desirable.• Experience of preparing sustainability reports for planning applications.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
• An understanding of current and proposed legislation and industry best practice with regards to sustainability, energy and carbon management.• Ability to research subjects, understand product/services and how it could be applied to a project.• Ability to take a high level initial project brief and convert it into a meaningful and successful piece of work.• Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to build effective working relationships with clients and other members of the business and to articulate the sustainability, energy and carbon services in a confident and professional manner.• Strong written communication skills in English. including experience of preparing sustainability reports for planning applications.• Attention to detail and ability to accurately input data into software programs, analyse data and draw informative conclusions.• Well organised and be able to prioritise own workload with minimal supervision.• A highly motivated and driven approach to their career development.• A good knowledge of UK planning and construction.• A good knowledge of UK regulations for Energy and CO2 emissions is advantageous.• An understanding and experience of Life Cycle and certification schemes, such as BREEAM and HQM is advantageous.