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Title:  Head of Sustainability Policy and Relationships


Worcester, West Midlands, GB, WR1 3ZQ

Department:  Community Investment and Sustainability
Operation:  Sanctuary Group
Requisition Number:  183695

Sanctuary is one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and community services. With around 13,000 employees, we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and talent is nurtured and rewarded.


Head of Sustainability Policy and Relationships


Worcester based with a balance of home and office working


£58,428 - £61,503 per year


35 hours per week


We have a new and unique opportunity within the Sustainability and Climate change team to inform on policy, legislation, regulatory requirements and thought leadership related to sustainability. As Head of Sustainability Policy and Relationships, you will report to the department’s Group Director, and will manage external networks and grant opportunities to support us in achieving our sustainability aims.


The Sustainability and Climate change team is responsible for working across Sanctuary to drive sustainability strategy, including reaching net zero carbon by 2050 and building sustainable communities through the use of community investment.



The role of Head of Sustainability Policy and Relationships will include:


  • Analyse intelligence regarding policy, societal trends and best practice across Sustainability (environmental and social) with a particular view to legislative and regulatory compliance
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, to support the Group's sustainability strategy via the creation of collaborative opportunities and an influential network across the sector.
  • Identify funding and lead the submission of high-quality bids to access decarbonisation grant and other relevant opportunities.
  • Report and present information including performance reports and updates to the Group Director - Sustainability, the Executive team, operations and central services teams to support decision making, business planning and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Provide leadership for the development and review of high-quality public affairs and business development plans in accordance with Group objectives and good practice to meet Sustainability objectives.
  • Manage a small team as well as deliver projects via a matrix structure involving leads from across the business and external organisations.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to special projects and change programmes in support of the Group's objectives.


Skills and experiences:

  • Degree, management qualification or relevant professional qualification
  • Recent experience of undertaking a similar role which involves managing external relationships
  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise work loads
  • Ability to research and synthesis complex information
  • Bid writing experience (desirable)
  • Working knowledge of the challenges and best practice relevant to the sector (desirable)
  • Proven experience of building effective relationships with external stakeholders (desirable)
  • Proven experience of managing databases (desirable)
  • Line management experience (desirable)
  • Some experience in budget preparation and control (desirable)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Sound working knowledge of Microsoft systems


Why work for us?

One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary employs more than 13,000 people and manages over 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. 


Our Benefits    

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, where your wellbeing is of genuine importance, we have developed an attractive employment package. The package recognises your contribution, supports your physical, mental and financial health and gives you the flexibility to tailor your employee benefits by offering:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • A pension scheme with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Advice Service including counselling
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Voluntary health plans  
  • Employee discounts
  • Wellbeing support and tools
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • £58,428 per annum (rising to £61,503 per annum after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance)


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Closing Date: 04 July 2022


We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.


‘For an insight into what it’s like to work for us, take a look at #LifeatSanctuary on Twitter’

Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers. 
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent unlawful working.
Sanctuary Group is a trading name of Sanctuary Housing Association, an exempt charity.

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