Director of Sustainability

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Job Introduction

At the BBC, our vision is to be the most creative organisation in the world, and we include proactively addressing our environmental impacts as part of delivering this. We want to play our part in creating a sustainable world, for today and for the future. As a publicly funded organisation we have a duty to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our environmental impacts to a minimum, collaborating with partners in our sector and through our programmes to be a force for good.

We are looking for a Director of Sustainability who will be responsible for leading our corporation-wide approach to sustainability, with reference to industry best practice and aligned to wider BBC corporate strategy, ensuring it is consistently applied across our divisions.

Role Responsibility

The role will develop, direct and drive off-screen/air sustainability activities across the BBC to ensure tangible, measurable benefits demonstrating added value. You will set the corporation-wide approach to Sustainability, embedding industry best principles across the business and play an active role in, informing management decision making to advance the BBC’s sustainability strategy at a senior level. You will also represent the BBC and work across the media industry to advance sustainable practices in the broader media operating environment.

With responsibility for leading the delivery of our new ambitious commitment to Net Zero, you will   contribute to our pan divisional requirements for the whole of the BBC, from Technology to Content Production, Broadcast and our Corporate functions, to inform and educate on issues in relation to climate change and sustainability.

Success will be measured by ensuring the BBC’s improving response to the challenges of climate change and embedding practices across the organisation to deliver against the sustainability strategy, while acting as a genuine partner for the business.

Are you the right candidate?

With significant leadership experience operating and influencing at a senior level, either managing sustainability programmes for large organisations or in an advisory capacity to a range of companies, you will have developed, refined, managed and executed sustainability projects in a fast-paced multi-stakeholder environment. You will know how to communicate and advise at all levels in an organisation and know what it takes to resolve complex and sensitive business and policy issues.

You will be a strategic thinker who has successfully driven the sustainability agenda across an organisation of the size, scale and complexity of the BBC and have a demonstrable background in successfully defining and delivering the transformation journey for major teams, divisions and functions.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London / Flexible

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

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