Global Head of Sustainability

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GWS Segment

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Health and Safety/Environment


London - England - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a leading global provider of integrated facilities and corporate real estate management. We are recruiting a Global Head of Sustainability to join a team embedded within a leading financial services client. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the embedded sustainability SME's and their associated programmes of work.

Role Summary:

  • Acting as a single point of contact, the candidate will work with the client ESG leadership team, the CBRE Net Zero PMO, and the CBRE contract team to manage the FM Sustainability programme reflecting client targets, compliance with governance standards and regional policy frameworks
  • Developing the ambitions of the programme and deploying this via the framework structure with defined terms of reference and supporting governance
  • Working with the contract leadership team to prepare and maintain joint risk and opportunity registers signed off by both the Alliance Director and the client representative
  • Developing programme targets, defining timelines and measurements of success, reflecting new opportunities and emerging risks which can be evidenced quarterly as part of the governance structure
  • Delivering value chain reviews to identify systemic stakeholders, policy risks and opportunities and key dependencies ensuring a feedback loop is established to capture potential oversights
  • Working with the CBRE and client leadership team to evolve the programme of Net Zero initiatives based on steps one to five with a clear timeline and allocated resource including client representation to be signed off by the steering committee
  • Management of scheduled review meetings maintaining the governance structure and using this as the gateway for revisions, additions and project sign off
  • Manage the interface between the client and the programme SME's ensuring that collaboration and momentum are maintained escalating to the Alliance Director any developing issues which will impact performance
  • Support the preparation of business cases for additional Net Zero workstreams identified as activities evolve
  • Issue monthly updates to the Alliance Director and E & S Director of the programme progress including changes to the risk and opportunity register
  • Manage escalations relating to risks such as KPI's, financial overspends, programme delays, and data gaps

Experience Required:

  • A Masters degree in a subjects such environmental science, energy management, climate change, sustainability or equivalent through experience
  • A broad understanding of all aspects of sustainability within the Real Estate sector and preferably financial or professional services specifically
  • Experience of working with GHG disclosure programmes such as SECR, CDP, and GRI
  • Experience or understanding of Science Based Targets, RE100, EP100, EV100 and similar
  • A systemic thinker with the ability to drive collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders in multiple geographies and with varying competencies
  • A competent communicator with the ability to engage on often challenging subjects to develop competencies and generate shared purpose
  • Technical competent in understanding complex problems, think strategically and identify sustainable solutions
  • Ability to analyse corporate portfolio performance by benchmarking and derive measurements of performance reflecting all aspects of sustainability
  • Key focus for this role is to ensure that all FM services are delivered in a confident and efficient manner
  • Service orientated attitude combined with innovative thinking

About CBRE Global Workplace Solutions:

As one of CBRE's core global businesses, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) provides end-to-end services to occupier clients across the entire lifecycle of a building. Our teams help companies improve their operations and reduce costs, through expert facilities management, project management, real estate and energy and sustainability services. Our dedicated teams work across all industries, and support clients ranging from global Fortune 500 companies to single, iconic buildings.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included on the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. It also has been voted the industry's top brand by the Lipsey Company for 19 consecutive years, and has been named one of Fortune's "Most Admired Companies" for eight years in a row, including being ranked number one in the real estate sector in 2020, for the second consecutive year. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CBRE."

Application Process:

Your application will be reviewed by our Talent Resourcing Team and you will be contacted if you have been successful in being short listed for the role.

Taking into consideration the costs of sponsorship, the nature of the role and the financial resources of the account in question, we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

No agencies please.

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CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) works with clients to make real estate a meaningful contributor to organizational productivity and performance. Our account management model is at the heart of our client-centric approach to delivering integrated real estate solutions. Each client is entrusted with a dedicated leader and is supported by regional and global resources, leveraging the industry's most robust platform. CBRE GWS delivers consistent, measurably superior outcomes for our clients at every stage of the lifecycle, and across industries and geographies.

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CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2020 revenue). The company has more than 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at .

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