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Head of Sustainability

Colas Rail
LONDON, United Kingdom
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

At Colas Rail, we have over one hundred years of experience in delivering major innovations across our sector. Every day, thousands of train run on tracks built or maintained by Colas Rail. We deliver on the challenges set by a rapidly changing railway environment - constantly seeking to adapt our behaviour and culture to not only meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders, but to also continuously develop and support our people.

Purpose of the Role

Colas Rail UK, one of the rail industry's biggest and most prestigious contractors, is seeking a talented individual to join our team as the Head of Sustainability. We are looking for someone who is passionate about sustainability and can drive our efforts to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of our business.

The purpose of the Head of Sustainability role is to lead and oversee sustainability efforts within Colas Rail UK. The Head of Sustainability is responsible for leading, developing and implementing sustainable strategies and initiatives that align with the company's values and goals. The role will work across different departments of the business, such as operations, supply chain, product development, and corporate social responsibility. The Head of Sustainability also plays a key role in measuring and reporting on the organisation's sustainability performance, engaging internal and external stakeholders, and driving continuous improvement in environmental, social, and governance practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and advocate for sustainability within the organisation, both internally and externally.
  • Develop a sustainability strategy aligned with company goals and values.
  • Monitor and report on sustainability performance, ensuring compliance with regulations and reporting frameworks.
  • Input into large scale tenders and bids, working with colleagues from across the wider business units.
  • Oversee environmental initiatives, including energy efficiency, waste reduction, and emissions reduction.
  • Promote social responsibility within the organisation, addressing diversity and inclusion, labour practices, and community engagement.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to gain support for sustainability initiatives.
  • Stay updated on emerging sustainability trends and technologies and identify opportunities for innovation.
  • Embed sustainability into processes and decision making, and coach decision makers to manage complex trade-offs.

Person Specification

  • Degree or equivalent in Sustainability, Environmental Science, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • In-depth understanding of sustainability principles, concepts, and practices.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and sustainability frameworks.
  • Familiarity with sustainable business practices, renewable energy, waste management, and resource efficiency.
  • Strong leadership and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in stakeholder management and engagement.
  • Proven experience in managing sustainability projects and measuring performance.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

At Colas Rail UK, we value diversity and are committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and can offer flexible and inclusive adjustments to the interview process.

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Colas Rail UK, we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace for everyone, so if you are excited about this role but your background or experience doesn't meet the description exactly, we would encourage you to apply anyway. You might be just who we are looking for.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary
  • 34 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays)
  • Company car or Car allowance
  • Industry leading Life Assurance
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Wellbeing Employee Assistant Programme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Long Service Award
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Occupational Health Service

Colas Rail in the United Kingdom hold three core values: Care, Share and Dare. We take care of our employees, always ensuring safety is a top priority and we nurture our collective wellbeing. We share a passion for what we do, celebrate our achievements and value high standards like nowhere else. We dare to take on new challenges; we are one of the international leaders in our industry. We continually innovate and expand in new markets.

We value and encourage diversity in our workforce, regardless of background, disability, age, religion, or gender. As part of our aim to deliver quality services, we are committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination. We will create a workforce that is reflective of the communities we work and live in. We are committed to the Disability Confidence Scheme, and as such we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme.


At Colas Rail, we’ve made safety, quality, and sustainability our legacy. Across every part of the railway lifecycle, every day, we use our shared values, culture of care, and daring mindset to impact infrastructure forever.

Now, we need more people to create their own legacy alongside our multi-faceted team – whether you’re at home on the rail or coming to our industry for the first time. Working at Colas Rail is joining a collaborative team at the forefront of its industry. But, more than that, it’s your opportunity to do work that leaves a mark – and rise to the challenge of creating the future of mobility.

What sets us apart is the way we prioritise safety while daring to be different. For us, they’re deeply intertwined. When you feel safe and confident about your role, your team, and your career, you’re poised to push ahead – to make daring choices, share new ideas, and exceed expectations.

From day one, you’ll be empowered to do your best work and encouraged to share your unique perspective. You’ll be at home in a team where everyone’s equal and approachable. And you’ll be in control of your own career and growth with training and professional development.

It’s a place where everyone is welcome, every day is different, and every opportunity is in reach. And a place where you can leave a legacy that lasts for generations.


At Colas Rail, we’re united behind three key values that drive our culture and are our guiding principles for everything we do.


Every day, we demonstrate our care for the people that make everything we do

possible. We prioritise care for each other, our partners, the environment, and

our own wellbeing.


The unique talents, experiences and personalities across Colas Rail aren’t just

recognised – they’re encouraged and shared at every level. That’s where new

ideas and innovation is born.


As an international leader, we dare to take on responsibilities and drive industry-wide

transformation. And we trust our daring teams to take on new challenges and large-scale


Our Principles of employment

  • To provide safe and healthy working conditions for all employees
  • To provide an open, challenging, rewarding and participative environment for all who work in the company
  • To train and develop all employees to achieve their full potential
  • To communicate the goals, direction and performance of the company
  • To reward collective and individual abilities, as well as personal performance
  • To provide a working environment which encourages teamwork, commitment and loyalty
  • To ensure open access to career opportunities.

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