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Job Description for Marine Environmental Manager

Engineering is the largest business function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced, battle-winning technology that we can keep those on the front line at the top of their game. That’s why we stay inventive and create positive change, with a strong focus on sustainable sourcing and minimising environmental impact too. Ready to make an impact that matters to the nation?

You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities for development, access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Neuro Inclusivity Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.
We have a fantastic opportunity for an Environmental Manager to join our Ships Environmental Centre of Expertise (ECOE) here at DE&S. In this exciting role, you will help us deliver a more sustainable military capability, whilst improving the efficiency of the equipment used by our Armed forces today.

We have a huge role to play in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss now that it is the government’s number one international priority. Whether it is by changing culture and behaviour, improving the efficiency of the equipment we procure, or delivering more sustainable military capability. Every positive change we can make, large or small, will help and we are looking for individuals to champion environmental protection and sustainability.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for Marine Environmental Manager

As our Environmental Manager, you’ll provide expert environmental advice to a wide variety of projects across the Ships business unit, ranging from aircraft carriers to small boats.

This progressive role is vital in the procurement process, and you will provide the Ships Delivery Teams with support and advice to reduce the impact on the environment of the equipment they support, whilst making us more environmentally sustainable. You will be influential in ensuring that Ships plays its part in the DE&S Environmental Strategy.

In this Environmental Manager position, your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Completing environmental assessments for new or modified ships and maritime systems, in accordance with environmental policy
• Reviewing and updating delivery teams’ environmental documentation, to ensure it is current and reflects good practice
• Developing new environmental policy to support people in the Ships department to deliver environmentally sustainable equipment and platforms
• Taking part in various working groups to drive the sustainability agenda across the organisation, moving towards the goal of Net Zero carbon by 2050
• Helping delivery teams’ contract for environmentally sustainable products and services, using Defence Standard 00-51 (Environmental Management Requirements for Defence Systems)
• Overseeing and ensuring environmental compliance

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Hold a minimum of a HNC (i.e., Level 4) qualification in a relevant engineering, science or environmental discipline, or will demonstrate the equivalent experience
• Have demonstrable experience of providing technical advice and delivery of environmental products, services, or management systems within your own industry
• Be a member of a professional engineering, science or environmental institute, or demonstrate continuous professional development with an environmental field
• Have demonstrable experience in communicating with internal and external stakeholders

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Be familiar with the Maritime environmental legislative and regulatory framework
• Have experience working in either the maritime, commercial or defence industries, or another regulated industry such as nuclear, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, rail, or similar

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Formulate Environmental Policy and Procedures
• Implementation of Policy and Procedures
• Leadership
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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Marine Environmental Manager


£43,400 – £47,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



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Beth Wickens –

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