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Environment Adviser

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Town/City Woking, Surrey
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Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name The Pirbright Institute
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The Environment Adviser is a critical role in The Pirbright Institute, being an integral part of the Risk & Assurance team that covers biosafety, quality, security, business continuity and health & safety.

The role encompasses oversight of compliance with a range of environmental legislation; building a robust environment management system in conformity to recognised standards; management of waste processes and contract; advising development projects on environment and waste issues; provision of training; carrying out audits; and promoting sustainability.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and carry out monitoring activities to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental legislation, reporting internally and/or to external stakeholders as required.
  • Keep up to date with changes in environmental legislation and other compliance requirements, ensuring these are reviewed and where required, are implemented
    in the management system and communicated to stakeholders.
  • Manage site preparedness and response to environmental incidents such as spills,
    and carry out investigations into such incidents.
  • Manage site waste contracts and coordinate waste management processes for site.
  • Manage external waste and environment contractors and escort during visits to site.
  • Provide training on environmental management systems, processes, and procedures.
  • Carry out internal audits in accordance with the Risk & Assurance
    audit programme, and external (Duty of Care) audits as required.
  • Be an active member of the Energy and Environment Committee,
    presenting information and on issues, and managing actions.
  • Collate environmental and sustainability data for the KPI dashboard.
  • Ensure relevant documentation is maintained and kept up to date.
  • Promote sustainability within the institute and develop excellent collaboration
    and coordination with colleagues in various departments.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Personal specification

We are looking for a self-motivated individual with excellent organisational, time management and decision-making skills. The ideal candidate will be reliable under pressure, and able to engage and influence colleagues at all levels across the Institute.

Specific requirements


  • Degree in an environmental subject or similar,
    or equivalent qualifications and experience.
  • Knowledge of UK environmental law.
  • Experience in waste management practice, especially clinical waste.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and networking and influencing skills, especially with managers, accreditation bodies and regulatory authorities.
  • Demonstrable commitment to sustainability.
  • As the role involves travel to contractors’ sites (e.g. waste transfer stations,
    incinerator sites) for Duty of Care audits, a driving licence is essential.


  • Experience of attaining and/or maintaining certification to ISO 14001:2015.
  • Associate membership or above of a relevant professional body such as IEMA.
  • Knowledge of BREEAM.
  • Experience of working in a research, science, or similar sector.
  • Knowledge or health and safety and/or quality management.

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

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