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Sustainability Advisor

Project Sustainability Advisor
Employer RPC-group
Job Description


Established in the UK in 1991, RPC is today a global design and engineering company specialising in polymer conversion in packaging and non-packaging markets, with centres of excellence worldwide and a turnover in excess of £2bn. We have more than 174 operations across 33 countries and have in excess of 21,000 employees.

At RPC, we recognise the value of a skilled and motivated workforce. The development of our workforce is paramount to the success of the business to ensure we retain a competitive advantage. We therefore encompass various progression routes for attracting future employees and developing the existing workforce including in house on the job training; apprenticeships; and graduate recruitment programmes.

RPC has a keen focus on sustainability as an important topic for us as a manufacturer but also for the rest of the supply chain in which we operate from our raw material suppliers through to the consumers that use our products and how they are disposed of.


The objective of this opportunity is to assist the company to develop its response to the sustainability challenges that the industry faces and also to equip the company with appropriate tools so that employees can have informed discussions on this topic.

Benefits of this opportunity

The graduate will gain a number of skills including communications, research, and project management while gaining an understanding of the industry and supply chain in which a business like RPC operates.

Future employment potential

This is a full time, permanent opportunity for the right candidate.

Location Rushden, Northamptonshire

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. Support Group Sustainability Manager with day to day running of the department.

  2. Research and identify ways in which to improve environmental reporting and benchmark (against competitors and customers).

  3. Collect and analyse information for group reporting requirements with the support of the sustainability manager.

  4. Maintain and develop tools used by the Group for sustainability support.

  5. Develop industry knowledge to be able to support business with general environmental enquiries.

Key Tasks

Group reporting requirements:

  1. Develop reporting requirements e.g. research and introduce scope 3 emissions reporting.

  2. Analyse previous reporting and identify areas for improvement.

  3. Co-ordinate collection of information and data for annual reporting.

  4. Benchmark reporting against competitors and customers.

  5. Assist with analysis of group environmental data.

Development of sustainability support tools

  1. Develop and maintain group sustainability intranet.

  2. Develop and maintain sustainability toolkit on isalestoolkit.

  3. Develop and maintain group sustainability presentation.

  4. Produce and send out monthly group sustainability update.

Product carbon foot printing capability

  1. Develop knowledge on product carbon footprinting and provide support to sites when requested.

Assist with other areas as required by the Sustainability Manager.

  1. Responding to general environmental enquiries.

  2. Attending external meetings.


  1. To comply with all company rules, regulations and procedures at all times and promote good working practices throughout the workforce.

  2. To carry out all reasonable requests from management.

  3. At all times, to act in the best interests of the Company and conduct yourself accordingly.

Personal Specification


  1. Candidates must be a graduate.

  2. Good oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences in writing, presentations and face-to-face.

  3. Ability to research and collate material to produce high-quality written information for reporting and awareness raising purposes.

  4. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

  5. Team worker with the ability to work independently; self-motivated.

  6. An organised worker with the ability to work across a broad range of subject areas and manage their workload appropriately.

  7. Numerate, with the ability to organise, manage and analyse data and present findings in different formats suitable for a range of audiences.

  8. A full driving licence and with access to a car that you are willing to insure for business purposes.


  1. Experience in a sustainability/environmental role.

  2. Some experience of working within a manufacturing or industry environment.

Position Details

Employer: RPC Group Plc

Salary (per annum pro rata): £21,000 - £25,000 dependant on experience

Interview Date: TBC

Closing Date: Sunday 26th March

Telephone Interview: Please be available for a telephone interview W/C 3rd April

Preferred Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: Permanent

Hours/Week: 36.25

Work outside normal hours: Infrequent and mainly related to travel to RPC sites

Annual leave: 25 days plus statutory holidays

Probation period: Six months

Base: RPC Group Plc – Head Office, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables graduates and young people to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy.

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Salary £21,000 - £25,000 dependant on experience
Application Deadline 2017-03-26
Hours Per Week 36.25
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted