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9 February 2021

We are recruiting!

KLH Sustainability is looking for a Senior Sustainability Advisor to join their London-based team!



Who we are?


KLH Sustainability was founded in 2010 by Director Kirsten Henson. We are a dynamic group of people who share the same passion - a desire to realise innovative new ways of creating, constructing and living. Our technical team combines engineers, architects and scientists, many of whom hold masters degrees in sustainability related fields.


Like many, we know the theory of sustainability inside out, but what makes us a little different from others is that we don’t limit ourselves to applying our knowledge to research and design, we also follow through to the construction site and supply chain. We then circle this knowledge back into new projects to ensure our advice continues to be focused, practical and deliverable.


The scale of projects and the type of clients we work with is diverse. While our projects are predominantly London based, we do have a small number of national and international clients. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the capital and have a great working relationship with a wide range of the city’s developers and contractors.


We believe in what we do, and we never stop learning. We challenge behaviours and preconceived ideas, not just those of the industry, but of ourselves and our peers too. We lead by example which is why 2021 will see KLH Sustainability become an Employee Ownership Trust and a B-Corp.


We are a close-knit team and we value the diversity of ideas within the team. We enjoy productive debate, while remaining sensitive to the opinion of others and being honest about our own. We offer constructive feedback, encourage open communication and say thank you when necessary.



Who are you?


As a Senior Sustainability Advisor you will be required to run your own projects to time and to budget. You are expected to take the initiative with these projects and approach other team members for support and advice as required. You will be mentored by one of the Associates within the team to develop your position within the company and the industry. Once you are comfortable with the way KLH work and the businesses requirements, you will be assigned a junior member of staff to support in their personal and professional development.


The role will require you to engage with specialists from across the development process: main developers, architects, engineers, and contractors. You should have experience working with a wide range of industry professionals, and demonstrate how you have influenced project or business outcomes through persuasive communication supported by interpretive, technical analysis.


While you are ambitious in terms of what the built environment needs to do to respond to the challenge of climate change, biodiversity collapse and social inequality, your ambitions are framed within the context of the affordable and deliverable, the definition of which will vary from client to client.


You must have good self-awareness to adapt your communication style to our wide range of clients. You will need to be a confident communicator, comfortable in delivering presentations and workshops as well as initiating one on one conversations. Your easy communication style is evidenced through a strong business network which you actively maintain and develop.

In addition to the ability to manage projects independently, you will be required to interrogate and interpret data, therefore good numerical and analytical skills are essential.


All team members are expected to have a broad understanding of sustainability to complement a specific area of technical expertise. Our current preference is for a new team member with a good technical understanding of energy-efficient building design and construction, in particular life-cycle costs and innovative financing solutions. However, candidates with technical expertise in other areas are encouraged to apply.


The role will require you to be flexible, self-motivated and ambitious. In return, we will offer a wide variety of experience in a supportive small team.



What will be expected of you?


As a micro-enterprise our job roles and functions are relatively fluid. However, there are a few core expectations of a Senior Advisor, for the rest, we will help you to develop and define your position within team:


  • - Build on initial contact with a potential client to develop a comprehensive scope of works and associated fee proposal with input from other technical team members. This will often require a number of discussions with the client to help them articulate and define their requirements.
  • - Take responsibility for the delivery of given projects, manage inputs from other team members, liaise with the client and facilitate broader workshops and meetings as required to deliver the agreed scope of works.
  • - Provide timely input to projects led by others, as requested.
  • - Take responsibility for your professional and personal development, with the support of your KLH mentor.
  • - Demonstrate an ability to add value to the KLH offer by providing interesting perspectives based on targeted research and past experience.
  • - Volunteer to support internal business activities including preparation of project pages, development of company policies, drafting newsletter content, etc.
  • - Maintain a professional presence on linked in and support KLH Sustainability’s reputation for engaging and interesting content.
  • - Be pro-active in your engagement with other KLHers, offer support to meet deadlines or a chat over a cup of coffee, if someone looks like they need it!



Key attributes


  • - 5-7 years’ experience working in sustainability consultancy, design or construction
  • - First degree, or equivalent, in any subject relevant to the built environment but an engineering, environmental science or architectural background is preferred
  • - Ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas to non-technical professionals
  • - Ability to learn new subject areas quickly and confidently
  • - A curious mind with a desire to explore new ideas
  • - Attention to detail and excellent written skills
  • - Confident presentation and workshop skills
  • - Ability to work independently and seek guidance as required in a timely manner



Preferred experience


  • - Knowledge of BREEAM, LEED and other environmental assessment methodologies
  • - End to end project delivery, RIBA Stage 0 to Stage 5 (and beyond!)



What you can expect in return


  • - A warm welcome
  • - £40 - 47,000 salary, depending on experience
  • - 4% pension contribution based on a 5% personal contribution
  • - Discretionary annual bonus linked to business profitability
  • - 25 days annual leave per year (bank holidays excluded) increasing by one day per year to a maximum of 28 days
  • - Payment of a professional subscription
  • - Flexible working with a preference for at least 3 days a week in the office (COVID restriction permitting). Two weeks remote working allowance each year (i.e. away from your usual home-working set-up)
  • - Two days paid volunteering per year


KLH Sustainability is an equal opportunities employer and we are actively seeking to expand the diversity of our small team. You must have the right to work in the UK. KLH cannot offer sponsorship to those without the right to work in the UK.



Applications to include a brief cover letter detailing why you would make a great KLHer and a CV to Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


Deadline for applications 28th February 2021. Candidates should be available for interview the week commencing 8th March 2021. Interviews will be held remotely.

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