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Sustainability manager
at Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams is looking for an experienced sustainability manager to join its team in London.

Stanton Williams – sustainability manager

About Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams is an internationally renowned design practice that is passionate about crafting inspirational and uplifting spaces.

Our design process is highly collaborative and our approach inter-disciplinary. Both are driven by a keen attention to the way people experience space and are informed by a rigorous analysis of the cultural, social and physical context.

We are a socially and environmentally conscious collective. As an Employee Owned Trust, we encourage the different voices within our studio to contribute to our culture and amplify our impact. In addition to being one of the founding signatories of the Architects Declare manifesto, we are one of the few architectural practices to obtain a Carbon Neutral Plus certification, we are committed to protecting our planet in the fight against climate change.

Our dedication to working in ways that engage and excite our team, clients and collaborators, together with a commitment to nurturing a diverse range of skills, allows us to maintain our reputation for delivering exceptional architecture.

About Stanton Williams’ climate commitment

We are one of the founding signatories of the Architects Declare manifesto and one of the first worldwide architectural practices to have set a Science Based Initiatives Target, aligning with the Paris Agreement. We are committed to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and we strive to follow the LETI, RIBA and UKGBC whole life carbon targets for our projects.

Our designs reflect our passion for understanding the experience of those who inhabit the spaces we create. As a practice we are continuously researching environmentally responsible, integrated and innovative solutions for all our projects. We believe in collaboration, development, research and knowledge sharing within the practice and the wider industry.

About the role

This is a very exciting time to join our practice and lead the sustainability agenda, by becoming an advocate for the development and progress of Stanton Williams’ overall contribution to sustainability and regenerative design.

The sustainability manager will play a crucial role in keeping sustainability at the forefront of the practice, communicating and promoting outstanding sustainability aspirations.

The role of the Sustainability Manager is to develop, implement, advise, monitor and guide all sustainability requirements of our practice and all projects. Additionally, the role will include research, development and implementation of net zero whole life carbon, climatic and environmental design approaches, low embodied and sustainable materials investigation, circular economy and post occupancy evaluation.

We are looking for a leader who has the enthusiasm and ability to implement our sustainability strategy, engaging stakeholders at all levels.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • promote within Stanton Williams best practice sustainable design principles, to increase the overall knowledge of sustainability and regenerative design principles and proactively communicate developing best practice
  • implement, promote and support the use of Stanton Williams’ sustainability and responsibility framework on all projects and support the design team in their trajectory towards net zero whole carbon targets
  • implement processes for material selection to achieve low embodied carbon targets. Assist with life cycle analysis, EPDs database and its integration within the Stanton Williams material library
  • assist with the company’s carbon footprint assessment and science based target requirements
  • serve as the first point of contact, attend and represent Stanton Williams in external meetings (such as Architects Declare and RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge) and develop industry leading profile externally
  • advise projects at internal design review meetings and work alongside MEP/environmental/sustainability consultants and clients where necessary
  • keep up to date with industry research, standards, tools, processes in the UK and internationally
  • attend sustainability related seminars, workshops, etc. on behalf of Stanton Williams. Research environmental and sustainability matters, concerns and stakeholder interests and communicate these effectively studio wide
  • promote and lead research and development of the Stanton Williams internal “Think tank” sustainability groups
  • develop, present or recommend educational material for internal CPD’s including disseminating project knowledge and lessons learnt. Promote and conduct sustainability induction
  • assist new business and marketing team in producing sustainability documentation/text for marketing campaigns, award entries and submission bids where necessary
  • support the project efficiency team with Environmental Management Certification, internal environmental policies and stage review requirements
  • promote internal sustainability events and exhibitions
  • assist with developing and maintaining sustainability and environmental resource library, database and guidance


  • a knowledge of qualifications within sustainability such as BREAAM, LEED, Passivhaus, WELL and NABERS
  • a knowledge of UK and international laws and building regulations essential
  • practical knowledge and experience of construction industry, building regulations and process is essential
  • a wide knowledge of sustainability issues and opportunities facing the UK and international design and construction industries and familiarity with LETI, RIBA 2030 climate change and UK GBC guidance
  • technical knowledge of low embodied carbon/sustainable/healthy/responsible sourcing materials

Highly desirable:

  • familiarity with RICS methodologies for Life Cycle Assessment, One Click LCA and Revit workflow
  • familiarity with Passivhaus certification process and use of PHPP
  • familiarity with environmental simulation tools for high performance building design, such as sunlight and daylight analysis, energy and thermal modelling, etc.
  • carbon footprint assessment process


  • bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering or M&E
  • master’s degree in sustainability
  • five to ten years’ experience in a sustainability role within a design practice


Verbal communications skills:

  • listening effectively, asking questions where relevant
  • describing their own work clearly and effectively both in-house and externally
  • responding fully, accurately and in a timely fashion
  • formulating convincing arguments for debate with other members of the studio, to collectively achieve a positive result

Written, IT and graphic communications:

  • structuring an argument and clearly describing ideas in writing
  • understanding the importance of clarity in technical information
  • make simple but effective presentation as required

Working with people:

  • engaging in constructive interaction externally and internally
  • listening and asking open questions
  • successfully briefing a colleague
  • inspiring, motivating and influencing others
  • leading by example and being a role model

Personal qualities:

The sustainability lead must

  • have excellent communication, organisation and planning skills
  • demonstrate enthusiasm, accuracy, confidence
  • be enquiring, self-motivated and self-critical, willing to develop and learn
  • be able to undertake a diverse range of tasks, involving different people and different activities, whilst prioritising their own work and achieving deadlines, referring to others if conflicts occur
  • be reliable, able to follow through and complete tasks
  • be pro-active in everything they do, prepared to go the extra mile

Please apply by the 4 December 2022 by sending a cover letter and CV via the apply for job button below. Please ensure that you state sustainability manager in the subject of the email application.

£50,000 - £74,999
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