Manufacturing Sustainability Lead

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 05/10/2023

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo

Role: Manufacturing Sustainability Lead

Location: UK Flexible

Role ID: 2023-1924


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. Our company vision is to create a safe and sustainable world, which is the driver behind everything we do as a business. Ricardo’s shared values – create together, be innovative, aim high and be mindful - actively guide our behaviours and reflect how we work together. Putting our values into action is what binds us together and makes Ricardo not only a great place to work but a company with which our customers want to do business. 

We are seeking a passionate and experienced professional to develop client relationships and deliver a range of sustainability, net zero, energy and water management, waste management solutions within the manufacturing sector.

We’d love to hear from you if you have the following competencies and experience:

  • In-depth understanding of the manufacturing sector, at an operational level and at a strategic level, and the sustainability challenges facing manufacturing organisations.
  • Proven track record of managing and delivering sustainabilty projects in the manufacturing sector.
  • Experience of working in the consultancy sector or providing support services to the manufacturing sector and having responsibility for the deliverables. We would also be interested to talk to candidates currently performing roles directly within the manufacturing sector.
  • Higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in an environmental discipline, or otherwise to have a good track record working in an environmental role, so that you can demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Experience of identifying and developing business opportunities, including establishing and maintaining relationships at senior levels.

Your main responsibilities would be:

  • Build and maintain partner and client relationships to maximise sustainability related opportunities, working in collaboration with our technical specialists.
  • Identify and develop technical sustainability solutions, and maintain and expand existing offerings, to optimise advantage in manufacturing sector and enhance Ricardo’s reputation as an industry leader.
  • Demonstrate sector insight of the key sustainability challenges (net zero, resource constraints, climate risk, scope 3 and supply chain emissions etc.) facing the sector and how these challenges may impact operations, products and markets.
  • Understand the strategies that can be adopted to reduce the impacts of these sustainability challenges and maximise the opportunity through the adoption of new business models and product development.
  • Work with a wider business development team to support new opportunities across different business areas and international markets.
  • Utilise existing sector contacts and provide thought leadership in the creation of marketing materials to ensure successful and appropriate profile raising and marketing of Ricardo’s services and capabilities.

You need to have the following skills and behaviours:

  • Self-motivated, willing and able to take responsibility for identifying and co-creating new business opportunities with manufacturing clients.
  • Strong team-working skills. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with our technical consultants to win new projects together.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills combined with strong influencing skills.
  • Ability to build trust-based relationships with clients and potential partners.
  • Highly effective at building strong personal relationships across the business and keeping an up-to-date understanding of existing capabilities.
  • A flexible approach – able to see where help is needed and support colleagues as necessary.
  • Willing to travel on a regular basis in the UK but also to be able to travel internationally.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.

Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.


We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health.

Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle. 

Next steps

If our application process does not align with your requirements, please email and we will make necessary arrangements to meet your needs.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.