Sustainability Manager

England, London / Edinburgh, Scotland / Bristol, England
Closing date
18 Jan 2022

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Vacancy Type
Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Fantastic opportunity for a Sustainability Manager to join our Responsible Business team and help lead our sustainability activities across the firm. This role can be based in any of our UK office locations.

About CMS
CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 80 offices in 50 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role
You'll be responsible for managing the development and implementation of the firm's Sustainability strategy across all our offices internationally.

Role responsibilites
* Lead on data collection and reporting of all environmental information and create best practice systems/processes to manage this effectively.
* Liaise with and help manage relationship with external consultants.
* Work with stakeholders to prepare reports and presentations for internal and external submission/distribution.
* Project manage the different sustainability activities across the business.
* Support sustainability committees and champions across the business.
* Respond to internal and external client queries, pitches and requests for information.
* Work in collaboration with key stakeholders internally and externally to help reduce the firm's emissions and environmental impact and implement areas of improvement and innovation across the firm.
* Raise awareness and increase engagement with the sustainability agenda amongst colleagues.
* Ensure compliance with environmental legislation and keep up to date with regulations and guidance relevant to the firm.
* Represent the firm at industry forums, networks and other external events.

About You
We're looking for you to have 2/3 years+ experience of sustainability and environmental management, ideally within a similar role. To be successful in this role you'll need
* Track record in delivering projects and change ideally within professional services environment.
* Strong data analysis and management skills.
* Experience of working globally across multiple locations and with many stakeholders of different seniority.
* Strong project management experience with proven ability to manage multiple deliverables within a tight timeframe
* Knowledge and experience of preparing and submitting external sustainability reports (for example CDP)
* Strong awareness of the developing climate change agenda and relevance to the firm
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written, spoken and presentational with a demonstrated experience of delivering excellent levels of client service
* Ability to build strong business relationships with internal and external clients and excellent influencing and networking skills
* A confident, proactive individual prepared to take a hands-on approach to managing their workload using their own initiative

Equal Opportunities
At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive. For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.


CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people and communities.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

We take the same approach with our colleagues: we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace where everyone is encouraged to speak up, share ideas, seek advice and where ability and commitment is recognised by rapid progression. 

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

Find Us
+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
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