ESG and Sustainability Manager

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Ghislaine Aldred

Contact email:
Job ref: 013462
Published: 17 days ago

Job Title: ESG and Sustainability Manager

Salary: Competitive  

Full time: 35 hours

Open for remote working/Manchester office base


The Co-operative Bank has been rooted in distinctive co-operative values and ethics, underpinning how we run our business and providing customers with a real ethical alternative for 150 years. 2022 marks our 150th anniversary of ethical banking, we remain committed to our co-operative heritage, and values in all that we do. It is our unwavering commitment to these values and our unique customer-led Ethical Policy, which has made us a natural leader in environmental and social issues today, resulting in the bank being rated as the UK’s best Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rated high street bank by leading ESG ratings agency Sustainalytics.


We have pioneered the banking industry on ethical issues for 150 years, but we know there is more to do. There has never been a more pressing time for our bank to focus our efforts on causes that matter to our customers and colleagues. So why not join the UK’s original ethical bank in our values, ethics and sustainability team as we continue our ambitions to lead the industry on environmental and social issues in 2022 and beyond. 


The role:


We are excited to announce a brand new opportunity for an ESG and Sustainability Manager. This role will drive forward and lead aspects of the bank’s Values, Ethics and Sustainability strategy, aligning activities to the bank’s strategic aims, delivering commercial objectives, driving productivity and managing risk.


We're proud to be different. And we're even prouder that it's our people with purpose, who make us different. We help colleagues connect and support each other, our customers and our communities. We reward them with more than just a competitive salary, offering an attractive range of benefits that support work life balance, wellbeing and career development.


What will this role involve?  


Drive the bank’s Values, Ethics and Sustainability strategy, aligning activities to the Bank’s strategic aims, delivering commercial objectives, driving productivity and managing risk.

Delivery of CSR programmes to drive positive social and environmental change.

Lead and project manage the Bank’s Net Zero strategy.

Lead on the relationship with key ESG ratings agencies and co-ordinate rescoring projects  

Be the subject matter expert on ESG trends, concepts, targets and strategy  

Support the delivery of ESG products and services across the organisation. 

Horizon scan for ESG regulations, and develop knowledge of the key regulations which apply to The Co-operative Bank today and in the future. 

Engage confidently with key internal and external business stakeholders to engage, galvanise and deliver our values, ethics and sustainability objectives


We are interested:

  • Previous experience working in a CSR, sustainability, ESG role essential. Experience of working in the financial services industry desired.
  • Communications/PR experience would be desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrable experience in the development of environmental and sustainability strategies with a good understanding of scope 1,2 & 3 reporting and Net Zero target setting and delivery.

*       ESG experience across some of:

o    Green products / sustainable finance

o    Wider environmental / sustainability activities / policy

o    Social factors / D&I

o    Human Rights / Modern Slavery

o    Supply chain / Circular economy

o    ESG Regulation inc. TCFD / SFDR


What can you expect from us?

*       Flexible and remote working

*       27 days holiday, plus opportunity to buy 5 extra days

  • Competitive pension / income protection / life assurance

  • Positive, friendly work culture that promotes work life balance 

  • Commitment from employers on continued learning & development 

  • Wellbeing support ‘Help@Hand’ offers mental health support, physiotherapy, GP’s for both you and your family.  

  • 2 paid days for volunteering per year

  • ‘MyReward’ corporate discount for over 800 retailers and Cycle to Work Scheme.  

  • Family friendly policies and supportive working environment

  • Recognition scheme and a culture in which we celebrate success 

  • Colleague network groups committed to inclusion and diversity within our Bank.


We can only consider candidates with the right to work in the UK at this time.  


Our Bank is committed to continuing to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment where all colleagues can fulfil their potential. We welcome applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and lifestyles who can work with us in maintaining a culture of belonging, where people are valued and respected. If you require this document in a different format, please contact our careers team.


As a reputable employer regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, all offers of employment for this role are subject to a series of background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks.


Please note we may withdraw this vacancy once sufficient applications have been reached.