Sustainability Lead

Manchester, UK

Empowering organisations to achieve their highest potential.

At Alcumus ISOQAR, we draw on our experience, knowledge, and ambition to empower organisations to achieve their highest potential. Through a portfolio of progressive solutions, we work with customers to strengthen their business through ISO certification, ISO training and consultancy, all delivered by our inhouse expertise. 

The Sustainability Lead holds responsibility for the development and ownership of schemes within the sustainability sector, with the aim of achieving and maintaining both UKAS accreditation and Industry Standards.

What that means day to day

What you’ll need to be successful

  • Provide regular updates on industry and legislative changes, best practice, training, guidance, and advice when required to both internal and external Stakeholders.
  • Lead the creation and implementation of sustainability standards.
  • Project manage all scheme changes from notification through to implementation.
  • Provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) support and advice for clients and our internal sales & marketing teams.
  • Design and conduct auditor training sessions, mentoring, interviews, and sign off processes, in conjunction with Regional Operations Managers (ROMs).
  • Conduct witnessed assessments of Lead Auditors and sign off against competency requirements.
  • Design and conduct monthly sustainability toolbox talks.
  • Act as a mentor and coach to the field, international and technical teams.
  • Provide support as a SME to both technical and international teams through completion of file reviews, competence approvals, application reviews, UKAS and internal audits and corrective action requests.
  • Attend UKAS audits, communicating and leading on improvements through a clearly defined project plan with relevant action owners.
  • Provide support and expertise to the field and Academy teams by designing, developing, and updating course material in line with industry standards.
  • Complete audits to specified standards within SLA’s.
  • Manage through complaint resolution where required. 


  • Demonstrable experience & knowledge within the Sustainability sector.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Strong data and numerical reasoning.
  • Ability to identify & develop the 14064 and 14068 schemes in response to client, UKAS, government or ISOQAR requirements.
  • Ability to use own initiative to effectively respond to client, UKAS, government, associated bodies, and business requirements.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively project manage all scheme changes through to implementation.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills. 


What you'll get in return

  •  Relevant degree-level qualification 
  • Ability to influence both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working as a Lead Auditor. 

Alcumus has a hybrid workplace policy, where you will work from the office 3 days per week. We want you to be able to do your best work here. We emphasize providing many ways to support our team to do their best work and below are some of the perks and benefits we offer:

Personal Health & Wellbeing / Benefits

🍼 Enhanced Parental Leave 
🌴Generous annual leave 
🏥 Healthcare Plan
💟 Annual Giving Day – an extra day to give back to yourself or your community
🚗 Car Allowance 
🚲 Cycle-to-work Scheme 

 Future Planning
Pension scheme with employer contributions 
🧬 Life Assurance – 3X base salary
💸 Rewards Program – access to discounts and cashback  
🏫 LinkedIn Learning License for upskilling & development 

Interested but don’t feel you meet all the requirements? 

Our recruitment team assesses and reviews all applications against the role and business needs. We believe in people having transferable and soft skills and want you to know that we do consider where an individual might not meet all the criteria, but have the aptitude and capability, nonetheless. Our priority is to ensure we set people up for success. We will make a final call based on our determining whether we can offer the necessary support to upskill or provide the developmental support needed for you to get the best out of this opportunity with us!

Bring Your Whole Self to Work.

Alcumus is proudly an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring that no candidate is discriminated against because of gender identity and expression, race, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, colour, region, creed, national origin, or sex. We are dedicated to growing a diverse team while continuing to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels safe and empowered to be themselves.

What you can expect if you apply: 

  • An initial discovery call with the recruiter
  • A first stage interview via Microsoft Teams 
  • Additional interview (likely face to face) with the stakeholders you’ll be working with closely in the role

We’re keen to ensure our hiring process allows you to be at your best, so if you need us to make any adjustments, please just let us know.


  • Reporting To: Head of Technical
  • Employment Type: permanent