Head of Environment and Sustainability

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Welcome to the recruitment site for our vacancy.

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Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is the leading provider of airport operations in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  At HIAL we are very proud of our reputation for safety, quality and cost-effective delivery of services, and our professional and friendly customer service We work closely with the communities that we serve and employ over 600 staff across 12 sites.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we focus on our vision to become a net-zero carbon regional airport group.  We are working with a number of aviation partners to decarbonise scheduled flights within Scotland to support the Scottish Government’s target to create the world’s first net-zero aviation region by 2040.

HIAL is the lead partner in the Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE) Project – creating the UK’s first operationally based low-carbon aviation test centre at Kirkwall Airport on the Orkney Islands.  The project has already hosted trials od exciting aviation technologies including low-carbon aircraft and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), demonstrating how they can be used to meet the needs of real-life use cases. SATE provides the blueprint for net zero regional aviation, placing the UK at the forefront of the transition to low carbon aviation.

The position of Head of Environment and Sustainability is a newly expanded role and will be pivotal in delivering our environmental objectives.

Working alongside the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Management Team, the Head of Environment and Sustainability will have the autonomy to influence and shape how we meet the environmental priorities within our Strategic and Covid-19 Recovery Plan.  A key element of the role will be to actively promote sustainability and ensure a positive attitude towards the environment.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record in developing environmental strategies.  You will be the Company focal point for environmental and sustainability matters, always promoting excellence. This will involve working closely with regulatory bodies, members of staff, partners and external agencies, and contracted service providers.

As a geographically dispersed organisation, we rely heavily on our local resources and the efforts of our teams throughout the company. Our People Plan and commitment to Investors in People aims to develop and support our workforce to meet the challenges of the future through our flexible working policy.

This role offers a rewarding career opportunity.  We welcome applications from candidates with significant experience of operating in a strategic leadership position, and proven ability to work within a heavily regulated environment to deliver commercial success within public sector policies.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Gary Cobb
Chief Operating Officer
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited