Informa vacancy 2022 in London, England, United Kingdom – Sustainability Manager – EMEA – London /UK

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The Sustainability Manager – EMEA will report to the Senior Sustainability Manager, who in turn reports to the Head of Sustainability. They will work alongside sustainability managers in the Americas, Asia, and Sustainable Delivery Managers within the divisions themselves. The team is cognitively diverse with colleagues from several countries and a mix of backgrounds. These groups engage with people from across the business and so a highly communicative approach is key.

Some travel to other offices and events around EMEA is likely to be offeredequired, potentially between 5 and 10 trips a year for a few days each.

Key Responsibilities

This role will primarily be working together with the Senior Sustainability Manager and the wider Sustainability team to support Informa’s progress to creating more sustainable events in our Informa Markets, Tech, and Connect divisions, with a particular focus on Informa Markets as our largest division. This will involve helping implement our FasterForward and Sustainable Event Management Systems across the business and, in particular, this role will be focussed on supporting the events with the Fundamentals, Accelerator, and ISO20121 systems (see our sustainability reports for more information on these).

The role will engage heavily with Informa’s divisional sustainability teams as well as other group roles including the event operations, marketing, content, sales, and other commercial teams. The right individual will be responsible for supporting regional leadership on their sustainability ambitions and encouraging further progress.

The individual is expected to assume the following key responsibilities plus any other reasonable duties as required. Each of these will be delivered in partnership with other sustainability team members:

Primary responsibilities

  • Working as a member of the Informa Sustainability team to ensure Informa maintains its ambition of being a pioneer and a leader in regard to sustainability.
  • Understanding the various EMEA businesses within Informa and identifying the key levers to creating a more sustainable business. This could include working with senior leadership, functional teams, or individual brands and products.
  • Listening to and understanding the EMEA events business to identify the best ways to effectively drive its sustainable development and play its part in achieving FasterForward and our wider sustainability goals
  • Working with the event teams in Informa Markets and our other events businesses as a subject matter expert to help improve the sustainability of our events and drive business improvements.
  • Influencing and supporting regional senior leadership and event management teams to identify the right solutions and guide their implementation across a portfolio of events beyond what the sustainability manager can engage with themselves on a day-to-day basis.
  • To work with strategy and product development teams to help identify the commercial opportunities of developing new ways in which our platforms and knowledge services can help our customers and industries address the sustainability challenges they face. This will involve being able to have a top-level understanding of the sustainability agenda of many different industries and regions.
  • To develop close relationships with a number of key events, working with them throughout the year to guide and accelerate their level of sustainability using our proprietary tools and frameworks – The Accelerator and The Fundamentals. Goals include identifying tangible improvements that can be made to improve the sustainability of the show. This can include but isn’t limited to waste reduction, procurement, energy efficiency, the inclusion of relevant sustainability content, sustainable communications, helping sell sustainability sponsorships, charity partnerships, and community programs. The projects must have demonstrable improvements on costs, revenues, reputation, operational impact, and/or market opportunity.
  • Training up operational, marketing, content, and other teams in sustainability topics to allow them to help manage show sustainability on an ongoing basis and mitigate risks from the agenda
  • Working in collaboration with sustainability managers in the other regions to continually develop Informa’s sustainable events framework, processes, and objectives as well as share best practices across the business.
  • Engaging with key suppliers such as venues and event contractors to help them and us deliver our sustainability ambitions together. Line manage other members of the sustainability team where required (region and project dependent). It is anticipated that initially the EMEA role will have one direct report but the intention is that, long term, this could increase to two to three people.
  • Support the expansion of ISO20121 across the Informa Markets EMEA business by providing subject matter expertise, second-tier auditing, and a collaborative level of support to the local business manager responsible for the ISO program.

Secondary roles

  • Provide and coordinate the collation of relevant data to the Group Sustainability and Reporting Manager to allow us to meet reporting obligations.
  • Work with the Senior Sustainability Manager, Group Head of Sustainability, and comms professionals to ensure global sustainability is communicated and delivered in the region.
  • Work with key stakeholders on the event industry’s collaboration to achieve a sustainable events industry.
  • Act as a subject matter expert to local sustainability champions in offices to help coordinate local volunteering and environmental initiatives within the offices.
  • Act as a local ambassador for group sustainability initiatives such as Walk the World.
  • Identify and produce stories for sustainability newsletters, reporting, and engagement.
  • It is also possible that the successful candidate could take on a Group Wide specialist role in areas such as sustainable property, energy management, D&I, or wellbeing at events, etc, based on the particular needs, skillsets, and career aspirations.


  • Excellent, proactive, and persuasive communication skills.
  • An ability to listen, investigate, collaborate on solutions, and work well with a large range of people.
  • Practically minded, with a focus on what can be realistically achieved within an event environment, but not wedded to the status quo so we can move beyond what’s BAU (business as usual).
  • A creative thinker who looks for ways to solve problems and take a project from A to B.
  • An ability to identify and explore new innovative solutions needed to attain our long-term ambitions.
  • Confidence and experience in working with senior leadership.
  • An ability to work with strategy and product development teams to identify the business opportunities our brands could have through helping the industries we serve to address their sustainability challenges.
  • An ability to get involved in the detail of running an event but also to be able to step back and work with event teams to see the overall purpose of the event and how sustainability can best support it.
  • Ability to be able to inspire others to action and help them prioritize initiatives in sustainability.
  • An ability to talk knowledgeably across the broad sustainability agenda, not just the environment or community.
  • Happy to manage tasks responsibly and work independently, with little supervision but a desire to be part of the global sustainability team and regional event teams simultaneously.
  • Ability to identify priorities and manage multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Able to research an issue and find applicable suggestions to improve programs
  • Some regional and international travel to events and offices is required averaging approximately once a month (in a normal year) but with weighting towards the primary event seasons of Jan-Jun and Sep–Nov. Many events are held in Dubai, London, Cairo, Istanbul but also at other locations such as Bahrain, Milan, Monaco, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in Sustainability and making an impact in the world is absolutely key. Ideally, this would be a graduate qualification in the topic but also a good breadth of topical reading on the agenda. We’d also consider someone with a strong interest in sustainability but with event experience instead of qualification in sustainability.
  • Demonstrated continual professional development and reading of up-to-date knowledge in the field of sustainability.
  • We never discriminate on age, but we’d expect, to meet all of these expectations, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in sustainability and/or the events industry would be normal.

Additional Information

Why work for Informa?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, 4 days for volunteering, and a day off for your Birthday!
  • Friendly staff who are all “expert’s experts” and additional training for development
  • Pension match and a range of other entirely flexible benefits to suit your needs
  • Regular Social Events and Networking opportunities
  • Share-Match options – become a shareholder!

We know that sometimes the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist and that people can be put off applying for a job if they don’t fit all the requirements. If you’re excited about working for us and have most of the skills or experience we’re looking for, please go ahead and apply. You could be just what we need! We believe strongly in the value of diversity and creating supportive, inclusive environments where our colleagues can succeed. As such, Informa is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics under local law.

Company: Informa

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Mid-Senior level

Job Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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