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We're Recruiting: Sustainable Business Network Project Officer

Updated: Jan 20


The application deadline for this role has now passed. If you would like to help the SBN in a volunteer capacity - which everyone except the SBN Officer position does - please get in touch with us.



Zero Carbon Guildford needs a project officer to help guide the strategic direction of the Sustainable Business Network.

The first SBN event at ZERO


The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is a joint venture between Zero Carbon Guildford and the University of Surrey. We are looking to recruit an SBN Officer position to help drive forward the decarbonisation and improved sustainability of businesses locally, which contribute 25-30% of the borough's emissions.


The SBN holds events, which combine knowledge exchange opportunities from world-leading academics at UoS, as well as practical advice on the subject matter from local SMEs and leaders in corporate sustainability. In between events we offer support via case studies, interviews and workshops to help businesses achieve their sustainability and emissions targets.


Working with our partners we help small & medium enterprises, at any stage of their sustainability journey. This ranges from making connections to local businesses SMEs can partner with, right through to helping businesses build complete carbon management plans through Clean Growth UK's Net Zero 360 course, which is held several times throughout the year with our partners LoCASE.


Highlighting the different ways the SBN and its partners help local SMEs


You can read more about what we're aiming to do via the SBN here. Details on the position, and how to apply are listed below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Sustainable Business Network Officer, Guildford, Surrey.


  • 24 hours per week (o.6 contract).

  • 12 month contract

  • Flexible working hours & location

  • £35,000 per annum equivalent

  • Candidates should send a CV & cover letter to david.stokes@zerocarbonguildford.org

  • Application Deadline: Friday 20th January 2023 - this deadline has now passed.


Zero Carbon Guildford (ZCG) is seeking a part-time officer to manage the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). In partnership with the University Of Surrey (UoS), the SBN was created to offer support to local businesses to reduce their environmental impact and build resilience to threats posed by the climate crisis.


The Network Officer will be required to help guide the strategic direction of the SBN, co-ordinate events, liaise with our partners and continue to grow the network. The role will be flexible working, based between home and ZERO, the premises of ZCG in central Guildford.


Candidates should be well-organised individuals with excellent communication skills. Candidates should have a solid understanding of the challenges posed by the climate crisis, with some experience in sustainability or climate mitigation. Candidates should be motivated to make impactful reduction in emissions generated by the business sector in Guildford, which account for 25-30% of the borough’s emissions, whilst supporting improvements in business sustainability.


Key Activities of the role:

  • Organise regular monthly events with local SMEs and UoS staff

  • Attract local businesses to the network, events and activities

  • Conduct outreach activities with relevant local organisations

  • Maintain a database of local SMEs and appropriate marketing material

  • Research and communicate with speakers at events and support organisations

  • Build a pathway of support in sustainability for local SMEs

  • Develop marketing material for the network

  • Report regularly to the core team and organise SBN volunteers


Key attributes of the post holder:

  • Well organised and reliable

  • Self-starter able to fulfil brief without hands-on supervision

  • Knowledgeable and passionate about climate issues and solutions

  • Outgoing personality suited to facilitating and talking at events

  • Ability to contribute to the wider development of a business network

  • Relevant work experience in the environmental agenda


To apply for the role of SBN Officer please send your CV & cover letter to david.stokes@zerocarbonguildford.org

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