Royal Academy of Engineering

Head of Sustainable Development

We are seeking a Head of Sustainable Development in the International Department of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The role

As Head of Sustainable Development, you will lead the Academy's exciting work around the world, championing the contribution engineering excellence can make to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and global challenges of our time. You will be working in partnership to develop and evolve tailored funding, training and support to researchers, entrepreneurs and professional bodies, convening and empowering an inspiring global community of experts to deliver transformative solutions across the world, often in low-and-middle income countries where the impact of these challenges is felt most deeply.

You will lead a fantastic team of 18 members, supporting them to deliver impactful activities and ensuring this impact is demonstrable to current and future funders.

Who are we looking for?

You will have significant experience working internationally, with multi-million pound budgets and with a strong track-record of strategic management. You will be inspired by supporting the development of exceptional team members and creative and dynamic in your approach.

You will want your work to positively impact - to name just a few - the climate crisis; energy, food and water security; and global inequalities, and be excited to bring new ideas to deliver meaningful change. 

While the role is full-time if you feel you are the right person but only open to part-time opportunities please do apply.

Who are we?

The Royal Academy of Engineering is a charity harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone. In collaboration with our Fellows and partners, we’re growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public. Together we’re working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.

With a diverse workforce and an inclusive and supportive culture, we look to attract candidates from wide and different backgrounds who have a passion for the role engineering plays in society. Our aim is to make the Academy the best place to work for the staff we have and those we seek to attract.

Why work for the Royal Academy of Engineering?

We’re looking for people who are driven to make the world a better place. If you’re passionate about what you do and want to work collaboratively with talented colleagues to make change happen now and for future generations, we want you to get in touch.

This is the perfect time to join us. We have a dynamic, visionary CEO, a strong leadership team and an ambitious and exciting strategy. The value we bring as experts in our field and change agents is highly recognised and makes the Academy a motivating place to be. Our work today builds on a long, proud history with a focused and ambitious future which we’d love you to be part of.

We are looking for talented people who want to make a difference, to join our team – is this you?

Company Benefits

The Academy offers a fantastic package of additional benefits including:

· BUPA cash plan

· Private medical insurance

· Regular social activities

· Independent Financial Advice

· Generous holiday allowance

· Non-contributory pension scheme

· Health and wellbeing programmes

· Wellbeing days and office wide Christmas leave

· Significant investment into your personal and professional development


Our light, spacious offices are based in a fantastic location in central London with views over St James’s Park and close to the West End. We operate hybrid, flexible working practices with a baseline 2 days a week in the office.

How to apply/Interview process

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website. As part of your application, you will be asked to upload a CV and a supporting statement explaining your interest in this role and how you fit the experience, knowledge, and skills profile.

Closing date: 16 March 2023.

Interview date: 21 & 22 March 2023 (held virtually).