Executive; Environmental, Social & Governance

Company Overview

The CIF is an employer’s trade association representing the business interests of Irish construction companies. It provides a broad range of services that assist members in navigating the political, business, economic and regulatory environment.

These services cross the full business spectrum and include Tendering and Contracting, Building Regulations, Technology, Planning and Development, Education and Training, Legal and Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Communications, Economics and Industrial Intelligence reporting. The CIF on behalf of its members engage with Government, Statutory and other industry bodies.

The Role

This is a unique opportunity for someone who interested in being part of the Construction Industry’s corporate sustainability (Environment, Society, Governance) journey and helping the industry adapt to its impact and support the Government’s Climate Action Plan.

Reporting: CIF Director, Main Contracting


The construction industry is a fully supportive and a key partner in helping Ireland to deliver on Climate Action objectives and creating a more sustainable industry. It is critically important for CIF members and will have a growing impact on their commercial and operational activities and those of the wider construction industry for the long-term.

The CIF has a key role to play in supporting its members to understand the real business consequences of sustainability in terms of Environmental, Social and Governance systems (ESG) and how they can respond to both the needs of Public and Private clients.

Part of the CIF’s strategy is to develop an ESG Framework for the industry and its members to help reduce ESG risks and costs, while improving the industry’s reputation and helping the CIF’s members generate new business and attract more diverse talent into the sector. It presents a significant opportunity for the industry to promote its successes and create a more positive perception of the industry, to support industry efforts to build more influence with key Government and private sector stakeholders.

Role and Responsibilities

Purpose of Role

This is a newly created role and will support the development of policy and associated services for the CIF’s membership to enable them to address the key pillars of ESG and develop their own business strategies, plans and actions.

Some of the key areas that are relevant to ESG systems in the construction industry are outlined below:

  • Tendering for work
  • Compliance with regulations/legislation
  • Financial management
  • Integration of supply chains
  • Circular economy and the management of Construction and Demolition Waste
  • Green Procurement
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Measuring embedded carbon
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Emission Trading Schemes
  • Concrete ETS thresholds – Zero by 2030
  • Re-buildability and retrofitting
  • Data management and processing
  • Branding and marketing of individual businesses and the industry as a whole

Job Specification

The duties of the role will include:

  • Support the CIF’s ESG Committee and its development
  • To progress the implementation of policy approved by the committee and Executive Body
  • Knowledge of the main driving legislation and policy for sustainability
  • Research policy developments / matters in Corporate Sustainability and the key pillars of Environment, Equality and Governance (both in public and private setting) to help develop a ESG Framework/Playbook
  • Support the Federation’s relations with external representative bodies, including Government Departments and State Agencies
  • Through the ESG subcommittee, provide secretariat support to the CIF’s Construction and Demolition Waste Group and successfully integrate its activities and current policy objectives into the broader ESG committee’s work
  • Assess, collate and summarise external stakeholder policies, strategies and activities and produce information and support guides for members
  • Develop and manage services and content such as information notes/guides/case-studies/best-practice for members
  • Ongoing monitoring and assessment of the ESG horizon to ensure members are informed and the CIF’s policy is up to date along with associates services and supports
  • Collaborate with other CIF policy committees on matters of common interest
  • The job description may be amended, from time to time, to reflect the changing nature of the industry and may include such other duties as may be assigned

The Ideal Candidate Will Have

Required Experience

The candidate should be capable of demonstrating that they have experience in policy development, technical support and collective decision making at industry level and preferably in sustainability or another related role.

Ideally the preferred candidate will have a Degree/postgrad or equivalent in one of the following:

  • Environmental Sciences/Engineering
  • Procurement and supply chain
  • Business Management and/or Economics
  • Public Administration Policy and/or Law

Required Competences

  • Commercial awareness and business management
  • An understanding of the impact of sustainability on business systems
  • Policy development and working with committees
  • Ability to engage with members, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • An ability to research, identify, plan and implement solutions
  • Knowledge of quality management systems
  • Effective influencing and communications skills
  • Teamwork and self-guided work
  • Taking the initiative
  • Project Management
  • Research and data skills

Advantageous Factors

Have worked in one or more of the following:

  • Policy development in a government or private sector role
  • A membership organisation, in a similar role
  • Worked in a construction company

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