Graduate Sustainability Analyst

Selby, North Yorkshire
£21,000 + Benefits include bonus and a good quality pension scheme.
16 Jun 2017
14 Jul 2017
Full Time
Contract Type
Career Level
Graduate / Entry Level


About Drax

Drax Group plc plays a vital role in helping change the way energy is generated, supplied and used as the UK moves to a low carbon future. Drax operates the largest power station in the UK and supplies up to 8 percent of the country’s electricity needs. The energy firm converted from burning coal to become a predominantly biomass-fuelled electricity generator. Drax is the biggest single site renewable generator in the UK and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.  Its 2,300-strong staff operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production.

The Group includes:

  • Drax Biomass, based in the US and manufactures compressed wood pellets produced from sustainably managed working forests.
  • Haven Power, based in Ipswich, providing businesses with electricity.
  • Opus Energy, based in Oxford and Northampton, England, and Cardiff, Wales, providing electricity and gas to businesses.
  • Billington Bioenergy, based in Liverpool with depots across the UK, is one of the leading distributors of wood pellets for sustainable heating in the UK.
  • Location: Selby, North Yorkshire close to M62, A64 and A1 road networks.

    Benefits include bonus and a good quality pension scheme.

    Sustainability Analyst

    As a Sustainability Analyst you will be responsible for analysing the methodology and calculations of life cycle emissions associated with biomass fibre, as well as the interpretation and reporting of sustainability data.

    You will be required to provide accurate calculation and monthly reporting of data on the woody biomass supply chains and Greenhouse gases (GHGs) to regulators as part of the requirements to receive subsidy.

    The role will involve staying at the forefront of scientific developments in life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and being proactive in analysing trends and opportunities within Drax’s supply chains. The job will be in a rapidly evolving team and there will be opportunity to develop a role within the Drax company.

    The role will be office based at Drax Power Station, Selby and will report to the Group Sustainability Compliance Manager.

    Key Accountabilities:

  • Calculation of the life cycle emissions for biomass supply chains and ensuring accuracy of sustainability data for robust and accurate reporting to regulators
  • Assessment of LCA calculation methodology to ensure Drax is at the forefront of developments in this area
  • Assembling input on supplier sustainability risks and analysing and interpreting trends
  • Provide a science based assessment of external reports to further Drax is at the forefront of development
  • Integrating new processes and finding process improvements and efficiency

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience required:
  • Qualified to degree level in a mathematical or environmental/scientific subject
  • Practical experience of the development of mathematical models
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and some VBA coding experience
  • Background knowledge in Life Cycle Analysis
  • Good people skills 

    The candidate should also be familiar with current Drax policy and environmental issues associated with biomass use. Knowledge of renewable energy policy and the application of sustainability standards in the UK is also desirable.

    The post–holder will be self-motivated, independent, and possess excellent written and oral communications skills. The ability to organise data and interpret trends and risks will be important.

    How You Need to Act:                                                                                        
  • Ability to flag up or challenge sensitive issues which may impact GHG’s either within business or externally
  • Needs to be able to communicate issues clearly and effectively
  • Detail orientated to ensure accuracy of calculations and analysis
  • Proactive team member who uses their initiative to get things done in a timely manner
  • Needs to be able to work collaboratively with different teams across the business

    How to apply
    Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter online explaining why you have applied for this role and why your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

    If successful, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence proving your academic/vocational qualifications and membership of professional bodies, including all those stated in your application form/CV whether required for the role or not.  Do not claim the qualification on your CV if you cannot do this.
    Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy before the published closing date if we receive a high number of applications.