Job Purpose and Summary

Canon UK is looking for talented people to join us at an exciting time for our business, as we enter into a period of accelerated growth and development. Do you have the skills and aptitude we’re looking for? Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to work for an organisation that values your contribution and rewards you accordingly? If the answer is yes, please read on…

Directly reporting into the Business Support Manager, the Sustainable Compliance Specialist will be responsible for managing the Canon Cambridge sites environmental sustainability practices and the FSC site certification processes.

The Sustainable Compliance Specialist will be the main point of contact for our customer’s colleagues responsible for sustainability or involved in sustainable projects / initiatives and any colleagues who are supporting as and when required. 

He/she will be able to demonstrate excellent relationship management skills to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction in what is a demanding, dynamic and highly secure environment.

Very strong organisational skills will be a pre-requisite as will the ability to manage the development process, delivery, governance and reporting of a long term, robust and credible sustainability strategy for the sites whilst managing resources to help reduce the impact it may have on the environment.

Exceptional inter-personnel skills are required to establish and maintain stakeholder trust, acting as a catalyst for sustainable change, driving, influencing and supporting senior colleagues to instill confidence and enthusiasm in the solution being delivered by Canon Cambridge. The ability to understand and work effectively and positively to requirements for FSC certification programmes is essential as well as identifying opportunities for change and improvement in addition to identifying any risks that could affect Canon’s FSC site accreditation.

This role involves data capture and data gathering where accuracy of the information is essential. The Sustainable Compliance Specialist must be highly computer literate and have an outstanding level of Microsoft Office skills.

What we give

  • Pay – Competitive salaries that are regularly benchmarked against similar roles and reviewed annually.
  • Bonus – A discretionary bonus scheme that rewards you as you help us achieve our goals.
  • Learning & Development – As a Company that encourages continuous learning you will always have resources and support available.
  • Work & Home Life Balance – We support with a minimum of 25 days holiday per year, holiday purchase and a flexible working policy.
  • Diversity – We are an organisation that delivers on a global scale, striving to create a diverse and empowered workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
  • Health & Wellbeing – Private healthcare, an Employee Assistance Programme, partnership with Mental Health First Aid UK with a network of mental health champions and discounted rates to Nuffield Health Gym.
  • Employee discount – Up to 38% off products from our Canon store.
  • Some other Benefits – Generous Pension, Canon Awards, Discount cards, Cycle to Work scheme, Season ticket loans and charity volunteer days.

What we ask

Purpose of the role:

  • To manage internal engagement on sustainability and collaborate with our customer in progressing against their own sustainability goals
  • To lead social & educational programme activity
  • To oversee the implementation of circular economy initiatives
  • To develop and deliver effective local compliance programmes and activity relating to product safety, environment & waste, and chemicals
  • To continually develop and maintain processes for Canon’s FSC site certification


  • The Sustainable Compliance Specialist will report to the Business Support Manager
  • The Sustainable Compliance Specialist will have no direct reports

Activities / Tasks

Business Planning:

  • Establish and maintain a robust plan and governance for sustainability; inclusive of establishing common KPIs with clients and suppliers, monitoring delivery against those measures, and tracking improvement actions.
  • Work closely with site departments, to oversee and monitor the implementation of local compliance delivery in relation to product safety, environment & waste and chemicals
  • To demonstrate Supply Chain Compliance & Environmental Impact Reduction
  • Work closely with Canon Supply Chain, to ensure ongoing operational compliance by monitoring of suppliers’ adherence to Canon’s Green Procurement standard
  • Manage all relevant legal compliance and reporting requirements inclusive of collaboration with client in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol reporting and improvements across all scopes
  • Act as local spokesperson on sustainability matters
  • Ensure effective document management for auditing purposes and take the lead on applicable audits
  • Maintain Canon’s FSC certification for the sites, ensuring processes are developed and maintained
  • Collaborate with the Canon UK and EMEA sustainability team to deliver focused and effective communications and activities to improve internal employee engagement measures
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement on environmental management for the sites, delivering training based on learning and development needs, being the lead of delivery of local social & educational activity in line with Canon’s overall strategy
  • Identify opportunities for change and improvement in addition to identifying any risks that could affect Canon’s FSC accreditation.
  • Work with local management teams to ensure risks of non-conformity are successfully controlled
  • Collate and report on all paper wastage used in the sites each month
  • Collate and report on all paper wastage used by the Material and Approved Subcontractors
  • Liaise with the our customers sustainability team on local initiatives and delivery to the site as appropriate, engaging with Canon as appropriate (e.g., cycle to work scheme to compare and promote Canon offerings)

Customer Relationship Management:

  • Be the main point of contact for our customer’s colleagues responsible for sustainability or involved in sustainable projects / initiatives and any colleagues who are supporting as and when required 
  • Be proactive in all aspects of customer relationships; manage our customer’s expectations and deliver to the highest standards of customer service
  • Ensure trusted relationships are built with our customer sustainability team and the associated site-based sustainability team
  • To add value by highlighting anything of interest or concern that requires input from our customer when producing and supplying report and / or any documentation
  • Ensure effective relationships are built within the Canon Cambridge sites
  • Ensure effective relationships are built with the Canon UK Ltd and Canon EMEA sustainability team
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all external stakeholders such as consultants, Regulators and trade associations

Experience Required:

  • Qualification in sustainability / environmental management
  • Experience in building strong, collaborative business relationships to influence sustainable change and drive delivery sustainability programmes
  • Good knowledge of current sustainability best practice, initiatives and key market drivers including carbon net zero, circular economy and social value
  • Experience of managing sustainability compliance and / or FSC certification with a good understanding of environmental regulations and standards
  • Experience working in consumer and/or business services, manufacturing, or technology desirable

You will need

We need people who can achieve the exceptional by working collaboratively, who have the courage to risk new ways of doing things and the ability to see the world the way their customers see it. We’re looking for creative problem-solvers like you, someone who can ensure Canon stays ahead in an ever-changing world.

Further Information

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