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17 Dec 2020

Full-Time Head of Energy, Carbon and Sustainability Programs

Colt Technology Services – Posted by Colt Technology Services London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

About Colt Data Centre Services

In today’s world, great businesses must be secure, resilient, scalable and above all – connected.

At Colt Data Centre Services this is our business. Colt Data Centre Services offers flexible and affordable colocation and IT infrastructure solutions. Our connectivity and colocation solutions allow our customers freedom to plan effectively for the growth of their business, knowing that their data centre strategy is future-proof. We operate 29 state-of-the-art data centres across Europe and Asia Pacific, offering 24/7 security and local language support. We are connected to a further 530+ third party data centres across our network and are able to offer private links into the major public cloud providers.

As the only data centre provider in the world to secure the highest M&O certification by the Uptime Institute, our operational standards are recognised as industry-leading. Data centre services is offering a carrier neutral data centre setting and new commercial and operational solutions for our customers.

Colt Data Centre Services has over 20 years’ experience in designing, building and operating energy-efficient, reliable data centres – hosting significant financial, media, corporate and cloud wholesale providers across the world.

We are at a critical turning point as we become an independently focused business and at the same time, supported with the strong backing and investment of Fidelity. We expand our footprint in Asia and Europe which enables us to invest and leverage our real estate and infrastructure to expand our current sites and open up new ones.

You’ll be part of a dynamic, agile, forward thinking team of individuals that are looking significantly grow the business.

We currently operate 24 state-of-the-art data centres across Europe and Asia Pacific, with plans to deliver an additional c. 10 hyper-scale data centres in new and existing locations across Asia and Europe.

This is an exciting time and a new beginning for Colt DCS.


Role Purpose

Colt DCS are rapidly expanding their data centre facilities across the globe and significant and broad-based international energy management and sustainable development experience will be a key credential in the continued success of the business globally.


Key accountabilities

Colt DCS ambitious growth plans is going to see it significantly increase its energy purchasing and energy consumption. As a global management operation, energy is rapidly increasing in significance, sophistication and complexity

Colt DCS’ approach to sustainability and carbon management is going to be a key strategic driver for the business moving forward. Enabling the company to differentiate itself, and position itself as a key strategic partner of choice for growth customers with strong sustainability commitments

You will play a leading role across Colt Data Centre services in driving transformation programs of real change, to steer Colt towards Carbon neutrality, secure energy supplies, managing energy price volatility and driving change to make Colt more sustainable, and also to make the business more energy efficient. Areas of responsibility are likely to include, but not be limited to:


Energy and Carbon

  • This role delivers the energy commodity trading strategy, shaped by the Director of Energy and Sustainability, across a mix of electricity, gas, water and oil. You will do this on behalf of Colt DCS globally.
  • The role helps to shape and execute the right energy trading strategy for Colt DCS and their key hyperscale customers.
  • This role also owns and delivers key Energy supply contracts. Though you will be supported by procurement, as the subject matter expert we would expect you to support your Global Director in owning and leading this on behalf of Colt DCS
  • A key element for this role is around including the sophistication of leveraging Colt DCS energy data. This includes developing the Energy Data science forecasting and analytics function, to ensure Colt meets its commercial obligations to forecast commodity volume consumption, and to enable the delivery of a range of energy commodity options to a small selection of key customers.
  • Driving energy efficiency and PUE improvement is a key function of your role. You will help the Colt DCS business shape business cases, and drive the implementation of new technologies, as and when commercially viable. You should be able to research the market for new technologies that can transform and modernise selected DCS sites in a commercially sound way.
  • Delivering and supporting key compliance programs within the Energy domain, ensuring that you are manging the reputation of Colt DCS. This line of work may require key engagement with supporting NGO’s such as Tech UK or the EU Data Centre Association


Sustainability Transformation

  • Own the delivery, implementation and operation of the Colt DCS Board sponsored transformation as it relates to our strategy for Sustainability.
  • Own the delivery, implementation and operation of the Colt DCS Board sponsored carbon transformation. This includes ensuring Colt DCS meets its commitments on delivery of Science based carbon targets in line with all external and internal commitments
  • Assisting the Director of Energy and Sustainability in strategically shaping and then operationalising new key programs of change in support of Colt’s new global sustainability vision
  • Manage a key network of internal operational teams and working groups to co-ordinate Colt Technology Services on going Sustainability transformation, and ensure clear co-ordination of Colt’s various workstreams
  • The role may require advising senior leaders, at VP and potentially CEO level, on key emerging environmental risks and other future policy or regulatory changes as they affect Colt DCS
  • Oversee Colt DCS key external reporting, ensuring that Colt DCS is benchmarked among its leading peer groups participants



  • Exceptional energy industry credentials and experience of the energy supply and utility supply markets and / or exceptional Sustainability / Environmental credentials with evidence of impact on Sustainability transformation
  • Previous experience in a complex and geographically dispersed businesses would be advantageous
  • Demonstrable experience in building networks to ensure high quality data reporting and to identify and share best practice
  • Previous experience in either an environmental science or sustainability discipline OR in energy / engineering would be an advantage
  • Experience and a deep knowledge and passion for promoting energy / carbon / sustainability in its broadest sense
  • knowledge of the regulatory/statutory requirements and the best practice in energy and environmental change
  • You will be commercial astute with a broad business understanding, and the gravitas and presence to engage effectively across senior management teams to support widespread change
  • You will understand which KPIs to introduce to the business, and how to monitor and measure its performance against these targets
  • Strong commercial understanding of implementing strategy(s) relative to business and shareholder expectations
  • Degree level qualified
  • Fluent in English, other languages beneficial
  • Stakeholder Management and comfortable working with C-level Key Stakeholders across geographies
  • Culturally aware and astute working in a diverse environment
  • Deals effectively with ambiguity
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Flexibility to travel at short notice


What we offer:

Colt DCS is a growing business that is investing in its people. Our people are defined by their ability to make things happen and deliver on their promises. We offer skill development, learning pathways and accreditation to help our people perform at their best, regardless of role and location.

In addition to offering competitive salaries and incentive plans, a range of benefits and local rewards packages are offered to staff. Colt DCS recognises the importance of a work life balance.

Some benefit examples are:

  • Pension and insurance options
  • Access to a virtual business school for on-going learning
  • Business mentoring
  • Discounts with local hospitality and retail providers
  • Flexible working and relaxed dress code
  • Two days annually to spend on volunteering opportunities

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply.
We are committed to making Colt an inclusive and supportive workplace.

How to Apply

Please send a copy of your CV to David

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: carbon, energy, Green, Sustainability, Tech, Technology, and telecoms.

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