Principal Environmental & Sustainability Consultant

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

The Environmental & Sustainability Services (ESS) team consists of over 120 environmental and sustainability professionals located across 16 offices spread throughout the UK. ESS are involved in a diverse range of projects across a number of different sectors, including but not limited to highways, rail, energy and water projects for a variety of clients including local authorities, the Environment Agency, water/energy companies and many more.

ESS lead on the coordination and management of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and various other environmental and sustainability deliverables at all stages of the environmental planning process, helping to coordinate inputs from different multidisciplinary environmental technical teams. The ESS team undertake various forms of environmental assessments and sustainability appraisals, liaising with clients, engineers and design teams to identify potential environmental and social constraints, develop suitable mitigation measures, and determine ways in which environmental enhancement and sustainability can be built into project delivery. Digital innovation is also at the forefront of all work undertaken, with several team members skilled in the use of GIS and ESS fully embracing the use of emerging digital technologies.

As a Principal Environmental Consultant, you will work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, alongside engineers, town planners and a range of environmental and social specialists, and will engage with a diverse range of clients, from both the public and private sector. Your role will include leading and coordinating projects from early stage feasibility and environmental appraisal to full EIA as part of planning/consent applications across a range of regimes. You will be responsible for the management of project teams, undertaking scoping, preparation and delivery of environmental appraisals and assessments, programming EIA processes, environmental risk management and the co-ordination of environmental, social and sustainability specialists.

The Altrincham office hosts various multidisciplinary teams including civil engineering, geotechnical, advisory, nuclear and environment. The growing environment team is made up of a range of disciplines including town planners, ecologists, air quality consultants and EIA and sustainability specialists working collaboratively to deliver local, national and international work. The team lead and support on a range of different projects including water, railway, energy, highways and active travel schemes. The team enjoys the newly refurbished Altrincham office as well as the extensive range of Altrincham restaurants and parks nearby.

As a key member of the Environmental and Sustainability Services team, you will also be involved in monitoring resources, managing budgets, guiding staff, undertaking project management, assisting with contract and risk management and attendance at client meetings. You will also be involved in the preparation of fee estimates, proposal writing and general business development activities, as well as providing technical guidance and mentoring of more junior staff members. There will also be opportunities to take on line management duties for less experienced staff within the team, with responsibilities including helping them manage their workloads, aiding with their technical development and looking out for their wellbeing in the working environment.

Candidate Specification

  • BSc and MSc (desirable) in a relevant environmental subject.
  • Chartership through a relevant organisation.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of EIA and relevant legislation in the UK. Experience of working on DCO schemes would be beneficial.
  • A successful track record in project and construction environmental management, working with design teams to deliver large infrastructure projects.
  • Flexibility in your approach to work, available to spend time away from your home base as needed.
  • Experience working in diverse multi-disciplined teams and leading teams to produce environmental and sustainability deliverables to a high standard.
  • Experience working in client facing environment and ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders to deliver positive outcomes.
  • Line management experience would be advantageous.
  • Commercial awareness and experience with managing budgets as part of project delivery.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Excellent 'self-starting' capabilities.

Job Profile

As the UK's National Infrastructure Plan continues, projects in the power, rail, highways, aviation and water sectors need the input of talented environmental specialists to ensure the best outcomes for communities and their surroundings. We are passionate about providing our clients with sustainable solutions by constantly looking at challenges from a fresh angle, and are looking for like-minded, forward-thinking individuals to join our growing team in one of our main environment hubs around the UK.

Our clients currently include National Highways, HS2, TfL, Network Rail, the Environment Agency and a wide number of Local Authorities and water companies.

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