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Water and Environmental systems advisor - senior or principal

Mott MacDonald

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Water and Environmental systems advisor - senior or principal

Do you want to work for a company whose purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes, and to transform businesses, communities, and opportunities for it's employees? Mott MacDonald is a global consultancy whose people do exactly that.

As water and environmental policy developments drive a more integrated approach to water services and environmental stewardship, Mott MacDonald has taken a leading role in supporting clients develop practical approaches to implementing systems approaches. Clients require increased integration of environmental and infrastructure systems and greater engagement with other sectors such as agriculture, transport, industry and power generation. In particular, the UK is undergoing a period of transition in the funding of environmental stewardship creating new opportunities for collaborative, multi-benefit, multi-sector programmes to achieve water and environmental outcomes.

In this role you will lead projects that extend our systems analysis and system mapping work furthering our partnerships with key clients such as the EA, Defra, water companies, regional planning bodies including government. You will be involved in policy forming research work, pioneering new approaches to the water and environment sector and supporting wider efforts for integrated and digital approaches to infrastructure and the environment.
In the role you will support or lead creation of value/benefit frameworks, resilience frameworks, theories of change, road mapping, system transformation. You will work with our teams to develop benefit frameworks, resilience frameworks and blended finance. You will support work on development of interconnected digital twins by mapping interactions of infrastructure (see CreDo project).

Strong candidates will have the opportunity to lead business development extending our offering to new clients while continuing to increase our technical portfolio of system related client offerings.

Required for the position of Water and Environmental systems advisor - senior or principal ;

* Experience of working with systems
* Broad perspective on water, environment and social systems
* Excellent facilitation, stakeholder engagement and liaison skills
* Experience of collaborative working for the development of frameworks, programmes, projects, or roadmaps.
* Good report writing and presentation skills.
* Relevant water resources, geography, environment or other related master's degree
* Experience and knowledge of the UK's water and environment policy context


* Experience of value/benefit frameworks, resilience, theory of change, road mapping, system transformation
* Good marketing skills and experience in writing proposals
* Good visual communications
* Excellent report writing skills
* Awareness of enterprise systems, Project 13 and Industry 4.0

If you meet 80% or more of what we're looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn't know we need.

Job Profile :

We're working closely with North Star Transition to reconnect business and the environment. North Star Transition is the new venture from some of the leading thinkers in multi-capital movement. Mott MacDonald is bringing our systems thinking, wide domain expertise and excellent digital capability alongside North Star Transition's business and financial expertise - all applied through a systems transformation lens. With the Wales Transition Lab we worked with leaders across the country to reconnect environment, health, and food systems. We're rolling out the approach, with a focus on understanding landscapes as systems and co-creating new patterns of investment with multiple benefits across different sectors in ways that are regenerative environmentally and socially. We're applying this systems approach to enable landscape based investment alongside some of the largest water infrastructure projects in the UK.
Another partnership is with Imperial College to pioneer new capability in integrating water resource, water quality, wastewater and flood management. We're delivering results at scale pioneering a new integrated approach to sub-regional water management for London and for the OxCam Arc.

Systems approaches allow clients to achieve environment, social and service objectives with more efficient, cost effective and coordinated programmes of action. Blue green infrastructure, social outcomes, natural capital, multi-criteria analysis, conventional infrastructure planning and digital twins are all tools towards building a more systemic approach to environmental challenges. Integration of these tools requires systems thinkers with strong stakeholder engagement and analytical skills.

We are looking for motivated strategic and systemic thinkers, who can combine interdisciplinary analysis, stakeholder engagement and project management. We are interested in hearing from team players who want to generate the best possible outcomes for our clients, the environment and society.

About the business unit
Environmental and social considerations are central to Mott MacDonald's Purpose and its offerings across all sectors and territories. Our environment and social business provides essential services and innovative solutions which anticipate our clients' needs across all sectors.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please complete our 15-minute application via our website. Our talent acquisition coordinators aim to provide feedback within 5 working days with the outcome of your application. More information about our application process can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your application or the role, please reach out to the dedicated recruiter listed who will be more than happy to help.

Mott MacDonald is Work180 accredited - which means we actively support and encourage women to join our work force!

Benefits we offer:

Pension matched up to 7%
Life insurance
An annual professional institution subscription
Continuous development opportunities - because we want you to thrive
Agile/flexible working - because life isn't 9-5
Enhanced parental leave; shared parental leave policies - for parents and care givers
Annual company performance bonus scheme - Subject to company performance
Flexible benefits that suit you, including cycle to work & interest free season ticket loans .
The opportunity to make a difference; learn more about our social outcomes