Technical Director - Environment & Sustainability

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


The Environmental & Sustainability Services (ESS) team consists of over 130 environmental and sustainability professionals located across 18 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 (EIA's) 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 Technical Director, 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 directing projects and project teams. You will be responsible for leading and managing 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. You will be required to undertake technical approvals of environmental and sustainability deliverables and undertake project reviews in line with our business and environmental management systems.

Core skills applicable to this role include the ability to influence the interests of clients, stakeholders, regulators and other government agencies, while communicating with the team to ensure project-related environmental and sustainability concerns/ opportunities are identified and addressed. You will have the opportunity to influence decision making and integrate sustainability into the design process. You will advocate for solutions that focus on a place-based approach to support our clients achieve their net zero carbon commitments, delivery of nature-based solutions and becoming climate resilient.

Candidate Specification

  • BSc and MSc (desirable) in a relevant environmental subject;Chartership through a relevant organisation;
  • Significant experience in development/EIA consultancy with excellent understanding of UK environmental law/EIA process/government policy;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of EIA and relevant legislation in the UK. Experience of working on DCO schemes would be highly 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;
  • The ability to manage your own work and that of others, whilst being an integral member of a wider project team;
  • Experience of providing technical and people leadership with the ability to work within a team and motivate others to deliver to high standards;
  • Good commercial awareness and robust project management and financial management skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; and
  • Strong IT skills.

Job Profile

Be part of the solution. One of the largest employee-owned companies in the world, Mott MacDonald is a multisector consultancy providing engineering, management, and development services on projects in 150 countries. With over 16,000 of the best people working on a diverse range of challenges, we are helping our clients deliver sustainable infrastructure and development solutions. At Mott MacDonald the diversity of the sectors we work in is part of what makes us unique.

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.

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