Principal Environmental & Sustainability Consultant

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


Principal Environmental & Sustainability Consultant

Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Altrincham, United Kingdom; Leeds, United Kingdom; Sheffield, United Kingdom; Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Bristol, United Kingdom; Birmingham, United Kingdom;

Job Description

The Environmental and 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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Principal Environmental Consultant to join our core team in one of our busy offices across the country.

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 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 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as part of planning 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. 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.

As a key member of the Environmental and Sustainability Services team, you will 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 relevant legislation in the UK, such as Environmental Impact Assessment regulations;
  • Successful track record in environmental coordination;
  • Experience of project management / monitoring budgets is desirable;
  • Experience of proposal writing or other business development activities would be advantageous;
  • Flexibility to travel for site work may be required; and
  • Excellent 'self-starting' capabilities.

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 18,000 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.

Our projects in development, power, defence, highways, rail and water sectors need the input of talented environmental specialists to ensure the best outcomes for communities and the natural environment. 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 expanding teams.

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