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Environmental technical lead - Highways

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald's Built Environment division have a team of 400 staff based in the central belt of Scotland with offices in central Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Both offices are within easy walking distance of main train stations.
We are growing our environmental services business with a focus on the Highways and Transportation sectors.


As part of this growth, we are looking for a key proven individual to provide leadership, management and delivery of regional environment services in Scotland to support the on-going business activities.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description


Mott MacDonald has been successful in securing major Highways opportunities throughout the UK, including the dualling of the Hardmuir to Fochabers section of the A96 in Scotland.
We are delivering this project through our joint venture with Sweco. The purpose of this important role is to grow our transportation environmental & sustainability capability in Scotland.
Additionally, the successful candidate will be involved in our delivery of the A96 project.


As environmental team leader for our Highways work in Scotland, winning work to grow the business, being commercially astute, and acting as a focal point for staff will be key parts of the job. The candidate’s technical background may be in environmental impact assessment (EIA) management or landscape architecture or planning with a proven track-record in successful winning and delivery of high profile projects.

You will have the opportunity to contribute strongly to the development of the business. You will also engage with the wider UK practices.

The key duties/ responsibilities for the role will be to:

  • Work colleagues to grow our Highways environment capability in Scotland
  • Manage and support the staff working in the environment sector in the Scotland.
  • Lead our contribution to the A96 project collaborating with our JV partner
  • Project manage your own project portfolio delivering environmental consultancy services to a range of external and internal Clients
  • Collaborate with other teams within Mott MacDonald, to bid, secure and deliver work
  • Develop marketing strategy for the sector to win and deliver work to meet budget and grow the business
  • Provide or co-ordinate technical checking and approval for work undertaken by colleagues and direct reports
  • Co-ordinate responses to expressions of interest, requests for proposals and invitations to tender
  • Support other teams on their bid submissions
  • Resource planning and allocation, recruitment, performance management and training and development
  • Coach/mentor and assist in the development of staff

Candidate Specification

To be considered for this role candidates must have;
  • Good first degree in environmental science, landscape architecture or planning discipline
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional body
  • Significant relevant postgraduate work experience in environment, landscape architecture, planning or sustainability disciplines on roads schemes
  • Demonstrable experience on DMRB Stage 2 and 3 assessments on major trunk road schemes, preferably in Scotland, including the preparation of the Environmental Statement
  • Experience of preparing and giving evidence at Public Local Inquiries
  • Technical leadership – technical and analytical skills; conceptual thinking; decisiveness; customer focus
  • People management – experience of managing a team is essential; delegating responsibilities and accountabilities; managing performance; motivating staff; creating open communication
  • Programme management – programming and planning, resource allocation; financial management; contractual acumen
  • Business development – business planning; business development
  • Communication and teamwork – speaking and writing persuasively; facilitating meetings
  • Personal effectiveness – managing time; gaining commitment
  • Experience of line-management of environmental teams
  • Working knowledge of environmental consultancy
  • Technical knowledge of environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, social impact assessment, planning, environmental policy and legislation
  • Knowledge of and working relationships with Highways and other Transportation related clients and businesses in Scotland.
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