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Principal environmental consultant - Natural capital lead

Job Profile

Natural capital is a fundamental part of the government's approach to managing and conserving the environment, and is a core part of the 25-year strategy for England, launched this year. We have been actively engaged in delivering ecosystem services inputs to a range of infrastructure development projects over the last 10 years, and we have a number of tools and strategic partnerships set up as a result. We’ve made great progress, but we want someone to help us take it further.

We wish to engage an environmentalist with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, to help us build a new type of environmental consulting business, founded on natural capital approaches. We need someone who truly understands the sectors we work in (you can see our priorities on our main website) - someone who is experienced enough to engage with our clients, but also capable of reimagining how we consider the environment in infrastructure development.

For more information about our environment sector, click here. 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. The role can potentially be based out of any of our principal offices in England - please outline any preferences in your application. The position can be offered on either a full-time or a part-time basis.

Job Description

You will draw together, and capitalise on, the considerable technical skills and experience we have within the company, to help our clients get real value out of natural capital concepts and methods. To do this you will need to:
  1. Understand the opportunities for our clients - in particular, by developing an understanding of how the implementation of the 25-year plan for the environment (and other policy drivers that support natural capital approaches) might affect them;
  2. Build relationships with the various organisations already developing tools and protocols in this discipline – this will include nurturing and developing our relationships with Cranfield University, whom we have been working with for several years;
  3. Engage with our clients to meet their needs, and to showcase how natural capital approaches can lead to better business outcomes for them.
As our leader in this field, you will be supported by our teams of environmental specialists, town planners and engineers. You will develop close contact with key government agencies deploying natural capital as part of the future decision making processes for investment and planning. You will also work with our account leaders to establish excellent connections with clients, working with them to develop their own use of natural capital in their businesses.

We expect you to build a team around yourself - eventually becoming the line manager of the group of staff absorbed into your area (recognising the delivery of natural capital services will draw on skills sitting within many other parts of our UK business).

At an operational level, you will be involved in monitoring resources, managing budgets and project management, assisting with contract and risk management, and attending client meetings. You will also be involved in the preparation of fee estimates, proposal writing, and general business development activities.

Candidate Specification

  • MSc in a relevant environmental subject.
  • Chartered with a relevant professional organisation
  • Demonstrable knowledge of natural capital / sustainable development, and relevant policy / legislation in the UK
  • Ability to manage your own work, and that of others, whilst being an integral member of a wider project team
  • Commercial awareness and experience with managing budgets as part of project delivery
  • Full driving license - able to travel and spend time away from your home base as needed
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