Senior Environmental Consultant – Water & Environment (Ricardo Energy & Environment)

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.

We are currently looking for a Senior Environmental Consultant to join our Water and Environment team. We are especially interested to hear from you if you have experience in the water sector and have ideas to develop your role.

Key responsibilities

  • You will work as part of a wider team of multi-disciplinary water and environmental experts that include specialists in the fields of water resources, hydro-ecology, ground and surface water hydrology, flood risk, geomorphology, water quality, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, natural capital, biodiversity net gain, environmental impact assessment and planning.
  • Elements of all these disciplines can feature in our work which can include a focus on water resources, drought planning, surface water runoff and water and wastewater investigations.
  • As such, critical to this role is understanding various environmental strands and linkages to support us in helping solve, sometimes complex environmental challenges, with a well organised and collaborative approach.
  • Together with strong technical project management skills, you will have an ambition to help drive our business forward by delivering excellent services and winning new work.
  • A key requirement is for the effective management of the whole project life cycle, from supporting bidding through to execution and close-out.

Key competencies and experience

  • An understanding of, and experience in one or more water related environmental assessment technical disciplines such as hydrology (surface and/or groundwater), water management, water quality, nutrient neutrality, catchment management, nature-based solutions, natural capital, geomorphology.
  • A good understanding of the UK water industry and its regulation.
  • The ability to manage technically complex water environmental projects.
  • Strong project management skills to ensure a high level of service.
  • Experience in proposal writing and winning work.
  • An environmentally related degree (ideally with a post-graduate qualification also).
  • A clean full UK driving licence. 

Skills and behaviours

  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good collaborative team working and communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload and assist others in doing so.
  • Effective stakeholder liaison and management skills, including keeping clients and internal project staff up to date with progress, programme changes and tasks.
  • An ability to manage and work to tight project deadlines and under pressure.
  • The ability to manage and support technical input into proposals.
  • If you have an interest in developing our international work in the areas outlined above this would be an additional advantage providing you have a sound understanding of the UK market.

Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.

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