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Senior / Principal Consultant: Climate Science & Policy

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • London

Job Description

Title:  Senior / Principal Consultant: Climate Science & Policy

Salary: £35-65,000 per annum dependent on experience

Location:  Homebased then 2-3 days per week in London

The position is conditional on Ricardo being successful with its tender for a new programme

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award-winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.


Ricardo is preparing to bid for a programme to provide Climate Services, which will soon be tendered by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The programme aims to ensure that BEIS strategic priorities on climate change are informed by up-to-date policy-relevant evidence and scientific advice, where climate science evidence is required to inform decisions.

The project team will be responsible for the provision of new evidence, original research & analysis, knowledge translation, and communication, in support of BEIS’ domestic and international work, covering the following areas: (1) Interactions between the energy system and the atmosphere, (2) Global decarbonisation and ambition, (3) Climate impacts, globally, regionally, and at a country-level, (4) Co-benefits of climate action, (5) Improving the accessibility of UK climate data (knowledge translation only), (6) Physical climate change (knowledge translation only).

The project team will include two Secondees to BEIS, which will be full-time positions. These will be based at BEIS offices in London at least 2-3 days per week after the Covid-19 lockdown ends. Until then, the work will be delivered remotely. We are seeking applications for one of these Secondee positions.

Key accountabilities:

  • The Secondee will be accountable to the Programme Manager of the BEIS Climate Services Programme
  • They will be responsible for stakeholder engagement with policy teams within BEIS and across other government departments to support and shape the products that the programme will deliver for them.
  • They will advertise and raise awareness of the programme across BEIS and HMG through delivering seminars, organising COP-related and other in-house programme events for policy teams; and coordinating briefings related to the programme.
  • The Secondee will lead on knowledge management for the programme and work closely with both BEIS Knowledge Information Management team and the researchers delivering analysis as part of the programme.

Key competencies and experience:

  • Qualified to a Master’s degree level in a degree related to climate science, environmental policy or a closely related subject. A background in research related to climate change, a PhD and/or a track-record of publications would also be assets.
  • A general understanding of climate science, climate scenarios and climate modelling.
  • Professional experience related to climate change adaptation and decarbonisation policy.
  • Long-standing experience of identifying, working with and influencing decision-makers at senior levels.
  • A deep understanding of how to translate research programme outputs – new evidence – into an impactful change in policy.
  • Experience facilitating capacity-building and knowledge sharing events for policymakers, including seminars, policy briefings, etc.
  • Evidence of previous engagement with relevant research methods and climate science and IPCC literature would be an asset.

Skills and behaviour:

  • Strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to build and foster engagement among local, national and sectoral policy-teams.
  • Evidence of ability to synthesise research methods and outputs and engage with climate science and IPCC literature.
  • Skills in facilitating capacity-building and knowledge sharing events for policymakers, including seminars, policy briefings, etc.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills (in English)

What we offer

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have 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.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach as explained in this message by our CEO.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications before the closing date.