Ricardo: Senior Catchment Management and Nutrient Neutrality Consultant

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Senior Catchment Management and Nutrient Neutrality Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 27/02/2022

Job Description

Role Title: Catchment Science and Nutrient Neutrality Consultant/Senior consultant

Salary: £25,000 - £45,0000

Location: Harwell / London / Manchester / Bristol / Sheffield / flexible


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Who we are:

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.

The Role:

Our reputation in the water, agriculture and planning sectors has seen significant growth in our Water and Agricultural teams’ work to support clients in understanding the challenges and solutions to nutrient management across England and Wales. As such we have a strong technical understanding of how ecology, physical conditions, water quality, land use and infrastructure interface and lead to exceedances of environmental quality standards and as a result challenges for regulation, development and compliance across a range of sectors.  We support councils, planners, and regulators, helping them to understand issues and recommend mitigation measures (from SuDS to catchment-based solutions) for managing nutrient neutrality and delivering sustainable water resource management.  This varied work sees us working on problems from how to mitigate nitrate and phosphate resulting from infrastructure development to how land use change can reduce the need for water treatment. We are also currently in the process of developing practical tools for Natural England that will see a national rollout to help support nutrient neutral development.

Key accountabilities:

We are therefore seeking to appoint a catchment science specialist to support our nutrient management/neutrality and catchment management work.  This specialist will have the skills to help with catchment conceptual modelling; have an understanding of the underlying Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA) principles that underpin the Nutrient Neutrality issue and/or experience of using models such as Farmscoper and similar nutrient related tools.  

  • A successful candidate is also likely to understand different nutrient mitigation opportunities and the barriers to implementation in the agricultural and development sectors.
  • Candidates will be expected to show how actions to improve environmental management can support regulatory environmental compliance related to water and aquatic habitat and species regulations.  
  • We are keen to offer the post to someone who already has technical capability but is also eager to learn more and support active business development opportunities related to Nutrient Neutrality.
  • Depending on your experience mentoring more junior staff and leading projects would be expected in your portfolio of work or demonstrating the willingness to grow into this role.

Key competencies and experience: 

You will need to demonstrate that you have:

  • An environmentally based subject degree (ideally with a postgraduate qualification) that includes catchment science and associated water quality and land management expertise.
  • A strong technical understanding of the key environmental linkages (especially hydrology, land use and soil conditions) that lead to effective environmental management within the context of catchment management and nutrient neutrality issues.
  • An understanding of relevant UK Water and Agricultural Policy and legislation, including the Habitats Regulations and Water Framework Directive.
  • A strong understanding of nutrient pathways from source to sea, with an ability to demonstrate how this knowledge can be used to recommended mitigation measures that will support regulatory requirements.
  • Working knowledge of hydrology and the linkages between land use, soils, hydrology and water quality.
  • Consultancy experience in this area (with experience of the links between the agriculture and water sectors).
  • Excellent communication skills both with colleagues and clients.
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to assess a range of complex datasets.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to manage you own portfolio of work in a busy environment and work to tight deadlines.
  • A clean full driving licence.

Depending on your experience demonstrating the following would be valuable:

  • Understanding and/or use of Farmscoper and/or similar tools.
  • Ability to contribute to technical submissions that support HRAs.
  • An ambition to develop new business.
  • A desire to manage client relationships.
  • An aptitude for small- to medium-sized project management.
  • Mentoring more junior staff
  • Line management.


Working here:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. 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.


We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.  Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here.


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.




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 prior to the closing date.