Ricardo: Social Value Consultant

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Social Value Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 27/04/2022

Job Description

Role Title: Senior Consultant, Principal Consultant, Associate Director - Social Value

Salary range: Dependent upon experience

Location: London, Oxfordshire, Manchester, Flexible


Reference: TBC

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.

Our company vision is to create a more sustainable world for the future, which is the driver behind everything we do as a business.

To deliver our vision, over the last 10 years, we have delivered projects that have shaped UK and international government policy to align with achieving Net Zero carbon emissions, reduced operational costs across the public and private sector through decarbonisation and delivered strategies for large scale carbon reduction in multiple industrial sectors. Our reputation for innovation, passion and integrity in the work we deliver means we are recognised as an organisation that provides high quality advice to our clients. Our unrivalled technical excellence provides clients with greater confidence in decision making and business planning and contributes to global sustainability goals.

We know we can bring about positive sustainable change and are looking for someone equally driven to deliver our vision.



This is a new and exciting role within Ricardo. Building on the wider sustainability (carbon management and net zero etc) support we provide to our clients we are experiencing an increasing demand for social value support to our clients as part of wider ESG strategy and reporting services. We are seeking to recruit an experienced consultant to lead and deliver our social value work and develop our propositions. The social value consultant will be responsible for overseeing all technical delivery, proposition development and communications internally and externally in support of business development in relation to ESG products and services.

Sitting in our established Sustainability business area, part of a 250 person strong ‘Sustainable Infrastructure & Operations’ business unit and the 700 person Ricardo Energy & Environment Business, you will be an expert in identifying and engaging with ESG / sustainability professionals working with them to identify and deliver social value strategies, implementation plans and specific projects.

Your ability to identify, develop and deliver opportunities for our clients is important as is the ability to hold strategic conversations at a senior level; assess needs and develop technical propositions and take the clients on their social value journey. As a result, you will most likely be working in a consultancy environment, possibly with some in house experience, and you'll be well networked in the social value/ESG arena.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to shape and drive our business forward, building on an already highly successful delivery team.  We are looking for a professional and consultative individual with the ambition to grow a team with the opportunity for excellent career growth.


Key accountabilities:

Within a collaborative and supportive team of consultants, you will be responsible for supporting us win and deliver projects with existing and new clients on social value. We will also look for your support in understanding how you can help Ricardo Energy & Environment and Ricardo Plc on our own social value journey.  Client liaison, project management and technical delivery will be required from initial client engagement through to provision of final reports. To assist our team, the successful candidate will:

  • Work with clients and prospective clients to identify market leading social value propositions.
  • Be the social value lead for client projects, likely part of wider sustainability strategy or ESG projects, demonstrating experience of working face-to-face with clients and delivering excellence.
  • Input technical expertise to lead social value client services.
  • Grow a team of social value professionals to deliver our services.
  • Position Ricardo as a leading organisation for social value capabilities and services.
  • Ensure appropriate profile raising and marketing of Ricardo’s services and capabilities.

Key competencies and experience, you will have:

  • Proven experience in a similar social value focused role or significant focus within a wider ESG role with delivery and business development experience with excellent communication skills.
  • Have a higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in an economics, environmental or engineering discipline, or otherwise to have a good track record working in an environmental role, so that you can demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Ideally have experience of working in the consultancy sector, to demonstrate that you have the necessary commercial awareness, but we are also interested to talk to candidates currently performing social value/ESG roles directly within industry especially where they have a strong commercial awareness.
  • Able to help clients develop and execute strategies to enhance their reporting against social value reporting and disclosure frameworks / voluntary standards and ratings and rankings e.g. PPN 06/20, Social Value Model, BS 8950:2020 and the Green Book.
  • Demonstrate technical expertise across the following areas:
    • Social value creation projects.
    • Monitoring and evaluating social value
  • Be able to advise clients on the current and upcoming trends and developments shaping the social value and ESG landscape – and the organisations driving this agenda (across NGOs, ratings and rankings agencies etc.).
  • Have a deep understanding of the links between social value, client reputation and value creation/risk mitigation.
  • Have experience of identifying and developing business opportunities is desirable.
  • Need to hold a Full UK Driving licence for this position.


Skills and behaviours, you will demonstrate the following skills and behaviours:

  • Analytical skills with ability to identify, develop and implement solutions.
  • Excellent writing skills to communicate clearly and without errors – accuracy and attention to detail are vital.
  • Strong client and stakeholder communication skills e.g. influencing, negotiation, presentation and relationship management skills.
  • Project management skills that demonstrate ability to manage and account for time spent, and to deliver work on time and budget.
  • Team working and leadership and ability to coordinate and prioritise activities to ensure delivery of agreed targets.
  • Assisting with the development of social value thought leadership, our external profile and also with clients.
  • High levels of drive and commitment; a self-starter, problem solver with the ability to turn ideas into reality.
  • Assisting with mentoring others to support the growth of the business area.
  • High level of computer literacy, including familiarity with the full Microsoft Office software suite and potentially industry analysis tools.
  • A flexible approach – able to see where help is needed and support colleagues as necessary.
  • Be comfortable juggling a variety of tasks in a sometimes fast-paced operational environment.


In our Sustainability team we really enjoy the great work we do, so we will be looking for someone with a similar attitude – enthusiastic, committed, responsible, open and reliable.

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference in the world. 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 project, mentoring and coaching 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, careers 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 prior to the closing date.