Ricardo: Associate Director Environmental Assessments

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Associate Director Environmental Assessments

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 27/02/2022

Job Description

Role Title: Environmental Assessment Associate Director

Location: Harwell / London / Manchester / Bristol / flexible


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About Ricardo:

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:

As a result of our growing pipeline of work we are looking for an Associate Director to join our environmental assessment team. This position is to lead the environmental assessment team in directing and managing existing projects as well as securing work with both new and existing clients. The environmental assessment team provides technical expertise in all areas of environmental assessment including EIA and SEA.


Ricardo Energy and Environment has established a reputation as one of the leading players in the UK covering the water sector. We are working on major strategic resource projects across the country for a variety of water companies. In addition, we undertake environmental assessment work, including EIA, for developers and local authorities in a range of sectors from waste and energy to mixed use development.


Key accountabilities:

  • You will lead the UK team in delivering environmental assessments, particularly into the water sector.
  • You will lead, direct and manage our environmental assessment (EIA and SEA) projects and inputs using internal and external resources.
  • You will be responsible for direct interface with key clients providing technical expertise on the environmental aspects and impacts of their projects.
  • You will be responsible for the technical and commercial delivery of projects and bids and ensuring they are completed within agreed timescales and budgets.
  • You will participate in the preparation/presentation of proposals/bids including estimating timescales and costs for proposed works.
  • You will have responsibility for technical review and sign off all environmental deliverables, including Scoping/Screening Reports, Environmental Statements, and materials produced for consultation and consenting.
  • You will also play an integral role in the continued growth and success of the environmental assessment team and wider business.


Day to day, you could expect this role to involve:

  • Responsibility for managing and delivering a broad range of projects including bidding, client management and quality assurance.
  • Technical and commercial responsibility for the projects to be delivered and to help grow the environmental assessment team / business.
  • Whilst the post will be based in one of our Ricardo offices, the role will involve work across the rest of the UK and there maybe occasional opportunities to be involved in projects abroad.
  • These are just a few examples of the role responsibilities and work we are currently delivering.


Key competencies and experience: 

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A post graduate level qualification in environmental assessment or equivalent level of experience
  • Proven professional consultancy experience
  • A sound technical understanding/capability within the field of environmental assessment (EIA and SEA).
  • A comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislative and policy frameworks, available guidance and industry best practice relevant to the delivery of EIA and SEA.
  • A good understanding of the relevant planning and consenting regimes for EIA and SEA work.
  • Experience of project management, budget control and leading projects
  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary environmental teams and providing liaison and integration across project elements.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability and experience in engaging with internal and external stakeholders, including public and statutory consultees
  • Strong leadership, project management and governance experience, with the ability to influence decision-making.
  • Ability to work closely with clients and other members of the professional team and playing a pivotal role in establishing the brief and developing solutions that meet and exceed our client's expectations.
  • Experience of providing strategic advice to clients
  • Confidence in key account management and commercially astute, helping secure new and repeat business.
  • Knowledge of working in the water sector
  • Chartered status / Full Membership of a recognised relevant professional body (e.g. Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)). Where a candidate does not meet this requirement, you would be expected to achieve this as one of your priorities in your first year.
  • A willingness to travel and a full driving licence.


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.