Ricardo: Technical Director/Associate Director, Sustainability Strategy and Reporting

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Technical Director/Associate Director, Sustainability Strategy and Reporting

  • Role type
  • Full time, Part time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK, Oxfordshire (Harwell), London, Glasgow, Manchester

  • Closing Date
  • 20/07/2022

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Technical Director/Associate Director, Sustainability Strategy and Reporting

Location: UK Flexible 

Role ID: 2022-1475


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a world-class environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading edge and innovative cross sector sustainable products and solutions, helping our global customers increase efficiencies, achieve growth and create a cleaner and safer future.


Our Energy and Environment business unit combines energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability.


We are currently looking for a Technical Director/Associate Director to join our Sustainability team.


Growth and Opportunity
The success we are having as a business means there are significant opportunities to expand our services and delivery, so we are seeking to recruit a highly experienced consultant at Associate Director or Technical Director level to lead, expand and develop our sustainability strategies and reporting/disclosure solutions for our clients. Our unrivalled technical excellence provides clients with greater confidence in decision making and business planning and contributes to global sustainability goals. The role will have a mix of delivery and business development activities, subject to the experience of the successful candidate.
Sitting in our established Sustainability business area, part of a 200 person strong ‘Sustainable Infrastructure & Operations’ business unit and the 650 person Ricardo Energy & Environment division, you will be an expert in identifying and engaging with sustainability professionals across the private and public sectors, working with them to deliver a range of sustainability and carbon services we offer.
Your ability to identify and develop opportunities which will raise the profile of the team and the services we provide 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 sustainability 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 sustainability arena.
We are looking for someone to take advantage of our excellent capability and track record, leveraging it to drive the growth trajectory of our sustainability strategy and reporting/disclosure work. You will be responsible for identifying, shaping and growing our sustainability strategy and reporting/disclosure offerings. You will be supported by a fantastic team of consultants within a strong existing team structure. This is an exciting opportunity to really help to drive our business forward, building on an already highly successful delivery team. We are looking for a professional and consultative individual looking to enhance their skills further within a rewarding and fast paced environmental consultancy business with the opportunity for excellent career growth.


Key Responsibilities


Within a collaborative and supportive team of consultants, you will be responsible for winning and delivering projects (mainly with clients in the private sector) on sustainability strategy and reporting and on wider energy and carbon management initiatives. 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:

• Be capable of taking a lead on, directing and delivering existing and new sustainability strategy and reporting/disclosure projects.
• Understanding the impacts of evolving changes in the UK and international environmental sector and its implications and opportunities for the team.
• Delivering year-on-on year growth in a consultancy setting.
• Working with industry partners and channels to develop new offerings or delivery partnerships.
• Working with a consultancy team to ensure the quality and consistency of delivery of best in class service to our clients to maintain Ricardo’s premium brand.
• Working with a wider business development team and leadership team responsible for developing other offerings to support new opportunities across different areas of work.


Key competencies and experience


Must have a technical or business background with relevant experience covering some or all of these areas:

• Have a proven track record of technical consultancy delivery in sustainability strategy and reporting/disclosure.
• Have a practical career experience and be able to demonstrate relevant technical capability, effective project management and excellent communication skills.
• Have a higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in an 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 environmental 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 sustainability-related reporting and disclosure frameworks / voluntary standards and ratings and rankings in particular: GRI, TCFD, FTSE4Good and CDP.
• Demonstrate technical expertise across the following areas: Sustainability strategy development and processes: Materiality assessment and gap analysis
• Be able to advise clients on the current and upcoming trends and developments shaping the sustainability / non-financial disclosure landscape – and the organisations driving this agenda (across NGOs, IGOs, ESG ratings and rankings agencies etc.)
• Have a deep understanding of the links between climate change, business risk and value creation.
• Have experience of risk analysis and an understanding of TCFD guidance and/or corporate risk reporting and scenario planning experience would be advantageous.
• Have experience of identifying and developing business opportunities is desirable.
• Need to hold a Full UK Driving licence for this position.



• 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 sustainability 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 Sustainability 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.


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.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


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.