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Principal/Associate Director Climate Change Policy Consultant

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • London, Oxfordshire (Harwell), Manchester, Madrid

  • Closing Date
  • 20/10/2022

Job Description

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Role: Principal/Associate Director Climate Change Policy Consultant 

Location: UK Flexible 

Role ID: 2022-1505


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.



We are currently looking for a Principal/Associate Director climate change policy specialist to support business development and delivery within our Policy, Strategy and Economics Practice.


The team within which you will work


You will work within a team that wins and delivers a wide range of policy projects covering policy option development, design, impact assessment, evaluation and carries out a wide range of capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities including workshop delivery and guidance production.


The team works across many climate change mitigation policy areas and you will bring technical expertise in one or more of these. They include international climate change policies and agreements, national mitigation policy instruments especially carbon pricing and market-based measures, industry decarbonisation, energy policies and renewables incentives, product policy, and innovation technologies and funding.  Our work is often multidisciplinary and specialisms in economic analysis/modelling, legal analysis or engineering would be an advantage.


Your role


Your work will involve project management, technical delivery and business development activities including competitive bidding, client and partner relationship management and participation in promotional events. You will also be responsible for technical leadership and in supporting the development of more junior staff within the practice. You will work flexibly within Ricardo Energy & Environment’s consultancy business, collaborating with specialists in fields such as renewable and heat supply, environmental policy and transport policy.


You will have the capability to work across the project life cycle, from early stage prospecting through bidding and the successful delivery of projects. You will have a strong commercial awareness and energy and enthusiasm for growing the business in your technical area. Ideally, you will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as development banks, the European Commission and national governments.


Key Responsibilities:


The role is a high-level position with responsibility for:

  • Monitoring market developments and shaping company business development strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
  • Building and maintaining a strong network of close client and partner relationships at high level to support winning new business.
  • Leading, managing and contributing to complex proposals.
  • Leading the delivery of large complex projects or taking responsibility for technical leadership within such projects. Responsibility for client satisfaction, timely delivery, project financial management and high-quality outputs.
  • Leading and mentoring other staff.
  • Driving and supervising complex technical work to contribute to high quality project delivery.
  • Leading and participating in capacity building activities including workshop facilitation and presentation delivery.
  • Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work at client meetings and conferences.


Key competencies and experience:

  • Educated to at least Bachelor’s degree level specializing in scientific, engineering, environmental, legal or economic fields.
  • Experience leading business development and/or competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment is essential.
  • Experience working within multidisciplinary teams is essential, and experience managing large project teams is desirable.
  • Experience managing or working within projects for clients such as the European Commission, World Bank, GIZ, EBRD, Asian Development Bank and UK Government is essential.
  • Strong understanding of the energy and climate change policy landscape is essential, with particular expertise in one or more of the following areas desirable:
  • EU energy and climate change policy especially the measures implemented under the Energy Efficiency directive, EU Emissions Trading Directive and the Effort Sharing Regulation.
  • International climate change negotiations especially the market mechanisms under the Paris Agreement or CORSIA.
  • Carbon taxes and trading systems in place or planned around the world.
  • Renewable incentives and electricity system development.
  • UK low carbon initiatives especially the Net Zero agenda, Clean Growth Strategy, Industrial strategy and decarbonisation policy measures.


Skills and behaviours:

  • Strong project management skills with track record in leading complex projects.
  • Excellent written and spoken English essential; fluency in other European languages will be an advantage. Strong Spanish or French language skills proven in a consultancy environment will be considered a particular strength.
  • Strong oral and written communication essential, including concise and precise report writing.
  • Strong analytical skills essential.
  • Good team worker and experience in delegating
  • Strong level of commercial awareness and appreciation for project financial management principles

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 and 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.