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Senior Consultant – Climate Action Planning

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, London

  • Closing Date
  • 27/10/2022

Job Description

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Role:  Senior Consultant - Climate action planning

Location: Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow or London (Paddington) office - hybrid working 

Role ID: 2022-1599


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.


Are you passionate about tackling the challenge of climate change, and the need for transparent and evidence-based responses? Are you interested in supporting local authorities to develop local solutions to tackle the climate emergency around, in particular, the role of local policy in delivering net zero?


We are currently looking for an Senior Consultant to join our Climate action planning and transparency team. 



Key responsibilities


You will play a key role in our expanding team offering support to local authorities on climate action planning. The work will involve project delivery and management, and business development, set within Ricardo’s exciting and dynamic Climate Action Planning (CAPT) team. The primary focus of the role will be to contribute to and lead projects, mostly for local authority clients, on understanding current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, modelling future emissions scenarios to net zero and developing climate action plans. 


  • Developing GHG baselines for local authority areas using data from a range of national, regional and local sources.
  • Using Ricardo’s internal net zero modelling tool to develop emissions pathways that illustrate how local authorities could achieve net zero across their areas, and contributing to the ongoing development of Ricardo’s approach to net zero modelling.
  • Developing clear, robust and accessible climate action plans for local authorities.
  • Presenting project outputs to local authorities and to local stakeholders in a clear and accessible way.
  • Helping local authorities understand how they can track progress towards their net zero targets.
  • Supporting local authorities to embed net zero considerations in wider work, in particular to align their development plans and spatial strategies with net zero.
  • Helping local authorities understand links between net zero and other areas, including climate resilience, air quality, biodiversity net gain, and supporting cross-selling of Ricardo’s expertise in these areas.
  • Helping embed net zero thinking across work being delivered for clients in other teams across Ricardo.
  • Coming up with ways to communicate highly technical/scientific information to different audiences and to get them onboard with big changes..


Key competencies and experience:

  • Educated to at least degree level, or equivalent qualification, in a numerate/scientific subject;
  • Experience of working on climate action planning, ideally related to capacity building, system design, or policy/action development, at city/sub-national and/or national level
  • Experience and knowledge of the climate change policy landscape in the UK, at national, regional and local levels
  • Experience and knowledge of methods for the estimation of GHG emissions and reductions
  • Experience of working in or for local authorities and an understanding of how they work
  • Experience of managing projects
  • Strong PC literacy – especially in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint


Skills and behaviours:


  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral, including excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with excel-based tools and models
  • Flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm, and a positive attitude to new challenges
  • Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Able to work independently and demonstrate initiative, as well as contribute effectively as part of a cross-disciplinary team
  • Be sensitive to the challenges, disadvantages and potential inequalities inherent in the transition to net zero.


  • Experience working in a consultancy environment
  • An understanding of planning policy and local authorities’ development plans and spatial strategies, for example a background in planning, sustainable building design/engineering, experience in doing Sustainability Appraisals / Strategic Environmental Assessments, writing evidence documents or Supplementary Planning Documents etc
  • Higher degree in a numerate/scientific subject
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement
  • Bid writing experience
  • Experience in designing and conducting training
  • Think creatively as well as analytically
  • Be willing to challenge the traditional way of doing things (whether that’s planning policy, asset management, investment etc).


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 a culture of inclusivity, 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.