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Principal Consultant - Biodiversity and Natural Capital Lead

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 03/12/2022

Job Description

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Role: Principal Consultant - Biodiversity and Natural Capital Lead

Location: UK – Harwell, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Bristol, Hybrid

Salary range: £45,000 - £65,000 plus benefits

Role ID: 1630


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 Consultant to join our Water team, focusing on Natural Capital and Biodiversity Net Gain.


Ricardo is a leading organisation in terms of our understanding and delivery of Natural Capital and Biodiversity Net Gain, having carried out numerous assessments across England and Wales include for large infrastructure programmes of work for a range of Water companies. We have also worked for a range of Councils in developing their local Natural Capital and Net Gain strategies.  We would like to grow this area of work and so are looking for an expert to expand what we do. 


Key responsibilities

  • To lead the development of Natural Capital Assessment and associated Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) work.
  • Working collaboratively across a range of disciplines that includes a large team of ecologists, economists, natural capital and GIS experts.
  • To lead this technical area of expertise with the enthusiasm, drive and technical understanding to develop and evolve this area of work.
  • Work alongside our senior team to identify opportunities both in the UK and if the successful candidate has the expertise, more widely. 
  • You will also be required to lead teams on complex projects for a variety of clients providing technical services and advice.

Key competencies and experience

  • Experience working for a UK based consultancy.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading technical inputs and teams for successful project delivery including Natural Capital/Ecosystem services assessments.
  • Expert knowledge of regulatory context in terms of Natural Capital and Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Understanding of planning regulation in the context of Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Understanding of Natural Capital Accounting and the Biodiversity Net Gain calculator.

Skills and behaviours 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, upholding client and stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Collaborative team working and communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload and assist others in doing so.
  • Effective stakeholder liaison and management skills, including keeping clients and internal project staff up to date with progress, programme changes and tasks.
  • Ability to manage and support technical input into proposals


  • A first degree in a relevant environmental discipline ideally with a post graduate degree.
  • Working towards Chartership via CIWEM, ICE or other relevant professional body.


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.