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Principal Air Quality Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Manchester

  • Closing Date
  • 22/12/2022

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Principal Air Quality Consultant

Location: Commutable to Manchester (Hybrid working)

Salary: £50,0000 to £60,000 plus excellent benefits

Role ID: 2022 -1644


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.


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 Principal Air Quality Consultant with relevant experience in Business Development and Project Delivery to support the growth of our UK and international business.


The Environmental Evidence and Policy team of over 250 consultants, scientists and engineers develop and apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques to deliver effective solutions to difficult air quality and greenhouse gas problems.  Our team includes knowledge leaders on air quality measurement, inventory development, modelling, exposure assessment, chemical modelling, public health impacts, information management and data visualisation. Our clients benefit from the full range of air quality and greenhouse gas services that result in solutions and strategies tailored to addressing challenges at local, city and national scales. We deliver hundreds of projects every year, to public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas, including flagship programmes such as the UK’s national air quality measurement network (AURN), the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and the annual national scale air quality modelling assessment on behalf of UK Government.


Key responsibilities


The role will sit principally in the air quality modelling team, but will work across our business areas to develop and deliver growth in UK and international air quality management programmes.


You will be expected to manage your time, growth plans and contract delivery across several business areas. This will include contributing in all phases - from customer leads and business development to supporting and leading the preparation of proposals, winning new contracts and customer liaison/delivery. You will be responsible for the quality and delivery of your work and will liaise with the Business Area Manager and other consultants to incorporate your ideas and contribution into wider business delivery and goals.


Key competencies and experience

  • A good degree in science or business management.
  • At least 10 years of experience working within air quality consultancy.
  • A strong business development and project delivery record is essential
  • Well-proven communication skills, both written and oral.
  • The ability to develop close working relationships and opportunities with clients.
  • A strong interest in and knowledge of key environmental and climate change policies and issues.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Self-reliant and proactive with good problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm.
  • Strong team working skills.

If you enjoy working with an enthusiastic team and liaising closely with clients, and are keen to make a difference, then we welcome your application. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.


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.