Principal Consultant

  • Role type

  • Location/s

  • Closing Date
  • 30/11/2023

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo

Role: Principal Consultant – Engineering Delivery & Management

Location: Adelaide, Australia (Hybrid)

Role ID: 2023-2053


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.

We are looking to further grow Ricardo’s capabilities in providing water and environmental solutions to our Australian clients as well as develop our local capabilities in energy decarbonisation, ESG and sustainability across industry and government. 

This role is based in our growing office located in Adelaide CBD.


We are currently looking for an experienced Principal Consultant to join our Engineering Delivery & Management team to enable the next growth phase of Ricardo in Australia. This role could be a full-time (5 days) or part-time (4-days) arrangement, dependent on the needs of the selected candidate.


You will have the opportunity to use your technical capabilities and experience to support a varied portfolio of interesting and complex projects in the infrastructure, mining, government, water, and transport sectors.


Key responsibilities

  • Lead a portfolio of interesting projects and develop direct client relationships.
  • Support the technical lead on complex projects and proposals.
  • Develop meaningful and innovative ideas, solutions, and strategies for our clients.
  • Support Ricardo’s project teams to deliver exceptional results across multiple sectors and industries.
  • Provide technical guidance, training, and mentoring to junior staff and share knowledge with the broader team.
  • Complete and review reports for all stages of the project.
  • Provide input into business development strategies and initiatives to further grow the business.
  • Develop and conduct presentations and proposals for prospective clients.


Key competencies and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Process, Mechatronics, Electrical) or similar.
  • 10-15 years’ relevant experience in major civil infrastructure projects, mining, government, or transportation projects
  • Experience managing multiple projects with competing demands.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects to completion, within budget and to a high standard.
  • Proven track record of contributing high quality work.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, and ability to learn new systems and software quickly.


Skills and behaviours

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; able to produce high quality reports as well as communicate confidently with a variety of clients and stakeholders.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Well-developed customer service capabilities with the ability to develop and nurture stakeholder relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Team player, able to provide support to the wider team on projects.
  • Growth mindset and willingness to learn and improve expertise.
  • Self-motivated with a desire to achieve high standards.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to strengthen client relationships and secure repeat work through business development activities.
  • Embrace Ricardo’s values of Create Together, Be Innovative, Aim High, and Be Mindful and aim to lead others towards high standards of performance and behaviour.



  • Post graduate qualification in Project Management, Water Resource Management, MBA, or similar will be highly regarded.


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 drive, 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 of 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 programs and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our Employee Assistance Program.


Diversity, Equity 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. 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.


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.