Climate Transition Associate Director

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Shoreham-by-Sea, Oxfordshire (Harwell), London

  • Closing Date
  • 23/04/2024

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo

Role: Climate Transition Associate Director

Location: London, Oxford, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Shoreham / Hybrid

Role ID: 2024-2238

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.

As a Climate Transition Associate Director within our net zero team, you will play a pivotal role in driving our mission to address climate change challenges and guide our clients on their journey to net zero. You will support the growth of our net zero team and will make a significant contribution to Ricardo’s portfolio of climate transition and net zero projects in the UK and worldwide.

We’d love to hear from you if you have the following competencies and experience:

  • Proven track record: Demonstrated success in managing and delivering climate transition projects, preferably within a consultancy role.
  • Strategic insight: Strong strategic thinking to identify and develop growth opportunities and provide strategic direction.
  • Client engagement: Ability to establish and maintain strong client relationships, serving as a trusted adviser for climate transition and net zero initiatives.
  • Mentorship and leadership: Exceptional leadership and mentorship skills, with the ability to guide and inspire a team of net zero experts.
  • Business development: A proven ability to identify and secure new business opportunities through effective prospecting, pitching and client scoping.
  • Industry knowledge: Previous experience in sectors such as automotive, chemicals, and manufacturing is beneficial.

The Successful candidate will need have the following skills and behaviours:

  • Climate transition and net zero expertise: Proven expertise in leading projects related to climate transition and net zero.
  • Project management: Ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and ensure appropriate resource allocation across multiple projects.
  • Effective communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to convey complex sustainability information to clients.
  • Collaboration: A collaborative mindset to work effectively with a diverse team of sustainability experts.
  • Flexibility: A flexible approach, with the ability to support colleagues and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced operational environment.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Act as a primary client contact for climate transition projects, establishing and maintaining strong client relationships.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive climate transition and net zero emissions strategies that provide actionable insights and recommendations for clients and are tailored to each client's unique needs.
  • Stay up to date with evolving global sustainability and climate-related regulations, ensuring clients remain in compliance.
  • Identify and develop growth opportunities and provide strategic direction for development of future climate transition and net zero services.
  • Mentor and guide junior consultants, providing leadership and expertise in climate transition and net zero initiatives.
  • Lead stakeholder engagement activities to gather insights and prioritise climate transition initiatives.
  • Oversee the analysis of climate data to identify trends, risks and opportunities.
  • Lead the development of client proposals covering climate transition and net zero, ensuring alignment with client needs and objectives.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.

Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is 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.


We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


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.


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 to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

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.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.