Net Zero Principal Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

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

  • Closing Date
  • 12/06/2024

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo

Role:Net Zero Principal Consultant

Location: London, Harwell, Glasgow, Shoreham, Bristol, Manchester - Hybrid

Role ID: 2024-2330


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. 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.


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary contact for key projects, managing client expectations, ensuring satisfaction and delivering projects on time, within budget, and above expectations.
  • Conduct thorough energy audits across a range of sites, including commercial, industrial, and public sector properties, to identify energy-saving opportunities.
  • Analyse complex energy consumption data to understand energy usage patterns and identify areas for improvement.
  • Guide and support organisations in implementing energy-saving measures and strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative, client-centric technical solutions that reinforce Ricardo’s leadership in net zero initiatives.
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships with clients, understanding their unique challenges, and providing expert advice and bespoke solutions.
  • Lead the development of client proposals covering net zero and decarbonisation.
  • Stay up to date with evolving net zero and energy legislation and industry best practices.
  • Mentor and provide guidance to junior consultants.

Key Competencies and Experience

  • Proven track record: Demonstrated success in leading and delivering successful energy management and decarbonisation projects, with a strong background in industrial, commercial or public sector energy management.
  • Technical expertise: Excellent understanding of conducting comprehensive energy audits, developing decarbonisation strategies and improving energy efficiency. Specific knowledge of energy related technologies in buildings or industrial applications will be considered beneficial.
  • Client engagement: Ability to establish and maintain strong client relationships, serving as a trusted advisor for decarbonisation initiatives.
  • Business development: A proven ability in identifying and securing new business opportunities.
  • In-depth knowledge of UK energy legislation, including ESOS regulations.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, Engineering, Energy Management, or a related field. ESOS lead assessor certification by a recognised professional body (e.g. Energy Institute, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) will be considered beneficial.

Skills and Behaviours 

  • Analytical skills: Ability to conduct comprehensive assessments, identify trends and develop practical, actionable solutions.
  • Project management: Proficiency in leading multidisciplinary teams and managing resources across multiple projects efficiently.
  • Effective communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, capable of explaining complex concepts in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Leadership: A strong leader who can provide constructive feedback and support the development of junior team members.
  • Flexibility: The flexibility to handle multiple tasks in a face-paced environment, demonstrating support for colleagues when necessary.

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.