Senior Consultant - Climate Policy and Carbon Pricing

  • Role type
  • Full time

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

  • Closing Date
  • 02/07/2024

Job Description

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Role Title: Senior Consultant - Climate Change Policy and Carbon Pricing

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

Job ID: 2023-2376


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.


The Role

The successful candidate will work within a team that wins and delivers a wide range of policy projects covering policy option development, design, impact assessment, evaluation and carries out a wide range of capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities including workshop delivery and guidance production. The team works across many climate change mitigation policy areas and you will bring strong knowledge of one or more of these. They include international climate change agreements, national mitigation policy instruments especially carbon pricing and market-based measures, industry sectoral incentives, energy markets, and innovation technologies and funding. 


Your work will involve technical delivery of policy projects.  This will include the management of medium sized projects (£50-150k) and leadership of tasks within larger projects.  Technical work will include analysis, stakeholder engagement, capacity building (workshops, training, guidance production) and report writing. 


You will also undertake business development activities which will include competitive bidding, client and partner relationship management and participation in promotional events. You will have experience of competitive bidding in a consultancy environment and be capable of managing medium sized consortium bids. You will have a strong commercial awareness and energy and enthusiasm for growing the business in your technical area. Ideally, you will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as development banks, the European Commission and national governments. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Monitoring market developments and inputting to company business development activities to take advantage of emerging opportunities. 
  • Development and maintenance of close client and partner relationships to support the winning of new business. 
  • Contributing to complex proposals and leading simpler ones. 
  • Leading and managing medium sized projects and budgets or tasks within larger projects 
  • Supporting the delivery of projects. This involves working within teams to achieve client satisfaction, timely delivery, strong project financial performance and high quality technical outputs. 
  • Participating in capacity building activities including workshop facilitation and presentation delivery. 
  • Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work at client meetings. 


Key Competencies and Experience 

  • Educated to at least Bachelor’s degree level specializing in scientific, engineering, environmental, legal or economic fields. 
  • Experience contributing to business development and/or competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment is essential. 
  • Experience working within multidisciplinary teams is essential, and experience managing project teams would be an advantage. 
  • Previous experience working within projects for clients such as the European Commission, World Bank, GIZ, EBRD, Asian Development Bank and UK Government would be desirable. 
  • Good understanding of the energy and climate change policy landscape, gained during studies or work experience, in one or more of the following areas: 
  • EU energy and climate change policy especially the measures implemented under the Energy Efficiency directive, EU Emissions Trading Directive and the Effort Sharing Regulation. 
  • International climate change negotiations especially the market mechanisms envisaged under the Paris Agreement. 
  • Carbon taxes and emission trading systems in place or planned around the world. 
  • UK low carbon initiatives especially the Net Zero agenda, Clean Growth Strategy, Industrial strategy and decarbonisation policy measures. 


Skills and Behaviours 

  • Strong project delivery skills with track record in contributing towards large and/or complex projects. 
  • Experience leading projects or tasks within large projects is essential. 
  • Excellent written and spoken English essential; fluency in other European languages will be an advantage. Strong Spanish or French language skills proven in a consultancy environment will be considered a particular strength. 
  • Strong oral and written communication essential, including concise and precise report writing. 
  • Strong analytical skills essential. 
  • Good team worker. 
  • Strong level of commercial awareness and appreciation for project financial management principles would be an advantage. 


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.